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What is the right number of shoes for a well dressed man?

cellphoneguy81

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Quality over quantity, I know. But too few you lack options. Too many you might never wear them and be borderline wasteful.

What is the right number of shoes for a well dressed man?

I think around 12-15 minimum, around 40 to 50 max.

I can comfortably fit 39 pairs in my current closet set up, so that’s what I keep. When I go over 39 I donate. I keep sandals and flip flops for the beach in a bin at the bottom of the closet (not included in the 39 count). And that’s also not including bowling or golf shoes, snow boots or lawn mowing shoes which I all keep outside.

How many shoes do you well dressed men have?
 

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I think this question has a lot to do with what types of shoes you're wearing and how well people cycle their closet.

I have 4 pairs of Frye boots I don't wear from my early 20's. I have 3 pairs of Lucchese's from when I thought I was a cowboy, that I don't wear.

I don't wear sneakers except to run.

Everything I do wear now is usually C+J or Armoury - I have a maybe 8 shoes rotation including Gucci bit loafers which use as beaters w/ jeans. 40-50 pairs of C+J's would be the cost of a entry level German car....I doubt I'll have that many ever.

If you wear a lot of sneakers, I could see 40. If not, thats way high.
 

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Thanks for the thoughts!

I totally get it, yes 40 shoes that are even a few hundred each would be crazy expensive.

I like to have lots of options. A few years ago I got rid of all my terrible pleather shoes that you buy for $40-$50. Against many recommendations I spent some money replacing them all with Cole Haan, J&M, Clarks, etc so I would have something to wear while I bought nicer shoes one at a time. Still not a high end shoe guy but over the past couple years I have started trading out the ones I wear most for nicer GYW shoes and boots from Allen Edmunds, Redwing, Thursday and other mid priced brands. However, there are a lot of random shoes in there where high end is not necessary, including sneakers, but I do like dress sneakers like Greats brand that are made in Italy and better than average. And though I know many guys on this forum hate things like Cole Haan, I only wear black cap toes or wing tips like once or twice a year. They polish up and look fine for occasional use, so I prefer to spend my money on boots, dress sneakers, and loafers for the warm weather. Also I don’t prefer chukka’s so I see all 4 pairs remaining Clark’s (which are classic) for occasional use.

To give an idea of what my 39 are composed of:

1 Cowboy Boot ( I live in Texas)
1 Roper Boot
2 Lace Up Boot (Black/Brown)
2 Chelsea Boot (Black/Brown)
4 Chukka Boot (assorted colors)
3 Casual Oxfords/Bluchers
4 Loafers (Penny/Bit)
2 Boat Shoes (1 Leather/1 Canvas)
1 Driving Moc
4 Dress Shoes (Mix of cap toe/long wing/assorted colors)
1 Double Monk
1 Steel Toe Work Boot
4 “Dress“ Sneakers (Assorted Colors)
9 Assorted Casual Sneakers and Athletic Shoes (Things like Nike Killshot 2 from Jcrew, Vans, Stan Smiths, and Adidas Ultra Boost for working out)

I guess it also depends on what your work environment is like (l almost always get to wear business casual)...
 
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Hmm, I guess if I did a deep dive and thought about it:

Shoes I wear:
2 captoes
2 monks
1 whole cut
3 loafers
1 chukka
1 lace up boot

Shoes I wear, but not sartorially:
1 sneaker for running
1 sandals for walking outside short term (Asian wife = can't wear shoes in house)
1 Red Wing for gardening

Defunct Shoes sitting in boxes:
1 Cavalry Boot
4 Fryes Moto boots
3 Lucchese Cowboy Boots

I clearly used to be very into boots....I guess I still am....next on list of purchases:
Grosvenor - https://www.crockettandjones.com/the-article/aw18-details-grosvenor/
Islay - https://www.crockettandjones.com/islay-darkbrown-scotch-grain/
 

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I see myself going this direction as I get older. I am in my mid 30s and am fortunate to have a pretty decent budget, but I also like to buy clothes a lot!

I really like the second pair you linked to above. All of those C&J Chelsea’s look great.

These are much cheaper, but possibly my next purchase:


 

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Oh man...I think I just got called old lol.

I'm only 33!

I also like to buy clothes a lot....I risk the wroth of wife quite often because of it.

50/50 if she kills me because of clothing or trees first.
 

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Haha.

That’s not what I meant. You are a couple years younger than me.

Though I have a healthy budget for shoes and clothes, I also like many other $$$ things and have two kids in a pricey daycare.

So I am not going to be buying $900 shoes till I am a true executive somewhere that merits it!

I agree on the wife. She already almost kills me. 😉
 

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Was mostly kidding. You are smarter than I.

My company is hyper casual much to my chagrin.
 

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I have 40, so around that amount.
I have Loakes 1880's, Barker Handcrafted, Cheaney's all in various Toe cap Oxfords, Derby brogues etc.
I am missing out on casual shoes, so loafers and Chukkas are needed.
 

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I see myself going this direction as I get older. I am in my mid 30s and am fortunate to have a pretty decent budget, but I also like to buy clothes a lot!

I really like the second pair you linked to above. All of those C&J Chelsea’s look great.

These are much cheaper, but possibly my next purchase:


Don't ! Rugged boots blake stiched ... It's like norvegian stiched penny loafers. It doesn't make any sense. There is way better alternatives at this price point.
 

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I see myself going this direction as I get older. I am in my mid 30s and am fortunate to have a pretty decent budget, but I also like to buy clothes a lot!

I really like the second pair you linked to above. All of those C&J Chelsea’s look great.

These are much cheaper, but possibly my next purchase:


Yeah, I did see that they are Blake. Probably won’t buy. But it’s almost the exact look I am going for. Need to look around a bit more.
 

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