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10-26-2012, 10:01 PM #1
Style Advice Needed: Shoes for Pinstripe Suit
I know i'm going to get the advice I need from my fellow L4P brothren so here's what i'm asking.....
I always have a hard time finding shoes I like but it's about 10x harder when they are not for casual wear.
So my current j murph's are worn out and I want something flashy but not "look at this asshole" amount. The suit i'm shopping for is a black pinstripe and i'm not sure how radical I can get and still be on planet earth.
After looking at every shoe on ebay i've come down to only 2 pairs of shoes I like. I probally would have liked a few more but i'm not willing to spend more than $200 unless they look soo great I have to have them.
These are the shoes in question:
I prefer the colors in the 2nd pair but like the 1st shoes style better. I'm worried about the yellow "chunks" being a bit too much? Maby I can hit it with some black polish and bring the color down a bit?
$225 Giorgio Brutini Brown Alligator Leather Dress Casual Men's Shoes 45 11 | eBay
$225 Marco Vicci Brown Alligator Leather Dress Casual Men's Shoes 45 11 | eBay
I'm going to pick these up as well as they are a safe, everyday shoe.
New Giorgio Brutini Shoe Buckle Toe Suede 175711BLACK | eBay
This is the suit they will be worn with & mainly with that coral, blueberry, or white shirt
Advice would be greatly appreciated!
Last edited by TheYoungConnoisseur; 10-26-2012 at 10:30 PM.
10-26-2012, 10:22 PM #2Member
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Not to be rude and I totally don't mean to sound like this but don't buy those shoes they're brutal! Please stick with a nice plain lace up Oxford or brogue which is in right now. More point less square in the toe...
I would have your pants shortened a little as well here is too much break in the leg...will look less sloppy
10-26-2012, 10:23 PM #3Member
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Ps the black ones are fine just the other two
10-26-2012, 10:30 PM #4
Take a look through the Allen Edmonds site for a solid pair which won't be ostentatious. They periodically run factory seconds sales which can easily cut 20% - sometimes 40% - off retail, bringing even the most expensive pair down to a reasonable price.
10-26-2012, 10:32 PM #5
^^+1 on the shoes"Know the difference between how much it costs and what it's worth" Warren Buffett
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up".
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10-27-2012, 01:27 AM #6
I bought those suede ones for now so at least I have something while the search continues.
10-28-2012, 05:56 AM #7
Not a fan of the alligator choices, those scream 'look at my shoes!' and overpower what is a sharp looking outfit.
If you want to go with an alligator pattern, look for something subtle like a black or dark grey.
Personally I'd go with a loafer or even a dressed up sneaker from Ferragamo. Screams 'class' without being stuffy and complements a suit rather than drawing attention from it.
10-28-2012, 08:14 PM #8
I am having trouble defining both of those alligator shoes as anything or than, "hideous!"
Personally, I am not a fan of a loafer with a suit, I feel it should only be worn with lace ups; if you want to go with a suede shoe, I would suggest dark purple with white shirt and white pocket square; black would be sufficient with your other shirts.
10-28-2012, 09:20 PM #9
Those suede shoes also come in a dark blue. I don't know the rules for mixing colors on suits and didn't know if that was acceptable so I got the black to be sure. Heres the blue ones New Giorgio Brutini Shoe Buckle Toe Suede Navy 175713 | eBay
I checked out shoes from Ferragamo and didn't find anything quite my style.
I guess everyone on here that wears a suit often is in their 40s and in a business enviorment and goes the more traditional dress route, which is understandable.
Askmen says colored shoes including light brown now can go with a black suit. I think of all the colors brown goes the least with black.
Last edited by TheYoungConnoisseur; 10-28-2012 at 09:55 PM.
10-28-2012, 10:09 PM #10
Early 30's, only wear a suit when it's necessary and attempt to be as untraditional, but classy, as I can
Just looked at Ferragamo's website, they don't have much on there right now for some reason. I usually pick up shoes from them in store anyway, larger selection generally.
Last edited by SpecB; 10-28-2012 at 10:14 PM.