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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

Nope.
The reason they call me the silver fox is because I only ever tip, 5c, 10c, 20c or on big occasions when I want to impress companions - a 50c coin.

Silver Fox? At those tips it would have to be "you tight arse bastarda". And then some waiter running out of restaurant yelling "Sir you forgot your change" while holding the coin up for the world to see.

Seen it done a couple of times in the mid 80's by waiters with attitude.
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@Epicure - any update from Embassy of Elegance about a group buy?

 

@Contango, I don't have any additional information other than what I posted previously. I've posted the information again in the spoiler below, which you can click on for your convenience, while others who are not interested can happily go about their business unencumbered by any perceived nuisance. Unfortunately, it appears possible that some members of the forum didn't welcome what I had to share in regard to EoE ties. For the benefit of the wider forum, if anyone wants to correspond further about ties from EoE, I'll be happy to take messages privately. Though really, Pawel is your point of contact. While I can provide information based on my customer experience (seven ties in total), Pawel is working with the fabrics and construction every day - it is his business after all.

 

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To update those interested, here's an excerpt from my most recent email from Pawel:

"Regarding the numbers of ties/ bow ties (2 bow ties is like 1 tie):

1. No Vat + free shipping = min. 12 ties.
2. No Vat + free shipping + 5 % discount = min. 15 ties
3. No Vat + free shipping + 10% discount = min. 20 ties

I can not go lower price, because, when I ship 12, 15 or 20 ties, for you is for free but it cost me about 24 zl ( 6 American dollars) per tie, which is about 10% cost of the tie. In other words, the real cost for me is:

1. No Vat + free shipping for 12 ties ( for you it is about 10% discount per tie)
2. No Vat + free shipping + 5 % discount for 15 ties (in real is 15% discount)
3. No Vat + free shipping + 10% discount for 20 ties (in real is 20% discount )

I think this is still very good deal for you. If someone wants order 1, 2 or even 3 ties, has to pay 150 zl (37,5 American dollars) for shipping. I hope that in the future, shipping rates will be lower."

 

 

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On the topic of boots: do we think that Chelseas (elastic sides) are more or less dressy than jodhpurs (strap and buckle closure)?

As its getting colder, I'm tempted to wear the latter (black, Carmina in one of the sleeker lasts) with sole of my heavier suits. Not sure if I will look like I'm trying too hard, alas...
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@The False Prophet I reckon it's more to do with how sleek the lasts might be. Outside of internet criticism I can't say wearing chelseas or jodhpurs might raise an eyebrow with conservatively styled boots.
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Chelsea boots are a classic though they fell out of favour for a while. Pull up pictures from the '60s and you will see them everywhere. They were popular in the '20s, too. Of course, in Australia, they have an importance and place all their own. With straps, however, I find them to be a skosh feminine. I don't know why, but I just find ankle boots with straps and buckles remind me of women's shoes.
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^ I tend to agree. Although that shouldn't stop anyone.

 

As to level of formality, I have no idea.

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BTW any good places to try on a cafe racer in melbourne? Looking for a slim black one to wear with tee and denim/trousers. My ideal would be this black margiela but I'm not really up for buying leather without trying on.

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Thread Starter 

Aero at Pickings & Parry in Fitzroy.

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Any suggestions for how to help break in new shoes?

I've had a pair of C&J handgrades that have been worn close to 30 times now and the pain is still mindnumbing after a few hours of wear. Particularly the heels. What do you folks do to help break them in?

They do fit me before anyone asks...
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How is it that they hurt? Specific point or generally the heel?

After 30 wears I would have thought they are right to go. That's a lot of hours.

They might fit, but the last might not be for you.

On some shoes I have used conditioner on the inside of the heel to alleviate some discomfort, especially around the top edge.
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Thanks @Foxhound I'll give aero a shot.
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Thanks @Foxhound I'll give aero a shot.


I bought an Aero whilst in Japan, it's fucking amazing. Can't recommend them highly enough.

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Edited by Foxhound - 6/20/16 at 7:02pm
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

How is it that they hurt? Specific point or generally the heel?

After 30 wears I would have thought they are right to go. That's a lot of hours.

They might fit, but the last might not be for you.

On some shoes I have used conditioner on the inside of the heel to alleviate some discomfort, especially around the top edge.

On one heel really - at the top edge, slightly to the left. They still seem extremely hard around the heels, as if the leather hasn't softened or broken in properly. What conditioner do you use? Has it helped?
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Originally Posted by ryanohare View Post

On one heel really - at the top edge, slightly to the left. They still seem extremely hard around the heels, as if the leather hasn't softened or broken in properly. What conditioner do you use? Has it helped?

OK, so I had this exact problem where the top edge of a pair of shoes I had would hurt and they also destroyed some socks on the back of the heel.

I got Renovateur and slathered it along the top edge and about a centimetre on the inside of the shoes and rubbed it with some vigour with a cloth. After about three or four goes over a several weeks it was all sweet.

I will add that this was with a pair of shoes that were fine otherwise, no other issues, and they were not hand grade quality, so I was not too worried about just having a crack at solving the problem. Then again, can't imagine a bit of conditioner having too adverse an effect.
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

OK, so I had this exact problem where the top edge of a pair of shoes I had would hurt and they also destroyed some socks on the back of the heel.

I got Renovateur and slathered it along the top edge and about a centimetre on the inside of the shoes and rubbed it with some vigour with a cloth. After about three or four goes over a several weeks it was all sweet.

I will add that this was with a pair of shoes that were fine otherwise, no other issues, and they were not hand grade quality, so I was not too worried about just having a crack at solving the problem. Then again, can't imagine a bit of conditioner having too adverse an effect.

Great, thanks mate.

I've got some renov at home, so will give it a splash tonight.

The pain is real.
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