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post #24451 of 33197

Does anyone know of a good casual belt to match a pair of bourbon AE Mcallisters? I like the AE Madison belt in walnut to match my Strands, but they don't appear to make it in bourbon. 

post #24452 of 33197

Looking for casual starter brown boots.

 

Versatile.

 

Low profile.

 

Sleek toe-box.

 

~$200-300.

 

What should I buy?

post #24453 of 33197
Need some new shoe trees. Nothing fancy, just some functional cedar ones.
Any thoughts on who is offering them for cheap?

Thanks.
post #24454 of 33197
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Originally Posted by stoicassistant View Post
 

Looking for casual starter brown boots.

 

Versatile.

 

Low profile.

 

Sleek toe-box.

 

~$200-300.

 

What should I buy?

 

Check out wolverine and AE 2nds. Wolverine's are not as sleep as dress boots, but it is definitely versatile. 

post #24455 of 33197

Sales for cedar shoe trees should be coming up. Jos A bank has some decent ones for 8 bucks a pop when it's on sale. 

post #24456 of 33197
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post
 

Sales for cedar shoe trees should be coming up. Jos A bank has some decent ones for 8 bucks a pop when it's on sale. 

 

In fact they're on sale right now:

 

http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/BSAOmnifindQueryCmd?storeId=11001&catalogId=10050&ip_state=&ip_sortBy=&ip_constrain=&ip_navtype=search&pageSize=12&currentPage=0&searchCategory=searchView&langId=-1&errorViewName=SearchResultsView&searchKeywords=shoe+trees

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #24457 of 33197
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In fact they're on sale right now:
So are the Totes rubber overshoes. At $8.50, they're not going to be any lower anywhere else. And winter's fast approaching. Just saying. (You people in Hawaii, Key West, and the Brazilian rainforest just shut up with your "Winter? What's Winter?" talk.)
post #24458 of 33197
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What would you wear to see a play when black-tie would be major overkill? Double duty for dinner on the town later. 

Am I right that a charcoal/grey/navy pinstripe suit would look like I just came from work?

J

I ended up going to an afternoon show instead of an evening one. Wore a medium gray pinstripe suit, with faint white pinstripes, light blue shirt with white collar, and a burgundy neat tie.

I wore walnut brogues and struggled to pick out socks. Ended up with a brownish argyle pair. What socks would typically be a good match?

For the record, there was one old timer in a suit with a sweater, and everyone else was in varying states of disarray.

J
post #24459 of 33197
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What socks would typically be a good match?
As the saying I've noted previously in this thread goes, a businessman chooses his socks to match his pants; a gentleman chooses his socks to match his mood.
post #24460 of 33197
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As the saying I've noted previously in this thread goes, a businessman chooses his socks to match his pants; a gentleman chooses his socks to match his mood.

Yea, I'm familiar with the theory, but for some reason nothing I had looked good, and wearing navy socks just felt wrong.

Here's a blurry snap, the socks weren't an eyesore, but I certainly felt that they were sub-optimal.

J

post #24461 of 33197

I was considering getting a pair of Plain toe whole cut oxfords in calf. However someone on another forum said that calf whole cuts are know good as the wrinkles will show up more and they'll look like junk pretty quickly. 

 

Anyone else got any experience with these and if this is true why do high end shoe makers even sell such shoes? I guess this is maybe why she wholecuts seem so popular. In which case can anyone chime in on experience in sourcing cordovan leather and how much more expensive it generally is than calf (its fro a bespoke commission).

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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post
 

I was considering getting a pair of Plain toe whole cut oxfords in calf. However someone on another forum said that calf whole cuts are know good as the wrinkles will show up more and they'll look like junk pretty quickly. 

 

Anyone else got any experience with these and if this is true why do high end shoe makers even sell such shoes? I guess this is maybe why she wholecuts seem so popular. In which case can anyone chime in on experience in sourcing cordovan leather and how much more expensive it generally is than calf (its fro a bespoke commission).

I've been considering a wholecut myself, and my reading has taught me the following.

 

A wholecut has more noticeable creasing for sure.

 

1. No details to detract the eye from creasing.

2. No seams to take up stress during walking. 

 

If the wholecut's last fits your foot very well, creasing will not be a problem. In terms of your bespoke commission, take into consideration that the last of the wholecut is extremely important in terms of creating an elegant look. If your foot has some unattractive anatomical details, the last of your shoe can possibly assume those details. 

 

Finally, expect cordovan to be substantially more expensive than calf. I think many shoemakers will also flat out refuse to make a wholecut in cordovan, as it's prone to cracking during the lasting process. 

post #24463 of 33197

Hello,

 

 

Im not sure if this is a quick question or basic advice, but I have just graduated from university and found a job in an office.  Although I have some business attire, it is all ready to wear.  I want to get a new suit that I can wear to work (also have a wedding to attend in Januray) and I need to buy a good suit.  After doing some research I think I am going to go the m2m route.  I am just looking for some advice/feedback on which company to use.  Since I just started my job a couple months ago I don't have a huge budget, so i'm going to be looking at the more affordable end of suits offered.   So, shall it be Black Lapel, Indochino or Institchu?

 

 

Thanks in advance,

 

IG-88

post #24464 of 33197
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Originally Posted by IG-88 View Post
 

Hello,

 

 

Im not sure if this is a quick question or basic advice, but I have just graduated from university and found a job in an office.  Although I have some business attire, it is all ready to wear.  I want to get a new suit that I can wear to work (also have a wedding to attend in Januray) and I need to buy a good suit.  After doing some research I think I am going to go the m2m route.  I am just looking for some advice/feedback on which company to use.  Since I just started my job a couple months ago I don't have a huge budget, so i'm going to be looking at the more affordable end of suits offered.   So, shall it be Black Lapel, Indochino or Institchu?

 

 

Thanks in advance,

 

IG-88

 

I assume that you have a very small selection of suits in your closet. Therefore, I would go with an RTW suit (and get it altered) until you know what to look for. There's no point in getting an MTM suit if you have no idea what style lapel, pockets, collar, buttons etc. you want (no offense). It also takes some time until you can properly evaluate the quality of fabrication and appreciate its benefits (sewn vs glued etc.). SuitSupply has some good quality suits for a great price to start with. Once you get the hang of it you can try MTM.

post #24465 of 33197
I am going to second holding off. Go to the mall, try on a million suits of different brands to find what sizes fit you, then hit the thrift/ebay highway, and pick up a few suits.

If you don't know, take pictures of the suits you try on (almost) everyone buys suits that are too big when they are starting out.

Have them altered, wear them, see how you like them. Then maybe go MTM.

It sucks having something made for you, and then finding out it isn't really what you wanted.

Also, in the beginning, it is nice to start out with 4 or so suits. If you were a carpenter who just needed a good belt and workboots to wear every day that's one thing, but wearing the same suit gets old fast.

J
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