[Poll] Cap toe vs Plain toe vs Wingtip?

Cap toe vs Plain toe vs Wingtip?

  • Cap toe

  • Plain toe

  • Wingtip


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FLMike

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Though I can't for the life of me understand why one would restrict oneself to one pair of shoes and I'm not even a serious shoe fan. momsdoc and Roger P must both be scratching their heads.
I don't think he was suggesting just one pair of dress shoes. Rather, just one pair of black oxfords....which is exactly how many pair I own. And it's a cap toe.
 

Lukan

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I get a nice hearty feeling from cap-toes. A style that has stood the test of time. Plain-toes are too... plain and wing-tips are a bit ritzy for me. A splash of broguing is as much as I'm willing to decorate I'm afraid.

I think on the whole topic of black-tie, I think having a 'weird pair of cap-toes' at the two black-tie events in a year is more preferable to the 'weird pair of plain-toes' you wear every day to a job. That is of course if we're just talking about black shoes. (then again I habitually stare at the shoes of people working in the City of London whilst on trains to see if they're up to snuff so maybe I'm persnickety :))
 

JBierly

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I just don't consider these weird plain toes. But I get it how people like cap toes over a plain toe oxford.



Or something like this - I actually wore this exact pair today. I didn't feel weird. They are plain but look pretty nice with charcoal slacks.
 

JRK77

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Dallas
I own two pair of black shoes. An AE Park Ave cap toe, and the shoes I was married in--AE Copley patent leather plain toe. All of my other shoes are some shade of burgundy or brown. To me, the formality of black seems to clash with a wing tip style--I don't see the point. Unless you need patent leather shoes, I think black cap toe is all you need in black. That's "fwiw," because I'm still rather new at this myself
 

Matt S

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The black plain-stitched cap-toe is easily the most versatile choice. Plain-toe oxfords look a little odd to me (but I have the AE Carlyle) unless they are wholecuts. I prefer a plain-toe style in a derby or monk. The cap-toe oxford without any brogueing works well with and blue or grey suit, and I think it's perfectly okay for black tie. I've come to believe that a cap-toe is equally correct for black tie as a plain-toe.
 

eagle2250

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A cap-toe. Why? Because your survey didn't allow me to choose "all of the above!" ;)
 

jjohnson

Starting Member
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Cap-toe is the most versatile. That said I find I prefer a wingtip most days or a variation, A.E. Strand or the McAllister in Oxblood. Perhaps it is the Scottish genes.