What would you wear with these gravatis?

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  1. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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    I have the following shoes and need input regarding pant options as well as the level of dressiness that these shoes could be worn with (suits/sportcoat, etc.) If worn with just dress pants, any suggestions on pattern, fabric, etc.? Thanks for the input. [​IMG]
     


  2. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They're split-toe bluchers with light laces, all of which make the shoe more casual. I'd wear them with jeans and casual trousers. If you switch out the laces to something darker, you could probably wear them with sportcoats and more casual suits.

    I do like the light-colored laces. Gravati uses them to good effect on a number of different models. You could certainly switch out the laces according to how you wanted to wear the shoes.

    Where did you get them, and what's the last number? They're certainly very good looking shoes.
     


  3. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Beautiful shoes. I particularly like the woodgrain look of the stacked heel.

    I'd wear them with pretty much any sort of casual trousers, with or without a sport coat.

    They are somewhat casual, but I still think they would go nicely with a brown suit, provided that you went with darker laces, and provided that the overall look was somewhat casual. (i.e., not a peak lapel double breasted suit, but a less formal single breasted suit, perhaps with a colored shirt.)
     


  4. Classic

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    Nice looking pair of shoes.
    I would wear them with jeans, dress shirt with french cuffs and a light brown blazer.
    If jeans are not your style, then a pair of casual pants (a shade of brown would be my choice) again with a dress shirt with french cuffs, with a complimenty blazer as an option.
    There are many more options, and even more if you change the laces, but my first thought was that they would look great with jeans.
     


  5. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    those are handsome shoes. they remind me of some vass that steve b. showed us. i'd wear them with a casual suit or slacks and a dress shirt.

    i would never wear them, or any other leather soled shoe, with jeans. to me, jeans are as casual as it gets, and i only wear them with the most casual shoes (sneakers, doc martens, campers).
     


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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm in agreement with the other guys - they would be perfect with jeans and casual trousers, and more casual suits if you change the laces. No offense to matador, but that is exactly the sort of shoe I wear with jeans for the weekend. The shorter the apron the better I like them.

    They are great shoes. I think they are the best looking Gravati's I've seen. The double sole really adds to the look and the color is great.
     


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    You can wear it with near anything (not sweats or shorts though [​IMG] ). I agree with A. Harris that it is perfect with jeans, also with khakis, flat front grey wool pants, etc. etc.
     


  8. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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    jcusey,

    I haven't received the shoes yet, but I understand they are on the 500 last. Purchased from Lance Hughes.

    What can y'all tell me about the 500 last vs. say the 640 last?
     


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    I suppose you could pull them off with jeans... the light laces (as noted earlier) make them a tad more casual. I would mainly wear them with a suit or slacks.
     


  10. LA Guy

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    Maybe it comes from having lived for years in L.A., but I sort of feel the same way about this. I'll very occasionally wear a pair of leather soled boots with jeans, and then only for going out to a club. Often, I'll just solve my internal dilemna by switching my jeans for a pair of slim, flatfront pants. Otherwise, it's sneakers or crepe soled boots or shoes with jeans. The whole leather soled shoes with jeans thing always struck me as a little tragic, like the poor guys with their over-produced hair and leather blazers, jeans, and leather loafers, waiting in line outside any given cheesy club on the strip (the Sunset Standard seems to attract the saddest liner-uppers) at midnight on a Saturday night.

    Having gotten that off my chest, I've seen the leather soled shoes/jeans look work really well, but only on hiphop types, who seem to have a knack for pairing mismatched things well.
     


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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ouch.. [​IMG]
     


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    JohnMS - the 500 last is very similiar to the 640 except that the 640 has a squarer toe box and slightly higher crown. I am wearing a pair of Gravati on the 640 last this weekend here in Italy at the shoe show as they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have. The 500 last would have to be half size longer than normal for me.
     


  13. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As Rider wrote, the 500 last fits pretty similarly to the 640. The difference is that 500 has a narrower, more rounded toe.

    I prefer the 640, although I've had a couple of pairs of dressier shoes made up on the 500 last recently. Gravati is also showing more shoes on a couple of newer lasts: the 656, which is similar to the 640 but with less depth in the toe; and the 651, which is broader across the ball of the foot but has much more tapered, sharper square toe. I've also seen the 489 (or was it the 486?), which is a round-toe last that's less blunt than the 500. There are others, but those are really the only ones that I have experience with.
     


  14. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You and matador are reading way too much into this. In any event, if you look carefully at the picture, I think that you'll see that the shoes have a rubber insert in the middle of the sole (Gravati calls it centrigomo, I think).
     


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