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post #12496 of 33197

Olive over dark chocolate irish 2-1 twill "tweed" trousers with a scottish herringbone sport coat?
 

thinking too busy, want confirmation.

 

Also, grey flannels and brown tweed sport coats, y/n? I'm always iffy about brown and grey but I've seen a lot of people do it well.

post #12497 of 33197

Is this a good buy for a starter shoe car kit?  It seems Kiwi is a trusted brand and this seems like a good price.  I just bought a pair of chukkas & wingtips from JM and don't have any shoe care products other than 1 set of trees.

 

Thanks!

 

Sorry here is the link

 

http://www.graveyardmall.com/kiwi-leather-and-shoe-care-kit-30-pc-kit/


Edited by matt21484 - 1/26/12 at 11:26am
post #12498 of 33197

 

Hi all,

 

I've read a bunch on these forums about protecting leather boots, and seen conflicting advice (protect them against water! don't protect them!) 

 

Just purchased these Billy Reid full grain buffalo leather boots: 

 

http://www.mrporter.com/product/177330

 

And I'm wondering whether I should use water repellent spray or leather conditioner on them (I'm in the north east, which has been relatively dry and free of snow so far, but you never know...)

 

I've heard good things about, and picked up Bickmore water and stain repellent:

http://www.bickmore.com/bickmore/Hat%20Care/GardMore.html

 

and Leather Conditioner:

http://www.bickmore.com/bickmore/Leather%20Care/Bick4.html

 

I haven't worn them yet, and haven't treated them yet.  Any advice on whether to treat them (and why) is much appreciated - don't want to ruin these beautiful shoes.

 

Thanks,


Kareem

post #12499 of 33197

Hello, first post on the forum so here goes. I picked up a pair of Francesco Smalto Paris Alligator?? Crocodile?? shoes slightly used but in descent condition about 2 yrs. ago in a second hand shop. Haven't been able to find out much about them like when they were made, exact skin material, or about how much these would have cost new. Being from the USA, we do not have his boutiques here in the states and I'm not planning a trip to Paris anytime soon. Just curious if these are common style and mid-tier quality or more of a higher-end bespoke item? Are these an Oxford ankle boot or another style? Any info is appreciated, Thanks!

 

 

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post #12500 of 33197
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Originally Posted by mikey0357 View Post

Hello, first post on the forum so here goes. I picked up a pair of Francesco Smalto Paris Alligator?? Crocodile?? shoes slightly used but in descent condition about 2 yrs. ago in a second hand shop. Haven't been able to find out much about them like when they were made, exact skin material, or about how much these would have cost new. Being from the USA, we do not have his boutiques here in the states and I'm not planning a trip to Paris anytime soon. Just curious if these are common style and mid-tier quality or more of a higher-end bespoke item? Are these an Oxford ankle boot or another style? Any info is appreciated, Thanks!



Well they are definitely not an oxford/balmoral style boot. They have a blutcher cut, but styled more like a chukka boot. The toe shape is unusually square as well, especially if it is indeed exotic skin. Maybe someone else can chime in.
post #12501 of 33197
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Originally Posted by mikey0357 View Post

Hello, first post on the forum so here goes. I picked up a pair of Francesco Smalto Paris Alligator?? Crocodile?? shoes slightly used but in descent condition about 2 yrs. ago in a second hand shop. Haven't been able to find out much about them like when they were made, exact skin material, or about how much these would have cost new. Being from the USA, we do not have his boutiques here in the states and I'm not planning a trip to Paris anytime soon. Just curious if these are common style and mid-tier quality or more of a higher-end bespoke item? Are these an Oxford ankle boot or another style? Any info is appreciated, Thanks!
I would simply call them chukkas, if they are in croc, aligator or whatever leather, I can't tell you.
post #12502 of 33197
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Originally Posted by SlimJohny View Post

What do you think of this sport coat? Will it match jeans and navy chinos? It is on ebay for 15 English Pounds. Thanks.

Yes, to the extent that any sport coat matches jeans, that one will. It's essentially a medium to dark gray jacket and could be paired with anything that works with that shade of gray and that texture.
post #12503 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Liam O View Post

Olive over dark chocolate irish 2-1 twill "tweed" trousers with a scottish herringbone sport coat?

thinking too busy, want confirmation.

Also, grey flannels and brown tweed sport coats, y/n? I'm always iffy about brown and grey but I've seen a lot of people do it well.

There are too many variables that you don't mention to comment on the first combination. Gray flannels and brown tweed are a classic combination for very good reason.
post #12504 of 33197
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Originally Posted by matt21484 View Post

Is this a good buy for a starter shoe car kit?  It seems Kiwi is a trusted brand and this seems like a good price.  I just bought a pair of chukkas & wingtips from JM and don't have any shoe care products other than 1 set of trees.

Thanks!

Sorry here is the link

http://www.graveyardmall.com/kiwi-leather-and-shoe-care-kit-30-pc-kit/

It looks decent though it has no shoe creams which you will want for calf leather shoes. I'd stay away from the "instant shines" and the waterproof sprays. Read the pinned shoe care threads in the Men's Clothing forum to learn how to properly use creams and polishes.
post #12505 of 33197
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Originally Posted by kareem View Post


I've read a bunch on these forums about protecting leather boots, and seen conflicting advice (protect them against water! don't protect them!) 

A good application of shoe polish should provide all the water protection your boots will need for normal wear. See the "shoe care" thread in the Men's Clothing forum for a thorough discussion of polishes and shoe care.
post #12506 of 33197
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Originally Posted by SlimJohny View Post

What do you think of this sport coat? Will it match jeans and navy chinos? It is on ebay for 15 English Pounds. Thanks.

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Looks great for that. If you are buying on line, just make sure it fits you. Know your measurements.
post #12507 of 33197

Final thoughts on my outfit please.

 

What is the best color of tie to compliment/liven up the following for the spring time:

 

Relatively dark brown shoes/matching belt, dark navy suit, white french cuff shirt w/cufflinks.

 

Thanks,

post #12508 of 33197
Does anyone know of any blogs or lookbooks online focusing on just navy suits? I've looked through the "In Praise of Navy" thread and WAYWRN threads but I'd like to see if there is anything else out there that you guys have come across.
post #12509 of 33197
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Originally Posted by JstGettngStartd View Post

Final thoughts on my outfit please.

What is the best color of tie to compliment/liven up the following for the spring time:

Relatively dark brown shoes/matching belt, dark navy suit, white french cuff shirt w/cufflinks.

Thanks,

Number one get rid of the french cuffs. That will liven it up nicely for the spring. As for the tie maybe a green grenadine, or a repp tie.
post #12510 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

Does anyone know of any blogs or lookbooks online focusing on just navy suits? I've looked through the "In Praise of Navy" thread and WAYWRN threads but I'd like to see if there is anything else out there that you guys have come across.

No, but what are you looking for? confused.gif

Navy is just a color not a discipline.
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