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Which is more versatile? Longwing or PTB?


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Jun 12, 2010
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So I didn't really like brown shoes, having mostly black or burgundy, but some great displays on WAYWRN show them working well especially with blue and gray suits so I'm thinking of joining the fray with a pair in walnut.
I wear mostly suits and sports jackets for work in equal measure. I've found I go to longwings with SCs and PTBs with suits. Brogues seem to be acceptable as formal work wear with suits in America but in England they still have a bit of a country association, especially in Scotch grain walnut.

Sooo - I'm leaning towards PTBs as being more versatile (can dress up with a Suit and down with SC) over longwings which IMO won't dress up to a suit as well as PTBs and will look too country in walnut scotch grain. (I never wear dress shoes - longwings or bluchers - with jeans and I can't wear oxfords).

Am I overthinking all this? Any opinions welcomed. Ta!


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Sep 23, 2009
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I think you're overthinking it. traditionally, longwing brogueing may have looked casual, but most people you see these days will look at wingtips and think you're wearing fancy dress shoes. so which is it? I dunno.

I wear both PTB and longwings with everything from jeans to flannels to suits, though if I want to look formal for a wedding / funeral / interview, I wear black cap toe oxfords. my guess is that's how many people here do it as well

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