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post #26926 of 33197
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In my (limited) experience most brands don't have a tapered, athletic fit, and the only way to fix the problem you have is to spend $10-20 to have it tailored.

That's a Brooks ESF though, which very much does have a pretty slim fit. It's just too large a size.

Cheuk, first you need to figure out your neck size. If you're really a 15.5" neck, a 16" shirt, no matter how slim, isn't going to fit right. Once you know your neck size, try on different brands and sizes to find a fit in the shoulders and body. Maybe try on some brooks brothers shirts with a 15.5" neck in their regular or slim fits rather than the extra slim. Maybe try something else entirely, like Tyrwhitt. But start with figuring out your actual neck size.
post #26927 of 33197
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Maybe try something else entirely, like Tyrwhitt. But start with figuring out your actual neck size.

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post #26928 of 33197
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To the classy-dressed gents on the thread.


If you're wearing something 'dressy' out and about on the weekend where you will be doing a substantial amount of walking (lets say a 3+ miles), what do you wear on your feet? I have a few pairs of sneakers and will likely buy chucks or such for the season, but I'm wondering for the days when I'm dressed up a bit and want footwear that goes along with it.

 

My normal day has me walking anywhere from 1-2 miles, but I love walking around in the spring/summer and tend to favor walking or biking around the city over taking public transport (within reason obviously). I'm curious what kind of footwear you favor. Dress-ish shoes with danite soles?

I wouldn't want to walk around that much in park avenues or really nice dress shoes, for instance. I guess I can stick to the shoes that have rubber half soles glued on, but I'm curious what others do.


Thanks!


I just wear comfortable shoes. I don't have a problem wearing leather soles for this kind of thing -- but my perspective on shoes is basically smoke 'em if you got 'em. I try to avoid owning things which are too nice to wear. Also, for that kind of day, I'm likely to be dressed casually enough that my nicest shoes (also my most formal) don't really get much play.

 

If I know I'm going to be having an unforgiving day on my feet, I might reach for a pair of Cole Haans I have with that Nike Air stuff in 'em, which have some kind of plastic-y outsole.

 

I also tend to wear cotton socks, which provide a bit more cushioning than thin wool dress socks.

 

I had to give up on Chuck Taylors after getting used to wearing real shoes -- no support, no cushioning, nada. God knows what they did to my spine in high school. I think if I could find a pair of desert boots with greater-than-average arch support, they would be good for long distances. Wallabees could work, too.

post #26929 of 33197
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If you're wearing something 'dressy' out and about on the weekend where you will be doing a substantial amount of walking (lets say a 3+ miles), what do you wear on your feet?
I did quite a bit of walking yesterday, in Washington, DC. I wasn't especially dressed up, but I was wearing a pair of wool pants and a sport coat.

My shoes were Allen Edmonds Graysons. With thin gel insoles/inserts added, fwiw.

I was comfortable enough. I've never really understood the mindset some men seem to have, that "dressy shoes" are inherently not terribly comfortable. But then, neither have I ever found that jeans are more comfortable than "dressy" pants.
post #26930 of 33197
Should I jump to two pairs if AE fifth Avenue, in my size, and turns out to be good shape for me, brown/burgundy, and black, for $35, and $18, respectively?
post #26931 of 33197
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Should I jump to two pairs if AE fifth Avenue, in my size, and turns out to be good shape for me, brown/burgundy, and black, for $35, and $18, respectively?
Not if they're being sold by the government laboratory responsible for coming up with a genetically-engineered form of super ebola, spread by foot-to-foot contact.

Otherwise, yes.
post #26932 of 33197
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Not if they're being sold by the government laboratory responsible for coming up with a genetically-engineered form of super ebola, spread by foot-to-foot contact.

Otherwise, yes.

Ha. They are at a thrift store. Hopefully they are still when I go back.

Black ones are marked up on the toes - they'll look ok with a polish, but will have to be really vigilant about keeping them polished. They'll be my second pair of black shoes, after florsheim cap toes. The damage is all external, and aesthetic. Still a go at $20?
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If the rest is in okay condition and you're okay with polishing them up and keeping them that way then yes. You can also try to let the polish 'sink' into the crevices.

post #26934 of 33197
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If the rest is in okay condition and you're okay with polishing them up and keeping them that way then yes. You can also try to let the polish 'sink' into the crevices.

