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    How to wear brogues/wingtips with jeans.



    I just picked up a pair of burgundy brogues that I planed on wearing casually with dark jeans. How would you wear it? Do I have to wear a blazer? Is a polo too casual for the shoes?


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    Are they balmorals or are they bluchers? YOu can wear either, however, the blucher will work better with the jeans (please make sure your jeans are fitted and tapered properly). Brogues by definition are casual in design and are a perfect pairing with dark indigo denim. In terms of what to wear with the jeans and pants, its really up to you. The shoes and blue jeans are a great canvas to work with. If i were you id wear it with a blazer, but the options are limitless. good luck with it. Just dress according to the athmosphere you are in.

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      #3


      Max is spot on. Without seeing the shoes (wingtips/brogues are seeing quite a stratification these days in color, leather, sole etc) it's hard to say. A polo could be more than appropriate with some shoes or carefully planned. The situation will dictate if its out of place and my rule of thumb if I'm going for a "surprise" piece of contrasts (eg. wingtips with jeans) is to have at least another accessory that ties it together (nice shoes with a nice polo and nice watch). Don't want to look like Andy in Shawshank redemption with the warden's shoes. Have fun with it, shoes get noticed. If you want to follow up with the shoe or situation, feel free!

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        #4


        I actually got the shoes for $65 on amazon. You can find them here - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GW3DMY . Good deal considering the leather sole and welt construction.


        Thanks for the responses. I feel better about wearing them in different outfits now. I was having a little apprehension from what appeared to me to be a dramatic change in formality between the shoes and a shirt sans blazer. I still think a polo is a bit too casual to pull off, mostly because of the texture of cotton clashing with the smooth leather of the shoes. I may be wrong on this though. Its just a gut reaction.

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          #5


          naturally so! The shoes are very nice, and florshiem imperial line is better, we arent shoe snobs here, (thank God) lol. Those are Balmorals, they are of the more dresiier shoes becasue they are closed lacing as opposed to the blucher ie http://www.amazon.com/Johnston-Murph...8317294&sr=1-3 . You can pull it off and not get any beef from us, but the shoe snobs wouldnt like the look. Keep it smart casual (anything with a collar will work or even a well fitting tee with a blazer will work as well. Those are really nice shoes, I might get them...nice fine Mr. Shew

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            #6


            Agree - Great grab. The shoes look good and will look great with jeans, but because the shoes are "dressier" and pretty sleek looking, make sure the jeans and shirt are clean, neat and fit well. Agree a pique polo would look off but a plain slim fit polo, perhaps with a bit of spandex/stretch could be pulled off. After the first wear (with the compliments sure to come) you'll be more confident to experiment

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              #7


              Hmm...the shoes are probably leaning towards the formal side of the casual-formal spectrum (as others have noted).


              At the risk of sounding redundant, I would probably pair these with a some well-fitting, high-quality (heavier weight) dark-wash (indigo) jeans. I'd wear the jeans with a cuff, as a sort of punctuation (perhaps, a comma?) between the dark jeans and dark shoes. Bonus 'cred' points if the jeans are selvedge.


              As formal as these shoes are, I don't think I'd ever wear them without a blazer or sports coat. But that's, of course, personal and subjective. With the blazer, you'll maintain the level of casual-ness by choosing an unstructured coat with very casual, natural lines.


              If you're willing to make a statement, I'd consider layering some patterns with your shirt and tie combo. Maybe a gingham or tattersall shirt with a solid knit tie (or a tie with thin horizontal stripes).


              Here are some pics for inspiration:


              http://s4.thisnext.com/media/largest_dimension/B5A9DF36.jpg


              http://thisfits.me/photo/1280/619060...fj4p6F61qfbji5

              (Needs longer sleeves)


              http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zP4MKVGN_p0/TX_FlZMl3lI/AAAAAAAADDo/HSwburNANhU/s1600/DSCN1270.JPG


              http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj06sxnsEl1qbmmxko1_500.jpg


              http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_W430sM-Skd...0211101214.jpg

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                #8


                Thanks for the links Jay. I actually wore these shoes out last night with dark jeans(cuffed of course), a dark plaid cotton shirt sans tie and a grey twill cotton blazer and felt pretty well put together. When I get home I'll post a photo so you all can tear it apart.


                Thanks again for the tips everyone!

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