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Wingtips: why do you wear them?

k4lnamja

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I dont' own a pair and pardon me if I say this but what is the hype with these shoes? I understand they're a "classic" shoe and are always worn with suits but maybe due to my age, I've always worn boots or dress loafers/oxfords w/suits.

Also, are you only supposed to wear pants that have cuffs with wingtips?
 

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I wear them because I like them. They are not always worn with suits, or even the most appropriate shoe for a suit. They are just a timeless shoe...I prefer a longwing.

Mike
 

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depends a lot on the maker. many "classic" wingtips like AE are imo, "chunky" and have an "old man" vibe to them. then there are some makes with a more narrow toe and thinner waist that put a modern spin on the "classic" look which i enjoy.
 

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You might ask ... why does one wear any shoe?
 

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Originally Posted by MBreinin
I wear them because I like them. They are not always worn with suits, or even the most appropriate shoe for a suit. They are just a timeless shoe...I prefer a longwing.

Mike


^^^ This...

I have a fetish for good looking (sometimes even not so good looking) brogue/wingtip/longwings.
 

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Originally Posted by MBreinin
I wear them because I like them. They are not always worn with suits, or even the most appropriate shoe for a suit. They are just a timeless shoe...I prefer a longwing.

Mike


+1! Long live the longwing...
 

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I'm 26 and just got some AE Bel Air wingtips in black. Are they too old-man for me?
 

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Me wear them because they look good and are very different to many shoe this day.
People alway look at wingtip shoe,
make person stand out.
 

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Originally Posted by bjornb17
I'm 26 and just got some AE Bel Air wingtips in black. Are they too old-man for me?
Me think yes.
Wait another 10 or 15 year.
 

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Originally Posted by bjornb17
I'm 26 and just got some AE Bel Air wingtips in black. Are they too old-man for me?


style is subjective. it is up to you to decide what works for you, what fits you....blahblahblah...

again, imo, AE tend to be too chunky for my tastes. of course, ymmv.

both are wingtips, but clearly they are not the same style:

AE


TBNY
 

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Do you really mean wingtips, or just brogued shoes in general (i.e. the punchhole decorations).

Brogued shoes are less formal, not more formal, then a plain dressy shoe. So its not like you 'have only worn boots and loafers and oxfords' without stepping up to wingtips, wingtips actually fall in the middle of that spectrum. You certainly never _need_ to wear them. People wear them if they like the look.

They were originally more of a 'country' style shoe. The holes let the bog water out after you wandered across the moor back to your estate.

Since cuffs are also a 'country' look (turned up cuffs so your pants don't get muddy in the horse paddock, obviously
) the two certainly can go together.
 

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I guess this thread was meant for brogued shoes but I confused them with wingtips.

I'll admit, I like the style of the shoe but then again, something is holding me back from really loving it and I can't figure out why.
 

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Originally Posted by ktrp

They were originally more of a 'country' style shoe. The holes let the bog water out after you wandered across the moor back to your estate.


I thought that was hilarious so I looked it up.

In case anyone cares Wikipedia had this to add: "The word "brogues" originates in the late sixteenth century and is a derivation of the Irish and Scots Gaelic "brōg", taken from the Old Norse "brók" meaning "leg covering"."
 

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