I've made up a shopping list for the summer, but unfortunately I haven't turned up anything that is both interesting and in my price range, so maybe some forum members could give me some input on the following in terms of brands, styles, and vendors: Shoes: I'm looking for a casual lace-up shoe, mainly to be worn with jeans, chinos, and cords. I'm not overly interested in leather for price and diversity reasons, so I'm thinking suede or canvas. Something edgy and fashion forward would be ideal. My last pair was a set of dark blue suede Vans sneakers: I'd like to upgrade from that both in terms of quality and style, and get a similar effect without spending too much. I also could use a nice pair of brown leather dress shoes in the $200-300 range and I know next to nothing about shoes so any tips would help. As for vendors, I'd prefer not to buy online unless it's a really good deal with a flexible return policy. Pocket squares: Is it me or is it really hard to find a decent selection of pocket squares? Even ebay has next to nothing to offer. The only local place I found selling them was Neiman's and the selection consisted only of bland white cotton handkerchiefs and tacky and very overpriced (in my opinion at least) whimsical models by Hermes and Ferragamo. I'm looking for something made of silk/linen in solid or subtly-patterned pastel colors (lavender, mint green, cream, baby blue, etc), preferably under $25 or so. Cufflinks: I broke my standard pair (two plain silver colored ovals chained together) during a struggle trying to put them in a new shirt before work, and am looking for a new, less formal, more novelty or unique, pair of double sided cufflinks. Ebay seems to be the best place to check, though I'm finding a lot of worthless old junk to filter through. Perhaps someone with better experience or knowledge could take a gander and recommend some finds or styles to look for? Thanks for the help.
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7/6/03 at 2:51am