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    Deke
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  • Deke
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    Walnut Strands are on the way! I just couldn't get over the sexiness. I'll work on something more conservative down the road (I already have some serviceable ones for the meantime).


    Thanks for the input everyone!

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  • KC
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    I always figured I'd get a darker brown pair of AEs in probably the Fifth Avenue or some other more formal looking style as compared to the Strand. I've been using a couple pairs of Kenneth Cole Regal Kings in black and dark brown as my go-to dress shoes for a little while now, so when I wanted to go that step up, I went with the Strand in walnut to really stand out and switch it up. At some point I am probably going to get a pair of dark brown AEs for the more conventional look while still having the quality/durability.

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  • Deke
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    I think I could get away with just about any dress show from AE for work. I'm in a corporate setting but it's business casual (and people get away with much less). My standard dress is slacks, button down, and dress shoes, and I'd venture to say that I'm definitely among the most consistently best dressed (the bar isn't super high).


    As much as I'd love a pair of the cordovan strands, I don't think I can drop that much money at this point. I need to step my way up to that level. That's almost 4x the cost of any of my current dress kicks (plus that's a lot of potential car parts).


    @NicholasCrawford

    I'm kind of digging your recommendation. I'm still warming up to the idea of dress boots, but I could definitely see myself going for some walnut wingtips or Strands (if I went with Fifth Avenues to begin with) for phase 2.


    Hmm...

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  • alan
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    ... and as for brown shoes being a dime a dozen like BenR said, that one reason why I currently don't own ANY! I own chili, walnut, and black dress shoes. If I need to dress up, I'll wear the blacks since they're safe. Otherwise, I wear the other two.

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  • alan
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    I work in IT people are impressed if you wear a tie. Anything else is icing on the cake. So I wear my walnutty wingtips with a medium gray pin stripe suit and the only question I might get is "why are you so dressed up"? If I worked upstairs in management, I'd probably dress more conservatively... Though I have seen our company president in some grotesque ultra-burnished grey leather loafers (just plain ugly).

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    Personally, I would go for the walnut. Brown shoes are a dime a dozen. You can find them all over eBay for not too much money. Walnut is a much more difficult color to find. Unless you work in a conservative profession, I wouldn't worry too much about the walnut color looking particularly extreme. In 9 out of 10 work environments, wearing leather captoe shoes of any variety pretty much guarantees that you will be out-dressing your colleagues.

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  • Chareth
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    To me -- unless you work in a more creative or relaxed work environment -- an AE Walnut is not work appropriate. Like, say, if you needed to wear suits to work or if it's a conservative business casual environment. But if you work in the right industry, go crazy.


    FWIW, I tend to try and match my belt and shoes without going too crazy, but I absolutely don't bother matching anything to my watch strap.

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  • nicholascrawford
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    How about going with brown (or cordovan) Strands or Fifth Streets as versatile workhorses then going on the lookout for a deal with walnut Dalton boots or the McTavish for the fun?

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  • frost
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    I bought the Strands in black. The majority of the pants I wear go from lighter shades of grey to charcoal, with a few black mixed in. I personally think black shoes look better than brown when paired with grey all day long.. this of course being an unpopular opinion here. Some of us have to wear black to keep things balanced.

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  • Acousticfoodie
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    Sounds like you are planning on wearing your walnut strands quite a lot! Go the whole way and go for Cordovan so they will last for generations vs a decade or two of calf skin:




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  • jason_carreira
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    Yeah I've come to love the dark burgundy since getting a pair of AE Arlington burgundy kiltie tassel loafers and a pair of AE Cambridge shell shortwings in #8 cordovan. They're really versatile with jeans or even a suit in anything but black

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  • Ounce
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    I just got my Fifth Street's in Brown Burnished Calf today. Its a great color and actually has a bit more lightness to it than how they seemed in AE's online photo. Still very much dark and classic though. I think it'll do great in both dressed up and down situations. I already have British Tan lace up (Cole Haan) so I didn't have a need in that color spectrum.


    I initially was more in love with the lighter/tan browns however I now see the appeal in the deeper more classic browns. It really can go with most anything except black which is nice versatility.

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  • Deke
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    @ Alan


    That last part I think is now my primary reservation. Part of me thinks I should start out with a different pair of dark brown AEs (like the Fifth Avenue) since it's more of a classic/staple item. And then go for the walnut Strands down the road to spice it up.


    Decisions, decisions...

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  • alan
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    I recently purchased a pair of shoes in a color very close to walnut. They go well with my suits when I'm looking for a fun way to mix it up, but I wouldn't wear them for more conservative scenarios. I personally agree that walnut is by far my favorite color for Strands, but if I were buying them, I'd ALSO be prepared to buy something else in a more conservative, darker brown (if I didn't already have something).

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  • Deke
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    Thanks KC, I love getting the personal account. Especially when you sound like you were in a pretty similar situation to where I am now.


    I don't get the opportunity to wear a suit too terribly often (I'll more so wear these shoes to dress up business/smart casual on occasion) , but if I end up getting these I'm going to be super anxious for any spring/summer weddings and the opportunity to break these out with my seersucker or upcoming light grey suit.

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