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Nicole Farhi gray overcoat in an alpaca/wool/cashmere blend. Made in Italy, and looks like a decent maker. Size 42. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=171359780397
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 It is a consequence of the modern shoe manufacturing business.  In the US, most shoes come only in regular width (US D), and sometimes in wide.  I cannot find *any* shoes that fit in most shoe stores or department stores.  Styleforum has been extremely helpful in identifying makers and lasts that do fit.  Now, I always search the archives for specific guidance on fit before considering any new shoe purchase.  This has helped tremendously. 
 Related question:  Any suggestions to minimize the formation of creases in whole-cuts?  I know this cannot be avoided, but are there any good strategies to keep them from becoming severe?
I have this problem as well, along with narrow feet. Half- or three-quarter insoles work well. For dress shoes, I have found the ones from Pedag and Tacco to be the best. For example:http://www.pedagusa.com/product%20pages/holiday.htmhttp://www.feetrelief.com/feetrelief/tacco_elastic.htmIt is difficult to determine in advance what insole will work best with each pair of shoes, so if you have this problem them it is best to purchase several to make a "kit" that you can...
jungleroller -- my advise is to go into hats-plus and pick out a hat live. That helps quite a lot when you don't know exactly what you're aiming for, and they will help you. DjangoV -- that is a very nice hat from an excellent maker, especially of that vintage. Follow the instructions that cptjeff provided. It really is not hard, and you can decrease and recrease as you like. ImTheGroom -- you can just get out dust, lint, etc., and restore the nap of the felt. ...
In the US, it is possible to get some English shoes in narrower sizes made specifically for the US market, e.g., C&J for Brooks Brothers, and the Grenson for Paul Stuart mentioned previously. However, some import lines only come in standard US D width, e.g., C&J for Ben Silver.
Cheaney offers a narrow D width. In US sizes, I am a 10C to 10.5B, and Cheaney 9.5D works well for me. Some Italian makers also offer narrow sizes or just come narrow. Ferragamo offers narrow widths (US B), though beware of the quality of some of their lines, esp. their Studio line. Barrett comes narrow. Some Cortley/Cortina/Martegani come narrow, and they show exactly the shape and dimensions of all their lasts for all shoe sizes on their website. Also, for serious...
I meant, specifically, how do these Meermin double monks compare in quality to the other double monks discussed here?http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=2338http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=2050I have a much better sense of how the Meermin lines compare to each other than how they compare to other makers over the range discussed in this thread.
You can also get a button fob that is intended to be inserted through the buttonhole. e.g., http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-14K-GOLD-FILLED-POCKET-WATCH-CHAIN-AND-SHIRT-BUTTON-FOB-/161153146824 However, my understanding is that these were worn inside the jacket, so that button would be inserted into a buttonhole on your vest or jacket. To put it into your lapel would be impractical, therefore only for show in a very odd way. Like wearing a wristwatch on the outside of...
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