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post #21181 of 28873

Ive noticed one of the really frustrating things about searching for shoes on zappos and bluefly is that no one mentions whether the shoes are corrected grain. Occasionally I will see the word "polished", which I assume means the same thing. Otherwise it just says "leather"

 

Should I email JM and ask them directly?

post #21182 of 28873
Honest opinion of these?

post #21183 of 28873
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

No, put the shoe trees in as soon as they come off your foot. Either your foot or the trees should be in the shoe at all times.

And yes, don't wear shoes twice in a row.

Oddly, the little piece of paper that came with my shell Alden LHS says not to put the trees until an hour after taking them off. I suppose this is only supposed to apply to shell (I don't have any other kind of Aldens). Does anyone follow this practice?

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Oddly, the little piece of paper that came with my shell Alden LHS says not to put the trees until an hour after taking them off. I suppose this is only supposed to apply to shell (I don't have any other kind of Aldens). Does anyone follow this practice?
I really belive the manufactures recommend waiting to cover themselves in case the shoetrees are not made of unfinished wood
If you put a plastic or varnished tree in a damp shoe it could be harmful . I think most people myself included agree unfinished cedar or birch trees put in immediatly is the best practice
post #21185 of 28873
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Honest opinion of these?
Why when you could wear these instead?
post #21186 of 28873
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Why when you could wear these instead?

Don't get me wrong, those wingtips are awesome. I'm more curious if these shoes I posted could work well with some specific items.
post #21187 of 28873
These
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

Thoughts on these Johnston and Murphys? I know the brand isnt highly regarded here but its leather soled with a goodyear stitch, and even cheaper than the charles tyrwhitt oxfords:

http://www.zappos.com/johnston-murphy-melton-bourdeaux-brushed-veal?zlfid=111&recoName=zap_pdp_acc



These don't seem to be that great a deal at $175. I reckon if you spend some time hunting around online stores and SF marketplace you could find some Allen Edmonds for close to that price. I've spent the last few weeks hunting for a bargain myself and I'm pretty sure saw some solid AEs and Jeffrey Wests at about the $200 mark in various sales.

Sorry I can't tell you where exactly as I probably checked about 50 sites and then ended up finding a bigger bargain locally instead.
post #21188 of 28873
About 15 years ago my folks went o/s and came back with a couple of very wide D&G ties made up from old noir movie poster prints (1 print covering the whole tie). Unfortunately since them they've both been destroyed/stolen. Does anyone know if they are still around or where to find them?
post #21189 of 28873
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Honest opinion of these?

The leather looks quite wrinkled, but the style is not an awful square-toe, so if you had the shoes for a while and they fit you well, you should definitely keep them - they may not be the nicest shoes around, but even if you had other nice shoes, it is good to have a beater pair that you can wear without worrying about them.

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Could I wear an unstructured suit such as the one below for a business occasion?

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The bigger problems with that suit are firstly that it is a fashionable-Ryan-Gosling-meets-Justin-Bieber-in-horror-men-style-mag-KMart-ad two sizes too small, and missing a pair of socks.  It's also a very bright colour.  "Unstructured" is the least of its worries.  It's horrible and doesn't fit.

 

More structured equals more formal, but that's not to say that a lightly-basted or soft-shouldered suit is unprofessional.  I have three linen suits with basting so light it's barely there, that I wear regularly for business because I live somewhere very hot.  It's not the end of the world.

 

But ask the question the other way around: "what suit should I wear for business?", and you'll get a better answer.  Charcoal, grey or navy, darker is more formal, solid, pinstripe or chalk stripe is smartest, go conventional with lapel size (between a third and a half of the distance between opening and shoulder seam), make sure it's big enough not to crease or cling in normal movement, and wear good shoes and socks.  Light blue or white shirt, and a tie in a dark colour with no pattern or a small simple one.

post #21192 of 28873
^ Thanks.

...I would have worn socks with it for the record.

That one is actually from Suit Supply too! I was just looking for a more 'stand out' suit in addition to a formal suit. Maybe one in a 'petrol blue'. Thanks for the advice. I'll keep looking.

P.S Ryan Gosling is HoT XxX (I.D.S.T)
post #21193 of 28873
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P.S Ryan Gosling is HoT XxX (I.D.S.T)

 

I'm sure he's a wonderful and charismatic man.  But he does tend to wear suits that are too small.

 

Also, it doesn't matter where it comes from.  Once you have a basic standard of fabric and construction, the brand is immaterial.  An expensive suit that doesn't fit is a far worse use of money than a cheaper one that does.  The best suit in the world looks awful on the wrong person, and £200 can be spent very well at M&S if the cut happens to suit you.

 

What colour are your suits now?  Perhaps we can think up something more striking and different from what you have, that is still business enough to make you look good.  Also, what's your line of business?

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Originally Posted by sinfjotli View Post

The leather looks quite wrinkled, but the style is not an awful square-toe, so if you had the shoes for a while and they fit you well, you should definitely keep them - they may not be the nicest shoes around, but even if you had other nice shoes, it is good to have a beater pair that you can wear without worrying about them.

Yes, I was thinking more as a "casual" or "basic" pair of shoes to have. Now here comes my inexperience...what clothes would work best with these? Chinos/khakis, jeans...could I wear a pair of slacks with them on a more casual day?

Again, I'm really brand new to men's fashion.
post #21195 of 28873

Dark brown derby is pretty versatile - you can wear it with anything from jeans to chinos to odd trousers ("slacks"), even a suit if you are not English, though I'd prefer an oxford shoe instead. The difference between derby and oxford:

 

Another thing if you are new: Don't rush into buying things too fast. Read the threads and articles here and elsewhere, get some books (Roetzel's Gentleman, Flusser's dressing the man etc.), but wait a couple of months before you feel confident that you know enough. Your shoes are perfectly serviceable as they are and they should last you long enough before you learn about what makes a good shoe.

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