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    Recommend a brown shoe for wear with jeans/blazer

    Hi all,

    I'm on the hunt for the perfect pair of casual/dressy shoes for wear with jeans. (dressy enough to wear with a blazer)

    Trying to find a more worn look (burnishing, etc) in a classic shoe.

    Any other shoes that people would recommend for wear with jeans that look less formal?

    Here are my requirements:

    - Prefer a darker brown so they don't draw too much attention (for example, the AE Strands in walnut are just too showy to me)

    - Want something with some kind of burnishing/distressing/waxiness so they'll look more appropriate with jeans.

    - Should be well built

    - Under $300

    Any ideas?


    Honestly, you just perfectly described my thrifted old beat up longwings. Being old, a bit beat up, and longwings, they're inherently more casual, and gives them a lot of character. I've seen some shoes that try to give that old burnished look but they aren't necessarily even as good quality as the old beat up ones you'd find at a thrift.

    You could look at Florsheim at their welted models like the Veblen:

    or the Haviland in suede or oiled leather:

    Both of which look really nice to me



      any wingtip really.

      personally I've been wearing florshiem gaffneys a lot, they're boots and have a lug sole, so inherently more casual, perfect for jeans, but on the other hand, they are still wingtips, which is a step up from many. perfect for jeans and blazer wear IMO



        i like both of JC's picks, and I agree, just about any brown open toe (blucher) will suffice. I am fond of those veblens, but i already have a couple of nice long wings...but the Rust is SEXY!

        "The key to Success is the Quality of Execution"



          Hmm.. was looking at these florsheims before, but after buying their Canfield cap-toe, I have concerns with their quality.

          I do like the waxy/casual kind of look, though.



            Anyone have any experience with AllSaints shoes? I kind of like the looks of these:






              No experience... If you like beat up wingtips I'd suggest the thrift store for about $200 less



                Or buy any pair of used AE's off eBay and start jogging in ditches?

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



                  Heh, ya fair point. Those shoes are definitely overpriced.

                  I've had zero luck at thrift stores as I mentioned in my other thread. Looked around ebay, but it seems like even 30 year old Allen Edmonds are going for $70-$80 which just seems ridiculous to me when you can get them new for $200.



                    I picked these up from the Bonobos Groupon sale a few weeks ago for about half price:


                    I bought them to be my everyday go-to shoe. They've already become my favorite shoe, although I might be switching them out for a smaller size (they run more than a size large). They look great with jeans, chinos, and cords, and definitely work nicely with a blazer or sportcoat. They are much darker in person than in the Bonobos pictures, which makes them a bit easier to dress up. They do have a bit of burnishing on the toe, and they're breaking in fantastically (full-grain leather). Highly recommended.