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I have basically two brown dress shoes and two black. Just discovered today that the "beater" pair of black shoes - some not-great square-toed rockports - had almost completely separated from the sole in the heel. Obviously, these need replacing.

 

Other black pair is a brand-new (this past Christmas) cap-toed Oxford by Johnston & Murphy. Yeah, sorry.

 

I'm on a budget so I'd like to keep this second pair right around $100. If it exonerates previous choices, my issue is that I have big feet, and take generally a 15W or 16D (sometimes 16W too; depends on the maker). I'd also like something that it's possible to walk around in a lot without falling apart (I'm in a city, have no car, walk to train to work, etc. etc.).

 

Any tips? Thanks!

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I have a wool vest that I would like to customize by adding contrasting leather or wool sleeves. Any idea who could help me with that? Any website or store in the DC (or even NYC) area?

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but people tend to hold an opinion, that black patent leather oxfords should be reserved for the occasions, which require a dinner jacket. 

 

Could one possibly wear these shoes http://www.church-footwear.com/en/UK/man/evening/alastair/patent-black with a caramel cashmere crewneck sweater and suit trousers made of wool? 

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I recently thrifted a pair of AE MacNeil's for 8.99. http://m.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF232_1_40000000001_-1#

They are leather soled which is not only beat to hell but doesn't work for my climate the majority of the time. Is it possible for a cobbler to install a dianite (hope I spelled this right) type sole? If so, any idea on an average price range for this?

edit: nm, did some digging. Apparently topy may be the best option for me given my circumstances. I know there are differing sides to this camp. Anyone have a cobbler they use in the Rochester, NY area?
Edited by cdgreg - 2/12/14 at 7:59pm
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I'm roughly a true medium, 48" chest, pretty slim overall

 

Would a size 2 Noragi fit too tight?

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Are there currently any known problems at USPS? The international shipping for two parcels takes quite long.


Edited by herp - 2/13/14 at 5:34am
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Originally Posted by cdgreg View Post

I recently thrifted a pair of AE MacNeil's for 8.99. http://m.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF232_1_40000000001_-1#

They are leather soled which is not only beat to hell but doesn't work for my climate the majority of the time. Is it possible for a cobbler to install a dianite (hope I spelled this right) type sole? If so, any idea on an average price range for this?

edit: nm, did some digging. Apparently topy may be the best option for me given my circumstances. I know there are differing sides to this camp. Anyone have a cobbler they use in the Rochester, NY area?

BNelson in Manhattan does Dainite, but it's a bit pricey.
post #14648 of 16029
Just got back my allen Edmonds fifth avenues from the cobbler to replace the heels. By default, the fifth ave. has a black heel but my cobbler painted my heel area dark brown, the same color as my uppers.

Does this make the shoe less formal?
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Can anyone link me to a place online where I can buy skinny black chinos that are low rise? I want them to be slightly wider than Saint Laurent skinny, have all black stitching and be high quality
post #14650 of 16029
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Anyone recommend any floral shirts? Been looking at Gitman & EG but finding the ones I like in XS has been an impossible task frown.gif

http://www.wolfvsgoat.com/collections/shirting-1/products/floral-chambray


http://www.wolfvsgoat.com/products/navy-floral-print
post #14651 of 16029
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Originally Posted by herp View Post
 

Are there currently any known problems at USPS? The international shipping for two parcels takes quite long.

 

There's a ton of snow on pretty much the entire Eastern continent. If you have a package that needs to go anywhere through that area there's a pretty good chance it will be delayed.

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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

Just got back my allen Edmonds fifth avenues from the cobbler to replace the heels. By default, the fifth ave. has a black heel but my cobbler painted my heel area dark brown, the same color as my uppers.

Does this make the shoe less formal?

 

Did you not tell your cobbler to replace like for like identically?

post #14653 of 16029
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Originally Posted by LelandJ View Post
 

 

Did you not tell your cobbler to replace like for like identically?

I didn't think he will paint over my heels since all I had told him to do was replace my worn out heels with new ones. He did a fabulous job, but I'm not sure whether dark brown shoes paired with brown heels are considered formal.  

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Not sure which pants/shirt/tie to wear for Valentines Day dinner at one of the best French restaurants in Boston, although it has no required dress code. We will also be going to the Boston Wine Expo Saturday, followed by a very nice restaurant for dinner, and then going to a birthday party at a nightclub afterwards.

Blazer (& white pocket square with silver borders):
http://factory.jcrew.com/mens-clothing/suiting/PRDOVR~38647/38647.jsp?color_name=warm-navy

Boots (and will wear same colored leather belt):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C7AJK7U

Pants choices
Dusty Camel Jeans:
http://factory.jcrew.com/mens-clothing/pants/denim/PRDOVR~90541/90541.jsp?color_name=dusty-camel

Burgandy/Wine Chinos (Express photographer, couldn't find on web)
http://imageshack.com/a/img191/6885/lgo8.jpg

Gray Khakis:
http://us.dockers.com/product/index.jsp?productId=21480386&locale=en_US&clickid=prod_cs

Shirts:
http://imageshack.com/a/img706/6138/b3c8.jpg
The white and the 2 blue shirts to the left of the military tab shirt (won't wear) are button downs.

Ties:
http://imageshack.com/a/img585/5706/fej3.jpg
The solid gray tie is chambray

So far I was thinking of these combinations for the Valentine's Day dinner:

Navy blazer, burgandy chinos, white OCBD shirt, gray chambray tie

Navy blazer, dusty camel jeans, light lavender with white stripes shirt, dark red tie with mini pindots

Navy blazer, gray chinos, solid pink shirt, gray chambray tie

For the Wine Expo / sat dinner and clubbing, I might ditch the blazer and just go with a gray vneck sweater and blue OCBD, no tie


What do you guys think?
post #14655 of 16029
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post

I didn't think he will paint over my heels since all I had told him to do was replace my worn out heels with new ones. He did a fabulous job, but I'm not sure whether dark brown shoes paired with brown heels are considered formal.  

I'm not sure dark brown shoes are ever considered "formal", strictly speaking. But shoes with brown uppers and brown heels are no less formal than shoes with brown uppers and black heels.
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