For the ties, 4, 6, 7 are the top tier for me. The neat is nice, but probably not the first I'd pick, so second tier along with 1 and 2. 5 is third tier, and 3 looks like someone dragged a stiff brush against a loosely woven tie. No me gusta.
The dubs use the more pleasing swept-back config of the straps/buckles. Thumbs up.
I'm going to try to wear the shoes tomorrow - I'll try to fit in one of the Vandas too. Let's hope I do good on my combos!
Is there any rush? If not, then go with Kent Wang. You'd need to get the charcoal trial suit first, and then you work from there. The nice thing is that once you get everything dialed in with Kent Wang, it's really easy to add suits, pants, and jackets as you go on.
I've never noticed much difference between half and full canvassed (though there is a difference).
Regardless, gray and navy over navy and navy. And medium gray is a good bet.
Hi Clag, thanks for the reply. I am not in a hurry. I think I will make an appointment with Kent Wang when I go to NY next month.
If you were to compare Ring Jacket and RLBL, which one would come out?
Cordovan definitely doesn't go with evening wear (at least with respect to black tie, not just a random suit in the evening). I don't really see a wholecut as being particularly formal. They're kind of a weird novelty item, but I guess I'd wear those shoes with a suit if anything.