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Posts by DartagnanRed

Yah agreed but the things is in my experience many Italian shoes (I'm talking a bit more on the mainstream here) have much thinner soles. Not a function of their construction method, but makes them less attractive in my book and also less hardy.
I mean more the "italian style" of shoes rather than simply made in Italy. I think St Crispin which I linked in made in Italy. Most Italian shoes have flimsy thin soles that wear out quicker and in my opinion look worse.  The Italians make the best of many things, but I think the English make the best shoes.
As it appears your budget is, ahem, not small, I would look at: Gaziano and Girling: http://www.gazianogirling.com/St Crispin: http://www.saintcrispins.com/John Lobb: http://www.johnlobb.com/us/ It's a personal thing, but I think Italian shoes are overrated. Most are Blake welted and don't live up to the price tag. If you truly must have something outlandish and colourful: Corthay; http://www.corthay.com/
Iron if they're showing in your pocket, although unlikely as you're likely folding them anyway. Linen is fine to iron, but you'll need your iron on full heat. Avoid the edges. If you're worried, iron underneath something else, maybe a crappy cotton handkerchief.
I don't think he'd appreciate you calling his livelihood boring.
Less than a quarter by body weight though.
In Australia, most men take "black tie" to mean "wear a black tie"
I agree, I walked into Country Road the other day and was pretty impressed all round with men's and women's stuff. Quality basics done right.
Wait until you do put on size and reassess then.
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