No, but if you deal with someone decent, they can be returned!
Anyway, if you think this is expensive, wait for the divorce....
I train athletes for a living, and it amazes me how little people know about proper shoe fitting. If you're just wearing your Nikes for day to day wear, you're absolutely correct, they are very forgiving. I wear Chucks, or a slip on pair of half shoe/half winter boots on a day to day basis, depending on weather and season. They are quite loose and sloppy, and at 5 in the morning, on my way to the hockey rink, that's just fine, even comfortable. But, once you start running, or playing, or training, I'm astounded how people don't get themselves and their children shoes that fit. And skates. Don't get me started on skates!
My quick questions:
Have a great Memorial Day!
A lot of fashion brands make shoes with what looks like stitching in the soles, but that is cosmetic. I made this mistake some time back when still learning about shoe constructions, and was horrified when my apparently blake-stitched shoes began to separate as the glue degraded! So be careful, especially if the stitching on what looks like a welt is tight - each one about 2mm or less - and the stitching showing under the sole looks about 5mm per stitch. It's probably glued together and just with a "traditional" look. Also, "hand made" means nothing. It's like "home style" or "farmhouse" or "fresh" in the food industry: as there's no common definition of what it means, it doesn't mean anything at all and is often covering for low quality.
The good news is that if something says "blake construction" or "goodyear welted" or "blake rapid construction" (the latter is pretty much as good as goodyear really), it usually is. And you can get those for not much. For example, http://samuelwindsorshoes.co.uk/ sells very cheap (sub $100) shoes, and you could get at least your four pairs for under $300. They won't be wonderful, but they will be proper shoes and not fall apart. I bought some suede ones for my 14 year old son (he changes shoe size so often it's not worth spending more!), and they looked quite smart. But I'd suggest going up a notch and getting, say, two pairs for your $300. You can try www.meermin.es (although beware of long waiting times) for the darlings of Styleforum economy. Or, for a better service, same price and just less SF-trendiness, you can get Indian-made shoes by English makers like Loake and Barker for about $150. Try www.herringshoes.co.uk and www.pediwear.co.uk. They both have outstanding service, will answer all your questions happily on fit, delivery etc, and have a wide selection of styles and prices. Really, I have ordered from both and been very happy - with the cheap as well as the more expensive lines. Also, check the clearance lines in your size: you might be lucky and get a big discount off something you like, of even better quality. Both companies always have some items on sale, and Herring in particular is very easy to search for sale items in your size.
Good luck, and let us know what you get!
thank you for elaborate response, I will check them out
Fashion input please:
I know that most members in Classic tuck their shirts in as a rule, but I was out buying slacks today and found a couple pairs that had very nice cuts, fabric, and fits. As I was trying them on, I couldnt help but notice that they looked good with the polo I was wearing and looked good with some fitted T shirts and button ups.
Has anyone here explored the option of wearing slacks as pants, and not a strictly tucked-shirt option? I thought the look was pretty clean myself, a welcome difference from jeans
The coat is the blue one on the right.its 47% wool 53% linen