Finally got around to wearing these in New York today. A bit of snow on shoes and later spilled coffee on the one. Still no sign of spotting, but I'll keep an eye and report back. The rubber sole is incredibly comfortable.
Here's the rubber sole. Not sure what it's called. It was Phillips suggestion. He commented specifically that he liked it because it could be beveled and so was less conspicuous. I think it looks good but I think something heavy like vibram would also look fine with the shrunken calf.
Fantastic looking shoes. Please post pictures after you've worn them. I don't like the chisel last but the novello interests me a great deal. But in some pics, like those of your shoes, it looks great, in others too elongated.
The fabrics in the Classic II book seem a little softer than the older fabrics. Also, it's worth checking out Harrison's P&B Fine Classics. Very similar to Minnis but more patterns, and IMO nicer blues.
I think a two piece Minnis Fresco is still under $2000, though possibly just barely. The last suit I ordered from Chan in Dugdale's New Fine Wool was around $1800. But Dugdale may be one of the cheapest fabrics currently available from Chan. 2 piece suits in most fabrics are now in the mid-$2000 range.
Chan's prices have climbed steeply over the past few years. Two or three years ago, a 2 piece Fresco suit was around $1300 and Harrison's premier cru was around $1800...
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