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    Versatile Black Shoes

    I know most will consider this a mistake, but I'm looking for all black or at least black sole shoes for travel and all-around. I've got enough leg length discrepancy to need a lift on one side to even me out, and it never looks good. If the shoe is something other than black the added material will never be a close match. Might get away with just black soles, but I think all black shoes would be best.
    Black Wilberts are a decent option, https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/c...951-050-D.html
    Any other ideas?

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    Do you want a dress shoe? Sneaker?

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    No need for more dress shoes. I'm looking for travel & all around use so sneakers are an option.

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    If there was ever a shoe that said 'old boomer fogie' it would be a A.E. Wilbert in Black.

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    What about all black Allbirds? They'll never be confused for dress shoes, but are more subdued and versatile than most sneakers

    With the lifts, their "runner" sneaker would better fit your needs than the "lounger" loafer.

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    I guess I'm fortunate in that I've not familiar with shoe lifts. I'm assuming by your post that they attach the the bottom of the exterior sole? If so, I think you can definitely find some more stylish and versatile options than the AE Wilbert. Just the name alone of that model (The Wilbert) screams bifocals and metamucil .

    Maybe something like this one from Cole Haan: https://www.colehaan.com/grandpro-te...ck/C24138.html

    Although in my opinion it's going to be tough to pull off an all black non-dress shoe without looking like a waiter or caterer. If the lifts only come in black, maybe you could look for brown shoes that have a black sole.
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    Personally, I would go with an all black chelsea boot. Something like this https://www.jackerwin.com/collection...products/ellis You can definitely wear those with all different types of dress.

    Based on your first suggestion, it might seem like you don't want a leather sole so maybe something like https://www.jackerwin.com/collection.../products/jett

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    Chelsea boots (above) are a good option.

    I would also suggest you consider a sleek black chukka. At the high end you can go for the Crockett and Jones Tetbury. There are a ton of similar options at all price points. I have a pair of Brooks Brothers Peal and Co. Cavalry chukkas (made by Alfred Sargent) in black that I use a lot for travel. They have Dainite soles and are good for winter, air, and other travel situations. They work with business suits or denim.

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    Thanks, some decent options. I should consider brown with black sole as well, though I don't see that often.

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    You might want to consider these Chukka Boots, the owner, because it's a small company, is very responsive to emails. He might be willing to build your lift into the shoe for a small price increase. I don't have his shoes yet, but the belt I purchased is very nice.

    I like supporting small US startups and the prices are reasonable as well.

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