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Originally Posted by CruzAzul View Post

Based on your description the more square, structured frames will work best for you. So 5313 or maybe 5320 (I actually know these all too well, I have several pairs of TF glasses). I'm not keen on non-neutral colours like blue as they can be hard to wear, and if your hair is light you might go with the darker browns or black.

I'm wearing 5253s right now, which are a little more substantial than the ones you list but you might wish to consider them for the shape.

 

Thanks for answering. 

 

I have actually managed to try 5312 and 5313 some months ago but no other TFs. I liked 5312 and thought the light havana colour looked really good on me, but maybe the glasses are a little too deep for my shape, not sure. I also really liked 5313, the structure, but I feel like the dark havana colour is a bit too dark. It's not that it looks bad, it's just that I THINK lighter colours suits me better. I wish they had them in light/medium brown havana, cause they don't, or??

 

5253 is really in between those two and def looks interesting. Do you like it that the frames are a bit thicker? I should have tried more of those, but oh well.

 

Ok, I will listen to you, not blue or anything like that then. 5320 looks very nice indeed. Will probably order them and try them out, which colour do you like the most?

 

Good night

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If you could only pick one, is a burgundy or cognac colored double monk strap more versatile for everyday business casual wear? Thanks.

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is a burgundy or cognac colored double monk strap more versatile for everyday business casual wear?
Neither one is inherently more versatile for everyday business casual wear than is the other.
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I was afraid that is the answer I would get. I'll likely get a monkstrap in one of the colors and a penny loafer in the other. Thanks.

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If you could only pick one, is a burgundy or cognac colored double monk strap more versatile for everyday business casual wear? Thanks.

A monk strap really should be low down on your shoe list for casual business wear - particularly in those colours.
post #29556 of 33197
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A monk strap really should be low down on your shoe list for casual business wear - particularly in those colours.

Amen.

Unless you literally work inside the Internet, in which case carry on.
post #29557 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post


A monk strap really should be low down on your shoe list for casual business wear - particularly in those colours.

 

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Originally Posted by CruzAzul View Post


Amen.

Unless you literally work inside the Internet, in which case carry on.

I don't understand? Are you saying Monk straps are not an essential part of the wardrobe or not something I should be looking to wear as a go-to shoe? I didn't get the joke about working inside the internet...?

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I don't understand? Are you saying Monk straps are not an essential part of the wardrobe or not something I should be looking to wear as a go-to shoe?

Exactly correct: They are not essential. They are not something you should look to wear as a go-to shoe.

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I didn't get the joke about working inside the internet...?

This is a shoe style that pretty much defines the phrase "dressed by the Internet" in that it hardly exists outside the echo chamber of the #menswear blogosphere. Over the years I must have literally seen thousands of pictures of monkstraps worn by bloggers in their backyards, bloggers in their living rooms, bloggers standing in front of their bedroom mirrors, and posed "street photos" from the garish circlejerk that is Pitti Uomo. I've never, not one single time, seen monkstraps worn in real life. And I work in New York City in the arts & culture sector and have frequent contact with businesses and philanthropic foundations.

Your mileage may vary but I think "not essential" is clearly on the mark.
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Well that was emphatically stated. I appreciate that. In my defense, I got the idea from realmenrealstyle where Antonio suggested it is the 3rd type of shoe every man should own. Then I searched here and saw a lot of people seem to have them on this forum which I use as the barometer of what is classic and what is not. However, like you mentioned, I rarely see anybody wearing them except in pictures people put online.

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If you like them, buy a pair. I also almost never see monk straps "in the wild," but then again, if you primarily go by that, we should all be wearing ill-fitting suits with sleeves and pants that are way too long.

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While monks aren't essential and staple, in a non conservative enviroment I think they can be considered versatile. I think Cognac monks and Burgundy loafers would be a better choice. I think Monks are better than Derbys, and if you're in a situation that doesn't demand oxford with suits.... then it's fine to just use monks.

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I think monks will work just fine for a business casual environment, brown more so than burgundy.

 

 

I remember seeing monks only once in recent memory, single monks they were, worn with a suit.

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Well that was emphatically stated.

Diplomatically put. smile.gif Cheers.
post #29564 of 33197
So I had a pair of boots re-soled by a cobbler in NYC about a year and a half ago. This piece of the welt came off in the cold weather last week.

1) Can this be quickly reattached or does it require a full replacement of the sole and welt?

2) If the latter, do I need work done on both shoes to assure they're level and evenly worn?

3) Does this indicate any particular error on the cobbler's part that should make me think twice about going back to him?

4) Am I entitled to a discount on repairs for any work he did poorly if that's the case?

If it costs more than $100 to get these fixed I'd probably just get a different pair, because I'm in the market for more weather-resistant soles. Something like the AE Long Branch or Alden Alpine.

post #29565 of 33197
So I am leaving the (much easier) world of khaki and uniform polos and trying to put together a more professional wardrobe of shirt/tie and jacket. I'm looking for some help complementing what I've got already...black pants, navy pants, a black suit jacket (light and simple enough to wear separate...maybe), and a dark charcoal blazer. What kind of top would pair with the bottoms and what pants with the blazer? What are some other staples? As I am just starting I'm trying to be price conscious, so I am not going to tell you where I have shopped, but you have suggestions for that too, please.
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