Before I get started, I want to thank the good folks over at Testosterone for sending over a pair of their "Finish Line" wingtips for me to check out. Have to be honest, I was hesitant at first as I probably would never have tried such a bold pair of shoes on my own if the opportunity hadn't presented itself. However it did, and quite frankly I'm not sorry.
Made in India, leather and suede uppers, the shoe is decently put together. No obvious assembly defects and while the leather isn't the highest quality, it's not flimsy either. I applied a decent amount of pressure on the toe box and it held its own. Soles are man made, but again not automatically a bad thing especially if budget is a concern. I was going for a sort of Great Gatsby taking a walk around his estate look, and so what better way to test for comfort (since I don't have an estate) than to take a walk around the local park? After about a mile and a half or so, there was no wrinkling across the suede which I took to be a good sign and one of my favorite things about suede. Even inexpensive suede will always look better than cheap leather. The Finish Line also brings together my two favorite colors; navy and grey. So, would I recommend wearing these with a suit? Probably not, but that's a personal preference. No doubt, one of you guys out there could pull that off with total aplomb. In my opinion, these are a solid casual pair of shoes whether slightly dressed up like this or even with a pair of denim, which I believe I'll be wearing them with quite a bit this spring and summer.
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"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out" - James Bryant Conant. This blog is documentation of my journey, sticking my neck out to pursue my passion for men's style and tailoring. - Wale