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What kind of shoes do you wear with your jeans?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by incognitius, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. incognitius

    incognitius Active Member

    Mar 27, 2003
    The topic title pretty much says it all...

    > Trainers?
    > Doc Martin-y/Timberland-y "Oxford-y" "dress" shoes?
    > Sneaker/sport shoes?

    Any brands of particularly good quality?

    Money's really of no object, but I'm in the hot pursuit of something that will go well with my denim. I do have a special partiality to the Prada America's Cup shoes, but from what I've heard on this forum, Prada is overpriced and of poor quality.

    Your recommendations, as always, are much appreciated.
  2. mbc

    mbc Senior member

    Mar 21, 2003
    New York, NY
  3. naturlaut

    naturlaut Senior member

    Feb 27, 2003
    I actually don't wear jeans, but I do have a collection (and passion) for sport shoes/trainers.  I don't really wear them, but I think their colours are beautiful --- and an escape from the black and brown dress shoes.  

    Here is my suggestions:

    LUDWIG REITER trainers -
    They come in two lines: the Ludwig Reiter Sport and the regular Ludwig Reiter line.  Both of their construction are basically the same, but the leather used is quite different.  A wide palette of colours are available, and the suede ones are quite beautiful.  Usually, the regular line features matching soles and laces too, instead of just plain white in the Sport line.  They should cost no more than US$200, but availability in US might be difficult.  I got mine from Takashimaya (Japanese department store), where they run from about US$100 to US$150 on sale.

    GRAVATI trainers -
    Colours are more reserved, but sturdily built.  I haven't tried any, though I'd be interested to get one from Bergdorf when they occasionally have them (they are usually sold out).  They run from around US$200.00.

    BARRETT trainers -
    These are beautiful and stylish, and I highly recommend them.  They are a tad heavier than the Mantellassi, but you'll see where Hermes' Quik Shoes come from.  Available widely in Italy.  About US$300+.

    SANTONI trainers -
    An Italian version of Hermes Quik Shoes, mostly in tan and brown (occasionally in red, which I think it's beautiful), with less complicated stitching.  Generally quite comfortable, simple and stylish.  The leather is excellent.  Approximately US$300+.

    HERMES Quik Shoes -
    New styles each season, and the most expensive ready-made trainers you could get.  Extensive stitching, with signature 'H' stitched on the sides.  Comes in different soles, but generally quite comfortable.  I have my reservations about some newer styles (square toes), but they are instantly recognized.  From US$600+.  Avoid getting the dark leather with white stitching, as the 'H' on the side could be quite a eye-catcher.

    MANTELLASSI trainers -
    Very boxy design, but weighs almost nothing.  Comes in a handful of colours, fantastic leather, dyed and brushed with a patina effect.  My favourite detail in these are the leather laces (comes with extra laces when purchased).  Around US$250+.  Customization available.

    Other than the Monaco, the newer ones are the Zannor (slip-on) and Fistral (laced).  100% Barenia leather, welted with a layered rubber sole, the soft leather literally feels like a second skin. Slightly squared toe, split at the center, I love the Zannor for the beautiful curvy stitching.  Around $600.  Actually, these are not exactly trainers ...

    SILVANO LATTANZI trainers/sportshoes -
    No ready-made available, about 4, 5 styles featured in show room.  Features ultra-light-weight soles, stretchy leather, unlimited choice of colours, some of them are not laced.  I bet not many have seen them before, but for those who know, they are instantly recognizable as the most exclusive (and expensive) sportshoes in the world.  Excellent after-service.  From US$800+, made-to-measure only.

    Other than the John Lobb mentioned, all the others are legitimate trainers or sport shoes.  Others like Trickers from London also makes trainers, but are quite difficult to get even from their Jermyn Street store.  Since all the makers above are actually shoe-makers, (with the exception of Hermes) they all provide excellent after-sale services (for example, you could send your Ludwig Reiter back to change a different sole).  I would certainly not recommend anything from those Milanese designers (Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, etc..) as, though they are instantly recognizable, they also go out of style quickly and easily(as they are so recognizable), not to mention their much inferior quality and poor (or none) after service.  Hermes is at the borderline, however, I'd have to admit that their leather is much better than, say, Prada.

  4. aybojs

    aybojs Senior member

    Jul 25, 2002
    Quick question on colored trainers. What's the general rule as far as belt matching (i.e. do you need a blue suede belt for blue suede shoes and a red canvas belt for red canvas shoes etc), or is a generic black or brown belt passable? I say this because I've been contemplating adding a pair of my own but would probably have to wear them with my usual outfit of a dress shirt (tucked in until I can get a wardrobe full of short custom made ones) and chinos/cords/wool trousers.
  5. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

    Sep 10, 2002
    Melbourne, Australia
    You could wear a matching J Press style ribbon belt, but that could be construed as a little bit pedantic. I think it's perfectly okay to match any part of the sneaker with your belt. Right now I'm wearing a pair of two-tone suede sneakers, in medium brown and petrol blue, and wearing a brown leather belt. The sneakers have white laces and a white sole, so I'd be equally happy pairing them with a white leather belt, or even one of those white/stone/beige-colored canvas belts (I think these belts pretty much go with any sneaker). If your red canvas shoes have black, brown or white laces, soles, badging or anything else, you could wear the respective belt with them. Another option I've been considering for unusually-colored shoes - purple, let's say, or blue suede, or whatever - is to wear a belt in a complimentary color (brown or black), and add a simple detachable brass belt buckle, enameled in a similar purple or blue.
  6. davei

    davei Senior member

    Apr 14, 2002
    Toronto, Canada
    Whatever you want. Seriously. The beauty of jeans is that anything fits IFF you go by your own personality, which is to say some guys wear tassel loafers with jeans, look and feel great (in their own minds, at least [​IMG] If you like Prada America's Cup shoes, who cares, wear them. After all, they're SHOES, which wear out and have to be replaced (perhaps the 2nd best thing about them.) Myself, I have the old standby, Blundstone 902s (a very very very dark brown, almost black workboot) and lately, black Air Jordan XVIII lows. I rarely match my belt (I'm wearing a beat up brown one right now) since more often than not, my untucked top covers the belt.
  7. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Northern VA, USA
    i'm not all that great at the 'casual thing', but i just bought another pair of ferragamo "melody" lace ups (with heavy tread rubber soles). i liked the brown so much i had to get a pair in black. highly recommend. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store....d=45019 (especially if you can find them on sale or ebay, which is how i found my first pair)
  8. p00d

    p00d Member

    Jul 27, 2003
  9. vantheman

    vantheman Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Washington, DC
    I have some brown leather Doc Marten ankle boots and love them. As long as you take care of them, they look good for both something completely casual and for something a little nicer where jeans are still appropriate.

    Depending on what you want to do, they're extremely versatile. I've taken them hiking through mud, gone home, cleaned them up, and then gone out to a movie with them in the same day.
  10. cristobal

    cristobal Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2002
    With jeans, I usually find myself wearing a pair of Gucci loafers or Adidas Sambas. On occasion, I wear my Tod's patent leather driving loafers with jeans.
  11. jetLab

    jetLab Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2002

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