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I don't need any pair of shoes, and am successfully resisting purchasing any!!!

:mad::mad::mad:!

Among my many weaknesses is one for blue suede. But as fond of it as I am, I must admit they are something that gain from not being constantly seen, and hence, their versatility is not as great as, say, good 'ol brown leather. I've been thinking how lovely, and how much I'd enjoy a pair of tassel loafers from Sanders in blue suede that I've had hankering over for several moons.

But I've just spied these, and they really ring almost all the right bells as a casual shoe according to my preferences. But I'm not gonna buy them either!

:mad:!

The reason I show them is my wonder at the truly remarkable hide. What an incredible nap! It looks as if one could fall into it and be lost for days!



 

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View attachment 21144 Blue suede shoes shoe be a part of every gentleman's shoe/boot collection. Somewhere around the nest I've got a pair of AE Blue Suede Wing Tips that were on static display in the wife's Elvis room, back in our Hoosierville home. If I can find them, I'll post a pic!

Now that was a shock...it was a lot easier to find them than I thought it would be! Guess I'm better organized than I thought I was? :)
Very nice looking!

I have fallen into the blue shoe (particularly the blue suede shoe) hole several times - one pair of leather/suede blue cap toes (leather in the front, suede in the back); a pair of blue suede two-eyelet derbies from New & Lingwood (they were on sale - kryptonite to my sense of fiscal probity); a pair of navy suede tassel loafers from Paul Stuart (also a sale item); a comfortable, if junky pair of rubber-soled navy suede bluchers from J&M; and a pair of navy suede sneakers (if such things count).
Sounds as if you're off to a good start! :D

To be honest, blue suede shoes, in general, do nothing for me personally - I don't have the skills to play three-dimensional clothing chess - but can't deny that those are an impressive and beautiful looking pair of shoes.

My unsolicited advice: assuming finances allow, buy them as you rarely find something that checks all your boxes on a not-common item and, rarely, do I regret the occasional purchase of some thing that I'm passionate about, but I have regretted passing on an item I really wanted to only find, I couldn't find it again when I did try to buy it later on.
Ah, but I would have heeded that advice as few a 5 or 10 years ago, but my aggregate circumstances argue too forcefully otherwise. There comes a time in each man's life . . . . :D

While those shoes are a wee bit too bright for my taste, perhaps if they were a dark navy cap toe or tasseled loafer, then maybe.
I fancied these. ;)

Something like this perhaps?

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A very handsome shoe, but beyond my ken.
 

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Flanderian, How could you pass on those? They are a definite maybe for me. Smart tassel loafer.
True. And at about $265, hardly ruinous -

https://www.bradshawandlloyd.com/sanders-finchley-navy-suede

I have this shoe in smooth dark brown calf, and having it is both and inducement and a caution: An inducement because I very much like its looks . . . it's a versatile style that can be dressed up or down, and I discovered that the particular last on which they're built fits me very well. But I've learned from past experience that multiples of some things tend to be less well worn. A smooth medium brown English penny is also under consideration, and would likely win out for the sake of use.
 

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When I started buying nicer shoes, suede didn't appeal to me initially because it looked fairly similiar across a wide range of shoes, even comparing cemented junk to quality welted footwear.

So I thought, why bother?

In comparison, the visual difference in quality calf vs. lower quality leather was immediately apparent.

Now I only feel like buying suede shoes at the moment, suits a dusty casual aesthetic a lot more, and is less attention grabbing. They're also more forgiving for breaking in.

Navy suede shoes like the tassel loafers and the longwings in the OP would suit my wardrobe very well considering I mostly wear khaki shades year round.
Currently about $265 for the tassel loafer & $280 for the long wing Blucher.

Happy hunting! :devil:
 

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veeery tempting, especially considering no more duties from the customs bandits regarding UK goods.
Well then, you're good to go for the tassel loafer. They're Northamptonshire made, Lodon sold, though there are plenty of other vendors for this shoe as well.

But I'm afraid the Blucher/derby is from Majorca via Poland. Sorry, I suspect the Banditti are in full vigor in your neck of the woods :( -

https://patine.shoes/yanko-741y-blue.html
 

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CETA, as I understand it, is like NAFTA. Involves the EU countries.

Although I'm slightly uncertain, seeing as Brexit would make the UK not part of the EU, but perhaps that just hasn't taken effect yet.

I've had other Canadian folks over at TOF mention that they bought shoes from Carmina, Meermin, Carlos Santos, C&J, AS etc with no duties, just taxes and shipping.

So perhaps all these options are duty free :amazing:!
Well, if Canada's agreement includes all EU countries, I'd think you should get a break on custom's duties on either pair. Didn't double check, but I'm pretty sure both Spain and Poland are in the EU.

These are my blue suede shoes, a wholecut from Meermin in the Ama last. They're my favorite pair of shoes but get the least wear due to the color and closed lacing. I get compliments on them every time out.
Those are exceptionally handsome shoes!
 
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