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

cellphoneguy81

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I didn't find anything regarding shoes on your link...
That was a pain...but I looked at his link.

Basically a minimalist article. Says all you need is white Converse, brown workboot (like and Iron Ranger) and a black Dress shoe. It does not take athletic shoes into consideration.

While these are 3 good choices, I think that’s true minimalists.

I am talking about well dressed men, more dressing for style than need.

I would say you need at least some kind a loafer in there. I would say 4 even for a minimalist.
 

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That was a pain...but I looked at his link.

Basically a minimalist article. Says all you need is white Converse, brown workboot (like and Iron Ranger) and a black Dress shoe. It does not take athletic shoes into consideration.

While these are 3 good choices, I think that’s true minimalists.

I am talking about well dressed men, more dressing for style than need.

I would say you need at least some kind a loafer in there. I would say 4 even for a minimalist.
I am very happy to hear ur opinion. I will put it in my consideration
Many thanx
 

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That wouldn't even be a particularly well dressed minimalist in my opinion. Seems like a triad fo play to the masses.

I'd take a brown cap toe over a black and wouldn't wear white converse at all because I'm no longer in my 20s.
 

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That was my thought as well on the dress shoes. Brown versus black, brown is more versatile. However I assume that they’re coming from the position that black is more safe for formal occasions. And more overall acceptable if you’re going to interviews and such. But it is 2020 and really no one cares. So you would get more use out of the brown.

I think Chuck Taylors are fine into your 30s. However I think something like a Stan Smith or a common projects would be a better choice for all ages.
 

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I would say that 40 pairs of shoes may be over doing it some point unless you like to have a good amount of duplicate styles or many, very specified purpose shoes.

I currently have 16 shoes, of which two pairs are for horrible weather conditions or taking out the garbage. The rest are of varying levels of expense, but none of which I consider disposable or throwaway, with an increasing stock of excellent quality shoes, with hopes of upgrading further.

I'd say it would be reasonable for someone who has been collecting nice shoes for a while to have in the high 20s, but after that one might want to downsize a bit.
 

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15 minimum sounds a bit excessive to me. I have a ton of shoes, but realistically could get by with maybe five pairs

1. Two pairs of side zips -- one black, one brown
2. A pair of dark brown split toes
3. A pair of black tassel loafers
4. A pair of rugged boots of bad weather
 

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I came up with 9 as a minimum. Here are my thoughts for minimal for well dressed man:
  • 2 pair dress shoes (brown for one, black or burgundy for the other) with leather soles
  • 2 pair casual shoes or boots
  • 1 pair athletic shoes for actual sports/work outs
  • 2 pairs of casual shoes for shorts/swimwear (if applicable to weather where you live)
    • Styles vary by region. There are places where flip-flops are appropriate and other places where they are not for example.
  • 1 pair of work boots
  • 1 pair of snow boots (if applicable to weather where you live)
 

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I came up with 9 as a minimum. Here are my thoughts for minimal for well dressed man:
  • 2 pair dress shoes (brown for one, black or burgundy for the other) with leather soles
  • 2 pair casual shoes or boots
  • 1 pair athletic shoes for actual sports/work outs
  • 2 pairs of casual shoes for shorts/swimwear (if applicable to weather where you live)
    • Styles vary by region. There are places where flip-flops are appropriate and other places where they are not for example.
  • 1 pair of work boots
  • 1 pair of snow boots (if applicable to weather where you live)
I think your list is doable. I would say you want the casual shoes AND the casual boots, but you could do one of each, just less color variety.
 

