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post #46 of 65
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Originally Posted by NTisinger View Post

Well I have made my first purchase in my endeavour, and I am pretty happy with it! I was able to snag a brand new pair (not seconds) of AE Cronmok boots in brown for $150. So I think I should be picking up at least one more pair of shoes to start, in black possibly? For those, I like the McTavish. Any opinions?
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Due to the color, those Cronmoks look too casual (and boots generally are not for business in most parts of the country). The McTavish should be okay, if in dark brown or black.
post #47 of 65
These boots are pretty casual- but the will be much better than most of the rubbish shoes you will see. For your next pair will you go more conservative?
post #48 of 65

I'll agree that the boots are on the more casual side but that is what the OP is going for.  Also there are many forum members who wear boots like these (Aldens or Daltons) in similar circumstances.  These look like a combo of the Dalton and Fifth Street. 

 

The point is well taken that at first glance the finish looks too casual.  However, on the close-up on the site it appears that if they were polished and bulled a little on the toe and heel cup they could actually look very  good and much dressier than they appear in that little photo (you are kind of buying a starter kit of a patina and you finish it with your own polish).  They could come out looking like the Rutledge shoe in walnut if the official shoe care thread is studied.  In my experience with AEs even one application of Saphir Reno immediately imparts a greater shine and more character.   

 

I am with AmericanGent in wondering if the OP is considering a more conservative shoe for the next pair.  Two pairs of wingtips doesn't provide much range. Maybe a Walton or something similar?    
 

post #49 of 65
Thread Starter 

Man I sure appreciate all of the input! I do realize the boot in the lighter color may be a little casual. What would you guys recommend I use to darken them up, and the best place to get it? I have never used anything beyond Kiwi polishes and products to get a mirror finish on my boots when I was a firefighter, so this is uncharted territory for me as well. For my next pair of shoes should I get black? Or should I go with an oxblood, bourbon, or something similar? The office is more on the casual side of dress casual and I am only 28, so the wingtips seem to offer something a little more fashionable in my opinion, but I am new to this style/level of dressing as far as everyday goes. I also picked up a pair of classic fit darker grey wool slacks from Banana Republic today. 

post #50 of 65

Boots?

 

Very fashion forward. Business Casual? unlikely except in artistic, techie, or out of doors setting, such as whacking a few quail.

post #51 of 65
The ideas of black and non-wingtip pointed out above are worth following, though black can be skipped if nobody in the office regularly wears it. Also, black shoes call for slightly different apparel than do brown shoes.
post #52 of 65
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by NTisinger View Post

Man I sure appreciate all of the input! I do realize the boot in the lighter color may be a little casual. What would you guys recommend I use to darken them up, and the best place to get it? I have never used anything beyond Kiwi polishes and products to get a mirror finish on my boots when I was a firefighter, so this is uncharted territory for me as well. For my next pair of shoes should I get black? Or should I go with an oxblood, bourbon, or something similar? The office is more on the casual side of dress casual and I am only 28, so the wingtips seem to offer something a little more fashionable in my opinion, but I am new to this style/level of dressing as far as everyday goes. I also picked up a pair of classic fit darker grey wool slacks from Banana Republic today. 

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post #53 of 65

NTisinger -

 

Here is what I would consider to be the most conservative approach to your polishing question.  I don't think there would be much disagreement. 

 

First step :

- Apply a very thin layer of Saphir Renovateur in very small circular motions to the whole shoe. 

- After letting it dry for the recommended time (I think it is 5 minutes or less) buff with a horsehair brush and then a lint free cloth. 

- Depending on the shine and finish achieved you might want to stop right there. This is often sufficient in itself.  If not, here is the second step that can be achieved in two ways.

 

Second step (first method):

- Apply a very thin layer of Allen Edmonds shoe cream style polish in little swirls with your finger wrapped in a cloth to the whole shoe in one shade lighter than the shoe.  This is because the shoe may darken and you can always darken a shoe further but it is much more difficult to lighten it. 

- Brush with a horsehair brush and buff with a lint free cloth. 

- Then apply two very thin layers in tiny swirls of Allen Edmonds neutral carnauba wax on the toe and the heel cup. 

- * Do not apply wax past the flex point of the toe or else it may crack.*

- Let dry between layers and brush with horsehair brush then buff with a lint free cloth after each layer. 

 

Second step (second method):  Follow the instructions above but substitute Meltonian cream polish for the AE cream and Saphir Pate de Luxe in neutral for the AE wax. 

