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    Casual Gray Oxford Shoe Search



    Joe's 'Suede Shoes in Cold Weather' post got me thinking about how versatile a charcoal shoe can be. I'm looking for something casual that can be somewhat dressed up if needed (I mostly wear Levi's 514s of various colors and a checkered/gingham shirt at work). Price range <$125 unless it can be resoled (and the quality of the shoe warrants that).


    Some contenders:


    * Johnston and Murphy Men's Brennan Plain Toe, $108 w/ SECRET20


    * Wolverine Dawson Boot, $76 today and ships free with FSANN3. Slightly cheating here as it's a boot, and I'm undecided on the red sole.


    * Calvin Klein Carter in Lead $112, though Joe's review makes me hesitant to pay that much for a synthetic upper.


    * Steve Madden Ethin, $99 - any Macy's coupons. Questionable quality?


    EDIT: Per Ben's suggestions below:


    * Florsheim Veblen, $136 w/ LINK20. Or the suede Haviland for the same price


    Any other suggestions? Feel free to comment on your experiences w/ the quality of the brands (I have no experience with the above). Would like to pair these with some navy, brown, or red laces after following the laces thread.

    My Measurements: 6' 1" height, 35" sleeves, 41-42" chest/jacket, 35" waist, 34" inseam, 11.5D/EEE shoes, 200 lbs

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    http://www.zappos.com/product/7829553/color/394


    http://www.zappos.com/bostonian-eastbend-grey-suede


    http://www.zappos.com/bass-brockton-charcoal-suede


    (disclaimer: haven't tried any of these, just looked for grey shoes)

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      #3


      Thanks Ben, I think I'm leaning toward the Veblen now as it might hold up better than some of the other options.

      My Measurements: 6' 1" height, 35" sleeves, 41-42" chest/jacket, 35" waist, 34" inseam, 11.5D/EEE shoes, 200 lbs

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        #4


        I'd stay away from synthetic uppers and Steve Madden

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          #5


          I have the Johnston and Murphy Brennan in the wingtip design and I absolutely love it. Very comfortable, a nice modern (but not too modern) shape, and the suede seems high quality. The plain toe looks like it has a slightly boxier silhouette but it's hard to say just based on pictures.

          Ben

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            #6


            Thanks BenR. I like the wingtip version better. I've been looking at it in Navy too since the gray is closer to white:

            http://www.theshoemart.com/johnston_..._wing_tip.html

            My Measurements: 6' 1" height, 35" sleeves, 41-42" chest/jacket, 35" waist, 34" inseam, 11.5D/EEE shoes, 200 lbs

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              #7


              I've got the brennan wingtip version version also. I'd point out tho that the soles wear out rather fast for being rubber.

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