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post #21136 of 28550
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

Thank you, that was very helpful! 

The only shoe that seems to fit my price range of $200 or less is this one from Charles Tyrwhitt:

http://www.ctshirts.com/men's-shoes/view-all/Black-Oxford-shoes?q=usddefault||ML060BLK|||||||||||||






The next closest are these wholecut meermins, in which the subtracted VAT will likely cancel out the shipping charge:

http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1920





or their two models of cap toe:

a) http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1925

b) http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=2033


I found some pairs of Loake on herringshoes.co.uk for much cheaper, but they were all listed as "polished", which apparently is a euphemism for corrected grain leather and something to avoid. Everything else in leather on their website was out of my price range.


Can anyone suggest another shoe worth looking at? And what is the difference between the two meermins? It seems they are both on the same last...

From what I can see, the difference between the two Meermins is in the stitching, and in the number of eyelets. I slightly prefer model b), simply because the stitching looks more "classic", similar to Edward Green Chelsea for example, IMHO the quintessential black oxford:
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But, in practice the difference is very small, and both should serve you well.
post #21137 of 28550

1. Charles Tyrwhitt's shoes are also made by Loake.

2. Re. Meermin you might have very long waiting time, but also bear in mind the fees you might be charged in clearance charges and import duty.

 

Edit: just noticed your location in Vienna.  In which case VAT is payable anyway, but no issue on the import.

post #21138 of 28550
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

1. Charles Tyrwhitt's shoes are also made by Loake.

2. Re. Meermin you might have very long waiting time, but also bear in mind the fees you might be charged in clearance charges and import duty.

 

Edit: just noticed your location in Vienna.  In which case VAT is payable anyway, but no issue on the import.

 

 

The poster above me is in Vienna, but I am in California. Ive never been charged import duties for buying overseas before, is this something that happens often? And how long is the wait for meermin? Do you have any experience with the way they fit?

post #21139 of 28550
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post


The poster above me is in Vienna, but I am in California. Ive never been charged import duties for buying overseas before, is this something that happens often? And how long is the wait for meermin? Do you have any experience with the way they fit?

I've been charged with import duties twice before. Strangely, buying from the same seller resulted in no import duties at other times. I think it's rather random. I'm in CA as well.
post #21140 of 28550
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I've been charged with import duties twice before. Strangely, buying from the same seller resulted in no import duties at other times. I think it's rather random. I'm in CA as well.

 

How much were the duties? I went through meermins checkout and Im looking at about 216 USD shipped. Hopefully Obama lets them through...

post #21141 of 28550
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

How much were the duties? I went through meermins checkout and Im looking at about 216 USD shipped. Hopefully Obama lets them through...

I personally paid Obama a check for, IIRC, $50 or $60 from a shipment of $400. I may be mistaken on the numbers, don't hold me responsible. Likely, you won't be hit by it, though, so buy away.
post #21142 of 28550

Could anybody give me some insights about the fit of Ferragamo oxfords? In my quest to assemble the ultimate budget tuxedo I found a suitable pair of ferragamos on the internet, but I'm hesitant to make the purchase because I don't actually have any opportunity to try on the shoes; I wear a size 12/45 for just about everything--do I need to size up or down with SFs?

post #21143 of 28550

Who is the main target buyer for Isaia suits?  Old men?  Wealthy NYC investment bankers?  Southern Italian Mafiosi?  

 

From what I've seen, they incorporate a lot of trad elements, but there is sometihng about their style that is Naples dandy and hence a little over the top for the US.  Is that a fair assessment?

post #21144 of 28550
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Originally Posted by victoremque View Post

Could anybody give me some insights about the fit of Ferragamo oxfords? In my quest to assemble the ultimate budget tuxedo I found a suitable pair of ferragamos on the internet, but I'm hesitant to make the purchase because I don't actually have any opportunity to try on the shoes; I wear a size 12/45 for just about everything--do I need to size up or down with SFs?

all my Ferragamo's fit TTS.. comparably I always wear 9D in Allen Edmonds and the same in SF's... was wearing them today in fact! Hope that helps at least a bit. smile.gif
post #21145 of 28550
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Originally Posted by acecow View Post

They don't look fake to me, although I'm not an ebay RL expert.

