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I have a couple of knit ties but basically have stopped wearing them.  Why would I wear those when I can wear more interesting things like the following:   Drake's wool-cashmere blend     Luciano Barbera wool-silk blend (actual colors play a lot darker than this)       Atkinsons poplin wool-silk blend       At other times of year:   Brooks Brothers linen     Cocktail collection lightweight silk       There are a...
  The links are helpful, thanks -- interesting reading.  But I'm looking for shoes, not boots.  If there is a major snowstorm then I will get out serious gear (Asolo goretex trail shoes or boots).  My work environment is eclectic so casual shoes are normally fine, and in the Chicago area everyone makes allowances for bad winter weather anyway.  Here I'm looking for something more intermediate in terms of weather threat.  What are the options at the level of brands like...
Here's an information request for the forum.  It would be useful to compile updated information on good options for nice-looking shoes, say suitable to wear with a sportcoat and tie, that can survive moderately bad weather (rain, puddles, ice, etc.)   I had a decent-looking pair of Salvatore Ferragamo Studio shoes with a vibram sole for this purpose, but they completely came apart after six months.  As in, the toebox literally separated from the sole, and I had to...
Isaia tie $30 BIN http://www.ebay.com/itm/ISAIA-Napoli-Black-Grey-Tie-/330824622807
  To get a sense of what color combos you like, you should follow the suggestion to browse WAYWRN and other threads here -- you will find lots of great combos in many different individual styles.   For the tie purchase, IMHO the only place to get good ties for <$50 is ebay or occasionally at places like Marshals, Nordstrom Rack, Off 5th etc.  If you only need a couple of ties and know specifically what you want then I'd step up a bit in price and buy from Sam Hober, who...
  The difference is quite noticeable in the photos, but of course you have focused the images specifically on the shoes.  I think it would probably be noticeable in person -- certainly so to SF-types; not as much to casual passers-by.  Whether this bothers you is a completely different question.
  These look great -- I just ordered a set.  Thanks for the tip!
  The differential in creasing between the two shoes looks very odd.  Unless your feet are very different sizes, I wonder if the left shoe is defective.
  That is not normally the reaction I get.  Tasteful PS's just accentuate an outfit without standing out.  If you go for some huge poof or octopus looking thing then I'd imagine you could get that reaction.  An understated linen square or color accent normally comes across well, I think, and I have only received positive comments about this.
The PS is the one item likely to stand out -- there are only 2-3 other people (besides me) that wear them at my school in natural sciences / engineering.  At most conferences I attend, I'm the only one wearing a PS.  Of course it is often valuable to stand out and be memorable in academia, especially when you have the capability to back up the extra attention.  Personally I would wear a tasteful but rich colored pocket square to provide some color contrast and a secondary...
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