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AZsundevil, the boots you've got up there aren't bad, but they're a bit more "work" than "western" to my eye. Nobody'll bat an eye at you wearing them, but I think your purpose would be better served with something like this Ariat Heritage Western R Toe. The tooling up the sides is pretty busy, but it's also generally hidden, and the leather will take a nice polish. My recommendation is to not go halfway with it. Either embrace the regional style, or, if it's not you, wear what suits you better.

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Anybody familiar with Barberini? Saw a jacket that looks interesting, but I couldn't find anything from Google or the forum. Searches keep returning discussions of Brioni's store in Rome on Via Barberini. Just wondering if it is a quality brand.
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 Also, if your trees are not made specifically for your shoes ("lasted"), then there is no real advantage of more expensive ones over cheaper ones:  Go for a full-shaped heel, and unfinished cedarwood - cheap, cheerful and absolutely fine for most shoes.

Disagree: Not all unlasted trees are made equally. I have $100/pair C&J trees that beautifully fill my shoes from heel to toe, with full instep support and all, while I've found that the basic cedar trees that so often get recommended have too low of an instep, and aren't sufficiently wide around the ball of the foot.

 

Question of my own: This is surely in the shoe care thread somewhere, but I'd like an answer before trawling through hundreds of posts over there. How do you guys go about attaining a mirror shine on your calfskin shoes? I've just had my first experience with Saphir wax, and got a nice shine going on two pairs of my boots, but am having diminishing improvements with each extra coat of wax.

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Disagree: Not all unlasted trees are made equally. I have $100/pair C&J trees that beautifully fill my shoes from heel to toe, with full instep support and all, while I've found that the basic cedar trees that so often get recommended have too low of an instep, and aren't sufficiently wide around the ball of the foot.

 

Question of my own: This is surely in the shoe care thread somewhere, but I'd like an answer before trawling through hundreds of posts over there. How do you guys go about attaining a mirror shine on your calfskin shoes? I've just had my first experience with Saphir wax, and got a nice shine going on two pairs of my boots, but am having diminishing improvements with each extra coat of wax.

 

That rather depends on the shape of your shoes.  I'm sure C&J shape theirs to be close to their typical house style, but they might not work well in, say, a pair of Allen Edmonds.  But you're right - I've a mixture, and some seem to fill the shoes better than others in general.

 

I don't use Saphir myself, but I'd take a guess that maybe if you've built up quite a bit, it might be time to remove some of it before polishing again.

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Ty for the info.
Aside from the 2 stores are there any other ones to browse? I'm familiar with Pediwear

Also is CT sizing accurate on their conversion?

Edit: meant to quote your first point

 

Well, it depends what you want.  I mentioned Pediwear because of their method of postage and their good range of cheaper Loake shoes (which I think are the same as the CT-branded ones you quoted).  Two other very good e-shops from the UK are www.herringshoes.co.uk (I've used them too, excellent service), and www.theshoehealer.co.uk, who I haven't used, but have a good reputation.  Both also do Loake, Herring also have their own brand for which Loake make the cheaper ones like CT.  Herring use DHL (last time I bought from them anyway), not sure about Shoe Healer.

 

But if you go back a couple of pages, there are a lot of great shoes out there from different countries, depending on budget.  I just put these three in as retailers of the English style you seem to want, who are easy to deal with.

 

Regarding sizing, I wouldn't like to say: most retailers convert from UK to US sizes by adding one.  In my experience, a lot of the time the difference is only half.  But it really depends on the last, and also the width fitting.  Something similar to the shoe you posted, that I have on Loake's 26 last in a wide fitting, would probably fit a whole size bigger even in a US "E" fitting - it's a generous last.  But don't take that for granted.  Risk the postage and try something you like; if it doesn't fit, try something else.  It's worth it in the end.


Edited by mimo - 3/3/13 at 10:48am
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

That rather depends on the shape of your shoes.  I'm sure C&J shape theirs to be close to their typical house style, but they might not work well in, say, a pair of Allen Edmonds.  But you're right - I've a mixture, and some seem to fill the shoes better than others in general.

 

I don't use Saphir myself, but I'd take a guess that maybe if you've built up quite a bit, it might be time to remove some of it before polishing again.

I actually don't even own any C&J shoes, but have used (and liked) their trees with both AEs and Carminas on various lasts.

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Anyone have any recommendation for off the rack 3 piece suits? Brooks Brothers barely sells any three pieces. I'm looking for something along the line of the styles they wear on Boardwalk Empire. Every fall Topman sells suits in this style but the quality is terrible.
Edited by Kensington - 3/3/13 at 4:40pm
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^Suit Supply?
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Is this suit canvassed to any degree?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111016522985?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

 

I can't identify what line it's from(I know it's old though) and I know only their PRESSidential line is canvassed(half).

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I actually don't even own any C&J shoes, but have used (and liked) their trees with both AEs and Carminas on various lasts.

 

Fair enough, I only have one pair of AE and find the instep quite low.  But my better quality trees are higher, like you said, which is better for the vast majority of my mostly English shoes.  Oh, and the AE trees I have are rubbish!  Thanks for the tip on C&J!

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This doesn't necessarily pertain to any certain type of Classic Menswear, and I apologize in advance because I'm assuming this question must have already been asked hundreds of times and I just cant find it... but are there any good websites for classic menswear that carry a good amount of brands like the ones usually talked about on this site? I know that's quite the generalization, but I can't seem to find any websites that have a really good centralized database of nice clothing for sale. Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places. Anyways, if anyone knows some good ones please post! Also shipping to Canada is definitely a plus! Thanks smile.gif 

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Hey guys, I am looking for a pair of leather shoes for daily casual wear, mostly to school. I would wear it with navy and light gray chinos and jeans. Do you think that these shoes are suitable choice? Thanks a lot! http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/uk/en/zara-neu-S2013/358060/1048118/SMOOTH%20LEATHER%20BLUCHER

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Hi

 

Flying  Monkey posted a pic in the wayrn thread today and said he was wearing a needle-collar shirt with collar pin. I understand the collar pin part, but why does he call it a needle-collar shirt?. I have never heard of that term before. I Added the pic for ease of reference. Please educate me?

 

 

 

 

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Got some alden shoes that are snug...very snug

 

http://dailycrazed.net/personal/alden1.jpg

http://dailycrazed.net/personal/alden2.jpg

 

I'm not worried about the bow, but the intense restriction feeling sorta kinda kills me. I know they're new and can be stretched, but for $500 I don't want to be in pain/lose circulation if I wear them all day. thoughts on amount of break-in/give? Store said I could return/have them stretched if need be. Right now, the worst part is the front of the heel (the line is digging into my foot making it tingle a bit)

 

the store ordered them very narrow for my feet. they fit snug--maybe too snug.

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