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post #29056 of 33197
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I'm looking for something similar to the Allen edmonds Leeds, in black leather. So far it seems there are few competitors for that shoe in that price range or cheaper. J crew appears to offer a ludlow shoe that is made by Alden(?) but I don't know about the quality and reviews on their own website aren't encouraging. Cole haan has a cheaper black blucher but in person it looked like it was made of plastic and this site seems to discourage buying from them. Hugo boss makes some but I've had a bad experience with them before.

 

Anyone know of a plain black blucher/derby shoe that is well-constructed and will be comfortable/long-lasting? Is there some brand I'm ignorant of? (NYC/Long Island area availability strongly preferred)

Why not just get the Leeds?  Much better than Cole Haan and Hugo Boss, and cheaper than Alden.  The AE Leeds will last you many years. 

post #29057 of 33197
You can often find the Leeds in black shell at the Shoe Bank. Good deal.

But personally I think black is for oxfords. Go burgundy in that style, and rock with jeans, chinos, cords, moleskins etc.
post #29058 of 33197
Any tips on dirt cheap dress belts? I'm looking <$35. Specifically, I'm looking for a tan-ish belt that'll match my walnut AE Strands, and a burgandy belt to match some old shell cordovan bluchers I picked up. These are both for my xmas list, so the price ceiling is fairly firm.

Also, any other tips on dress/fashion pieces for less than $35?
post #29059 of 33197
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Originally Posted by abl View Post

Any tips on dirt cheap dress belts? I'm looking <$35. Specifically, I'm looking for a tan-ish belt that'll match my walnut AE Strands, and a burgandy belt to match some old shell cordovan bluchers I picked up. These are both for my xmas list, so the price ceiling is fairly firm.

Also, any other tips on dress/fashion pieces for less than $35?

 

Either take your time on eBay or look at Nord. Rack for Trafalgar, Bosca, or something similar. I think those brands are about $30 there.

post #29060 of 33197




Clear orphan, or sport coat if I change the buttons?
post #29061 of 33197
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Clear orphan, or sport coat if I change the buttons?

Is that tweed? I say the pattern based on the sleeve makes it enough of a sport coat candidate. I think it would look good with dark brown or black leather buttons.

post #29062 of 33197
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Originally Posted by BrooksLauren77 View Post

Is that tweed? I say the pattern based on the sleeve makes it enough of a sport coat candidate. I think it would look good with dark brown or black leather buttons.

Is a rough weave wool. Not really tweed, but pushing toward casual sort of. You, sir, have just made $5 for this thrift store. Really good Hall oh half price day!
post #29063 of 33197
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post


Is a rough weave wool. Not really tweed, but pushing toward casual sort of. You, sir, have just made $5 for this thrift store. Really good Hall oh half price day!

Well then based on the pattern and the rough weave, I'd say it is qualified for odd jacket status. Enjoy your new jacket!

 

Although I cant help but think it's a little too big on your frame.

post #29064 of 33197
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Originally Posted by BrooksLauren77 View Post

Well then based on the pattern and the rough weave, I'd say it is qualified for odd jacket status. Enjoy your new jacket!

And that's why it's in the cart. Having a great half price day so far!
post #29065 of 33197

Sorry, I kinda disagree. Super light overcheck is more suit-esque. 

post #29066 of 33197
How many navy blazers is it sane to own. I have two, and there are three in my cart right now.
post #29067 of 33197
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

Clear orphan, or sport coat if I change the buttons?
The first picture suggests it might just possibly be a sport coat, but then picture #2 practically screams "ORPHAN SUIT COAT!."

Since most people would presumably look at it from a distance more like that of picture #2...

But honestly, most people in the real world (as opposed to the World of StyleForum) would neither know, nor care - and that's even before the buttons get changed out with leather ones or something. Heck, plenty of times a man will wear an actual sport coat with a clearly non-matching pair of pants, and be complimented on his "suit." So even though some folks around here may shudder in horror at the notion of being caught in public in an orphan suit jacket, it's just not nearly as much of a real world problem as you might think.
post #29068 of 33197
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

How many navy blazers is it sane to own. I have two, and there are three in my cart right now.

How often do you wear the two you have now?

post #29069 of 33197
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


The first picture suggests it might just possibly be a sport coat, but then picture #2 practically screams "ORPHAN SUIT COAT!."

Since most people would presumably look at it from a distance more like that of picture #2...

But honestly, most people in the real world (as opposed to the World of StyleForum) would neither know, nor care - and that's even before the buttons get changed out with leather ones or something. Heck, plenty of times a man will wear an actual sport coat with a clearly non-matching pair of pants, and be complimented on his "suit." So even though some folks around here may shudder in horror at the notion of being caught in public in an orphan suit jacket, it's just not nearly as much of a real world problem as you might think.

There's a large disconnect between StyleForum and the real world I imagine...

post #29070 of 33197
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Originally Posted by BrooksLauren77 View Post

How often do you wear the two you have now?

A lot. They're my go to "I want to dress nicely but not have people ask why I'm so dressed up" option
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