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Catch, I am not sure what is going on there. It is possible that you're just getting that weird creasing that sometimes happens on the surface layer of the leather of some shoes or boots. I actually have some weird creasing on the shaft of my NOS MiE steel toes that doesn't look too far off from that. Alternately it could be the lining of the boot or toe puff separating from the boot leather. That could happen if the boots are getting heavily worn.In any case, I highly...
Dunno if these have been mentioned before but: Re: vintage madras, try O'Connell's in Buffalo, NY...they have a boatload of trad/ivy items and lots of NOS stuff (most of which isn't listed on their website). For authentic Ivy-style button down collar shirts, Mercer & Sons makes the best I've seen. Even better than some of the vintage BB oxfords I've got. Not cheap though.
Catch, The Gladiator boots were on sale, so I bought them directly from the UK. If they were not on sale, I probably would've just opted for something else. With shipping I paid around ~$220 U.S. for them. Compare that with Gripfast for $240 shipped in the U.S. or most of the nicer Solovair models will end up being close to $300 or more shipped if you're buying from the UK and having them shipped to the U.S. That's not even taking into account customs/duty fees, which...
For anyone that cares, I thought I'd post a quick comparison of some English-Made DM type boots I have. I had a hard time finding good info on Gripfast and Gladiators, so I hope this will help someone. Note that I have treated all the boots with Obenauf's LP. The boots on the left are the now discontinued English-made steel toed, 10 eye Doctor Martens, model 1919. I'm not sure how old these are, but I purchased them NOS off eBay. I'm guessing they probably date from...
Re: bleeding madras, that's a trad/ivy staple. I don't think everyone can pull it off though, and I've never been a fan of the patchwork madras thing, but I guess it looks the least objectionable in the form of a pair of shorts. When I lived on the east coast, one style you'd see some folks wearing in the summer was a white polo shirt with khakis and a madras sportcoat, plus boatshoes (sockless, of course).
I am selling my Gentlemen Travelers/Beckman boots on eBay in size 8 if anyone is interested. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=131097923217
From talking to some of my colleagues that do this type of work, my impression is that RED is very difficult to break into at the moment. A few people I know that worked for private developers, big A&E firms, etc. doing RED related work were laid off post-crash and ended up moving on to lower paying public sector jobs after long searches. These folks have impressive resumes, 5-10+ years of experience, and went to top graduate schools. When the economy improves a bit more...
Been perusing this thread, some interesting stuff in here. Figured this was a good place to post questions about boots... Haven't worn DM-style boots in about 15 years but, I recently got a pair of MIE Gripfast steelcaps in oxblood. They have a heavy lugged sole that appeals to me because I recently moved to a colder climate and I'm looking at a long winter. Probably going to buy a second pair of similar boots soon. At any rate, is anyone familiar with the "Boots &...
Find an old-line, independent men's shop that sells Samuelsohn and H.Freeman & Son. You should be able to get a nice, conservative navy interview suit in your budget. If you have anything left over you can put that money toward shirts, ties, shoes, belts, etc. OTR is the way to go unless you're a difficult fit.
IIRC, the AE premium polish in a tube is a cream/wax combo, so you probably don't need the shoe cream. I would get the shine cloth, especially for black shoes. Don't forget a shoe horn (plastic or metal is fine) and a set of cedar shoe trees.
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