Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Caber, Apr 20, 2012.
I'm sorry those look fucking ridiculous
since i wear suede more often than calf, it actually makes more sense to spend MORE on suede....
I have a similar pair of Alden longwings in navy suede, and they have held up well. I wouldn't, however, wear them with a suit because they are a much more casual shoe. To be more suit-appropriate, I'd want a less chunky shoe.
Have you tried them on? Do you know your sizing on Alden lasts?
care to explain? as you own shoes of decent quality, afaik.
I do not. I fit a 13D in my AE Park Aves, if that's any help.
antikantian, does that mean you'd be adverse to a similarly chunky non-suede longwing with a suit? I like the chunk factor, but then I'm a big guy.
Yes to paying a lot of money for good, suede shoes.
No, to those style of long wings. It is a matter of personal opinion and taste.
I prefer a cap toe. I think they can look more elegant when needed yet casual with well worn denim.
Now clean your suede shoes the same way you clean your leather shoes
Yes; those shoes specifically, even, which I bought yesterday. It'll be my third suede Alden shoe. I like them just as much as, if not a little more, than all of the non-suede shoes I own.
There might not be as large of an appreciable difference in quality between nice suede and nice non-suede leather, but the material isn't usually the bulk of what you're paying for. Unless it's cordovan.
Anyway, point being: suede shoes are great. They're worth what you're willing to pay for them. Which for me, is the whatever $500 that they sell for everywhere.
In my opinion you can probably get away with either light colored, chunky or suede with a suit. But not all three and probably not even both.
A chunky longwing in calf = workable
A sleeker longwing in suede = workable
A light colored oxford in either calf or suede = workable.
Adding or combining from above is pushing it pretty far for suits.
I'd have to say that the shoe pocketsquare posted above is as close as I think you can come to an 'all purpose' suede shoe. You could get away with it with almost anything.
I got to be honest and say no, I only buy suede shoes for cheap, I like the look of calfskin more
great buy for $349
YES! I'm going to drop some of my tax return on these suckers: http://needsupply.com/mens/brands/alden/unlined-penny-loafer.html
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