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I have a rotation by season. Formal sits in box


Formal:
Miquel, black calfskin, leather
5A, midnight navy, Dainite
5A, oxblood calfskin, Dainite
PA, dark brown calfskin, leather
Cambridge, black shell, JR

Year-Round:
5S, chili shell, v tread
Stirling, Dublin tan, lug
Strand, taupe suede, v tread
Strand, loden suede, v tread
Strand, green shell, JR
Strand, cigar calfskin, leather
Neumok, acorn hilfire nubuck, butyl
Barrett, slate suede, butyl
Whitney Wingtip, black calfskin, combo tap
Cambridge, black shell, JR

Winter:
Dalton navy shell, v tread
1A burgundy shell, JR
HM, brown shell, commando

Spring:
Nomad Chelsea, chocolate suede
Nomad Chelsea, coffee
Nomad Chukka, navy suede
1k mile, burgundy shell, butyl
McGregor, walnut calfskin, leather

Summer:
Nomad Chukka, navy suede
MD Chukka, sand suede, butyl
Strand Weave, walnut, leather
Spiaggia, white nubuck, vibram
McGregor, walnut calfskin, leather

Fall:
Dalton navy shell, v tread
1A burgundy shell, JR
Nomad Chelsea, chocolate suede
Nomad Chelsea, coffee
Nomad Chukka, navy suede
HM, brown shell, commando
McGregor, walnut calfskin, leather
 

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I have a rotation by season. Formal sits in box


Formal:
Miquel, black calfskin, leather
5A, midnight navy, Dainite
5A, oxblood calfskin, Dainite
PA, dark brown calfskin, leather
Cambridge, black shell, JR

Year-Round:
5S, chili shell, v tread
Stirling, Dublin tan, lug
Strand, taupe suede, v tread
Strand, loden suede, v tread
Strand, green shell, JR
Strand, cigar calfskin, leather
Neumok, acorn hilfire nubuck, butyl
Barrett, slate suede, butyl
Whitney Wingtip, black calfskin, combo tap
Cambridge, black shell, JR

Winter:
Dalton navy shell, v tread
1A burgundy shell, JR
HM, brown shell, commando

Spring:
Nomad Chelsea, chocolate suede
Nomad Chelsea, coffee
Nomad Chukka, navy suede
1k mile, burgundy shell, butyl
McGregor, walnut calfskin, leather

Summer:
Nomad Chukka, navy suede
MD Chukka, sand suede, butyl
Strand Weave, walnut, leather
Spiaggia, white nubuck, vibram
McGregor, walnut calfskin, leather

Fall:
Dalton navy shell, v tread
1A burgundy shell, JR
Nomad Chelsea, chocolate suede
Nomad Chelsea, coffee
Nomad Chukka, navy suede
HM, brown shell, commando
McGregor, walnut calfskin, leather
Wow! You sir are next level.
 

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Must be making the big bucks if you purchased all that in a year and a half..
I needed to build a collection I could enjoy. Until recently, I had no idea what quality was and wore one or two shoes a year and threw them out each year. I’m targeting 4-6 pairs this year and only special make ups and grail-type shoes. The budget was definitely crushed last year!
 

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15 minimum sounds a bit excessive to me. I have a ton of shoes, but realistically could get by with maybe five pairs

1. Two pairs of side zips -- one black, one brown
2. A pair of dark brown split toes
3. A pair of black tassel loafers
4. A pair of rugged boots of bad weather
I have 2, 3 and 4, and I'm thinking about a side zip. What do you like?
 

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I have 2, 3 and 4, and I'm thinking about a side zip. What do you like?
I have a few pairs from Margiela, Kapital, and Lucchese, but realistically only ever really wear a black pair from Margiela and a brown pair from Kapital. Currently having Nicholas Templeman make me a black pair so I can replace the Margielas. This was the first pair, but they were a bit too sleek and narrow, so now they're being remade.


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If they turn out well, I'll probably order a brown pair as well.

FWIW, I don't think of them as being an essential shoe or anything. I find that, after having all these shoes and options, I just find I keep going back to the same ones that happen to work for me. I like side zips with my casualwear, but I wouldn't wear it with CM stuff.

Some of the proposed lists of shoes in this thread seem very logical and sensible to me -- have two pairs of oxfords shoes, two pairs of summer loafers, two pairs of winter boots, etc. But I think most guys just settle on something that's right for them and aren't so formulaic.
 

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