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Gentlemen, your sage advice is needed for hapless reader Mr. J, who can’t figure out what shoes to wear to work.
I need help fast. My new workplace calls for business casual. I really don’t do “casual” in the sense they mean, so I will be wearing a navy blazer, dress slacks, and dress khakis on a normal basis. My issue is shoes. I would normally wear my Alden penny loafers with that dress described above. However, I won’t wear the same shoe everyday. I’m more of a lace-up guy in style to begin with, but I need some help with the type of dress I will be wearing. I prefer Alden, because I have graduated to that after growing up on Allen Edmonds. Is there an Ivy or trad style of laceup that would be appropriate for me in my situation? Thanks from below the Mason-Dixon Line.
For the above image I selected Alden’s split-toe blucher, since he wanted a laceup. However, while I certainly have a personal preference for loafers, I think there’s a bit of logic ingongruity in wearing lace-ups without a tie, as well as being less faithful to Ivy tradition, in which loafers are worn not only with jacket and tie, but also a suit, and in die-hard cases, even a three-piece suit.
Feel free to weigh in with as many ideas as possible until Mr. J is completely overwhelmed with options. — CC