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Why buy very high quality BLACK dress shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by heidegger, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    so pulling a moo is sf approved now? amazing

    sorry for not getting the memo in time.
     
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    immensly, i owe you something.
     
  3. fritzl

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    wear them in good health. i have to admit, that i'm a bit envious atm.
     
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    I knew someone could prove me wrong. :thumbs-up: on the shoes.
     
  5. Pliny

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    cheers, they have A-H character
     
  6. fritzl

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    truly underrated among this place, though.
     
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    IIRC this is NOT the case, only the hand grade ones are. Try the kent wang thread.
     
  8. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Last night I went to a reception at the house of the British Consul for alumni of Balliol College, Oxford, to meet Sir Drummond Bone, the new Master of Balliol, who impressed me as a most worthy new Master and a delightful fellow into the bargain. The group was a mixture of expatriate Britons and erstwhile Yanks at Oxford. "Business attire" was the dress code for the event. Thinking about this thread, I checked out the footwear of all the men in attendance. I was wearing black A-E PAs. I was wondering if any of Northampton's finest products would be on display, putting my poor, pedestrian Wisconsinian shoes to shame.

    Nope! No other shoddings came even close to the PAs. I wasn't unduly surprised. Frankly, as others have pointed out, unless one is at an iGent event, a man in A-Es is going to be as well or better shod than 99.99% of the male population, and a man in my modest station in life is not likely to be hobnobbing with the .01 percent!
     
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  9. rabiesinfrance

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    I really don't care too much for black shoes. I have a couple of pairs of Tricker's shoes, which I have 'bulled' up to a high shine. Tend to wear them for work or formal occasions. Personally, I wouldn't buy very expensive black shoes. Key thing is to look after them and keep them nicely polished - black shoes should really gleam. Get nice leather, not high-shine/corrected grain. This is most important.
     
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    Those Vass shoes are beautiful Pliny! Can you give more info on the ones without brogueing actually?
     
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    I don't like black shoes, but I own two pairs: an AE black captoe interview shoe and a Sutor Mantellassi perf captoe for my more formal wear. Aside from that, all of the rest are shades of brown/tan. So why spend a lot on a black dress shoe? Perhaps it is your more formal shoe and you wish to obtain a sleeker last. Once stepping up to C&J, Edward Green, Sutor Mantellassi, Sassetti, etc., I don't want to buy any more Allen Edmonds, except for certain lasts such as the 333 from the Independence Collection. Regardless, I'm generally nice to my clothes and shoes (other than what I consider beaters), and the desire for higher end shoes comes down to the specific look of the last. Since black shoes often lack depth in terms of color, the shape of the shoe is one of its defining characteristics.
     
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    Why? Because I can and I like the higher quality shoe. Why should anyone care if it's "approved" of here in SF?
     

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