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post #35986 of 37428
I've noticed if your feet are dry you can sometimes get pulls in the back of the calf when it drags over the heel. I live in Colorado, so the dryness is a particular problem here. The way around it is not pulling the entire sock up but bunching it up before you put it on then start at the toes and slide it on that way. I'm not sure if that's how everyone does it, but it seems to put less stress on the sock as a whole.
post #35987 of 37428
I have a narrow foot, and it's hard to find perfectly fitting dress shoes. Having your foot move around when you walk wears socks as they rub the seams of your leather sock liner.
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Or just walking around the house in your socks because you're too lazy to go and get your slippers.  Anyway, maybe enough foot hygiene sharing.

 

I have a question, Noodlers:

 

If I want to buy my better half some nice welted shoes, I know she likes some of the more girly and colourful versions of brogued oxfords made by Church's or Cheaney (above).  But they're pretty hard to find on sale, and frankly I'm not paying full price or anything near it for something I'm not sure she'll wear a lot, or might decide are uncomfortable and not for her.  

 

So, what are my other options for ladies' shoes in classic men's styles?  Has to be leather/suede, has to be decent construction (no glued lookalikes), leather or rubber sole is OK.  And she seems to like brogues.

post #35989 of 37428
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Originally Posted by ericgereghty View Post

With no offense intended, I'd be curious to know how folks that get holes, especially those that occur quickly, treat their socks.

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Not using a shoe horn is probably the single most common cause of heel wear.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #35990 of 37428
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Or just walking around the house in your socks because you're too lazy to go and get your slippers.  Anyway, maybe enough foot hygiene sharing.

I have a question, Noodlers:

If I want to buy my better half some nice welted shoes, I know she likes some of the more girly and colourful versions of brogued oxfords made by Church's or Cheaney.  But they're pretty hard to find on sale, and frankly I'm not paying full price or anything near it for something I'm not sure she'll wear a lot, or might decide are uncomfortable and not for her.  

So, what are my other options for ladies' shoes in classic men's styles?  Has to be proper leather, has to be decent construction (no glued lookalikes), leather or rubber sole is OK.  And she seems to like brogues.
Have you looked at Carminas? They have some on sale that are in the $250 range, so not a huge loss if she doesn't like them, and I think they would take them back if they aren't comfortable, provided the soles haven't been scuffed. Have her wear them on carpet for a few days before taking them out and the soles should be fine to return if need be.

Edit to add: looks like the number is $297 so a bit more expensive than I thought. Still good value in my opinion, especially given their return policy.
post #35991 of 37428

Ha!  Silly me; I forgot Carmina do ladies' stuff - and I love my Carmina shoes and so does she!

 

Nothing in the sale in the right style or her size, but it's a step down in price from Church's, so moving the right way.  Thanks.

post #35992 of 37428
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Originally Posted by ericgereghty View Post

With no offense intended, I'd be curious to know how folks that get holes, especially those that occur quickly, treat their socks.

From my experience, I have never gotten a hole in any sock, regardless of quality, and I treat mine pretty terribly (heavy wash + dryer).

 

Socks develop holes for different reasons - and i baby my OTC socks of which i  have over 60 pairs.

 

I have had socks develop holes within the first minute i put them on and have some that have lasted over five years.

 

Such is the nature.

post #35993 of 37428
The holes I get are on the bottom of my heel. It doesn't happen with every sock, but if it does that's where it happens.
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On that note, I was curious to know how many people wear OTC socks and in what situations. Is it more a formal wear thing or do people wear them with chinos/linen as well?

post #35995 of 37428
All my dress socks are OTC. Again, they're socks - I wear what I find comfortable, it's not a question of formality.
post #35996 of 37428
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Originally Posted by Bowball View Post

On that note, I was curious to know how many people wear OTC socks and in what situations. Is it more a formal wear thing or do people wear them with chinos/linen as well?

Over the calf with anything other than workout gear. I see no reason to not wear over the calf, unless you like your socks falling down and showing off bare skin between your socks and trousers when seated.
post #35997 of 37428

I wear OTC any time I'm wearing proper trousers.  I have quite large calves so I find they catch and pull down if I'm wearing more tapered chinos, or jeans because they're heavier.  Either way, that tends to add up to OTCs for smarter clothes and mid calf for very casual days so it works just fine for me.

 

Also...

 

Any more ideas on ladies GY/quality shoes, please?  

 

At 340 Euros + within the EU, Carmina are still a bit pricey for an experiment, and they don't do ladies' oxfords.  Septieme Largeur have one, but only for their patina service so the price comes back up again.  Shoepassion have a few but not many low-heeled man shoe equivalents (one below).  It's a pity AE stopped doing MTO for girly colour options, and don't seem to do a US 5.5 any more (which by my estimation would be like a US ladies' 7.5, UK 4.5, Euro 37.5, i.e. Her Highness's size).  A couple in the Shoe Bank but too butch.

 

 

 

There must be more.  Help?

post #35998 of 37428
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Originally Posted by Bowball View Post

On that note, I was curious to know how many people wear OTC socks and in what situations. Is it more a formal wear thing or do people wear them with chinos/linen as well?

Currently switching out all socks for otc. They're just so much more comfy + I hate when I get skin showing between trouser hems and socks.
post #35999 of 37428
My otc get caught on my trouser leg. It's pretty annoying and so I've switched to mid calf. My pantherellas don't slide down.
post #36000 of 37428
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Originally Posted by justinkapur View Post

My otc get caught on my trouser leg. It's pretty annoying and so I've switched to mid calf. My pantherellas don't slide down.

 

Agreed.  My (cheap) OTCs make my slimmer trousers bunch behind/below the knee and make the drape really goofy.

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