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post #25486 of 29369
I don't understand how the measurement would be different for the front and back. You are measuring across the waist, so if you wanted 33.5, then to me the waist measurement should have been 16.75 x 2 = 33.5.
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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post


Well, Kiwi is the most available brand in the US.  It has a higher wax content so if you are looking for a shine then perhaps brown Kiwi will do the trick.  Their colors are pretty basic, but even using neutral polish will build layers on the shoe and keep it protected from the elements, including the occasional booze shower. 

Yes, polish the whole shoe- if you like a high gloss look you can focus on the toe with a cotton flannel cloth and some spit.  The spit (or cold water) will create heat from friction as you buff vigorously and essentially melts the wax a little and fills the pores or the leather.  The added benefit of a shine is that the wax will also repel liquid- to a certain extent. 

Other shoe polishes like Allen Edmonds' brand and of course Saphir will also do the trick.  In the military we use Kiwi because #1 it's all we have, and #2 it gives us the best shot at a high-gloss shine.  We also will sometimes use a lighter and lightly and quickly melt the polish a little- then cold water and buff.  There are lots of videos on how to bull up your shoes on You Tube if that is your desire.  But for healthy shoes that will make it through your party years Kiwi will be fine. 

Cedar shoe trees, a horsehair brush and some polish.  That should be all you need.

The other posters were right, Chatre should have reviewed all of the information in the shoe care thread, all of this info is in there.. To the advice you provided I would note that the wax should be used very lightly on areas where the shoe creases as it will crack when the shoe is being worn normally.

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Originally Posted by Nine Miler View Post

I don't understand how the measurement would be different for the front and back. You are measuring across the waist, so if you wanted 33.5, then to me the waist measurement should have been 16.75 x 2 = 33.5.

I'm assuming there is a seam and that is what he is measuring to. Otherwise if that is not the case, I am not sure how it could be different from the front and back.
post #25488 of 29369
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Originally Posted by Churchill W View Post


The other posters were right, Chatre should have reviewed all of the information in the shoe care thread, all of this info is in there.. To the advice you provided I would note that the wax should be used very lightly on areas where the shoe creases as it will crack when the shoe is being worn normally.
I'm assuming there is a seam and that is what he is measuring to. Otherwise if that is not the case, I am not sure how it could be different from the front and back.

There are loads of other shoe care bits to learn and employ- but to answer the OPs question on how to make a average pair of shoes bulletproof- some basic polish should do the trick.  Of course there are repellants and other methods- mink oil, etc, but I'm not a huge fan of these products and what they can do to finer shoes.   Booze galoshes might be ok with some mink oil I guess. 

post #25489 of 29369

I'm just surprised that someone wouldn't pick rubber soled shoes for wading through pools of liquor.

Seems like a waste to have a pair of leather soled shoes for that.

post #25490 of 29369
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Originally Posted by Nine Miler View Post

I don't understand how the measurement would be different for the front and back. You are measuring across the waist, so if you wanted 33.5, then to me the waist measurement should have been 16.75 x 2 = 33.5.


It's logical that you would want more fabric at belly then on the back, isn't it?

post #25491 of 29369

I want to use this tie by Drake's - a purple grenadine tie: http://www.drakes-london.com/online-shop/ties/grenadine/untipped-woven-large-knot-grenadine-solid-8cm-silk-tie-5987

 

I'm also quite bent on using it with my navy suit, but for shirt; white or light blue? I think maybe the light blue is a better match, but my dress shirt is a much better fit than the light blue one. (getting a new light blue from Luxire shortly, but not in time for NYE)

 

And secondly - can a purple tie be in (relatively) good taste? I bought the tie without really thinking about how to use it, I just loved the shade of purple and the texture of the tie, and as a result I haven't used it once. It's a quite modest purple, but still I often think it's a bit "too much".

 

post #25492 of 29369
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Originally Posted by Amontilado View Post


It's logical that you would want more fabric at belly then on the back, isn't it?

I guess, just never seen it done that way. With a measurement that slim, I can't imagine he has a belly.
post #25493 of 29369

Can dress shirts' shoulders be taken in by a tailor?

post #25494 of 29369
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Originally Posted by kloss View Post
 

Can dress shirts' shoulders be taken in by a tailor?

 

You can have shirts darted. I think that's what you're asking for. It'll take the excess fabric and dart it.

 

Like so:

http://sartoriallyinclined.blogspot.com/2010/08/back-darts.html

post #25495 of 29369

^^^ No, that is not what he is asking.  Darts are for the body of the shirt.  Shoulders are a different matter.  If something doesn't fit in the shoulders it means it doesn't fit and their isn't much a tailor can do about it.

post #25496 of 29369

I guess I am stuck with MTM rather than alterating OTR

post #25497 of 29369
Why? You can't find any otr shirts that fit your shoulders?
post #25498 of 29369

I haven't seen any quality (and affordable) makers with less than 17" shoulders, even just a half inch smalller. But then again I haven't done much shopping around yet and most brands do not post full measurements.

post #25499 of 29369
Have you tried making your shoulders bigger?
post #25500 of 29369

My feet have high arch and oxford balmorals look ridiculous on them. My question is, given my circumstance, would bluchers be an acceptable alternative?

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