Edited by wojt - 7/6/13 at 1:27pm
I'm thinking of adding to my suit collection. Right now I have 3 Dolce and Gabbana Martini suits (charcoal, navy, grey) and an E. Zegna (black). At 6'1" and 160lb the D&G suits fit me the best, I get complimented on them all the time, and as a result I wear them all the time. The 38R jacket fits perfect OTR and the shape is spot on and generally I get these on sale at Harry Rosen for around $1200.
My questions is: Can I get a Samuelsohn suit (maybe the truck show MTM?) to fit the same as the D&G suits or should I stick with what works? Also what other colours should I be looking at next?
Indeed. Oyster, really, read a few threads about shoes on here. What you are considering buying is utter, meritless, irredeemable dogshit, for the following reasons:
1. They do have square toes. Square toes are bad, unless they are a "chiseled toe" or "soft square" which is more like a point that's been cut off. These are just square, and I repeat, square is indeed very bad.
2. They are cheap and nasty. The leather is plastic-coated shaved off dick skin and will never look nice whatever you do to it. Within a few short wears it will be covered in tiny wrinkles that cannot be removed, and eventually fall to pieces.
3. They have plastic soles. There are some synthetic soles that you will find to be "SF-approved", such as Dainite and Vibram. They are approved as practical wet weather alternatives to leather that will last a long time and a....
First of all, thank you for a very detailed answer. I'd like to begin by saying that I can buy very expensive stuff, but I won't, and here's my reason. I will be wearing these shoes to school (well, private school where I have to wear polos in the spring and suits in the winter - so don't laugh at me for buying dress shoes for school!). My school campus (especially the extensive gravel bits) is like a shoe destroying machine. I bought a pair of dress shoes in September 2012 for school and now they barely qualify as shoes. The front has all but turned green from scuff marks, and I also step on my heel very steeply (I don't know a better way to describe it) - but I have already chiseled away so much of my right heel that the wood is showing. The last thing I'd like to do is torture my first pair of Allen Edmonds to death like this. So, I have decided not to invest in nice shoes until later - when I really need them (half the people in my school get away with wearing boat shoes so $300 dress shoes really aren't imminently necessary - I hope you'll understand my logic).
I was also wondering how Samuel Windsor makes shoes that cheap! I mean, I read that finding goodyear welted shoes even under $200 is a miracle - here they are for $50! I would say that they have been doing some serious photoshopping, but you say they are great for the money. How would they compare to other cheap brands like Clarks?
Well, I was also wondering about these very attractive tassel loafers: http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=1208&pid=66980&VID=67016&SEARCH=breland#tabRatings
They are not square toe, the leather appears to be slightly less... dickskin, if I may, and they have leather soles. Am I taking a step in the right direction now? And, same with the Meltons (http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=1215&pid=38301&VID=38301#)?
P.S. On an unrelated note, I found it peculiar that you put John Lobb over Edward Green. I used to think it was the general consensus that Edward Green is sort of the "one and only."
My apologies. I'm XS in sport shirts and my measurements in dress shirts are very similar to XS in sport shirts. I only used XS for comparison purposes to the sweater.