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  • alan
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    TADA! And with the money you save, you can have one more fancy dinner. :-)

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  • Jim A.
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    "Assuming that whatever you buy survives the honeymoon, which one would you rather continue to wear? I think that's the real question." -- Alan


    Hahahah...


    ...both?


    For serious, though, probably the suede longwings. Good point, Alan.

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  • alan
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    The pebbled leather of the Cole Haan Air Stantons reminds me of a football (in a good way), and I just plain like the look of casual balmorals. The tread underneath does not extend all the way to the edge of the sole, leaving a slimmer side profile (a plus).


    If I were in your shoes (no pun intended), I know which one I would pick. But that's the beauty of freedom of choice. There's no wrong answer here (unless some of these shoes just suck more than we realize).

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  • alan
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    LOL Sorry. Sometimes havnig too many options just makes things harder...


    Yeah, I would expect the Cole Haans to be more substantial, but suede longwings aren't something you see everyday (and the price is pretty fantastic). Assuming that whatever you buy survives the honeymoon, which one would you rather continue to wear? I think that's the real question.

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  • Jim A.
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    Just saw those Bass longwings in person (the Barret) and they're pretty nice. Flexible sole, lightweight. Felt pretty good on the feet. And the price at Belk is great: $40.


    Those Cole Haans that you just posted are giving me pause though...they're likely a better made shoe...

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  • alan
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    yeah, I don't typically think of "support" when I think of penny loafers, but those Sperry's might just work.


    Here's somethnig else I stumbled across:

    http://www.cladmen.com/on-sale/footwear/air-stanton-cap-oxford.html


    Again, the usual disclaimer that Cole Haans are personally too narrow for my feet.

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  • Jim A.
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    Thanks so much, all.


    I plan to track some of your suggestions down and try 'em on for feel and fit.


    (I'm really liking those penny loafer Sperrys, Alan- they're a less "dockside" version of what I have. I didn't know Sperry made them like that.)

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  • cjl
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    I've had great experience with Born shoes, and if you pick the right ones I think they can straddle the line between classy and ready for action.

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  • alan
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    This Cole Haan venetian gets high marks for comfort - particularly while walking. It's not a particularly formal sole, but it's vacation so who knows... Plus it's half off so that's got to count for something:


    http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-...enetian-papaya

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  • alan
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    Here's a venetian option:


    http://www.sperrytopsider.com/store/SiteController/sperry/productdetails?productId=7-133110&CID=cse_googleprodsrch_Men%27s%20Gold%20Cup %20Dress%20Casual%20Venetian


    It appears to have a thin (less old-mannish) sole. It's casual, relatively American (despite the "Venetian" name), and stylish. Plus, even though it has a leather sole, it has rubber pads on the heel and outsole for durability, traction, and comfort. It's not the kind of shoe to wear to dinner, but for goofing off during the day, it fits the bill (assuming you're staying on pavement). It'll go nicely with linen pants.


    I can't speak for this particular pair's fit, but I do own a pair of Sperry Gold Cup boat shoes, and they're very comfortable.


    A suede version is here:


    http://www.sperrytopsider.com/store/SiteController/sperry/productdetails?catId=cat90046DM&productId=prod1190 016


    A penny loafer version is here:


    http://www.sperrytopsider.com/store/...Id=prod1190015

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  • Jim A.
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    @ Alan:


    My fiancee and I are thinking much the same thing.

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  • ChrisW
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    I lived in Paris for several years, what I would recommend is something easy to clean. Parisian streets are dirty!

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  • alan
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    Not a problem, Jim. One observation for my own honeymoon...


    Both my wife and I dressed up more than usual, and it made the whole thing more special. We felt like VIP's, and that's part of the fun. :-)

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  • Jim A.
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    Thanks for all the great suggestions so far. I think I see what you're generally leaning toward and will focus my search more in that direction.

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    And in non-preachy news, I have to say that I find my Johnston and Murphy Brennan wingtip bucks to be very comfortable for long-distance walking. I have them in grey and it's a good year-round color. The navy and taupe look pretty versatile too - and bucks are a nice way of embracing your American-ness without being a d-bag about it. B-)


    http://www.amazon.com/Johnston-Murph...8548985&sr=8-2

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