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post #28141 of 33180

Yes, it's still too long.  :-(

 

Having a budget sux, ha! 

 

I tried suits on at Macys, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls.  Bought a suit at K&M.

 

NEVER felt right in anything, but needed a suit for a thing, blah-blah-blah -- had to settle.

 

Then I recently became enlightened on proper fits.  Searched around for tailors/boutiques... I'd have to severly cut back on bills and such to afford  one.

 

Got depressed about my suit dilemma, then found this forum. 

post #28142 of 33180
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Originally Posted by straightblaster View Post
 

Yes, it's still too long.  :-(

 

Having a budget sux, ha! 

 

I tried suits on at Macys, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls.  Bought a suit at K&M.

 

NEVER felt right in anything, but needed a suit for a thing, blah-blah-blah -- had to settle.

 

Then I recently became enlightened on proper fits.  Searched around for tailors/boutiques... I'd have to severly cut back on bills and such to afford  one.

 

Got depressed about my suit dilemma, then found this forum. 


Dude, honestly? I bought most of my suits off eBay and from people on this forum. THey were NWT or NWOT or barely used. You CAN find suits on here that are FARR better for what you're paying retail at those places. If you know what length you need and no longer than that measurement, check out the marketplace here. Though 43S may be a hard size to find, my friend.

post #28143 of 33180

ah, thanks!

post #28144 of 33180
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ah, thanks!

What's your budget for a suit? Some of the cheaper online MTM folks might be an option. Honestly, given your body, I think it's probably worth saving up a bit and picking up one of the ~$400-500 MTM online options. Ebay and consignment stores are great for people who are looking for a 38R or something else pretty standard, but it's hard for me to imagine that you'll manage to find something that works.
post #28145 of 33180
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ah, thanks!


Just be wary that many of the online choices are very hit or miss. Black Lapel has gotten some nice recognition but I've seen butchered jobs from them as well. Don't pick their overly tailored fit. Gross.

post #28146 of 33180

Will these rubber-soled oxfords last?

 

I generally buy leather-soled shoes and know that SF members tend to prefer them. However, I like the style of these and will buy them if the quality is good.

 

Are these good quality? Will they last several years, given proper care?

 

The price seems very high for a rubber sole ($800). Is the price worth it?

 

 


Edited by SFSF01 - 6/27/14 at 8:38pm
post #28147 of 33180
@SFSF01. If you use the search bar and type on the brand there multiple threads about the brand.
post #28148 of 33180

Thanks for your reply @Skatenc123. I've thoroughly read all of the threads on Ferragamo and rubber vs leather soles. The consensus seems to be: a) It is possible for rubber-soled shoes to be good quality (notwithstanding questions of style); and b) All Ferragamo shoes other than 'Tramezza' and 'Lavorazione a mano' styles are "junk".

 

My question is: Are these shoes junk? Or a happy exception to the rule?

post #28149 of 33180
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Will these rubber-soled oxfords last?

I generally buy leather-soled shoes and know that SF members tend to prefer them. However, I like the style of these and will buy them if the quality is good.

Are these good quality? Will they last several years, given proper care?

The price seems very high for a rubber sole ($800). Is the price worth it?

Btw, I am a woman and these are women's shoes. The same principles in quality should still apply, so I'd be very grateful for your opinions.
This is uncharted territory, since I don't know much about Ferragamo's women shoe lines, but I'll give it a shot.

The sole stitching would suggest Blake construction, so you would be able to resole. The rubber sole should give more longevity than a leather sole in theory, although there is talk of synthetics being harmful to the longevity of the insoles due to moisture. The leather seems to be Ferragamos standard polish binder nonsense, which is made using corrected leather w/ a lacquer finishing applied to give it that plastic patent look. It should require little leather upkeep, but it will have the same problem as the insoles long term, as moisture will stay trapped in the corrected leather. I won't comment on design, seeing as I don't have knowledge of women's wear. In conclusion for $800, it is too much for this particular shoe IMO, I would pass...
post #28150 of 33180
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ah, thanks!
some brands are cut shorter than others too. Try thrifting from rakouten Japnese labels e.g ring jacket, or most napolitan labels e.g lbm 1911 can be had on ebay and are cut shorter. Also, fast fashipn brands such as Zara are cut very short, but a last resort of cpurse.
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post #28152 of 33180
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This is uncharted territory, since I don't know much about Ferragamo's women shoe lines, but I'll give it a shot.

The sole stitching would suggest Blake construction, so you would be able to resole. The rubber sole should give more longevity than a leather sole in theory, although there is talk of synthetics being harmful to the longevity of the insoles due to moisture. The leather seems to be Ferragamos standard polish binder nonsense, which is made using corrected leather w/ a lacquer finishing applied to give it that plastic patent look. It should require little leather upkeep, but it will have the same problem as the insoles long term, as moisture will stay trapped in the corrected leather. I won't comment on design, seeing as I don't have knowledge of women's wear. In conclusion for $800, it is too much for this particular shoe IMO, I would pass...

@JubeiSpiegel Many thanks for your reply. Your assessment confirms what I was suspecting. I will now pass on these. 

 

Finding good quality shoes is a minefield. I have a pair of Goodyear-welted Gucci brogues, and the patent leather is starting to crack after only about 10 wears. Thanks to SF I've now found out about ShoePassion, and am inclined to give them a try. 

post #28153 of 33180
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Originally Posted by SFSF01 View Post
 

@JubeiSpiegel Many thanks for your reply. Your assessment confirms what I was suspecting. I will now pass on these. 

 

Finding good quality shoes is a minefield. I have a pair of Goodyear-welted Gucci brogues, and the patent leather is starting to crack after only about 10 wears. Thanks to SF I've now found out about ShoePassion, and am inclined to give them a try. 

 

10 wears? I'm curious, is this with or without using shoe trees and regular polishing? Because I see that a lot of those brands (including Gucci, Versace, Prada, etc.) have licensed their brands to other lines and manufacturers; and as a result, the quality suffered.

post #28154 of 33180

Do you think white linen trousers would work in fall weather? I want to wear them with blazers in spring/summery weather, but don't really want to get white chinos or worsted just for the small timeframe where I still want to wear brighter blazers but it's not exactly hot enough to wear linen. It won't be a huge deal right?

post #28155 of 33180

Iso: yes.

 

SF: Shoe Passion look like decent value, but the lasts are rather ugly in my opinion.  Go entry level English (Loake, Barker) in their "calf" (not "polished") models, Meermin if you're willing to chance slow delivery or having to return a second - great value when they get it right, or try the AE Shoe Bank.  Which also has some ugly lasts, but variable.

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