I hope this kind of post is allowed here, please let me know if not. I've been reading through the primers as well as other resources online, and think I might be suffering from a bit of "analysis paralysis". I feel like there is so much to know and I know very little!
I'm in my late twenties, 6'3, typically approx 200lb, though I'm walking around 10lb too heavy thanks to Christmas! I'm a financial adviser in a small business. The office is shirts, trousers, shoes, suit jackets, no ties.
What I'm wearing currently
I bought three suits, each with two pairs of trousers on a trip to Thailand 18 months ago. Grey, charcoal, dark blue. I have been rotating these since then, along with a selection of about ten off-the-shelf shirts from Charles Thyrwytt (15 1/2" collar size slim-fit). These are the best fit I've found without looking at MTM, and come it at ~ £20 per shirt when bought in packs fo four or five ("usual" price is £40-£60 though I doubt anybody ever pays this).
My shoes are my biggest downfall currently, I reckon. I tend to buy one or two pairs of Marks & Spencers shoes at ~£80-£100 each, and wear them into the ground. Current pair are pretty much ready for the bin, the backs are going etc.
I'm not entirely convinced by the existing suits, as I have no clue what the material is etc. but they do fit better than any off-the-shelf effort I've worn in the past. I'm an odd shape (tall and pear-like, really, with big thighs as I squat a lot at the gym), and the current crop of clothing definitely works better than any I've had in the past.
What I want/Budget
I was thinking of getting a new suit and a high quality pair of shoes, with a view to getting another in 6-12 months time. I was going to buy just one pair of shoes but I'm wondering if there's any point (I'd really need to buy one good pair and one cheaper pair, or possibly scrub the current pair up to something approaching acceptable condition and wear them on alternate days until I pick up a second pair of good shoes).
Planned budget was ~£500 on suit (possibly a bit more if a second pair of trousers was bought too), £200-£250 on shoes.
I was looking at online MTM tailors like "a suit that fits", "cad and the dandy", and have seen Austin Reed to a MTM package at about the right budget. I've found it very hard to find reliable third-party feedback/reviews on any of these, though, which I find a bit worrying. Another option is a tailor in my hometown who provided my wedding suits (on hire). It's a very old-fashioned tailor, and he thought he could probably do a bespoke suit for £500-£600 using UK-sourced materials. My main worry here is that I'd end up with a suit that looked like it was from the '60s, and that should be worn with a flat cap and walking stick!
I started off looking at Barkers, but from reading around here and other places much better shoes can be got for similar money. I'm actually within driving distance of various of the Northampton manufacturers, and they seem to have factory shops, so I was considering that. I've seen shoes from Cheaney that look reasonable (and currently on sale), but I don't really know what style to get. Is something like this: too showy?(Cheaney Cardiff Oxford in black calf's leather, currently £215 from £315).
Am I on anything like the right lines?
Should I plump up the extra £ for 2 pairs of good shoes with the idea of wearing them every other day (and using shoe trees etc in the meantime to maintain them)? How long could I reasonably expect the shoes to last in this case?
With regards to suits, any feedback on the online MTM providers? I understand they're all made in Nepal/Thailand/India and shipped over, but given the budget what (if any) other options do I have?
Thanks in advance!