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Hello, I'm still learning a lot by browsing AAAC and reading Flusser's book. I'm in the process of buying my first suit and shoes. However I also need a nice pair of casual shoes. I'll be moving into a very snowy and cold city for the next year but hopefully I can limit my moving around to the downtown core. If I have to, I'll buy LL Beans or wear Tingley rubbers, and, a pair of overshoes.

Now I'm set on buying chucks but I don't know what colour I should choose. I'm really keen on red because I think it would make my (soon to be) pea coat pop. I'm just wondering what sort of colours and what not I should be wearing with them.One thing I'm afraid of is I might have to pick colours based on red shoes... Which would severely limit my choices (I'm a winter in case your wondering).

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So what kind of colours can I wear with them? (Including socks) I'm gonna need to layer where I'm going so I'll probably typically wear a tee, shirt, cardigan/sweater, a scarf. And possibly a hat. Jeans, chinos or both? Should I just opt for a neutral pair of chucks?

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Oh and what do you think of wearing a hat like this (either white or black/grey) with a pea coat and red chucks?

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Oh and just in case it matters, I'm 21.
Thank you.
 

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Hats off!

Instead of the rather "Ice Capades" cap pictured, you might want to consider a watch cap, which is worn in the Navy while wearing a pea coat. The Navy issue comes in navy blue, of course, but there are other colors in that style:

https://www.rothco.com/general/inde...etail/item/2273/subcat/73/prodid/90/from/left

https://www.themilitarytrail.com/servlet/the-773/Ragg-Wool-Watch-Cap/Detail

As for the shoes: Aren't canvas shoes somewhat impractical in wet or snowy weather? The traction factor must be considered also, if icy conditions occur.

Here's a leather topped "Kool Aid" Reebock that would have at least similar traction capabilities and less likelihood of getting as wet through as canvas topped, while still giving you the red "pop" you want:

https://www.like.com/buy?id=ea5f7be...6-bdf087352f7a39cb&visig=true&pos=6&ssq=false
 

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I wore green high-top Chucks w/ purple laces circa 1986

I would advise the Go To Hell dictate that you get to wear one and only one garish item at a time. If shoes are red, everything else best be rather subdued.

I think a decent pair of ragg wool socks in a heathery grey or cream color should work well. Of course these shoes have no more arch support than the lid of the box they came in, so I can't really wear them anymore.
 

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I appreciate all the input guys.

Blueboy1938: I'll take your advice on the watch cap. One garish item at a time, I'll remember that rule! I don't think I need any special shoes for the winter however. I'm used to winter and supposedly it snows a lot less where I'm going, but it's a lot colder and more windy.

chatsworth osborne jr.: That's what I was afraid of. I have a modest budget right now and that by itself limits my wardrobe choices. Now I have to get a lot of dull shirts? What complicates things is that I have a high contrast skin tone, so from my understanding I should stay away from dull colours. Hmmm. Maybe I'll wear a bright tee, and a dull shirt and a dull cardigan over it. My budget limits me to 4-5 shirts and t shirts so each shirt should ideally be as different from every other one as possible. I might go for neutral shoes after all. (Yeah, or I'll go red, save up and buy another pair of chucks!).
 

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As far as high quality canvas shoes go, I would recommend a pair of Ed Hardys. They are usually multi-colored though, and have detailed pictures but the quality is much higher than a pair of chucks or converse in my experience.
 

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no rainbow suspenders or chartreuse pants, orange tops...

Now I have to get a lot of dull shirts?
Okay, subdued might be the wrong term as it implies muted earth tone colors. Not the case, you can have other jewel tones and whatnot, but nothing should rival the one standout item. Red is a practical primary color, so it's not that hard.
 

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I'm surprised no one mentioned the almost total absence of bio-mechanical support or protection for your feet, offered by Chuck Taylor's of any color. Enjoy them while you are young enough because, as the years pile on, your feet will not continue to be so forgiving! ;)
 

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As far as high quality canvas shoes go, I would recommend a pair of Ed Hardys. They are usually multi-colored though, and have detailed pictures but the quality is much higher than a pair of chucks or converse in my experience.
Those are a little loud for me. Has anyone worn the the Pro Keds canvas like these:

https://zeta.zappos.com/product/7411147/color/513
 

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I'm surprised no one mentioned the almost total absence of bio-mechanical support or protection for your feet, offered by Chuck Taylor's of any color. Enjoy them while you are young enough because, as the years pile on, your feet will not continue to be so forgiving! ;)
I've come to realize this, too. It's another reason I won't be buying more.
 

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I'm surprised no one mentioned the almost total absence of bio-mechanical support or protection for your feet, offered by Chuck Taylor's of any color.
I have to agree with eagle on this. As the owner of both red and black high tops I must confess that they have been reduced to collector's items in my closet. They just aren't comfortable to wear anymore, assuming of course that they ever were; but I was younger then.

I bought the red ones after an encounter with Southern writer/humorist Dave Barry many years ago. He was wearing a pair of red high tops with jeans and a navy blazer. I thought he looked cool and went right out and bought myself a pair. For some reason they just never looked as "cool" on me as they did on Barry. :icon_smile_big:

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