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... or rain or the mud/slush that lingers afterwards. Winter's coming here in Seoul, and that means lots of gunk piled onto streets and sidewalks. I don't feel like taking my Super 150's and Handgrades out for a stroll through it all, and seeing as how I often have to trek through the more hilly parts of the city (with lots of jagged concrete sidewalks, jagged presumably for traction) and possibly while it's raining or snowing, I'm in the market for some good weather-resistant dress clothes/shoes. I know Kai made mention of the Veldtshoen boots that C&J offers. Someone else mentioned that C&J also sells rubber-sole shoes. I believe Tricker's sells Veldtshoen shoes in their Country line (judging from what I'm reading on Pediwear.) I've read some old posts about Aquascutum trenchcoats vs. Burberry. I'm definitely going to invest in a heavy suit for the winter. So, after my attempt to glean information by Searching for it first (I recommend that new members try this first before asking questions like "What's the best suit/shoes/tailor" and "What does fused mean?"), I'm still wondering about the specifics. Anyone know some specific shoe models capable of handling routine inclement weather that will still look handsome even after getting roughed up, and can share some first-hand experiences? Anyone own both a Burberry coat and an Aquascutum one, and could comment on quality comparisons?
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When it snows here, I wear these "high tech" galoshes over regular dress shoes. They are made by Neos, and I think they cost $60. They are rubber and canvas (the sole is 100% rubber), and they come up to about mid-calf. The nice thing about that is they protect the trouser legs from slush and mud, etc. The drawbacks: they are ugly as hell; they dull the shine on your shoes.
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Loro Piana's "Storm System" fabric is great for winter. It's like gore-tex, but with a wool face. If you can find such a coat, it might be a good investment. The C&J shoes (boots actually) I own are the Snowdon model.
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I don't know if I can find overshoes here. I'm not surprised... I haven't seen a single Korean man or woman who managed to take good care of his or her footwear. The older ones don't even use shoehorns, and so squash the heels of their shoes permanently flat after years of wear. But they're great people nonetheless. This country used to have great cobblers before China took all the business away. I'm sure there's one or two of them around, probably down in Pusan. This will give me an excuse to visit. I took a look at the Snowdons. They look TOUGH. Hell, they look like they can survive a trip through the mountains on one of my snowboarding jaunts. I do need something a bit more refined, though, for city wear. The C&J Radstock looks viable, but it only comes in black. I've heard great things about Loro Piana's Storm System, but I don't know if my tailor's shopowner can manage to get ahold of it at a decent price; import taxes are crazy here. I've seen such coats myself (RTW) going in the department stores for around $1,500 to $2,000, waaaaay outside my budget. I'll ask him, though; lots of these stores sell their overstock to the shopowner. Maybe he'll get lucky.
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Loro Piana's "Storm System" fabric is great for winter.  It's like gore-tex, but with a wool face.  If you can find such a coat, it might be a good investment.   The C&J shoes (boots actually) I own are the Snowdon model.
I second the nomination fo LP's Storm System gear as absolutely indispensable inclement weather gear. It's light and breathable, yet incredibly warm when it needs to be. In London, don't know what I'd do without my SS overcoat... JV
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Where would one find a RTW Storm System coat in NY?
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Where would one find a RTW Storm System coat in NY?
I saw one at Bergdorf, but it was ridiculously overpriced ($2000.)   Hickey Freeman makes one: http://www.hickeyfreeman.com/hickeyf....ail.asp You may want to try ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....15&rd=1 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....61&rd=1 Or these guys: http://www.normandyandmonroe.com/rev...s-topcoat.html
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We just had snow in Boston, so my brain has been a little more focused on that question. A few pairs of wool odd trousers in the works [with dreams of a tweed suit], and an upgrade to the winter footgear. Needed something that wasn't Cleverley/Wildsmith leather soled, but wasn't Sperry or LL Bean either. So, I ordered the Conistons from Crockett & Jones (now just need a tweed suit to go with), another water-resistant pair with Gumlite soles, and I also sampled the Neos catalogue. The latter products just arrived, and I'm pretty psyched. The Neos Commuter are ankle-high, light, waterproof, and a snug fit around good shoes. The Navigator are a little easier to get in and out of, and can go knee high in a pinch. If that doesn't do the job, not sure what will. Now I just need a pair of nice-ish black shoes with rubber soles for days when the pavement will be wet but I need shoes to accompany a good suit. Crockett & Jones, probably, but will see how the last order goes. [Pediwear]
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Re: the Loro Piana Storm System fabric, Brooks Brothers uses it (or licenses it) on several of their "Brookstorm" coats, which can be viewed on their website. It seems like a versatile fabric. Hope this is helpful. Also, at Barneys I saw a Sanyo raincoat that was treated with a competing storm system fabric, but I don't remember the name.
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