I’m basically sold on the utility of a burgundy oxford bal, and I’ve got a bit of a crush on these two Meermins. The top pair, in museum calf, is a lovely shoe, but probably a bit fancy for my scruffy, tweed-and-cord-draped hide. That mottling is something special, though, and that right there is a well-proportioned captoe if ever I saw one.
The bottom pair, that I could work with. One of the things that stuck with me from FIT’s Ivy Style exhibit was a mannequin in OCBD, sweater vest, bow tie, and a slightly worn pair of #8 shell balmorals. Something about it poked some deep-seated Yankee thriftiness lying around in my brain: shoes that were eminently correct with a suit, but that still fly with something a little more relaxed.
Also, though I know this is such a picayune thing, I want a pair of shoes with a fudge welt.