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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe) - Page 500post #7487 of 376726/12/14 at 8:38ampost #7488 of 376726/12/14 at 8:40amI used to have three pairs of AE and now I have one pair I'm trying to sell....black Cliftons anyone? They are decent shoes for the prices, but I'm not crazy about the lasts either. I would rather pay an extra $100 for Carmina or even less for Meermin (even with their imperfections). Also, AE quality today is nowhere near what it was 3-4 years ago.post #7489 of 376726/12/14 at 8:41amThread Starterpost #7490 of 376726/12/14 at 8:44ampost #7491 of 376726/12/14 at 8:52amQuote:Originally Posted by Murlsquirl
I used to have three pairs of AE and now I have one pair I'm trying to sell....black Cliftons anyone? They are decent shoes for the prices, but I'm not crazy about the lasts either. I would rather pay an extra $100 for Carmina or even less for Meermin (even with their imperfections). Also, AE quality today is nowhere near what it was 3-4 years ago.
I've been replacing my AE's with Carmina as well. The only AE's I still have in my rotation are a pair of chukka boots, brown shell loafers and walnut Strands.post #7492 of 376726/12/14 at 9:02am
The great thing about AE is that they are available from the outlet from $99. If you want a serviceable GY shoe for little money, pretty much all are available sub $200 at some point. I even got some cordovan NSTs that are surprisingly elegant on the ugly AE last - something about the style - for $249 in last summer's sale. There are plenty of cordovan AEs around for $399 at any time. Those numbers make perfect sense if you're either building a collection on a limited budget, or padding out the good stuff with some knockabout beaters.
The other great thing about AE is that they have such a massive range of sizes, even if you're a non-standard size, every half size and width is available even on the discount site, in a massive array of models.
But paying full price for AE is madness - firstly because cut price is so easily available, and secondly because there's just so much more around for that money. $350 buys much more stylish mid-range English makers on sale, for example. And even $200 is a standard Meermin, which although flaky on QC and delivery times, has better leather and prettier lasts.
Anyway, each to his own. I have several AEs and I wear them happily. I might add a pair or two at some point if they fill the right gap at the right price. But if I ever catch you walking into a shop and paying $350 for their standard models, I will poke your eyes out with a shoe horn as you clearly are not using them.post #7493 of 376726/12/14 at 9:34ampost #7494 of 376726/12/14 at 9:36amThread Starterpost #7495 of 376726/12/14 at 9:38ampost #7496 of 376726/12/14 at 9:55ampost #7497 of 376726/12/14 at 9:56ampost #7498 of 376726/12/14 at 9:58ampost #7499 of 376726/12/14 at 10:00amQuote:Originally Posted by mrjester
Any critiques as to why this guy isn't liked? Just the basic white shirt? I know, not right. I can't help but some times like the cleanliness of white.
Here's my take.
Suit - Nice.
Shirt - Seems like it should be ironed, especially the collar and use collar stays.
Tie - The knot is not tight and it is too skinny to complement the wide lapels on your jacket.
PS - I think this can go either way. At least you didn't go with a white linen LOL.post #7500 of 376726/12/14 at 10:04amThread StarterQuote:
C&J Belgrave. Buying them in Korea bumped up the price quite a bit, but it was still cheaper than paying import duty on them. Aren't G&G generally all above $1000? And don't you have, like, 40 of them?
Sometimes I'm tempted to buy lightly worn shoes. But then. Just. Dunno. I'm not against it in principle. I'd just rather know that mine are the only feet that have been in them. After briefly flirting with used jackets, the only clothes I'm really comfortable with wearing used are pocket squares and ties.
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