 

Well, I didn't find any negative feedback about the authenticity of the shirts. But I find it a little suspicous that she has such a large stock of  "authentic" shirts.

 

Anyone else that can confirm their authenticity?

post #21146 of 28550

Hello.

 

Is it appropriate to pair a darker gray bow tie with a thin stripe with a tuxedo? If not (or if you have a better suggestion than the aforementioned), are there any other acceptable styles besides the normal black bow tie?


Also, does anyone have advice about a pocket square color/pattern besides the traditional white? This event is not extremely formal or anything, and I would like to do something a little more playful than black bow tie + white pocket square (but not too prominent).


Also, feel free to give any tie+PS combination suggestions if anyone feels so inclined. I'm fine if someone wants to disregard my question completely and just give me a better combination tounge.gif. I'm kind of stuck on tuxedo-wear ideas.


Thank you.


Edited by audadd - 4/17/13 at 5:11pm
post #21147 of 28550
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Originally Posted by audadd View Post

Hello.

Is it appropriate to pair a darker gray bow tie with a thin stripe with a tuxedo? If not (or if you have a better suggestion than the aforementioned), are there any other acceptable styles besides the normal black bow tie?


Also, does anyone have advice about a pocket square color/pattern besides the traditional white? This event is not extremely formal or anything, and I would like to do something a little more playful than black bow tie + white pocket square (but not too prominent).


Also, feel free to give any tie+PS combination suggestions if anyone feels so inclined. I'm fine if someone wants to disregard my question completely and just give me a better combination tounge.gif . I'm kind of stuck on tuxedo-wear ideas.


Thank you.

Black silk bowtie only, satin or grosgrain to match your lapels. There are no other acceptable styles.

Pocket square, you have a more freedom. Dark and subtle plain colors are probably best, think burgundy or bottle green, though a restrained pattern works too. That's the only place in the getup where you should be wearing any color other than black or white.

Black tie is not a place where you should be trying to get creative. The ensemble works because of the simplicity, line, and starkness of contrast.
post #21148 of 28550
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


Black silk bowtie only, satin or grosgrain to match your lapels. There are no other acceptable styles.

Pocket square, you have a more freedom. Dark and subtle plain colors are probably best, think burgundy or bottle green, though a restrained pattern works too. That's the only place in the getup where you should be wearing any color other than black or white.

Black tie is not a place where you should be trying to get creative. The ensemble works because of the simplicity, line, and starkness of contrast.


thanks a lot for the clarification. the fact that it only works because of the simplicity and contrast is probably why I had so much trouble wrapping my mind around anything besides the norm. Is light gray alright for pocket squares? or should i be going a navy/burgandy?

post #21149 of 28550

Recently got into watches and I already have a Rolex as an homage to my Dad (huge Rolex guy), now looking at a Cartier Tank as an homage to my Mom (Cartier lady). I am deciding between the XL (left) or L (right).

 

 

700

 

 

(click to enlarge)

 

The XL is automatic and has a date function (L has neither) but I feel that the L looks better on my wrist. Opinions?

post #21150 of 28550
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Originally Posted by gravitas1 View Post

Recently got into watches and I already have a Rolex as an homage to my Dad (huge Rolex guy), now looking at a Cartier Tank as an homage to my Mom (Cartier lady). I am deciding between the XL (left) or L (right).


The XL is automatic and has a date function (L has neither) but I feel that the L looks better on my wrist. Opinions?

The L indeed looks better sized for your wrist.
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Originally Posted by audadd View Post


thanks a lot for the clarification. the fact that it only works because of the simplicity and contrast is probably why I had so much trouble wrapping my mind around anything besides the norm. Is light gray alright for pocket squares? or should i be going a navy/burgandy?

Light gray would work.
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