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post #106 of 225
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I look for discounts but I'm very cautious about buying on impulse and settling for items that aren't exactly what I want.

Very good point. Better to spend the extra money for something you want and will wear.
post #107 of 225

1k+ shoes...

 

You can get 95% of the craftsmanship/look/quality in a 200 dollar AE shoe.

 

New professional here, took that 1k and shopped around and now have an entire wardrobe of brown/black balmorals, loafers, etc from "lesser brands" which are still nicer than 99% of shoes made, that will likely stand up almost as well and that look nearly identical.

 

not trolling

 

Edit:  If you roll in NYC i-banking or big law I mean yea you might need to step up your game because youre around people who are more likely to notice the tiny differences in quality, but lets be honest, for 90% of the forum, this isn't the case.  No one knows the difference between 300 dollar and 1000 dollar shoes but you.

 

This forum is so far out there on the bell curve of this stuff.  I am still probably in the top 10% of people in America in willingness to spend to look nice, yet on this forum I am the cheapass trash wearing clown.  Just trying to bring some balance to this forum.


Edited by jd2010 - 9/25/11 at 2:06pm
post #108 of 225
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Originally Posted by jd2010 View Post

1k+ shoes...

 

You can get 95% of the craftsmanship/look/quality in a 200 dollar AE shoe.

 

New professional here, took that 1k and shopped around and now have an entire wardrobe of brown/black balmorals, loafers, etc from "lesser brands" that will likely stand up almost as well and that look nearly identical.

 

not trolling


I know you say you're not trolling... but holy crap, you're going to get a huge amount of flack saying that here!
post #109 of 225
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post #110 of 225
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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post

Good job, jd.

You will find this thread interesting:
http://www.styleforum.net/t/248651/net-worth-before-you-can-afford-500-shoes/0_100

I share the DerekS view "you can afford $500 when you have $500"
post #111 of 225
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Originally Posted by jd2010 View Post

1k+ shoes...

 

You can get 95% of the craftsmanship/look/quality in a 200 dollar AE shoe.

 

New professional here, took that 1k and shopped around and now have an entire wardrobe of brown/black balmorals, loafers, etc from "lesser brands" which are still nicer than 99% of shoes made, that will likely stand up almost as well and that look nearly identical.

 

not trolling

 

Edit:  If you roll in NYC i-banking or big law I mean yea you might need to step up your game because youre around people who are more likely to notice the tiny differences in quality, but lets be honest, for 90% of the forum, this isn't the case.  No one knows the difference between 300 dollar and 1000 dollar shoes but you.

 

This forum is so far out there on the bell curve of this stuff.  I am still probably in the top 10% of people in America in willingness to spend to look nice, yet on this forum I am the cheapass trash wearing clown.  Just trying to bring some balance to this forum.


There is nothing wrong with bringing balance to the forum and nothing wrong with AE/Alden/Loake etc etc. There is something very wrong with the statement that you can get 95% of Edward Green/Gaziano/Vass etc in a $200 AE. If you truly believe that, then you have a lot to learn, but that is why the forum is here.
post #112 of 225
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Originally Posted by jd2010 View Post

No one knows the difference between 300 dollar and 1000 dollar shoes but you.

That's one of the things I like most about them.
post #113 of 225
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post



There is nothing wrong with bringing balance to the forum and nothing wrong with AE/Alden/Loake etc etc. There is something very wrong with the statement that you can get 95% of Edward Green/Gaziano/Vass etc in a $200 AE. If you truly believe that, then you have a lot to learn, but that is why the forum is here.


Yea I definitely appreciate this forum.  It has opened my eyes to many things and I know much more and notice more than I ever did prior to finding it.  I am taking a more value oriented approach to the advice I guess. (right styles, fits, matching, etc) and making those alterations and purchases, rather than making purchases of the super premium high end brands right away.  Who knows, maybe eventually that will be important to me.  If I had to pull together an SF approved wardrobe I'd likely need to be spending 15k+ dollars.  I'm not willing to do that at this point in my career.  But the advice in general is great.

post #114 of 225
Socks.

I would say pocket squares, but I don't wear them much. I use a white handkerchief as my PS most of the time. Besides, I figured out how to make PS. Just cut out a square of some cloth you like.
post #115 of 225
Some more votes for these:

-expensive pocket squares
-cashmere socks
-silver/gilt collar stays
post #116 of 225
Crockett and Jones bench grade shoes (Model: Drummond) are my biggest wast of money. I paid about 500US$ for them excluding shoe trees if I recall correctly.

In my opinion these shoes are made of very poor quality leather. Even my Hugo Boss oxfords held up ten times as well and I wore this shoes daily and never used shoe tress on them. Within about five wearings of my C.J.'s they where already deeply creased. The creases are also very wide, about a CM in diameter. I always used shoe trees on these shoes and looked after them very well. The look o.k. after a polishing but after five minutes of wearing they look like a beat up pair of shoes. Strange thing is that my second pair of Crocket and Jones bench grades do not suffer from this problem and still look terrific after 9 months of regular wearing (in rotation).

Since then I have purchase two pairs of EG's, which don't have any creasing issues and I am very happy with. Due to my recent experiences with E.G. and C.J. I doubt I shall ever buy a pair of Crockett and Jones shoes again.
Edited by michaelvl - 9/26/11 at 1:07pm
post #117 of 225
I'm surprised no one mentioned this yet:

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post #118 of 225
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post


There is nothing wrong with bringing balance to the forum and nothing wrong with AE/Alden/Loake etc etc. There is something very wrong with the statement that you can get 95% of Edward Green/Gaziano/Vass etc in a $200 AE. If you truly believe that, then you have a lot to learn, but that is why the forum is here.

Holy shit, I actually agree with Ed.
post #119 of 225
^^

great sig.
post #120 of 225
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Originally Posted by michaelvl View Post

Crockett and Jones bench grade shoes (Model: Drummond) are my biggest wast of money. I paid about 500US$ for them excluding shoe trees if I recall correctly.

In my opinion these shoes are made of very poor quality leather. Even my Hugo Boss oxfords held up ten times a good and I wore this shoes daily and never used shoe tress on them. Within about five wearings of my C.G.'s they where already deeply creased. The creases are also very wide, about a CM in diameter. I always used shoe trees on these shoes and looked after them very well. The look o.k. after a polishing but after five minutes of wearing they look like a beat up pair of shoes. Strange thing that my second pair of Crocket and Jones bench grades do not suffer from this problem and still look terrific after 9 months of regular wearing (in rotation).

Since then I have purchase two pairs of EG's, which don't have any creasing issues and I am very happy with. Due to my recent experiences with E.G. and C.G. I doubt I shall ever buy a pair of Crockett and Jones shoes ever again.

Amount of creasing is more likely to be related to the fit and last than to the leather quality; I have a heard time believing that C&J use 'very poor quality leather', especially when compared to Hugo Boss. Even you have said that you have a second pair of C&J which don't exhibit this bad creasing, which suggests it is more a result of the particular style in relation to your foot shape than to anything related to the quality of the leather. Most likely it is a result of the elongated last, the Drummond being on the 348; I have a pair of C&J Edgwares which are also on the 348 and also crease quite badly, but several other C&J pairs which are on less elongated lasts do not.
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