Recommendations for black crossover formal/casual shoe?

The Shooman

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Obviously monkstraps and loafers are out of the question because they are too casual, and black oxfords are too formal for casual.

Your idea above is very good.

Some other good ideas could be:

1). the gusset shoe you linked above
2). this! Perhaps a touch too formal for some men though.
John Lobb - edward 1.jpg John Lobb - edward 2.jpg
http://openers.jp/gallery/318675/4
https://leffot.com/john-lobb-lopez-and-edward/
https://www.johnlobb.com/en_eu/elm

3). Something less formal and more casual is this in black.
Edward Green -kibworth.jpg

4). A slick black derby.
Bespoke 2 eyelet derby - Yohei Fukuda.jpg

The key is to find a company that makes similar designs that will fit you. Send them a picture and ask if they make it.

Of course there is also the black chelsea boot and chukka boot, but l think the top 3 (including yours) make a statement because they are unique.
 

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Obviously the solution is to not wear "black crossover formal/casual shoe". Fuck that shit. 99% of the shoes shown here look like something a disabled Belgian pensioner might wear.
 

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Don’t wear a black “crossover” shoe.

But if you insist, a chelsea boot is the obvious answer, as it has been used as such since the 60s in England, if not earlier.
 

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Obviously the solution is to not wear "black crossover formal/casual shoe". Fuck that shit. 99% of the shoes shown here look like something a disabled Belgian pensioner might wear.
Disabled British pensioners wear cheap trainers or shoes with Velcro fasteners.
 

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Obviously the solution is to not wear "black crossover formal/casual shoe". Fuck that shit. 99% of the shoes shown here look like something a disabled Belgian pensioner might wear.
Don’t wear a black “crossover” shoe.

But if you insist, a chelsea boot is the obvious answer, as it has been used as such since the 60s in England, if not earlier.
So if you had a smart/casual dress code (Assuming a work trip) and you are wearing singlepleat/tailored trousers (odd trousers but dark colours e.g. dark navy fresco and dark grey worsted) What shoes are you going to wear with that. Clearly not an oxford or a split toe neither a black loafer. A very dark brown suede would work I guess but need this within a certain time
 

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black crossover formal/casual shoe?

I'm not sure what the issue is here.
Why must you have black?
You have no other shoes?
What do you mean by formal - Dinner Suit?
What do you mean by casual - biz cas, smart non biz cas, BBQ, strolling around town, going to films?
 

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Nought wrong with the Foster & Son's ones, except that awful antiqued black leather. So naff.
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Obviously the solution is to not wear "black crossover formal/casual shoe". Fuck that shit. 99% of the shoes shown here look like something a disabled Belgian pensioner might wear.

My impression of those slip on shoes has always been that they are older style shoes for old money men. They are the type of shoes for Earls and men in castles oroldmansions who own Rolls Royces. Notice how they are offered by the top shoe manufacturers and offered by the top old bespoke houses like Lobb.

The wonderful bleached antiqued leather would be no accident either IMO. Those old money folks would buy the best shoes and own them for a lifetime, and over time the bleaching effect would occur. Also notice how G&G does deco black bleach antique shoes. This is my theory, this is high society stuff, and to me it makes perfect sense. But even more so, my intuition tells me this is probably what is going on.

Even when l was a kid, those shoes told me they are for men with vast fortunes. Later in the 80's l saw Alan Bond with a pair (billionaire). Rich guys used to love those types of shoos...plain high fronted loafer type of shoes...they ooze class! These are for guys that want to live in a world that is above the need for laces, and they are above the average loafer on a manager. These shoos are for guys that rule the world!


Disabled British pensioners wear cheap trainers or shoes with Velcro fasteners.
Over here they wear light gray vinyl loafers with plastic soles with velco fasteners. Well, at least they used to 20 years ago. Hideous!
 
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