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why the hell do so many dress shoes have the stupid line at the toe?

BackInTheJox

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I never understood the hate towards the split toe blucher like that. I absolutely love my Lasalles/Delrays.

There are a lot of things to hate about the look of shoes (and I mean a lot), but the presence or absence of stitching at the toe on a blucher like that has never been of any consequence for me.
 

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Because everyone bar you is happy with it, has no problems. Try bespoke shoes.
 

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I'm rocking a pair right now!

I wasn't always a fan and I'm not sure at what point I started liking them.
 

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I'm rocking a pair right now!

I wasn't always a fan and I'm not sure at what point I started liking them.

+1

I initially hated the look of a split-toe derby but slowly I came around to them and I now even own a pair of what I consider to be the ultimate shoe in this category - the Edward Green Dover :teach:

 
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Because everyone bar you is happy with it, has no problems. Try bespoke shoes.
No need to go bespoke. The OP makes it sound like 4 out of every 5 shoes is a split toe. Not in my universe. There is no shortage of plain toe, cap toe, long and short wings out there if split toes aren't your thing.

Here is a shoe very similar to the one the OP posted, but without the split toe:



I get why split toes aren't everyone's cuppa, but I don't get the hate. "Retarded"? That certainly doesn't describe the gorgeous EG Dovers posted above. Not in my books.
 
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They're called "split toe" shoes. There's an easy solution; if you don't like the line, then STOP BUYING SPLIT TOES. That's like asking, "why do so many shoes have these stupid wings on the side?"

Buy plain toe shoes.
 
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No need to go bespoke. The OP makes it sound like 4 out of every 5 shoes is a split toe. Not in my universe. There is no shortage of plain toe, cap toe, long and short wings out there if split toes aren't your thing.

Here is a shoe very similar to the one the OP posted, but without the split toe:



I get why split toes aren't everyone's cuppa, but I don't get the hate. "Retarded"? That certainly doesn't describe the gorgeous EG Dovers posted above. Not in my books.
I like those if they came in black. over 1k though, damn.
 

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^^^ These Santonis aren't anywhere near $1k - they aren't the hand made (FAM) versions - I picked them up on E-bay for under $250. They have rubber soles - which generally attracts howls of condemnation here - but I'll tell you that I was real happy to have them as an option this winter. They were often a go-to shoe.
 

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^^^ These Santonis aren't anywhere near $1k - they aren't the hand made (FAM) versions - I picked them up on E-bay for under $250. They have rubber soles - which generally attracts howls of condemnation here - but I'll tell you that I was real happy to have them as an option this winter. They were often a go-to shoe.
In some cases, dress rubber soles can be a nice alternative to leather.
 

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Split toe shoes are some of the most atrocious things produced regardless of the price. They always look cheap.
 
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The shoes in question are casual shoes.
 

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