Two-tone spectator search

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by SamMarlowPI, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. SamMarlowPI

    SamMarlowPI One Too Many

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    thanks for your input, gents.

    well to me, shoes are important because they are part of the whole ensemble, if you will.

    marty gave me some good advice to just go with a heavy black leather wingtip. classy, and fits the bill.
     
  2. SamMarlowPI

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    and marty! it's good to see you back, sir.
     
  3. SamMarlowPI

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    maxwells? as in the pub or...? haha. yes, us loungers this far up north are rare birds indeed, sir. good to hear from you.
     
  4. winter_joe

    winter_joe A-List Customer

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    Lol as well as you sir. And i mean the location for the clothing shop as i am very interested in getting a suit there.
     
  5. SamMarlowPI

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    ohh yeah duh. uhm, if i'm not mistaken, i believe maxwells is in the Marriot Centre in Minneapolis.

    if you get over to the twin cities, stop in at Marty M's shop in Minneapolis as well. it's fabulous.
     
  6. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I'd be inclined to that view myself also (for the wedding party at least - I'd happily wear them with a lounge suit myself, in season of course, as a guest).

    Mostly; those with white or at least light coloured panels are certainly Summer footwear. Those with darker tones are suitable for Winter wear. For example, I have a pair with a burgundy heel / toe and a black vamp, which are perfectly correct for Winter wear.


    The far greater sin is the contemporary North American insistence on the wearing of black tie for daytime weddings.

    Brogues are markedly less formal than a cap-toed Oxford, though it's all subjective against the desired level of formality. As the men at this wedding will be wearing lounge suits, they can get away with a more informal shoe than had they opted for morning dress.

    I rather like those in style.

    Boots aren't necessarily informal. That particular pair aren't really any less informal than a brogue ("wingtip"). Actually, boots are the most appropriate thing for formal daywear. Button boots with a suede upper, ideally, though given that those are virtually impossible to find, and involve a very expensive bespoke production, the best option these days is along the lines of these, from Herring:

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    The Herring Holmes. Assuming available funding, these would be my choice for wedding wear, in particular with morning dress. Of course, again with lounge suits something less formal is always an option.
     
  7. Isshinryu101

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    Didn't say "Boots" are informal. Up to the 1920's, 99% of all mens' footwear WAS boots. That's all there was, and this is definitely an elegant period. I just was saying that THAT pair of bots is very informal.
     
  8. Vampyre Master

    Vampyre Master Vendor

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    Oooo stunning, wear them every day!!!
    VM
     
  9. Isshinryu101

    Isshinryu101 One Too Many

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    good proximation of what the original style looked like. Sadly, that "leather" is plasticky and very flimsy.
     
  10. flyfishark

    flyfishark Practically Family

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    Those Madison boots were among my first "vintage" purchases. I was thrilled, until I found out I could have ordered them from Stacy Adams cheaper! I have them on today, just to remind me to combine a little research and thought with my emotion, and that greed is not a good thing!
     
  11. Isshinryu101

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    HA, my friend! On this, we are the same. I purchased the shoe version, though.

    http://www.stacyadams.com/shop/style/00012-40.html

    I thought they were kangaroo or kidskin and felt great about my purchase. 2 weeks later, the leather started to separate around the lacing and the glue on the sole loosened near the heel. UGH!
     
  12. LoveMyHats2

    LoveMyHats2 I’ll Lock Up.

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    On the spectator end of your search, not sure if you would want to "dabble" in doing a conversion from an all black shoe, but there are a few very nice NOS and vintage shoes on eBay currently that are in your size, that you could apply the white acrylic Angelus leather paint on and make them be a spectator shoe. The process is somewhat time consuming, but if you take your time you will be very happy with the end results. I would however not suggest you buy cheap shoes like the Stacy Adams, (sorry I am not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings), but they just are not worth the money in my best heartfelt opinion. You can always find a decent pair of pre-owned shoes on Etsy or eBay and find a full leather well made shoe that will be more supportive, comfortable and if need be you can have a cobbler do the heels or soles. I have found some very decent bargains on things all you have to do is just keep on the look out. There are right now some vintage "continental" NOS in size 11d (look and you will find them) that would be very perfect for wearing to a wedding, all shiny black and for the price of $39.00 plus shipping....and they are well made all leather. I may find them and post a link for you later or tomorrow they have been on eBay for a long time, (I was going to buy them myself)! I am extra picky about buying shoes, and quality and how well they are built mean more to me than a brand name or how old they are. But I do have to admit, shoes made "back in the day" seem to be made better than most modern shoes. You can still get a decent pair of wingtips from Florsheim if you buy the Kenmore model. Again just my heartfelt opinion.
     
  13. SamMarlowPI

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    i would love the link for that ebay item and more information on NOS (not sure what that means lol) and finding vintage shoes to match my suit.
     
  14. countryclubjoe

    countryclubjoe Banned

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    I see some older stacy adams angle boots bringing decent money on ebay. Was there ever a time where they SA made a good shoe/boot?

    OP - best wishes on your wedding and I hope you find just what your looking for in terms of your wedding party. I'm sure you found the right partner.
    Best regards
    CCJ
     
  15. Thunderball

    Thunderball One of the Regulars

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    NOS = New Old Stock
     
  16. cookie

    cookie I'll Lock Up

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    Rudi agrees with you! LOL
     
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