1. Avoid Square-Toed Shoes
- shoes with rubber soles, big, chunky toe boxes.
2. Never buy the same shoes twice.
- avoid buying the same shoe twice or the same shoes in a different color.
- Buy one style at a time because that gives you more versatility and different looks.
3. No to Rubber Soles
- You want to have a leather sole because it gives that really elegant sound when walking.
- May be more difficult to maintain but a good leather sole won’t let water in.
4. Keep it Basic
- Don’t buy shoes that are too colorful in the beginning or too unusual.
- Skip spectators, Oxfords or Derbies are always a good start.
If you don’t have the styles I recommend, I suggest you take a look at them and it will certainly help you create a long lasting versatile wardrobe that is elegant and stylish for the foreseeable future.
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I have dress shoes that are over 25 yrs old - Allen Edmonds shoes can be rebuilt by the factory for a reasonable fee. I also have several pairs of classic hand-made Nettleton wingtips, which are over 50 years old and belonged to my father - it’s kinda cool and special that I can wear the same shoes, that as a boy, I once spent an hour every Sunday evening, polishing for my dad, that he would wear that coming week. Learned about the benefits of using cedar shoe trees, of polishing them by hand, of wearing overshoes when there was inclement weather and the importance of having multiple pairs of shoes, so that each pair can “rest” and not be worn day after day....
nothing wrong with square toe shoes, they add a little edginess to the dress aspect of them, and have a classy look. Id rather have rubber souls because if you ever have to break out running, and you have leather on, you'll enfdup on your arse. Snobby lawyers and big timers dont have to worry about this because they never have the need to break out running, so yall enjoy yall lady leather sounding souls lol
I have to disagree with the 2nd point. I like owning the same shoe in black and brown. I like being able to wear the exact style shoe i want no matter what colors I'm wearing. No one will ever notice in a million years, and if they do, who cares?
It's worth having some smart shoes with rubber soles if you work in particular environments, for example where you may have to move frequently between an office and a factory floor that's covered in dust and oil, or go outside where it's wet. It's not always practical to switch shoes or wear overshoes.
I like the idea of dressing well but don't like the idea that makes you think dressing well will make you better than a peasant. Makes me think this whole idea of being a gentleman is overrated. People are better by character and not by what they wear.
Is this man a peasant? I don't think so. But, I get what you say though. Pres.Obama's shoes here are much more subtle than the square's you have in your video. In the world of symmetry and proportions anything that runs along the frame of your feet its norm. Any line that runs too divergent, makes it look artificial, thus less tasteful.
what would happen to me if I looked like a peasant? could someone let me know urgently please. I have an interview tomorrow and am intending on wearing square toe rubber sole shoe. please you tubers I need your help
I'm afraid i completely disagree about the rubber sole comments. Most of the highest end British shoe makers offer even the most elegant styles in a Dainite sole. Dainite has a similar flex to leather, and allows an elegant looking shoe, but maintains water resistance. Here in the UK its wet A LOT, and leather soles wear through extremely quickly. Dainite for anything other than summer shoes is a must IMHO.
I live just outside Chicago, IL. and buy most of my shoes from Allen Edmonds which sells many of its most elegant shoes, including Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue, etc. with Dainite soles. I also see Alden, Viberg, Grant Stone, Oak Street, etc. offering dainite soles on their dress shoes. The soles are not visible while walking or standing. I myself have several pair of dress shoes with Dainite soles and feel much more confident when trekking through the elements here during the winter months. Just one man’s thoughts.
I've got Welted rubber soles (may be Dainite, can't remember) on a pair of English Loake shoes (yes not the most expensive shoe on the market but still a good shoe) and they are fine (not too stiff - I have some leather soled shoes that are stiffer). While I agree there is something about leather soles, I often end up putting a rubber piece on them anyway for practicality in the wet English climate. These rubber soled Loakes are a nice addition to my collection that I enjoy wearing when the mood or weather conditions lead me to do so.
I'm not really inclined to agree here. Yes double dainite can be chunky but even on something like a crockett lowndes, it can look elegant. A single dainite or new city sole are perfectly elegant. Not sure the sound of leather has any bearing on how stylish a shoe is.
i have over 30 high end suit and close to if not more shoes.. I just got an amazing pair of
Mezlan Marini in a unique shade of blue.. how would you recommend wearing them?.. I have paired with my jeans and a nice blazer and shirt... and also have worn with a full black Armani as well as a silken black Gucci suit.. however I'm considering the option of different colored slacks? my wife is great and I love her but she will tell me anything looks good so.. HELP?
