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post #19486 of 29368

Hey guys, just wanted to get your advice on ties for my medical school interview. 

When paired with a white shirt, which tie would look better with the navy pinstripe suit below?

 

400

 

 

vs.

suit:

 

400

 

400

 

 

I'm open to any tie suggestions!

post #19487 of 29368
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Originally Posted by CoolNickname View Post

Would the Vernons still be considered a conservative formal shoe despite its cap toe perfing?
Absolutely. I appreciate that perfing can decrease formality, but as a practical matter they're conservative enough to wear with a business suit for pretty much any occasion.
post #19488 of 29368

Florsheim quality or not?
 

post #19489 of 29368
^^Not.
post #19490 of 29368
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Originally Posted by AmericanLion View Post

Florsheim quality or not?

 
Vintage Florsheim is as good as you'll find made today south of $1000. Great bargain if you can find some NOS.
Modern Florsheim... stay far away.
post #19491 of 29368
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Originally Posted by AmericanLion View Post

Florsheim quality or not?
Current Florsheim? Not really. Although I've heard that a few of their current offerings are at least not quite as bad as was the case a decade ago. Still, it'd be a real stretch to claim that Florsheim is quality, and attempt to back up that claim.

However, as Left Hand correctly notes, vintage Florsheim - and by "vintage," I mean their American made shoes of decades ago - are often at least as good any non-custom shoe currently on the market. An Imperial or Royal Imperial Florsheim from that era could put most of Allen Edmonds or Alden's offerings to shame.

Ironically, the usual way things work is that people point to the huge, successful company, and note that the quality of its goods was far superior back before it opened stores in every mall in America. You know, like how Jos. A. Bank was actually high quality, back when it consisted of a handful of stores and didn't bother running sales 364 days per year. The basic idea is that a company has to "sell out" for success. That the dedicated, hands on owners of the company turn over management to soulless lawyers and accountants and other business types interested only in maximizing short term profits.

But with Florsheim, quality was phenomenal during the days when a Florsheim store could be found in nearly every shopping mall in America. And back then, Florsheim was owned by International Shoe Company, the largest shoe manufacturer in the world. It's today, when there are only a tiny fraction as many Florsheim stores as there once were, and when members of the Florsheim family own the company once more, that Florsheim shoes are disappointing.

(In fairness, the Florsheim family may be at least trying to improve quality. As I mentioned at the start, there is some talk that some of Florsheim's shoes are slightly better than they were prior to Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr. and John W. Florsheim regaining control of the company, around 10 years ago.)
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 1/3/13 at 8:06pm
post #19492 of 29368

Thanks Gentlemen!
 

post #19493 of 29368

Anyone know what size I would wear in a Brooks and Brothers sport shirt if I am a 16 neck 33/34 arm? I looked at their fit guide but it didn't really tell me anything as far as relating to actual measurements on the sports shirts. Extra Slim fit btw!

post #19494 of 29368
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Timberland makes a Chukka boot- around $100.  Go to Zappos and type in chukka and there are about 10-15 good boots there by Clarks, Sperry, Timberland and other less expensive brands.  Unfortunately $100 shoes will only last you about 1 year. 

I've looked through shoes.com, zappos, onlineshoes, the list goes on, not really any shoe i am interested in thus far except for one suede brown Chukka. Every other one just doesn't cut it for me. 

And I'm not too sure how you guys wear your stuff, how often, in what weather, etc etc but I have shoes under $100 that has lasted me years and i can continue to wear. I rotate my shoes, don't wear certain shoes in certain weather conditions and the such.

post #19495 of 29368
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

However, as Left Hand correctly notes, vintage Florsheim - and by "vintage," I mean their American made shoes of decades ago - are often at least as good any non-custom shoe currently on the market. An Imperial or Royal Imperial Florsheim from that era could put most of Allen Edmonds or Alden's offerings to shame.

I wouldn't limit it to Imperials. I have pairs of both royal imperials and mainline Florshiem, and the mainline Florsheim still comes in above AE and Alden.

And what killed them wasn't their distribution model- it was the broader trend towards cheaper and more casual clothes. Yeah, their model struggled to keep up, but they made their bones on being a readily available top quality men's shoe in a time where the vast majority of men would be buying at least one or two pairs of high quality shoes, and when those who worked in professional settings were wearing coat and tie every day. Business casual, by just flat out reducing demand for dress shoes, and thus nice dress shoes, across the board, forced them to lower their quality drastically to complete on price once the appreciation for quality dried up. Same route Johnston & Murphy took, though they were never at quite the heights of quality. But J&M was up there with AE and Alden once upon a time. Hanover was another, but they wound up dying rather than dropping their quality too much.
post #19496 of 29368
What is the rule on a fit of a rain coat? Must the waist be pinched like in a suit or very wide? I bought a rain coat and it's very well-fitting in the shoulders and chest, but very loose in the waist. Should I alter it? Return it? Or keep it as it is and just tie it up with a belt? Thanks!



post #19497 of 29368

Hi everyone,

maybe this is already posted, but anyway I wanted to ask.

Lately, I've been reading about face shapes and hairstyles for different shapes a lot, but still I'm in doubts. So, I've visited like 100s of websites and still cant figure out what is my face shape.

So, maybe this will help to someone who's asking the same question but will have more luck than me :)

Here are some links which I found and I think are pretty nicely explained:

 

http://thebeautydepartment.com/2012/11/finding-your-face-shape/

 

http://www.hisstylediary.com/2012/01/09/the-right-hairstyle-for-your-face-shape/

 

http://beauty.about.com/od/bestcutsbyfaceshap1/ss/Are-You-Round-Square-Long-Heart-Or-Oval.htm

 

http://menshair.about.com/od/haircaretips/a/faceshapes.htm

So, by first URL I do believe that I have Diamond face shape, but by second one I do believe that its maybe heart or oval!? I'm really curious about this, and I would go to the professional hairstyler but I live in really small place and even miles around I can't find one which is professional and not just some barber with some "self learned knowledge".

Sorry for my English and typos, English is not my native language but I believe that you'll understand me :)

Here is my picture so please HELP! :)

 

 

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post #19498 of 29368
It's fine. The belt is there so you can cinch it if you want to.
post #19499 of 29368
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Originally Posted by acecow View Post

What is the rule on a fit of a rain coat? Must the waist be pinched like in a suit
The waist of a suit need not be pinched. Just had to mention that.

Your raincoat fits okay. As a practical matter, I might prefer it were it a little longer (to protect my legs from the rain), but there's nothing particularly wrong with how it fits. Like cptjeff said, you can always belt it. If you don't intend to use the belt, but you still want it on the raincoat, you might want to sort of do it up, in back. Rather than just letting it hang.
post #19500 of 29368

Thanks for the feedback!

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