DocHolliday

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It's like we're in the Middle Ages and the pointy poulaine is being replaced by the comically oversized square toe, only in reverse.

The pendulum certainly swings to extremes these days, doesn't it?
 

eagle2250

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Having read the article referenced in the OP, I find myself inspired to pull on my old Wesco Jobmasters (the ones with the Heavy vibram soles and the really blunt toes) and stomp around the house for a few hours...make a bunch of those black scuffs on the white porcelain kitchen floor, do a job on the marble in the foyer too! It's times like these that a real man's gotta let the "little woman" know who's the man around here! Santa and his elves are just a bunch sissies! ;)
 

noble

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Its just me but

I can not bring myself to wear pointed or square toed shoes. Only the full and softly rounded toe for me.

noble
 

gng8

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Great article and pictures. I prefer less of the British round and full toe box and more of a lower and less round one.

The pointy toe shoes pictured remind me of about 1960 when we wore black loafers with a 1/2" wide toe and white sox.
 

eyedoc2180

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I prefer slightly pointy to square. Square is really bad.
Do you know what it is.....there are so many EXTREMELY cheap shoes made with the square toes, and so few quality ones (if any?). You just can't help but be biased against them. That, and the fact that they are butt-ugly.
 

Mathew J

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count me as odd man out but I would much rather square toe shoes to pointy ones as pictured above, I have one pair and another on order, granted they were both inexpensive but rather comfortable. Other than that traditional rounded fronts are about it...the elf or ladies look of the pointed shoe really does nothing for me.
 

Literide

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Lets face it, its a small minority of business dressers overall who invest in, or even understand, quality footwear. Most are buying, almost yearly, whatever they perceive as fashionable and is priced appropriate for them. The pricing issue is of course highly subjective. I've seen really bad shoes, from across the price spectrum, on businessmen across the income spectrum.
Those who buy for the long haul from the handful of quality makers widely discused here, while numerous among my close aquaintances, is not the norm.
 

VincentC

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I prefer round toe shoes. Classic looking. I dont see many men pointy shoes apart from cowboy boot type shoes.

But i have to say i have a thing for woman wearing pointy shoes, almost to the point if i look at their footwear and they're not pointy, im not impressed. I think woman look really good with pointy shoes on.
 
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omanae

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While my future purchases are all rounded toes due to maturing, I do have a few pair of italian pointed toe shoes as seen below that I do love. I would never wear them for business wear, but I do enjoy the option.

 

Prisoner of Zendaline

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Omanae, those are the most splendid shoes! But aside from Mercer Island, and maybe Malibu, I cannot imagine places where occasions might arise for which those would be appropriate. At my house, they would sit in the wardrobe room, beneath the gilded and beaked Venetian masque, as objects of worship. They would have their own glass dome.

But in secret, on days when meetings had gone badly, and some half-billion-dollar project had plotzed or gone podunk and when I was feeling thwarted and in need of shedding another skin......I would put on black silk trousers, my canary yellow silk Pal Zileri blazer, and those splendid, magical shoes. Then I would pace the house, alternately screaming curses and swallowing antioxidants (while admiring my reflection in my far-too-many mirrors). Soon I would be calm enough to polish some silver, call my trainer for an emergency workout, change clothes again, and head to the gym.

Then again, I can see wearing those with a tux for ballet or opera parties here, where everyone is bored and feeling impish. Their entertainment value is beyond measure.
 
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Scoundrel

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The kind of pointy shoes I wear are exampled in the WAYWT thread last week. They're not exaggerated, but elongated. The shoes in the "article" are all chisel toed, not pointy. I think she means she is against chisel toed shoes, or perhaps she really does have no clue what she's talking about! Sorry, but what a load of pseudo-feminist B.S.! Quite a crude understanding of feminism displayed in that article, if I may say so (coming from someone who received honors in womens studies).
 
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Orkhis

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unless they're cowboy boots aka roach killers I dislike pointy anything...I prefer the British chunkier rounded toe like Alden or Church's over the sleaker Italian shoes, also the Italians are so damn expensive.
 

Canaletto

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I prefer slightly pointy to square. Square is really bad.
Really? I would always take the square over the pointy, myself.

For one thing, I actually like the look of big, clunky shoes (more so with chinos/jeans than suits, obviously).

For another, with my wide feet, square-toed shoes just tend to be more comfortable.
 

Jovan

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Journalistic fluff claiming the demise of masculinity in some form. Gee, I haven't seen that before. ;)
 

VincentC

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As i say pointy shoes on men i havent particularly seen that much. But pointy shoes on woman are really good. As long as they arent boots, but are actually shoes with most of the foot being exposed. With either s thin small heel, or even no heel.