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Anyone have any recommendations for a mid length black wool coat?
post #28802 of 38474
depends on your budget but i know someone on SZ is selling a RO melton limo black coat that hits at the knee -- its pretty nice piece.

http://stylezeitgeist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15418&highlight=melton+limo
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Hello all.

 

Building a wardrobe from scratch on a pittance.  No rush, just buying things piece by piece and looking for value.

 

I know that I want AE Strands in walnut to be my first decent pair of shoes, but at the moment I'd rather spend that money on basic, versatile casual wear (chinos, a pair of raw selvedge, OCBDs).

 

Right now I have the chance to buy this shoe for $208, brand new.  This is exciting to me, but I could use a little perspective.

 

How often does a price like this come around?  And if this is an especially good price, should footwear take precedence over the clothes I would need in order to wear it?

post #28804 of 38474

I have no idea about Allen Edmonds and if that's a good price, but chinos, OCBDs, and jeans will always be available for pretty steady prices, but prices like that may not come along often for the shoes (although I'm not sure how expensive they normally are) so I would go for them if it's a good price, and stock up on basics later.

post #28805 of 38474
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post


from left
loake bayswater (1880 collection)
loake 290
loake mitchum
does anyone have experience with any of these?
i am thinking of the bayswater, thoughts sf peeps?

I don't have any personal experience, but from what I've read, it seems the Loake's 1880 range is generally the one you want to go with. So yeah, I'd second the Bayswater.

For what it's worth, the Herring's description of the 290 indicates that it is corrected grain and only half lined, if either of those weigh into your decision.
Edited by iluvatar - 11/11/12 at 8:19am
post #28806 of 38474
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Originally Posted by Pig Farmer View Post

Hello all.

Building a wardrobe from scratch on a pittance.  No rush, just buying things piece by piece and looking for value.

I know that I want AE Strands in walnut to be my first decent pair of shoes, but at the moment I'd rather spend that money on basic, versatile casual wear (chinos, a pair of raw selvedge, OCBDs).

Right now I have the chance to buy this shoe for $208, brand new.  This is exciting to me, but I could use a little perspective.

How often does a price like this come around?  And if this is an especially good price, should footwear take precedence over the clothes I would need in order to wear it?

Strands are formal, suit setting only. If your looking for starter suit shoe, that is a good price for them.
post #28807 of 38474
Does a 38 sound reasonable when I'm a true 40? Everything I've bought in a 40 lately has ended up too wide in the shoulders.

No experience with Our Legacy sizing.

post #28808 of 38474
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Originally Posted by notwithit View Post

Does a 38 sound reasonable when I'm a true 40? Everything I've bought in a 40 lately has ended up too wide in the shoulders.
No experience with Our Legacy sizing.

I bought the unstructured navy crepe blazer from a season ago. It was a size S and the pit-pit was 18", so a true 34. My chest is 36" so I need to let it out a little bit (which can probably barely be done), but the fit otherwise is great. So I definitely wouldn't recommend sizing down if my blazer is any indication of how they size in general.
post #28809 of 38474
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Originally Posted by Pig Farmer View Post

Hello all.

Building a wardrobe from scratch on a pittance.  No rush, just buying things piece by piece and looking for value.

I know that I want AE Strands in walnut to be my first decent pair of shoes, but at the moment I'd rather spend that money on basic, versatile casual wear (chinos, a pair of raw selvedge, OCBDs).

Right now I have the chance to buy this shoe for $208, brand new.  This is exciting to me, but I could use a little perspective.

How often does a price like this come around?  And if this is an especially good price, should footwear take precedence over the clothes I would need in order to wear it?

$208 isn't bad. I think the cheapest I saw them was $149 from Amazon maybe two years ago

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Originally Posted by notwithit View Post

Does a 38 sound reasonable when I'm a true 40? Everything I've bought in a 40 lately has ended up too wide in the shoulders.
No experience with Our Legacy sizing.

