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Dear SF Members and fellow Torontonians,

 

Just wanted to officially introduce Casa di Sartoria to everyone here, we are an online menswear and lifestyle journal based out of Toronto sharing our sartorial experiences. We've been around the forum a while but quietly observing and I look forward to getting to know everyone here in this thread. 

 

Our blog is located at:

www.casadisartoria.com

We put out two new editorials on average per week, sometimes more or less depending on priorities. Please take a moment to browse and join our newsletter if it's to your taste.

 

Within the blog, we also have a small shop section where we do group buys, MTO programs, and offer select products from brands we've personally tried and tested. Please feel free to browse at the link below:

www.casadisartoria.com/shop

We're also offering a limited time offer for style forum members for 15% off your purchase, using code "SF15". Shipping info and other promotions are detailed on the site.

 

And if there's anything we can improve upon, we'd love the feedback! Either here through this thread, via PM or by email at: info@casadisartoria.com

 

Truly,

 

Casa di Sartoria

#stylethatspeaks 

post #3017 of 4444
@casadisartoria, Congratulations!
post #3018 of 4444
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Originally Posted by burgerkong View Post
 

Would anyone be interested in a group buy of the SF-touted Venetian Shoe Cream in the 32 ounce tin? Looking at around $24 CAD, I am shipping them to the border and picking it up. Order more to save on shipping?

I would be down if you don't mind forwarding it to Vancouver (for additional postage fee of course)

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Originally Posted by casadisartoria View Post
 

Dear SF Members and fellow Torontonians,

 

Just wanted to officially introduce Casa di Sartoria to everyone here, we are an online menswear and lifestyle journal based out of Toronto sharing our sartorial experiences. We've been around the forum a while but quietly observing and I look forward to getting to know everyone here in this thread. 

 

Our blog is located at:

www.casadisartoria.com

We put out two new editorials on average per week, sometimes more or less depending on priorities. Please take a moment to browse and join our newsletter if it's to your taste.

 

Within the blog, we also have a small shop section where we do group buys, MTO programs, and offer select products from brands we've personally tried and tested. Please feel free to browse at the link below:

www.casadisartoria.com/shop

We're also offering a limited time offer for style forum members for 15% off your purchase, using code "SF15". Shipping info and other promotions are detailed on the site.

 

And if there's anything we can improve upon, we'd love the feedback! Either here through this thread, via PM or by email at: info@casadisartoria.com

 

Truly,

 

Casa di Sartoria

#stylethatspeaks 


Question - are the socks OTC or MC? If OTC, I will likely order a few pairs, although I just put in an order to Viccel. Oh well...you can never have enough socks.

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Originally Posted by Spex View Post
 


Question - are the socks OTC or MC? If OTC, I will likely order a few pairs, although I just put in an order to Viccel. Oh well...you can never have enough socks.

 

Also interested in figuring this out. From the only full size sock picture on the website they look MC.

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Originally Posted by stanchri View Post
 

 

Also interested in figuring this out. From the only full size sock picture on the website they look MC.

 

@Spex 

 

 

Hi there,

 

Yes, these are a MC. In all honesty, they work effectively like a OTC due to the material make-up allowing very little sag - far less than what I've experienced with other brands.

And to speak further to @Spex comment, you can never have enough socks as you'll quickly notice some just don't wear well enough and you become preferential. 

 

Just to get a discussion going, how does everyone approach buying socks? i.e. OTC versus MC, material characteristics, brand preference, etc.  

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Originally Posted by casadisartoria View Post
 

 

@Spex 

 

 

Hi there,

 

Yes, these are a MC. In all honesty, they work effectively like a OTC due to the material make-up allowing very little sag - far less than what I've experienced with other brands.

And to speak further to @Spex comment, you can never have enough socks as you'll quickly notice some just don't wear well enough and you become preferential. 

 

Just to get a discussion going, how does everyone approach buying socks? i.e. OTC versus MC, material characteristics, brand preference, etc.  

 

Could you shed some light on why so many socks have polyester in their composition (even merino wool socks). Cost saving? Necessary for durability or stretching?

I personally prefer to avoid synthetic fibers. I noticed that my feet sweat more from polyester than any other material, though that might just be me.

post #3023 of 4444
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Originally Posted by casadisartoria View Post
 

Just to get a discussion going, how does everyone approach buying socks? i.e. OTC versus MC, material characteristics, brand preference, etc.  

 

Whenever wearing a suit/sports jacket with dress pants it's always OTC for me - the brief flash of exposed leg hair/skin when sitting down or crossing legs is a sight not worth seeing.

 

For me the following qualities define a great dress sock: 

 

- stays up all day (without using a vulcan death grip that cuts off circulation)

- breathability - even in winter, feet get hot and sweaty, the less the sock can make you feel that nasty 'wet' feeling the better

- can be washed without having to line-dry after, which for some reason, despite all the obsessives in menswear is a bridge too far for me

 

For me, I've found Dapper Classics socks to hit the perfect mark in terms of the qualities described above at a decent price - the only other ones that come close are the high-end Italian brands, of which which Sozzi has been the best in my opinion.

post #3024 of 4444
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Originally Posted by stanchri View Post
 

 

Could you shed some light on why so many socks have polyester in their composition (even merino wool socks). Cost saving? Necessary for durability or stretching?

I personally prefer to avoid synthetic fibers. I noticed that my feet sweat more from polyester than any other material, though that might just be me.

 

The majority of what I see nowadays are socks made of blends, even the wool socks. What sets apart the better ones from the poor quality are the higher percentage of pure materials (cotton, wool, etc.). The reason for the synthetic fibers are to add the durability and stretch factor as you mentioned, so that it molds to the shape of your foot better, keeps shape, and keeping its length without sagging. I find a lot of the wool socks to be flimsy and loose on the foot, giving a sense of slipping within your shoes. Again, this is why manufacturers would choose to make it a blend. I assume there is definitely some cost savings as well, which is a plus for them. 

