The Shoe Snob Blog

August 27, 2013

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Shoes, Socks & Ties

J.FitzPatrick Rainier Blackwatch Tartan oxfords

It is often said that shoes are an accessory to an outfit. I have never really agreed with this train of thought as I believe that shoes are one of the more integral (if not the most integral) parts of your wardrobe. Without them you can’t really go out in public. And in even in some cases, you would not be allowed into an establishment without them. This clearly contradicts the idea of an accessory, which ultimately is a decorative ornament to add to your outfit, but be optional. Same thing with socks, one must use them (mainly for hygiene). But ties on the other hand, are part of a different category as one really does not need to have one on in order to complete an outfit. Yet, for me, be them accessories or not these are the three things that set one apart from the rest.

Passaggio Cravatte Ties Passaggio Cravatte Ties 1 Passaggio Cravatte Ties 2 Passaggio Cravatte Ties 3

As some of you may remember, I used to advertise a hand-made tie maker, named Passaggio Cravatte. As I really don’t write the blog to make money off of it, I usually just exchange product for ad space, which is what I clearly did with them. Works out for me, as I have champagne taste but am currently still dining on a beer man’s budget! To close our arrangement I finally cashed in on my last set of ties and I could not be more thrilled as ties for me, are probably the thing that I love most second to shoes, within an outfit. A distant 3rd is the socks. And it just so happens that I use these three things to base my outfits off of. It usually starts with the shoes, then goes to the tie and lastly the socks (which is also affected by trouser color). This is how I decide my look each morning. It works for me, and could very well work for you too.

Laurelhurst loafer black Ravenna Tassel Loafer Navy Suede Ravenna Tassel Loafer Navy Suede 1 Rainier Spectator oxford navy burgundy Rainier Spectator oxford navy burgundy 1J.FitzPatrick Northgate semi brogue oxford brown 1

It is my belief that these three things are what separate most stylish men from the rest, as they are usually the hardest to be bold with but then get right. It is too easy to simply be classic and look good. But being a bit different and yet staying within the boundaries of style is what is the challenging part. But doing so right and pulling it off, to me, is what makes an outfit that much more admirable and intriguing. You can pay a tailor to make all of yours suit look good, but you can’t really pay someone each and every day to make your sock/tie choices so this is where I believe the skill comes into play. That being, I tend to stick to a few rules (shown in the paragraph below) when creating my outfit, which will greatly be affected by 1. my mood and 2. the weather.

J.FitzPatrick Rainier Blackwatch Tartan oxfords 1 J.Fitzpatrick Rainier Spectator oxford navy burgundy 2 J.FitzPatrick Fremont II tan darbys J.FitzPatrick Fremont II tan darbys 1 J.FitzPatrick Fremont II tan darbys 2 J.FitzPatrick Northgate semi brogue oxford brown J.FitzPatrick Northgate semi brogue oxford brown

There is a fine line between getting it right and doing too much. That being, if you have a patterned shoe, then you probably want to use a plain colored sock and a either a plain tie or something subtle but not too crazy. However if your shoe is one solid color, then feel free to mix it up a bit in the sock and tie and start adding some colors and patterns to the mix. But having all 3 being in the same category (plain or patterned) is either too boring (assuming only monotone colors used) or too over the top. That is my opinion at least. So take a look at some of the combinations that I have posed here today and maybe play around with your own selection and see if you start creating different combinations that you might never have thought of before……just remember to have fun with it! Style is lighthearted after all….

Shoes: J.FitzPatrickTies: Passagio Cravatte
Socks: Mes Chausettes Rouge & Red Sox Appeal

J.FitzPatrick Northgate semi brogue oxford brown 2 J.FitzPatrick Northgate semi brogue oxford brown 3 J.FitzPatrick Northgate semi brogue oxford brown 4 J.FitzPatrick Grey oxfords J.FitzPatrick Grey oxfords 1 J.FitzPatrick Grey oxfords 2 J.FitzPatrick Grey oxfords 4J.FitzPatrick Laurelhurst loafer black J.FitzPatrick Laurelhurst loafer black 1 J.FitzPatrick Laurelhurst loafer black 2

  • Adam Jones

    Question on the socks Justin. How do you find the Red Sox hold up with washing/ wearing. I have a huge collection of Paul smith but find for the cost they don’t hold up well. Seem to loose shape, elasticity and easily produce holes. I am off to Milan and como in a week or so and am hoping to pick up a few pairs. (Sock will be at least something I can afford in Milan)

    Btw. I really like your brown semi brogue, hope to see it soon.

    • TheShoeSnob

      So far so good….one pair shrunk on me, but that was my fault as it was wool and I threw it in with the regular stuff….the other are great, really like them! Have a great time, I will be there too, but down in Perugia…with the in-laws…

  • Andrey Panov

    Justin, sorry for the completely unrelated comment, but I just love the brown semi brogues on your new last and the Rainer in burgundy(?) leather/navy suede combination. Hopw they are going to be available for purchase soon.

    • TheShoeSnob

      Andrey, thanks my friend, glad that you like them!! Not sure about the burgundy calf/navy suede Rainier’s release date but the semi brogues (Northgate) will be available early Nov….should I contact you via email when they are available??

      • Andrey Panov

        Justin, yes please do so. Really look forward to it. Enjoy your holidays!

  • Spot on Justin! Beautiful combinations you have there although I am not yet a sockaholic I am trying my best! Absolutely love the brown semi brogue too! Please set one aside for me when you can 🙂

    • TheShoeSnob

      Socks are great!! Okay, have made a note of it for the semi brogue!! Will contact you soon about it!

  • John B

    I really like the glen plaid tie! The shoes too! Being a student, I rarely wear ties, but this post reminds me I need to get some socks!

    • TheShoeSnob

      Thanks John!! Glad that you like the shoes!

    • TheShoeSnob

      glad that you enjoyed the post John!!

  • Marko Pitesa

    Great Post Justin. I really like some of these combinations.
    I am also in love with that Rainer shoe…
    I was wondering if you have already posted about your views on the length of the trousers and the way they can make your shoes stand out

    • TheShoeSnob

      Thank you Marko, I do appreciate that!! I have yet to post about the trouser length….that gives me something to think about for the future. Thank you!