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Hi,

I'm interested in finding a pair of comfortable shoes that would go well with primarily with jeans and chinos (khaki, light to dark grey, blue, navy, olive, brown), but could conceivably be used with a navy blazer and grey slacks or possibly a bright navy suit. Since I walk quite a bit, the comfort aspect is important to me as well.

I am on a budget and was thinking about a couple of inexpensive Allen Edmonds shoes:

The Lax Dergy in Dark Chili or the LGA wingtip in Brown.

https://www.allenedmonds.com/factor...size&prefn2=width&prefv1=9.5&prefv2=B&start=7

https://www.allenedmonds.com/factor...xfords/SF3350S.html?dwvar_SF3350S_color=3351S

My hope is that the rubber soles on these shoes should provide a high level of comfort for long city walks (up to 70 minutes/day). Which do you think would be more appropriate for my list of requirements? Which would be considered more casual? The LAX since the color is lighter or the LGA because of the broguing?

Also, I'm open to suggestions if better choices are out there (provided they come in narrow width).

Thanks,

rhz
 

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Agreed I like my brown suede chukka boots and think it is the perfect choice for you.

Think if it this way a chukka is a casual shoe you are dressing up while a calf leather wingtip is a dress shoe you are dressing down. If the primary use of the shoe is going to be casual why not go with the casual shoe and dress it up know and again with a navy suit. Instead of daily dressing down a dress shoe with jeans.

There is nothing wrong with wearing dress shoes with jeans. My personal rule is jeans and a collared shirt but suede chukkas look more at home with that combination then derby wingtips.
 

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There is everything wrong with wearing dress shoes with jeans. My suggestion: don't do this. It's a foppish i-gent fad that is best avoided. And while you're at it, make a better choice than jeans.
 

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There is everything wrong with wearing dress shoes with jeans. My suggestion: don't do this. It's a foppish i-gent fad that is best avoided. And while you're at it, make a better choice than jeans.
+1.

Also, note that both AE's are built on EVA soles. And while they tend to be very comfortable to walk in, also tend to wear quickly. And depending upon how hard the wearer is on footwear, and how much walking he does, their life expectancy could be very brief.
 

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Thank you for your responses. I am open to chukka boots as well. The issue for me is that I have a narrow foot, which severely limits my choices, even at AE.

There is this one (not suede, with a hiking boot type sole that looks unattractive):
https://www.allenedmonds.com/outlet...size&prefn2=width&prefv1=9.5&prefv2=B&start=5

There is also a suede boot in taupe, which seems too light in color.

If the two shoes I selected seem too formal, and the chukka sizing remains a problem, what would you recommend as a more casual shoe that would be appropriate for my use case?

These?

https://www.allenedmonds.com/outlet...size&prefn2=width&prefv1=9.5&prefv2=B&start=5

https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/...e/SF1951.html?dwvar_SF1951_color=1951#start=5

Thanks again.
 

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Thank you for your responses. I am open to chukka boots as well. The issue for me is that I have a narrow foot, which severely limits my choices, even at AE.

There is this one (not suede, with a hiking boot type sole that looks unattractive):
https://www.allenedmonds.com/outlet...size&prefn2=width&prefv1=9.5&prefv2=B&start=5

There is also a suede boot in taupe, which seems too light in color.

If the two shoes I selected seem too formal, and the chukka sizing remains a problem, what would you recommend as a more casual shoe that would be appropriate for my use case?

These?

https://www.allenedmonds.com/outlet...size&prefn2=width&prefv1=9.5&prefv2=B&start=5

https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/...e/SF1951.html?dwvar_SF1951_color=1951#start=5

Thanks again.
I've long noted that AE's on-line photos actually tend to look worse than the real footwear they depict. Conjecture as you will.

Given that, among those above the Chukka and Wilbert would be fine with jeans or chinos, and you might be able to stretch the chukka with a good shine to wear with a blazer in the pinch. None of the footwear would be appropriate for wear with a suit, IMHO.

