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post #22321 of 28332

I don't like the Clifton in black.  Black is formal, but the shoe isn't, as it's a half brogue derby.  Even the Flatiron is not really suitable - again, it's a nice semi-casual shoe in tan or whatever, but in black, it's falling between two stools - neither smart nor casual.

 

Your "weddings, interviews and funerals shoe" for $200 should probably still be a captoe, but a plain one, and an oxford (closed lacing).  In which case, here are some easy options:  

 

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/loake/products/1973.php

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/barker/products/4656.php

 

If you do prefer a brogue, I think a black oxford is acceptable for all those occasions, in which case maybe

 

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/loake/products/11.php

 

I have the suede version of these last ones, and the shape is very elegant.  All of these are well within your budget including shipping, and some include free stuff too!

 

If you go up to the equivalent of full price Allen Edmonds, then the world is your oyster.  This balmoral oxford from Barker is good, but nearer $300.http://www.pediwear.co.uk/barker/products/5709.php

 

Check out the Pediwear site anyway, as they ship to the US for a fixed fee, and they use EMS (USPS) so you don't get hit for customs clearance fees.  They're nice guys to deal with and helpful if you have sizing questions.

 

(N.B. Dear Pediwear, I mention you about ten times a month on here, you should totally give me free shoes!)

 

 

Alternatively, if you have a little patience, you could try www.meermin.es.  Read all about them on this forum.  There are plenty within budget, but they can be a little slow to deliver.  These both hit your $200 mark, more or less, and the second one gives you that plain toe you were thinking of: it's a wholecut, which normally is a style confined to more expensive makes as it's hard to make well.  But being a plain toe oxford, it's particularly good if you want to use it for a dinner suit ("tuxedo"), too.

 

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

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

post #22322 of 28332
This is a nice black shoe also: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&colset=1&styleid=91&shoeid=6493&brandid=6&catid=42&oldcolid=3374&stype=0&colourid=418 I have the Kent Wang plain-toe balmoral and love it, though I don't consider it as appropriate for interviews and business in general as a cap-toe. I think it is perfect for weddings and other evening social events.
post #22323 of 28332

I really like dealing with Herring and have several pairs from them.  The reason I didn't mention them this time is that they normally ship by DHL and Fedex, who I'm told really screw their American customers on clearance charges.  For everyone else, they're my top pick!

 

I do wonder, though, if one emailed Herring and asked them to ship by EMS/Post Office/USPS instead, they could do it?  They're extremely helpful in every other way, and it would probably be cheaper for them anyway (their shipping charges are simple and fixed).

post #22324 of 28332

Hello, I was wondering about suit fabrics. I'm sure the information I'm looking for is somewhere on SF, but haven't been quite able to find it. With regards to quality, durability, wrinkle resistance, and breathability, is Zegna worth it, over Lesser, Dugdale, etc? Where does VBC stand in this?

post #22325 of 28332

Hi,

 

I wonder if anyone could please give me a little info about the Levi Strauss clothing label pictured below?

 

I've never seen one like it before. Was it for a special range of clothing or something similar?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

G.

 

post #22326 of 28332

Should I go with a solid navy blue tie with this shirt? or what colour? I am so confused! I hate this TIE!!!! DIE!!!!

 

post #22327 of 28332
Solid navy, or a subtle navy patterned tie should go well with the shirt.
post #22328 of 28332
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Originally Posted by othertravel View Post

Solid navy, or a subtle navy patterned tie should go well with the shirt.

Oh yeah~ I can breath now. Thanks!

post #22329 of 28332
Much much better.
post #22330 of 28332

Don't hate the tie, hate the shirt.

 

I think it has far too much going on for a dress shirt.  Whereas either of those ties would work beautifully with, say, a white or light blue solid, or a navy bengal stripe, and many more.  

 

The shirt could be worn casually, probably with no tie, or with a knitted plain one, jacket and jeans.  Or, alternatively, it could just be burned and written off as experience.  I think that might be my vote, but then it's not my shirt. ;)

post #22331 of 28332
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Don't hate the tie, hate the shirt.

 

I think it has far too much going on for a dress shirt.  Whereas either of those ties would work beautifully with, say, a white or light blue solid, or a navy bengal stripe, and many more.  

 

The shirt could be worn casually, probably with no tie, or with a knitted plain one, jacket and jeans.  Or, alternatively, it could just be burned and written off as experience.  I think that might be my vote, but then it's not my shirt. ;)

Ah~ Here is the historical account of this shirt.

I bought this shirt when I was working at a business casual work place so the shirt could be worn with a pair of black slacks with no prob.

Now, I work at a suit and tie only work place and thought I mix this shirt into my rotation. Also, I cannot burn a shirt that I dropped three benjies on (IDIOT). It's Zegna and I liked it so I just laid down.

post #22332 of 28332
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Don't hate the tie, hate the shirt.

I think it has far too much going on for a dress shirt.  Whereas either of those ties would work beautifully with, say, a white or light blue solid, or a navy bengal stripe, and many more.  

The shirt could be worn casually, probably with no tie, or with a knitted plain one, jacket and jeans.  Or, alternatively, it could just be burned and written off as experience.  I think that might be my vote, but then it's not my shirt. wink.gif
Agree with you that the shirt is the problem as far as dress shirts go. Would work OK with business casual, but that would still be pushing it.
post #22333 of 28332
I'm getting a plain white shirt from ModernTailor but I'm not sure which collar I should go with.
I have an average to long face and my neck is 15 cm. This white shirt will mainly be for job interviews (in Australia) but I'd also like to wear it unbuttoned occasionally if possible.

Should I go with a medium cutaway?
post #22334 of 28332
The shirt's fine; just keep the tie solid navy or with a subtle pattern.
post #22335 of 28332
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Originally Posted by rudals1281 View Post

Ah~ Here is the historical account of this shirt.

I bought this shirt when I was working at a business casual work place so the shirt could be worn with a pair of black slacks with no prob.

Now, I work at a suit and tie only work place and thought I mix this shirt into my rotation. Also, I cannot burn a shirt that I dropped three benjies on (IDIOT). It's Zegna and I liked it so I just laid down.

 

Keep it for casual if you can't bring yourself to burn it.  Or there is always charity.  In extremis, keep it for casual!  But either way, the lesson learned is "don't ever buy the label".

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