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post #14956 of 28327

Dear all,

 

I live in New York for the last six months and I need to renew a pair of lace-up black shoes to go along with my suit. In France I'm used to buy Loding, Finsbury or Emling, three amazing brands that are amazing alternative to english brands and much cheaper ($200/$300)

 

As these brand are located only in Europe, I wonder what alternatives are available for black derbys (we call them richelieu even if we're wrong). My reference model would be the C&J Weymouth but at $700 I can't really afford them.

 

My price range would be between $200 and $300 maximum. I'll already check Johnston&Murphy (as they leather and finitions appeared to be correct but I'll wait to see them before judging), but I will be open to other brands.

 

Would anybody have a idea?

 

Thank you in advance.

 

S.

 

 

PS: I discarded Cole&Haan and many other cheap shoes. I'm looking more for the small business that knows what are shoes for men.

post #14957 of 28327
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Originally Posted by ovitch View Post

My price range would be between $200 and $300 maximum.
Allen Edmonds.
post #14958 of 28327
After doing some research my search for a good suit has only gotten harder. I'm looking to get a solid navy suit, as it is a staple.

I'm a fan of the fashion suits, thin fit, narrow lapel... However, now that I am more informed, I'm having a tough time finding the right suit.

I started with a Jam/Sharp Boss, and now, well, that is out of the question. Next was a Benjamin from eHaberdasher then a Jort from Suitsupply, but the styles weren't quite right.

My budget can handle up to a $1000 suit, and the only store nearby is MW (so no help there). This is going to have to be purchased online, and tailored at either MW or a local tailor I don't entirely trust.

At this point, I just need some direction, where can I find a well made suit (preferably full canvas) that is still the fashion look without overpaying for the name?
post #14959 of 28327

Looking for some dress shirts that have a collar that stands up nicely and is prominent. My price point is $200 or lower. I hear Thomas Pink collars fit the bill nicely, but they are overpriced IMO.
 


Edited by GrensonMan - 5/23/12 at 1:11pm
post #14960 of 28327
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Originally Posted by hoth View Post

After doing some research my search for a good suit has only gotten harder. I'm looking to get a solid navy suit, as it is a staple.
I'm a fan of the fashion suits, thin fit, narrow lapel... However, now that I am more informed, I'm having a tough time finding the right suit.
I started with a Jam/Sharp Boss, and now, well, that is out of the question. Next was a Benjamin from eHaberdasher then a Jort from Suitsupply, but the styles weren't quite right.
My budget can handle up to a $1000 suit, and the only store nearby is MW (so no help there). This is going to have to be purchased online, and tailored at either MW or a local tailor I don't entirely trust.
At this point, I just need some direction, where can I find a well made suit (preferably full canvas) that is still the fashion look without overpaying for the name?

Have you looked into BB Fitzgerald?
post #14961 of 28327
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post


Does the actual product label say Italian wool? Online, I looked at the description and it only mentions Italian linen and nothing about wool.

Yes, the actual sewn label says Jcrew New York, Italian Wool, 36R

But there is another label sewn in, white that states 100 percent linen, and list the product number which matches that link.

In addition to the temporary tag which states the above.

I verified this with two different sellers both are the same.

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post #14962 of 28327
I guess it would be pointless to ask if the jacket feels like wool or linen, since you probably don't know. But they would feel different.
post #14963 of 28327
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Originally Posted by Liquidus View Post

Have you looked into BB Fitzgerald?

From what I read on this forum, the quality isn't the best on BB suits. Others were saying that they are barley even worth it when on sale. Is this suit an exception?
Just to see more, what other suits are well made and yet sill have the fashion style?
post #14964 of 28327
Anybody recognize the model of these Ralph Lauren penny loafers? Wondering who they are made by

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post #14965 of 28327
Quick Allen Edmonds Question: about Park Ave's

So I got my first pair, brand new, fit like a glove when I get them on...

Today was my third time wearing them and when I'm trying to squeeze my foot into the shoe, I literally feel like I'm going to rip the shoe with all the force it takes to squash my heel through. However, once I actually get in, it fits like a glove. Is this normal? Is this why people use those shoehorns or whatever? It is like a straight up battle trying to get my foot into the shoe.
post #14966 of 28327
Thinking about getting C&J wembley as black tie shoe, what do you guys think? Anybody like the ASW patent leather evening shoe: http://store.asuitablewardrobe.net/patentleathereveningshoes.aspx
post #14967 of 28327

I think the Wembley is more versatile than a patent leather shoe.

post #14968 of 28327
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Originally Posted by bartleby929 View Post

Today was my third time wearing them and when I'm trying to squeeze my foot into the shoe, I literally feel like I'm going to rip the shoe with all the force it takes to squash my heel through. However, once I actually get in, it fits like a glove. Is this normal?
Not really.
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Is this why people use those shoehorns or whatever?
People use shoe horns to save the heel collar and counter, and to make it easier and faster to put on a shoe.
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It is like a straight up battle trying to get my foot into the shoe.
I don't know what to tell you. But since the shoe feels right once it's on, I'm guessing that it's not too small a size for your foot.

Why not try putting the shoe on your foot the right way - with a shoe horn - and then posting as to whether the problem still exists? Some shoe stores will simply give you a small metal shoe horn, for free. Or you could probably buy one for nearly free at the local 99 cent store. I personally like the 2 foot long plastic ones sold at Ikea for a buck or so.
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Michael
post #14969 of 28327
How does one tell what level of Ermenegildo Zegna suit you have? Stopped by Last Call today on a whim since they had 40% off and picked up a Ermenegildo Zegna Trofeo DB suit that fit perfect otr. Trofeo is fabric correct? It's fully canvassed and made in Switzerland. Only had a last call tag so wondering if I got a decent deal or not. Paid around $600 after tax.

Two quick iPhone photos of tags:
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post #14970 of 28327
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Originally Posted by bartleby929 View Post

Quick Allen Edmonds Question: about Park Ave's
So I got my first pair, brand new, fit like a glove when I get them on...
Today was my third time wearing them and when I'm trying to squeeze my foot into the shoe, I literally feel like I'm going to rip the shoe with all the force it takes to squash my heel through. However, once I actually get in, it fits like a glove. Is this normal? Is this why people use those shoehorns or whatever? It is like a straight up battle trying to get my foot into the shoe.

Yup, that's exactly why you need to use a shoehorn. It keeps you from crushing the heel of the shoe, and pops the shoe onto your foot quite easily. Perfectly normal, I don't know what the previous poster thinks you're doing.
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