Wingtip shoes, oldish?

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  1. FCS

    FCS Senior member

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    Anyone here in their mid-20s wear wingtips, proudly? I've been avoiding wingtips like a plague but again up until last month I would never wear any shoes other than black. Time to experiment a bit perhaps?
     


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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I'll wear wingtips and other brogues... I'm 28, I also wear captoes quite often with or without suits, most of my shoes are black but I have some cordovan and brown as well.
     


  3. Ed13

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    I have been wearing wingtips since my twenties and I really like the style. I have used the notion that the level of broguing on a shoe helps determine its level of formality with heavily brogued shoes being more informal. A wingtip is an ideal shoe which can be heavily brogued and therefore very versatile.

    I would say go for it.
     


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    I think I would reserve wingtips for the office but never just casual wear. They are pretty much the official business shoe.
     


  5. Mike C.

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    Wingtips are great for any age. A pair in cordovan would be ideal, or suede. Look at the pair of Yanko's that another member just posted pics of.
     


  6. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Brogues are actually more informal than, say, captoes. Many country shoes are brogued, which is where brogueing started. Look at Tricker's line on Pediwear, for example. Personally, I'm not a fan of black wingtips, but I have learned great appreciation for brown and suede. I think they can be dressed down quite well, especially those without closed laces or suede models.

    [Full disclosure, I speak as someone in my mid-30s.]
     


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    Drizzt, you're 28? Wow, didn't expect that.

    And thanks everyone for the opinion.
     


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    I've started carrying wingtips again at the shop, and have been selling them to 'younger' customers. Â Captoes are still the most popular for my 'typical' customer. Â I grabbed myself these: [​IMG]
     


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    The last two Bergdorf catalogs show younger models wearing heavy brogued wingtips (not smooth captoes) with all kinds of clothes in both summer and winter weights.
     


  10. justlurkingthanks

    justlurkingthanks Senior member

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    I remember in the mid-80s or thereabouts (s'all a blur), a cool thing to do was find a pair of large, serious wingtips at a thrift store. Worn so they had a patina like antique wood but not so beat that they let weather in. And pound around in them babies. I always liked the authority of the thick soles and the hard rubber heels and something that looked like they had some history to them. I'd wear them with jeans or whatever and a sport jacket -- tweed worked well. That was when I was young. Now, I, well, I, uh, wear the same damn thing, I guess.

    I really need to do something about this arrested development.
     


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    Various designers offer a pointed chisel toe type wing-tip that might appeal to a younger set.

    I.e. Cesare Paciotti, Gucci, Sergio Rossi, etc.
     


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