Resolved, then, if they are still there Tuesday, they shall be mine. Shoes are a rare thrift find in my neck of the woods, let alone for my tiny feet.
post #26935 of 33197
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I just wear comfortable shoes. I don't have a problem wearing leather soles for this kind of thing -- but my perspective on shoes is basically smoke 'em if you got 'em. I try to avoid owning things which are too nice to wear. Also, for that kind of day, I'm likely to be dressed casually enough that my nicest shoes (also my most formal) don't really get much play.

 

If I know I'm going to be having an unforgiving day on my feet, I might reach for a pair of Cole Haans I have with that Nike Air stuff in 'em, which have some kind of plastic-y outsole.

 

I also tend to wear cotton socks, which provide a bit more cushioning than thin wool dress socks.

 

I had to give up on Chuck Taylors after getting used to wearing real shoes -- no support, no cushioning, nada. God knows what they did to my spine in high school. I think if I could find a pair of desert boots with greater-than-average arch support, they would be good for long distances. Wallabees could work, too.

 

I can agree with that to a certain extent. However, I don't think shoes like PA's were built to promenade around the city all day in, no?

 

I have cole haan's like that, which I tend to use like that and I was thinking of picking up another pair or two of the ones like you describe specifically for that purpose. I also like the idea of resoling a pair or chelsea's or two with soles that will be fine in the office but be fine walking around too. I just picked up a pair of zegna chelsea's that I'd rather not destroy!

 

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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


I did quite a bit of walking yesterday, in Washington, DC. I wasn't especially dressed up, but I was wearing a pair of wool pants and a sport coat.

My shoes were Allen Edmonds Graysons. With thin gel insoles/inserts added, fwiw.

I was comfortable enough. I've never really understood the mindset some men seem to have, that "dressy shoes" are inherently not terribly comfortable. But then, neither have I ever found that jeans are more comfortable than "dressy" pants.

 

It's not that they're not comfortable. It's that there are better shoes for the purpose. That or I should topy the shoes I plan to walk around in more. Paying 60+ dollars for a new sole isn't cheap, especially when shoes reliably have 3-4 resoles for their life. I'd prefer to pick shoes for the day if I know I'm going to be walking a lot. If I find myself wearing different shoes but I end up walking a lot, I don't sweat it, but if I know I'm going to be promenading around boston all day, I'd prefer to wear shoes with atleast a topy!

post #26936 of 33197
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Resolved, then, if they are still there Tuesday, they shall be mine. Shoes are a rare thrift find in my neck of the woods, let alone for my tiny feet.


I hope they'd be around, but I doubt it :/

 

Maybe the damage will help you out.

post #26937 of 33197

Picked up a pair of Milano advantage BB chinos in British Tan but don't know what to wear with them. Any suggestions on shirt colors/patterns? The British Tan color is very strong. 

 

Apologize for the repost. Accidentally put this in incorrect thread the first time. 

post #26938 of 33197
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I hope they'd be around, but I doubt it :/

 

Maybe the damage will help you out.

 

They're expensive for that store, and I don't think people recognize what they are, nor do many people want balmorals, so I'm somewhat hopeful

post #26939 of 33197
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

 

I can agree with that to a certain extent. However, I don't think shoes like PA's were built to promenade around the city all day in, no?

 

I have cole haan's like that, which I tend to use like that and I was thinking of picking up another pair or two of the ones like you describe specifically for that purpose. I also like the idea of resoling a pair or chelsea's or two with soles that will be fine in the office but be fine walking around too. I just picked up a pair of zegna chelsea's that I'd rather not destroy!

No, there aren't really any shoes in the canon of traditional menswear which aren't meant for a fair bit of action. I mean, it's all basically clothing that evolved for spending days in the city (days which probably involved at least as much walking as we do today), days in the country, or evenings dancing.

 

The only reason to worry about wearing even a single-leather sole balmoral for a lot of walking is wear and tear, or less-than-perfect fit. It's not as if a shoe like an AE Park Ave is "built" any less tough than any goodyear-welted shoe, apart from having a single leather sole. The guts are the same.

 

A crepe sole or soft rubber sole on a chelsea boot could be a fine solution, but, like Communism, cushioning is a red herring. The key issue is fit and support. I've worn heavily-padded shoes that didn't fit perfectly, and it's been harder on me than less-padded, better-fitting shoes. Admittedly, padding + sub-par fit is better than no padding + bad fit, but the lesser of two evils is still worth avoiding.


Edited by YRR92 - 3/16/14 at 3:56pm
post #26940 of 33197

Where can I get a sweater like this. What color is that considered?

 

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