Originally Posted by dgsdm
Can someone give me some advice on where I can get a versatile pair of shoes that can be worn for clubbing/night out etc. for around 100,000W? I kind of want something similar to this: http://www.dasmann.co.kr/shop/detail.php?pno=4079016D940210B4AE9AE7D41C4A2065&cno1=1038&rURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dasmann.co.kr%2F
Basically I'm looking for something affordable (I'm 22) and wouldn't mind too much if it got dirty. I'm open too all suggestions!
Also, I'm in the market for a suit but I'm not sure if I should get it off the rack/dept. store or bespoke. I'm looking to spend somewhere around 500-600,000W and this will be my first suit. Is getting a bespoke suit a lot better than a pre-constructed one? I've been reading from: http://www.gq.com/style/style-manual/201204/suits-guide-tailoring-fit#slide=1 and a lot of posts from styleforum so I have a general idea of what a proper suit should look like.
Another question I have is.. does anyone have any experience with certain Korean brands like Ziozia, Stco, etc or like Zara? Is it a terrible idea to buy suits from these places? For me I can't really tell if fabric quality or construction is poor or not.
How much can I find a decent suit for at a dept store when there's a sale? For me, off the rack clothes seem to fit me well in Korea (I'm 178cm and 135lbs). Because I'm not very knowledgeable about suits in general I'm not sure if it's worth the time and trouble for a bespoke suit. However, sometime in the future I would definitely like to get a bespoke suit at SEGI or some other places mentioned in this thread when I have the financial means.
I know these are a lot of questions but if someone could give me some guidance here I will be forever grateful!
I hope you are enjoying your time in Korea!
I think the golden rule for shoes is NEVER EVER BUY SUPER CHEAP DRESS SHOES no matter if its for partying, work, etc. Shoes are just one of those things you just have to suck up and splurge a bit. Buying cheap shoes in Korea is a guaranteed regret. Getting 100,000KRW pair of shoes will kill your feet, and wont last but a couple of months. And they make you look tacky.
Check out http://alexshoes.co.kr/. The guy sells Herring shoes w/ free domestic shipping, and his prices are reasonable considering that he imports them from England. Also, they are good year constructed and very high quality, (I see no difference between them and Church's, loakes, even Sutor Mantellasis). At an average price of 370,000KRW it might be quite steep for your budget, but trust me, saving for a couple of months (or not going out to clubs and splurging 100,000KRW + for a couple of weeks), is MUCH cheaper in the long run than buying 4 pairs of 100,000KRW Korean constructed shoes in the span of 4 - 6 months, looking like an ajussi. Shoes are just one of those things that will last you decades if you treat them properly. The return on investment on shoes is un parallel to everything else. Also, cheap shoes RUIN great suits :). Beware of the 30% luxury tax. Every imported brand name in Korea is at least 30% more expensive.
If you are going to spend 500,000 - 600,000 KRW, its your VERY FIRST suit, and Korean makers fit you well, just go off the rack. I believe right now, its sale season and Paul Smith will have their standard suits on sale for 650,000 - 750,000. Nina Ricci, which can be found in Sinsegae and Lotte Department Store, is OK too, and I believe they are having great sales (350,000 - 400,000KRW) right now. Bare in mind though, I like conservative, more tailored cuts, and am not really a trendy fellow...
If you are lucky, you can do the whole voucher thing. ie. go to a store outside, by the department store, that sells Shinsegae and/or Lotte gift certificates, buy it cash on hand @ 80% - 90% face value, and save another 10 - 20% on your suit purchase.
Zio Zia is OK, same with ZARA (a more conservative cut....ish). Some of my analysts wear it. The cut of Zio Zia is not my style though. Its the whole short jacket, narrow trousers thing thats all the rage right now.
Ultimately, just go with a suit that makes YOU feel good. If its your first suit, dont care too much about quality. Just learn from the experience. Personally, I dont think you should go for a SEGI suit just yet. Its not worth it until you start learning more about your own personal style and what cut makes you feel comfortable.
Edited by koreaderivative - 7/15/12 at 12:59am