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Dress shoes with leather sole question.  Are you supposed to go to the cobbler and put rubber on them from day 1 to preserve the original leather or you should wear them "as is"?  If you wear them "as is", when should you take them to the cobbler for resole before it's too late?


Pros and cons to both.

Leather sole:
+ More comfortable to walk on, more flexible
+ Less dirt tracked with you everywhere because of the smooth sole; you can actually just wipe off your shoe sole and walk straight into the house on non-rainy days (assuming full leather)
+ Leather soles last for ages in non-wet weather
+ Leather soles look awesome and gain character with use
= Less traction (I actually like this, good for dancing)

= Leather sole is porous and lets water into your shoes faster but is more breathable
- Have to have the sole replaced, which is more expensive
- Resoling depends entirely on the cobbler and always carries a small amount of risk

- Wet leather soles wear out way faster, especially on asphalt and concrete.


Rubber on top of leather sole:
+ Preserves the leather sole in an undamaged state
+ No difference between Goodyear welting and Blake stitching, you can go for cheaper Blake stitching and get almost the exact same shoe
+ Cheaper, but more frequent replacing of the rubber.
= More traction

= Doesn't breathe as well as plain leather sole, but slightly better protected from water

- Less comfortable to walk on because you're thickening the sole and stiffening it with another layer of material
- Depending on type of rubber, more dirt is tracked with you into buildings and you make floors dirtier and there's nothing you can do about it
- Glue used to stick on the rubber, which is not as good for the leather
- Nobody can see your beautiful leather soles hidden underneath, and worn rubber doesn't look very nice

As for "when to take them in to the cobbler", it depends on how much wear you're comfortable with.  If you're on a Goodyear welt, wait for one layer of the sole to almost wear through in any area (ball of the foot for some people, edges for others).  If you want your dollar to stretch as far as possible, wait for holes to appear (but in any case do it before the welt gets damaged).

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Hi all,

I recently bought a burberry duffle coat off of ebay, I have received the item and am having doubts about the coats authenticity. Can anyone help me out here as I would like to know if it's fake or not before messaging the seller and asking for a refund.

Thanks,
Dale
post #29673 of 33197
I am absolutely not an expert, but this stitching looks suspect for a luxury brand.

post #29674 of 33197
That really looks counterfeit, sorry!
post #29675 of 33197
Thank you for your replies. Anyone else got any input?
post #29676 of 33197

The craftsmanship looks a little suspect.

post #29677 of 33197

Which brand makes a better quality suit (MSRP ~$800): Hugo Boss or Hart Schaffner Marx?

post #29678 of 33197
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Which brand makes a better quality suit (MSRP ~$800): Hugo Boss or Hart Schaffner Marx?

It's a wash, but there are better options to be had at lower prices.
post #29679 of 33197
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It's a wash, but there are better options to be had at lower prices.

What are the other options?

post #29680 of 33197
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What are the other options?

Suitsupply and Benjamin Sartorial for a start.
post #29681 of 33197

Anyone heard of this Austrian brand? Saw an overcoat of theirs today and it was quite nice (thrift shopping). One label sad Trachten Julius Lane, the other saidWeyrer Tyrol. It was a wool cashmere blend


@DonCologne

post #29682 of 33197
Anyone has an experience with Mabrun parkas? Are they warm? Light? Interested in something like this.

http://www.hirmer.de/jacken/daunenjacken/Daunenmantel-mit-abnehmbarer-Kapuze.html?farbe=marine

Thank you!
post #29683 of 33197

wedding question... about belts.  thanks in advance!

 

im wearing a bespoke three piece charcoal suit with brogued oxford captoes in cognac.  im working on the belt, which will of course match.  keep in mind im working with shoes that are somewhat in between a blonde british tan and a proper cognac, but closer to brown.  let's say something like this:

 

 

 

im a big fan of plate buckle belts.  i get that they arent as resilient and classic as your standard buckle.

 

 

 

 

so my question is NOT whether i can wear cognac with charcoal (as is raging is so many other websites), but rather, can i wear a plate buckle belt in cognac?

 

why do i ask?  first off i cant really find one in person (thinking of going bespoke), secondly, ive never really seen one.  thirdly, perhaps it looks weird with the lighter, blonder, cognac color.  

 

put another way, does the plate buckle only work well with blacks and browns (darker colors)?  think about it, do you really see plate buckles in lighter colors?  you may, but i certainly dont...  

 

a second question is that the shoes are burnished, so the toe is darker, the rest of the shoe is a rather homogeneous cognac (sort of like the photo above).  which do i go with?  i assume the darker color because it points forward for photos and is more prominent. 

 

some other possibly relevant facts:

-with the three piece, might not see the buckle?  might not see the belt at all?  

-its a night wedding, so perhaps there wont be enough light to matter

-should i just un-complicate everything and go darker brown or cordovan/oxblood instead?

-am i just too crazy about matching leathers?

 

 

thanks so much.  the wedding is 9/19/15.  

 

-chairman

ny, ny

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I'll keep it simple. Traveling up to Chicago this coming weekend and it's going to be super cold up there. I live in Texas. We don't do cold. Perfect time to buy some boots. Anyone got a recommendation? Mainly for walking around and keeping my feet warm?

post #29685 of 33197

How is the fit of my sport coat? I am most worried about the shoulders. This is what it looks like right out the box. I plan on taking the sport coat to shorten the sleeves so far, but I'd like feedback on the rest of the fit. Should I keep it or should I keep looking for a sport coat.

Albumn: https://imgur.com/a/pm5WL

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you.

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