When Gigi pointed out these metallic oxfords at Banana Republic, I decided to try them. I got a 40% discount for some sale (today is Tuesday sale, or whatever). They were back-ordered and finally arrived today.

Now I can't remember why I thought I needed metallic oxfords. But I had been thinking about getting some, and I had made some remark to that effect. Can anyone tell me if I do in fact need these? (In any sense of the word need.)

I do love my metallic shoes: ballet flats, sling-back Mary Janes, high-top sneakers, and peep-toe booties all get pretty much wear. They bookend with my silvery-brown hair.

These are an especially good shade for me, a grayish-taupe pewter, with a subtle shine. I like my metallics subdued, rather than bright and shiny. More antiqued than space-age.

The fit is good. Comfort is okay, and very good when I add my heel inserts, which fit in them fine. I am unsure of the style for me. Do I want a refined oxford like this? What about the fact that they are leather on the outside but not leather-lined?

They are different than what I have--the brown Born Arletta and the black Josef Seibel Tina. I love the Born Arlettas and have worn them a lot since getting them at NAS several years ago. I am highly ambivalent about the Seibels but wear them because they are comfortable. I have been thinking about--and searching online for--a black oxford replacement, though I'm not entirely convinced I want black.

1-3: the new pewter oxfords (Banana Republic, Brelyn)
4: my current caramel brown oxfords (Born, Arletta)
5: my current black oxfords (Josef Seibel, Tina)

Thanks for looking! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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