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post #31 of 33
Of course you should dress your best even at 19 if you have that inclination, It's important that you start early so you have time to make all the mistakes and try out all the options.

I think the point is that for many of the members of this forum it makes perfect sense to pay 500 dollars or more for a pair of shoes because they've tried an enormous amount of shoes and decided on the best. Same thing with going bespoke, when you've figured out your personal style and feel confident in it (and of course have a job that pays well enough) it might feel perfectly reasonable to invest.

I think what I'm trying to convey can be explained by a this story: You start life completely hopeless with girls, after a few clumsy mistakes you finally get your first date. This probably doesn't work out so you continue dating a few years (or many). Some girls are fun but flaky, some are exciting but risky, some are dependable but boring. Some cheat on you and take your money. Slowly you start getting an idea of how the ideal woman for you should be. Suddenly you meet her, and everything feels perfect. You get married and live happily ever after. This women is so great you want to spend the rest of your life with her.

(The only problem with this metaphore is that you'll always find even more spectacular shoes and that would mess upp my happily ever after thingy.. At least your shoes don't mind your infidelty, they're just happy not to be used every day)
post #32 of 33
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Originally Posted by The Swede
Slowly you start getting an idea of how the ideal woman for you should be. Suddenly you meet her, and everything feels perfect. You get married and live happily ever after. This women is so great you want to spend the rest of your life with her.

Until you get divorced. Thankfully, you don't have to worry about that with nice shoes :P
post #33 of 33
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Originally Posted by diorshoe
For example the above statement, if you did not own a pair of Pliners, and you ask " are they a good brand" then that is seeking info and is practical and great.

but since you already own a pair, and then you ask" is this a good brand" due to your confidence dwindling due to our pompous threads here, that is more a question or issue of wanting acceptance by a select few, us!

I understand the point you're making, but I was not seeking acceptence. I actually really like my Pliners. Rather, I am more interested in knowing the quality of the brand so that I better asses other shoes. I now know that glued heals can have durability issues and can take that into consideration for future purchases.

At any rate, I will consider the wording of my questions more carefully (thanks for the suggestions).

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Originally Posted by Soph
The forum definitely helps you to form your own unique style but I think a common standard of the forums is good taste: quality, craftmanship, durability, fit, great materials, and appropriate attire for occassion/weather etc.

This is what I'm most interested in. My clothes aren't that bad; I mostly buy trendy brands like Boss, Diesel, Ben Sherman, and a few others. However, there is a differene between being trendy and being stylish, with my preference being the latter but my current wardrobe being the former. I think what seperates these dressing styles are the standards that Soph has listed above. My grasp of these fundamentals is somewhat limited, and probably the source of my current frustrations.

Thanks to everyone for answering the first of many questions
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