Originally Posted by klior
I'm thinking about buying these Allen Edmonds for casual wear. Do you think they are formal enough to work with black pants and a button down shirt (my normal daily wear)?
Those are more formal than casual. Buy a pair of bluchers for a dress shoe that can work well with jeans or a suit. You can get a pair with some broguing for a more casual look as well.
edit: maybe I misread your post, if casual = dress pants and a button down, then yes those are formal enough, though I wouldn't wear them with black slacks. I initially read casual and thought jeans + button down/sweater/etc.