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Can anyone identify these shoes?

 

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Okay will go with brown buttons for the 'blazer'.

Another question: How versatile is a grey winter car coat? I can see it working with brown trousers but how about grey (would be all grey) and navy (darker trousers than coat)?
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Charcoal/grey most certainly pairs well with navy

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Hi All. I’m Michael, and have been lurking around here for some time.

 

I’m primarily a denim, shoe & boot whore. So relieving to find this place and to know that I’m not alone – HA!

 

I’ve got a question about cleaning and restoring leather boots – I have a pair of Polo Ralph Lauren brown wing tip boots that are English bench-made. I picked them up about 12-13 years ago, and worn for many years. I’ve over-enthusiastically oiled them, and they have built up a funk of oil and dirt over time. There’s also a lot of dirt and pebbles stuck in the brogue-ing due to the excess oil build up.

 

They really need to be stripped down to the bare leather to get the oil and dirt out and then refinished.

 

Anyone have any experiences doing something like this themselves? I’m on the fence about trying it myself, as I don’t want to damage the leather. There are a couple of shoe repair shops that are convenient to where I live, and I’ve had them do work for me over the years that I’ve lived here, but I’m not I sure I trust them to do this job.

 

I did find this shop on-line in Denver called Dardano’s that seems like they may have the skills to work on a pair of boots like this.

 

Thanks in advance for any and all feedback! mpp

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Originally Posted by ellsbebc View Post

Charcoal/grey most certainly pairs well with navy

Thanks, picking up this coat then.
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Color wise the last one will be the most versatile followed by the second last one.
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They really need to be stripped down to the bare leather to get the oil and dirt out and then refinished.

 

Anyone have any experiences doing something like this themselves?

Get saddle soap from a brand like Fiebings.  Brush off surface dirt as much as possible, then scrub with a lightly damp cloth + saddle soap.  Old t-shirts work well for the cloth.  You can start with modest amounts of the soap and water and then apply more as needed.  It should be damp enough to foam up a bit, but not soaking wet.  Scrubbing will not remove dye from the leather but will remove old polish and grime.  A brush is also helpful here to get into seams.  Let dry, then condition with an all-purpose leather cleaner/conditioner, such as Allen Edmonds, or more specific dyed conditioning creams, like Meltonian.  If the leather is very dry or you want more luster, Saphir Renovateur is excellent, but expensive.  Reno. can also be used to remove some of the older polish, but if gunk is really caked on then you will need to do some scrubbing with the saddle soap.

 

You can also search the forum for much more extensive directions on shoe cleaning regimens, plus opinions on the various brands of shoe care products.

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Got this new blazer and I'm not completely sure how to match it with stronger colored shirts. I'm going for a casual/bold kind of look. Does the above color combo look about right, horrible, what? Any other good/bads for shirt color? Blue, red, orange, yellow of the same saturation?

 

The shirt is really too green for me, and clashes with the greenish-gray base color of the jacket.  It is a cool jacket, but I thin you will have a hard time matching it with many bright colors.  I that colors around the orange range would work, but not not really bright ones.  Maybe a golden orange like  saffron or amber, or a darker orange-red like rust or cinnamon.

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Are Polo Ralph Lauren cashmere v-neck sweaters worth the price of app. $150? 

They are being sold on ebay with the tag: "made in China of Italian yarn". 

 

I found a cashmere sweater that runs small, so I'm not sure if it's fake or not. 

Here's some pictures of the sweater, does it look real?

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 


Edited by Dingusberry - 11/3/12 at 2:34pm
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You can buy Brooks Brothers made in Scotland cashmere sweaters for $150 or less. On ebay and B&S.
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First off, are these converse slim suitable for a 27 y/o's wardrobe?]

 

 

 

 

 

As i mainly wear dark brown boat shoes for casual wear with jeans/chinos, casual shirts/sweaters, i want to get some footwear to replace my Adidas Stan Smith trainers - a classic plain white shoe

 

So was wondering what people think of the above converse slim trainers, for weekend/daytime casual wear (shops, cinema, restaurant, town shopping , friends, etc)  with denim jeans, chinos, cargos,and sweatpants,

 

they look quite versatile so could they be worn with a casual shirt, sweater/cardigan as well as a t-shirt & jacket?

 

- i just need a casual white shoe but not too sporty like trainers/sneakers are

 

also do they were a size big? e.g. im a size UK 8, so is size UK 9 more suitable?

 

thanks

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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

Are Polo Ralph Lauren cashmere v-neck sweaters worth the price of app. $150? 

They are being sold on ebay with the tag: "made in China of Italian yarn". 

 

I found a cashmere sweater that runs small, so I'm not sure if it's fake or not. 

Here's some pictures of the sweater, does it look real?

I would not go for that.  Good cashmere comes from Mongolia, so why get one with "Italian yarn" that's then shipped back to China to be "made"?  You're better off getting a vintage cashmere sweater from one of the major Scottish makers, or a new one from Johntston's of Elgin or one of the other few remaining Scottish cashmere weavers, or a new one from one of the major Chinese makers like Snow Lotus or Erdos (quality as good as any of the Scottish or Italian ones, as China is now keeping a lot of their best cashmere).  These can all be had from ebay for way less than $150.  You could also get a new one by Johnston's of Elgin on clearance from Sierra Trading Post at nearly that price.  If you are interested in STP, sign up for their "deal flyer" email which routinely gives discounts of ~30% off their regular clearance prices.

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Oh, I thought PRL cashmere were good, since all my friends have it and I've read a little about it on SF about the quality. Thanks for the tips, I will check ut out and hope to see a nice sweater in a size that fits me!

 

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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

You can buy Brooks Brothers made in Scotland cashmere sweaters for $150 or less. On ebay and B&S.

Yeah, I've seen a lot of nice cashmere sweaters from BB, unfortuntely am I pretty small and I need sweaters in xs. 

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Amedeo? Anyone ever tried them....

Hey Guys,

 

Okay so I am thinking about getting this Tie set from Amedeo http://amedeoexclusive.com/featured/aqua-stripe-tie-set

But I wanted to check if anyone has ever tried them before and what your thought have been about them ?-- This would be my first time shopping with them (new customer).. 

 

I am thinking about pairing the tie (no cuff links or handkerchief) with a dark grey charcoal suit (slim fit, slim lapel, 2 button, double slit) and a classic white dress shirt.

 

I am also thinking about being bold on odd days and going without the tie and just the cuff links and hankerchief (in the breast pocket)  with a white french cuff shirt --- Thoughts???

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