 

I personally avoid synthetics in everything I buy but when it comes to socks, it may be a necessary evil. 

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Originally Posted by Cityplace View Post
 

 

Whenever wearing a suit/sports jacket with dress pants it's always OTC for me - the brief flash of exposed leg hair/skin when sitting down or crossing legs is a sight not worth seeing.

 

For me the following qualities define a great dress sock: 

 

- stays up all day (without using a vulcan death grip that cuts off circulation)

- breathability - even in winter, feet get hot and sweaty, the less the sock can make you feel that nasty 'wet' feeling the better

- can be washed without having to line-dry after, which for some reason, despite all the obsessives in menswear is a bridge too far for me

 

For me, I've found Dapper Classics socks to hit the perfect mark in terms of the qualities described above at a decent price - the only other ones that come close are the high-end Italian brands, of which which Sozzi has been the best in my opinion.

 

Agreed, can't be caught flashing any skin when wearing a suit. I haven't heard of Dapper Classics but I'll look them up.

 

I believe the socks game is a bit of trial and error until you find the right brand that works for you, on the low and high end as well as experimenting with OTC and MC.

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Originally Posted by casadisartoria View Post

@Spex
 


Hi there,

Yes, these are a MC. In all honesty, they work effectively like a OTC due to the material make-up allowing very little sag - far less than what I've experienced with other brands.
And to speak further to @Spex
 comment, you can never have enough socks as you'll quickly notice some just don't wear well enough and you become preferential. 

Just to get a discussion going, how does everyone approach buying socks? i.e. OTC versus MC, material characteristics, brand preference, etc.  

I've only had MC from Paul Smith, Canali, and Pantherella. Of the three Canali gave out the earliest, though to be fair I got them for $5 and they are not known as a sock maker. Paul Smith is nice but I got them as presents and wouldn't personally pay $35 for a pair. So far Pantherella has been the best in terms of durability though they don't stay up very well. I have tried Bresciani as fitting socks when trying on shoes and have handled them in person: have to say they have a different hand and wearing sensation from all the other socks I've owned or handled so I'll likely get some when my socks wear out.
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Originally Posted by ADub View Post


I've only had MC from Paul Smith, Canali, and Pantherella. Of the three Canali gave out the earliest, though to be fair I got them for $5 and they are not known as a sock maker. Paul Smith is nice but I got them as presents and wouldn't personally pay $35 for a pair. So far Pantherella has been the best in terms of durability though they don't stay up very well. I have tried Bresciani as fitting socks when trying on shoes and have handled them in person: have to say they have a different hand and wearing sensation from all the other socks I've owned or handled so I'll likely get some when my socks wear out.

 

Bresciani are definitely known for their superior quality and performance with respect to others, although cost prohibitive for some but they are investment pieces I would say.

Staying up is an issue with most MC socks, best to find ones which limit as best as possible. 

Cheers!

post #3028 of 4444
If you're a 40R in the Zegna Milano fit, Holts on bloor has a solid charcoal staple marked down to $979.

If it's your size, don't sleep on it. Ask for Tony at Holts if you want him to put it aside for you.
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Another page in the budget footwear scene, got my Velasca 'Artista' brown suede chukkas today (pardon the crappy pics yet again). True to size, ordered them during their winter clearance, ended up around $170 CAD depending on the exchange rate - no duties or taxes however! Was pleasantly surprised, especially since it was shipped via FedEx International.

 

Quality isn't bad, has a surprising amount of heft to it, no doubt due to the full rubber Vibram Dainite clone sole. Stitching is very clean, same with the welt. Suede has low nap and is even throughout. From a last standpoint, yes it could be less chunky and chiseled, and I would like the eyelets to start further up the facings (thus reducing the length of the lace across the lowest pair of eyelets). However, the boots are still new and not broken in, I expect the facings to close up a bit more once worn a few more times. Individual shoe bags are included though they're more of a canvas bag than cotton in addition to a pair of spare laces.

 

No brainer really if you don't want to shell out for Tetbury's or similar, especially at under $200. Probably the only thing I would purchase from them however, as everything is pretty bulbous. And prices also increased a tad from last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On foot:

 

 

Compared to the LodinG standard round toe last:

 

 

Brendan

post #3030 of 4444
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Originally Posted by burgerkong View Post

Another page in the budget footwear scene, got my Velasca 'Artista' brown suede chukkas today (pardon the crappy pics yet again). True to size, ordered them during their winter clearance, ended up around $170 CAD depending on the exchange rate - no duties or taxes however! Was pleasantly surprised, especially since it was shipped via FedEx International.

Quality isn't bad, has a surprising amount of heft to it, no doubt due to the full rubber Vibram Dainite clone sole. Stitching is very clean, same with the welt. Suede has low nap and is even throughout. From a last standpoint, yes it could be less chunky and chiseled, and I would like the eyelets to start further up the facings (thus reducing the length of the lace across the lowest pair of eyelets). However, the boots are still new and not broken in, I expect the facings to close up a bit more once worn a few more times. Individual shoe bags are included though they're more of a canvas bag than cotton in addition to a pair of spare laces.

No brainer really if you don't want to shell out for Tetbury's or similar, especially at under $200. Probably the only thing I would purchase from them however, as everything is pretty bulbous. And prices also increased a tad from last year.


























 


On foot:




Compared to the LodinG standard round toe last:




Brendan

Not bad considering the pricing. I notice their lasts are a bit more roomy, making them look more bulbous. Hopefully these chukkas work in nicely.
Cheers!
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