 

The thinner the layers the better results you will achieve.  Be very conservative.  For further info read through parts of the Official Shoe Care Thread and you will get the gist of it.  People's techniques don't vary that much.    Feel free to post pics at each stage on the shoe care thread if you are wondering about whether or not you should to move to the next stage and/or need critiques or help. 

 

Good luck!

post #54 of 65

And get shoe trees.  Put them in whenever you are not wearing the shoes.  Keep them in when you are polishing for best results. 
 

post #55 of 65

For me I tend to save black for evening wear, black tie events, weddings, and funerals...  Not to say I never wear black to work I just find it to be a bit less versatile not to mention overused.  I'd recommend for a second shoe a medium to dark brown cap to like the park or 5th ave from Allen Edmonds or maybe a burgundy both with matching belt.  Both can be dressed up to a suit if needed.  

post #56 of 65
Thread Starter 

Ok, so I had a chance to do some shopping this past weekend and here is what I ended up with so far:

  • (4)  Banana Republic slim fit dress shirts $35-$40 ea
  • (2) Banana Republic tailored fit wool trousers in light grey and charcoal $80 ea
  • (2) Brooks Brothers wool trousers in light khaki and medium grey $80 ea
  • (3) Brooks Brothers slim fit shirts $60 ea
  • (2) Saks Black Label Slim fit shirts $45 ea
  • (2) Saks Black Label wool trousers in navy and camel $65 ea
  • (1) Ballin Rendezvous wool trouser in black $45
  • (1) Michael Kors shirt $40
  • (1) Pair Cole Hahn Air Madison wingtips in Black $145
  • (1) Pair John Varvatos Filmore Black leather Chukkas (for casual Fridays) $150
  • (2) Belts one black and one brown to match the AEs I previously purchased $35 ea

 

I am still planning on getting one more pair of shoes, most likely some AE Park/Fifth Avenues, or Strands in Bourbon, or something similar (open to suggestions). How'd I do? Any opinions on the above? Anything else I should pick up?

post #57 of 65
Thread Starter 

Oh and I previously ordered some large shirt and felted trouser hangers from The Hanger Project, as well as some Woodlore Ultra trees to put in my shoes. 

post #58 of 65
Thread Starter 

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post #59 of 65
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Originally Posted by NTisinger View Post

Ok, so I had a chance to do some shopping this past weekend and here is what I ended up with so far:
  • (4)  Banana Republic slim fit dress shirts $35-$40 ea
  • (2) Banana Republic tailored fit wool trousers in light grey and charcoal $80 ea
  • (2) Brooks Brothers wool trousers in light khaki and medium grey $80 ea
  • (3) Brooks Brothers slim fit shirts $60 ea
  • (2) Saks Black Label Slim fit shirts $45 ea
  • (2) Saks Black Label wool trousers in navy and camel $65 ea
  • (1) Ballin Rendezvous wool trouser in black $45
  • (1) Michael Kors shirt $40
  • (1) Pair Cole Hahn Air Madison wingtips in Black $145
  • (1) Pair John Varvatos Filmore Black leather Chukkas (for casual Fridays) $150
  • (2) Belts one black and one brown to match the AEs I previously purchased $35 ea

I am still planning on getting one more pair of shoes, most likely some AE Park/Fifth Avenues, or Strands in Bourbon, or something similar (open to suggestions). How'd I do? Any opinions on the above? Anything else I should pick up?

Sigh. "Should have gone to Maaco" [yours truly], would actually have saved money. 4 BR dress shirts - bad decision, those aren't even true dress shirts. Michael Kors shirt - might be a poor decision. Brooks Brothers shirts are okay, but buying 3 (presumably unfamiliar and maybe identical) at once - bad decision. Cole Hahn Air Madison - bad decision. The other choices aren't bad. All those items were purchased in one weekend? Then it's surprising the outcome wasn't awful.
post #60 of 65
Thread Starter 

Outcome awful? In what way? We don't have great shopping in the city I live in but can be in LA within 3 hours, so I had to do much of my purchasing within a limited time frame. I got the BR and Kors shirts for relatively cheap, so if they manage to hold up for 5-6 months that'll be ok. I tried to diversify my purchases so that I could figure out what works, and what doesn't, and use that information for future purchases. This is my first foray into this type/level of clothing, so I'm still learning, and it's what led me here to SF. So what would you recommend to replace those choices that you feel are sub-par? I know the Cole Hahns weren't the greatest, but I am planning on getting another pair of AEs in a darker brown, and will replace the black Hahns with something else a couple months down the road. I appreciate your input!

 

Nick

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