I am sorry, but no; I live in Germany and I am a size 5. In the rare occasion that I can find shoe that fits me, I will buy it twice and in different colors, so that I don't have to go through the frustrating hassle of trying to find shoes again. I do not have the money to have more than one pair made to measure and I am not trying to start a collection of shoes, so I will have to disregard that second rule.
I often agree with this channel but a shoe should be made to fit closely without pointless, excess room. For men, like myself, with very boxy feet, a squared front shoe is the best for comfort and durability.
Good function will make a shoe much more attractive to the eye of this beholder.
Yeah I know what you mean about shoes. Right now trying to decide between Rockports or SAS. Definitely don't what. To look like a peasant. Might have some other gentleman in jodhpurs ride me down and whip me.
i bought a pair of these before i knew anything about dressing up for work. if you need dress shoes for standing for long periods of time a day they are fantastic. by far the most comfortable shoe i own. i worked a 11 hour shift at work where i am standing all day. In these shoes i could have stood for 11 more they were so comfortable.
What if you are building a professional wardrobe? Don't you want your first three shoes to be plain cap toes in different colors (i.e. a black, dark brown or oxblood pair)? Don't you want to stick to the most conservative look for your first few pairs before you introduce brogues?
In your opinion, would a cap toe with a simple brogue, like Allen Edmonds' Fifth Avenue Cap Toe provide adequate differentiation from the Allen Edmonds' Park Avenue Cap Toe while also maintaining an adequate level of formality?
AZ may be hot, but we average 320 days of cancerous sunshine in the Phoenix area and average 9 inches of rain a year. You can always wear your leather shoes for work, important meetings, dinners, or any occasion that calls for them. I despise rubber soled shoes. They squeak on floors. They're often ugly. Those square toed styles are perfect though for the trip on the Mayflower to Plymouth. I always look at the soles when shoe shopping. Rubber=pass. It seems like leather shoes hold up longer (unless my quick walking pace wreaks havoc on the heel).
I disagree with the leather sole part. There are rubber soles out there that are thin and look very similar to leather soles. The noise that leather soles makes is not cool and can be obtrusive in quiet buildings. Also, leather soles are too slippery in the rain and dangerous. And no I am not going to get galoshes to make life more complicated.
That said, it's good to own at least one leather sole shoe though because they are still pretty nice.
The other day, I had a banquet for the end of my tennis season. Out of the 20 or so kids there, I was the only one that tied my own bow tie, wore clothes that fit even remotely well, or wore oxfords. Bad clothing is an epidemic among high schoolers.
No rubber soles? What if you are walking outside and need grip? I remember wearing leather soles when it was icy in the winter, also broke my neck!
I personally don't have a problem with a vibram sole on my shoes.
Also, leather soles look grimy if you wear them outside more than 5 times, they start to scratch at the bottom and look messy ... Unless you are only going to wear the shoes indoors ... I don't see a problem with having a vibram sole on the bottom of your favourite shoes.
Yeah, I agree that leather soles look and sound nicer and you can glide along carpet better, but from a practical point of view, if you want to wear shoes outside, walking over broken glass/dirt/rain/ice, I'd much rather have the assurance of a vibram sole.
NO SQUARE TOED SHOES! NO RUBBER OUTSOLE! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! Square toed shoes are ugly and and rubber soles just don't belong on dress shoes! As well as cowboy boots and other dressy type boots. LEATHER ALL THE WAY!
Shoe companies keep on making square toe dress shoes and dress shoes with rubber soles. I guess consumers want them. I say do what works for you and forget everyone else because you're the one that paid for the items and have to wear them.
+Durermac Consumers don't know better, and while it is of course your right to buy these square toed shoes, I will always try to prevent people from wearing them because they are ugly and don't flatter the wearer.
The only shoes that I would consider buying multiples of would be an essential like black Oxfords, but only if you already have a sizable shoe collection already. I wear suits everyday and black oxfords just look good with everything, and Lord knows I hate polishing on weeknights :-D
I wouldn't worry. Raphael is a purist, as am I. He can afford to be one, but I cannot! If you're not wealthy, or if you want to wear your shoes more than once a year, rubber soles are the best option, to be honest.