I find the Walton to be ugly.
 

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I like the brown Tate chukka that you listed as an option. That sole is pretty casual. I looked up a few others in your size that you might also consider. I noticed you were looking at discounted models, so I stuck with those.

Jodox (factory second)
Brown Shoe Dress shoe Liver Magenta


Tate chukka, taupe suede
Footwear Brown Shoe Outdoor shoe Beige


Tate wingtip, brown grain
Brown Dress shoe Magenta Font Athletic shoe
 

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I like the brown Tate chukka that you listed as an option. That sole is pretty casual. I looked up a few others in your size that you might also consider. I noticed you were looking at discounted models, so I stuck with those.

Jodox (factory second)
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Tate chukka, taupe suede
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Tate wingtip, brown grain
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Thanks. I saw the others. Was on the fence about the Jodox, but they're gone now. Looking for something dark in color with a shoe (rather than hiking boot) sole.

Thanks again for your suggestions.
 

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Not 100% convinced about the style, but would something like this be OK?

https://www.shoes.com/drew-delaware-wing-tip/783718/1674037
Starts to look like a leather tennis shoe to me which I find not attractive. I will be a bit contrary and say that I don't always find dress shoes with jeans distasteful. Of course it depends on the jeans and the shoes. First of all there are high end well made jeans that almost don't look like jeans. These function almost like dress pants. And there are tattered, worn, holes in the knees, frayed edges jeans either by excessive wear or prefabricated that probably shouldn't be worn at all. Certainly brogues with rubber soles are somewhat less dressy and could do well with some jeans. And suede clearly softens the look of the shoe for jeans. Indeed, even the tassle suede loafers could go well with some jeans. I wouldn't wear a black cap toe oxford with jeans but I easily wear C and J Coniston suede black cap toe boots with a Dainite sole with jeans. So it just depends.
 

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Starts to look like a leather tennis shoe to me which I find not attractive. I will be a bit contrary and say that I don't always find dress shoes with jeans distasteful. Of course it depends on the jeans and the shoes. First of all there are high end well made jeans that almost don't look like jeans. These function almost like dress pants. And there are tattered, worn, holes in the knees, frayed edges jeans either by excessive wear or prefabricated that probably shouldn't be worn at all. Certainly brogues with rubber soles are somewhat less dressy and could do well with some jeans. And suede clearly softens the look of the shoe for jeans. Indeed, even the tassle suede loafers could go well with some jeans. I wouldn't wear a black cap toe oxford with jeans but I easily wear C and J Coniston suede black cap toe boots with a Dainite sole with jeans. So it just depends.
I would certainly wear my tan, grained cowhide C & J Connistons with denims. ;)
 

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Hi,

I'm interested in finding a pair of comfortable shoes that would go well with primarily with jeans and chinos (khaki, light to dark grey, blue, navy, olive, brown), but could conceivably be used with a navy blazer and grey slacks or possibly a bright navy suit. Since I walk quite a bit, the comfort aspect is important to me as well.

I am on a budget and was thinking about a couple of inexpensive Allen Edmonds shoes:

The Lax Dergy in Dark Chili or the LGA wingtip in Brown.

https://www.allenedmonds.com/factor...size&prefn2=width&prefv1=9.5&prefv2=B&start=7

https://www.allenedmonds.com/factor...xfords/SF3350S.html?dwvar_SF3350S_color=3351S

My hope is that the rubber soles on these shoes should provide a high level of comfort for long city walks (up to 70 minutes/day). Which do you think would be more appropriate for my list of requirements? Which would be considered more casual? The LAX since the color is lighter or the LGA because of the broguing?

Also, I'm open to suggestions if better choices are out there (provided they come in narrow width).

Thanks,

rhz
I would go with the brogues (wing tips). They are a Derby so not a formal shoe, and will look fine with jeans or chinos.
 

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