Short Balding Guy
I'll Lock Up
- Minnesota, USA
Many years ago, in my late teens, I used to wear black wingtip brogues for best. These days I don't have any in black in shoe form - though a couple of pairs of high-top, black brogue boot versions. These look great. I find them such a wonderful casual shoe - I really should look at getting another pair. I love wearing a decent pair of leather shoes just in this casual way the way I once would have worn trainers.
Edward; I can wear a pair of black leather, grained, short wing or long wing black shoes and feel comfortable pairing them with casual or even jeans. The black shoe does not put me in the mindset of formal, work or somber occasion (wedding/funeral). Black toe cap or black wholecuts are different for me - they are formal. Below is an incomplete example of some of my black shoes.
My easist worn pairs are either the longwings (plain or grained) or the split toe black cromexcel shoes. If I was fored to choose the absolutely easiest I would choice the Alden Longwing Alpine grained. Man they can "rule and belnd" in most casual situations. I do love the visual interest when I glance down at my shoes peaking out from my slacks(wool, kahki, cord or denim). The cordovan I do just adore, but the grain tops them for just ease of care and wear.
As far as mixing casual longwings with dress - yes I do it.
I imagine that the folks on the Style Forum might hardily disagree, but it works for me and my public situations.
I find this topic interesting and will tune in to others input and contributions. I really have to find more moments to wea my leather shoes. Since 2020 I have not worn them enough, IMO.
Cheers, Eric -