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    I am looking for a fairly versatile brown shoe (chinos, jeans, wool trousers). I am specifically looking at the Delray from AE in brown. Is this too formal to pair with jeans and chinos or can it be done? I'm sorry if I'm beating a dead horse here, I'm just getting started and trying to replace some chunky rubber soled beauties and want to get something that isn't just reserved for suits.


    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&c...Y&mvs=0#miuv=0

    Countryside Man of Letters

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    It can be done because the blucher design makes it a less formal shoe vs the balamoral design of the park avenue. I've seen several people wear their chili Delrays with chinos and it looks fantastic.

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      Are they too much for a pair of dark jeans? I wear jeans quite a bit and want to get some miles out of them. Thanks for the quick reply.

      Countryside Man of Letters

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        @MarkB: Hmm...that's an interesting debate. The blucher design lends itself to casualness but the split-toe design is a little more formal. While I see people with split-toes and chinos I don't think I've ever seen split-toes and dark jeans. I decided to see how this looks myself with my own split toes:





        Doesn't look quite right in my view, but it would be interesting to hear what others have to say about split toes and jeans.

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          Despite acousticfoodie's massive hog, I don't think it looks quite right either....


          Would be fine with chinos but just doesn't match up with denim.

          Dress for style, live for results.

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            I've got the dark brown Delrays and I personally probably wouldn't wear them with dark denim. Although their on the casual side because they are bluchers, they have a more sleek shape that gives them a formal look, and the dark brown is just that. I like to wear mine with chinos or slacks.


            With that said, I do like wearing my chili Bradley's (smooth calf, not pebble grain) with dark denim. Although it's the same as the Delray in terms of construction (split-toe blucher), it has a more rounded shape to it than the Delray and the chili color is a little less formal than the dark brown.

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              @runners --How do the Delrays fit? I'm a 9.5D, but I had to go with a 9.5C in the 3 last, so I'm curious how they run. They're on the 1 last, right?

              Countryside Man of Letters

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                I've got a pair of Delrays in chili ($40 off ebay!) and I only wear them with chinos. I also think the sleek shape doesn't go well with jeans. I can usually wear either a 10D or 10.5D with Allen Edmonds shoes and my 10.5D Delrays fit me perfectly. I highly recommend them. They fit well and look great, probably my favorite shoe.

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                  @MarkB: Honestly, I've found that 7.5E shoes are the safest size for me to go with AE shoes regardless of the last and I've got a variety of different AE lasts. Now I haven't nailed down what a "perfect fit" feels like on AE shoes and I'm personally not that picky as long as it's not pinching my wide feet.


                  The Delrays are on the 8 last.

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