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    Quote Originally Posted by TMann View Post
    How 'bout some pics of everyone's favorite suede shoes?
    Here's an album of mine. I also have a pair of nubucks and reverse chamois.
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    Nubucks
    Reverse Chamois

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    I'll be in London next month and am going to try on the Loake Pimlico and Kempton to see whether either would work for me. If I get one, it'll probably be in suede, although I'll consider the dark brown leather Pimlico, too.

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    Nothing beats full grain leather - end of
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    I feel like one day I'll finally try out some suede shoes, but nothing has really grabbed me yet. I'm getting about due to replace my beeswax DBs, so maybe I'll make the leap then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srlclark View Post
    I'll be in London next month and am going to try on the Loake Pimlico and Kempton to see whether either would work for me. If I get one, it'll probably be in suede, although I'll consider the dark brown leather Pimlico, too.
    For Loake, only the suede chukkas interested me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastitis View Post
    For Loake, only the suede chukkas interested me.
    Why? I know that fans of the really expensive British shoemakers say that the leather quality isn't up to par, but wouldn't it be perfectly good enough for me, given that my most expensive shoes are Allen Edmonds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by srlclark View Post
    Why? I know that fans of the really expensive British shoemakers say that the leather quality isn't up to par, but wouldn't it be perfectly good enough for me, given that my most expensive shoes are Allen Edmonds?
    Yup, they would be a perfectly good option for you, and for anyone that's open to different brands and looking to buy a full grain leather shoe at that price point. Me, personally, I was never drawn to their full-grain leather offerings. For those, I bought from AE. I was only drawn to Loake by a few people here posting their suede chukkas during a time when I was looking into buying a suede pair, and so those were the only offerings by Loake that piqued my interest. Not anymore though, as I have all the calf leather/suede leather shoes I "need."

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    That makes sense. The only two shoes that I really need at this point are a chukka (chelsea would be fine, too; I basically mean a somewhat casual leather/suede boot) and a formal black balmoral, either a plain toe or a cap toe.

    Which color do you prefer out of the dark brown suede of the Pimlico and the medium-brown suede of the Kempton? I can't decide. At least in the photos, I don't like the tan suede version of the Pimlico. Nothing against light-brown suede - I really like the sahara color in J. Crew's Kenton line and can never understand why Joe always recommends boulder instead. But the tan Pimlico doesn't seem very deep to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by devastitis View Post
    Yup, they would be a perfectly good option for you, and for anyone that's open to different brands and looking to buy a full grain leather shoe at that price point. Me, personally, I was never drawn to their full-grain leather offerings. For those, I bought from AE. I was only drawn to Loake by a few people here posting their suede chukkas during a time when I was looking into buying a suede pair, and so those were the only offerings by Loake that piqued my interest. Not anymore though, as I have all the calf leather/suede leather shoes I "need."

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    Quote Originally Posted by srlclark View Post
    That makes sense. The only two shoes that I really need at this point are a chukka (chelsea would be fine, too; I basically mean a somewhat casual leather/suede boot) and a formal black balmoral, either a plain toe or a cap toe.

    Which color do you prefer out of the dark brown suede of the Pimlico and the medium-brown suede of the Kempton? I can't decide. At least in the photos, I don't like the tan suede version of the Pimlico. Nothing against light-brown suede - I really like the sahara color in J. Crew's Kenton line and can never understand why Joe always recommends boulder instead. But the tan Pimlico doesn't seem very deep to me.
    I think it's just me, but I'm not fond of my medium tan suede boots, which are a mediumish brown, with darker suits, like navy or charcoal. Definitely prefer my dark brown suede double monks instead. But overall versatility, I definitely like the medium brown suede, as I prefer wearing lighter and brighter colors over darker colors.

    Brooks Brothers Tan Suede
    http://i.imgur.com/yd7GD4Z.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/VymWbex.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/mSHImLc.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/nz8640q.jpg?1

    SuitSupply Dark Brown Suede
    http://i.imgur.com/aYr7ZCm.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/AvEcOHQ.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/SexUDYB.jpg?1 (appears lighter than it is)

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    They are both nice shoes! I definitely prefer the tan color, which is I think nearer to Loake's brown suede than to its tan suede. I agree that the dark brown - which is, I think, a bit darker even than Loake's dark brown suede, although some photos of the Loake make it seem equally dark - would be better with dark suits, but I'd probably not be looking to wear these chukkas with anything more formal than a blazer and dress pants. I wear a suit to work about once a week, but when I do I often wear a medium-grey suit or a light-grey suit, as I also prefer lighter colors and as I work in a university and so don't have a strict dress code. I usually match those grey suits with my walnut Strands/oxblood McGregors/brown Kenilworths and may start wearing them with the bourbon Daltons I got recently.

    I don't wear either my navy suit or my charcoal suit all that often.


    Quote Originally Posted by devastitis View Post
    I think it's just me, but I'm not fond of my medium tan suede boots, which are a mediumish brown, with darker suits, like navy or charcoal. Definitely prefer my dark brown suede double monks instead. But overall versatility, I definitely like the medium brown suede, as I prefer wearing lighter and brighter colors over darker colors.

    Brooks Brothers Tan Suede
    http://i.imgur.com/yd7GD4Z.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/VymWbex.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/mSHImLc.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/nz8640q.jpg?1

    SuitSupply Dark Brown Suede
    http://i.imgur.com/aYr7ZCm.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/AvEcOHQ.jpg?1
    http://i.imgur.com/SexUDYB.jpg?1 (appears lighter than it is)

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