OL is a bit of a boxy but quite slim fit. If you can stop by a store to try it's probably better (Barney's stocks OL now) as I can't get one to fit well as I can't get my arms through anything smaller than a 52, which is then too big elsewhere.
post #28810 of 38474
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Originally Posted by Pig Farmer View Post

Hello all.

 

Building a wardrobe from scratch on a pittance.  No rush, just buying things piece by piece and looking for value.

 

I know that I want AE Strands in walnut to be my first decent pair of shoes, but at the moment I'd rather spend that money on basic, versatile casual wear (chinos, a pair of raw selvedge, OCBDs).

 

Right now I have the chance to buy this shoe for $208, brand new.  This is exciting to me, but I could use a little perspective.

 

How often does a price like this come around?  And if this is an especially good price, should footwear take precedence over the clothes I would need in order to wear it?

$208 is a decent price, but it's not a once-in-a-lifetime deal.  If you're placing a premium on value, I'd hold off for two weeks for the sales to kick in, since I'd wager you'll be able to find those AE for cheaper then. You'll also be able to pick up all those basic wardrobe staples you're after at a significant discount. 

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Originally Posted by slstr View Post

I have no idea about Allen Edmonds and if that's a good price, but chinos, OCBDs, and jeans will always be available for pretty steady prices, but prices like that may not come along often for the shoes (although I'm not sure how expensive they normally are) so I would go for them if it's a good price, and stock up on basics later.

 

Well, the AE website says $335.

 

I'm looking at many expired auctions that went for $100 - $175, ranging from slightly used to worn once or twice, but my size is fairly unpopular so it may be a long wait before I find the Strand in walnut at these prices.  Also, I must consider the advantage of easy returns & exchanges for this particular deal, and then there's the time not spent watching internet auctions.

 

I think I'll get myself fitted in an AE store before making this decision, just to make sure that a 5 last can be done on my weird foot.

 

 

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Originally Posted by itbegins
 
Strands are formal, suit setting only. If your looking for starter suit shoe, that is a good price for them.

 

I'd be wearing them with denim and chinos for starters.

 

Watch my moves.

 

 

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Originally Posted by stevent
 
$208 isn't bad. I think the cheapest I saw them was $149 from Amazon maybe two years ago

 

Wow, that's low.  Good to know.

 

Thanks for the responses everyone.

post #28812 of 38474
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Originally Posted by futuresailors View Post

$208 is a decent price, but it's not a once-in-a-lifetime deal.  If you're placing a premium on value, I'd hold off for two weeks for the sales to kick in, since I'd wager you'll be able to find those AE for cheaper then. You'll also be able to pick up all those basic wardrobe staples you're after at a significant discount. 

 

I see.

 

It probably would be best to wait.  Worst case scenario: I can't get this deal anymore and I load up on discounted basics instead.

 

Still, this price seems good enough to send me to an AE store for sizing today.  I'll have to do it eventually.

 

Thanks again.

post #28813 of 38474

700

 

I'm deciding to grab Common Projects Achilles low black sneakers but which style do you think they match better, casual or dressy?

Not sure about the sizing as well. I usually wear US9.5 for most shoes and 10 for Nikes which size should I buy when it comes to CP?

Thanks in advance

post #28814 of 38474
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post


from left
loake bayswater (1880 collection)
loake 290
loake mitchum
does anyone have experience with any of these?
i am thinking of the bayswater, thoughts sf peeps?

I like the shape of the ones I own but the leather really doesn't age well as it is too plasticky, good beater pair for rainy days.
post #28815 of 38474
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Originally Posted by Banana Cognac View Post

depends on your budget but i know someone on SZ is selling a RO melton limo black coat that hits at the knee -- its pretty nice piece.
http://stylezeitgeist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15418&highlight=melton+limo

That is nice. But would be way too long on me. I'm not tall enough.
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