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post #9481 of 28326
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Originally Posted by Unrefinery View Post



I've been wondering about them too. They do have a complete satisfaction guarantee, so I guess there's nothing to lose but your time.

 


True, thought I would try to ask here though first in case someone had a horror story about them, lol.

 

post #9482 of 28326
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


Suede is hardly limited to a season. It's just texture, and can go with tweed and linen equally.

+1. Light to mid-brown suede loafers (with or without the tassels), along with summer bucks, and also light-to-mid brown chukka/desert/jodhpur boots are the stuff of summer, pairing nicely with chinos, khakis, and Bermuda shorts, and also smashing with linen, I agree.

Of course suede footwear is meant for summer, depending on what you pair them with, and yes they also all carry over into Fall depending once again what you pair them with, as noted above. Ah, Fall: when you put your summer bucks away, and bring into rotation those rich, darker brown suede shoes/ankle boots for cooler days. Whilst Ozzie surfers seem to enjoy those sheepskin UGGs in between catching waves, when relaxing on the sandy Australian shores, such UGGs are best left to young teen girls in winter time, eh? Meantime, it's summer: so enjoy those loafers (and what they're about)! smile.gif
Edited by Avocat - 8/3/11 at 5:17pm
post #9483 of 28326
Summer is already half over, but I've got a summer look question. Debated between SW&D and here, but it seemed more appropriate to this forum. Anyhow...

I'm looking to pick up some Keds in the near future. Not being one for pure white shoes, I'm debating between "graphite", "moonbeam grey" and navy. Any advice on which I should get? I'll be wearing them mainly with madras shirts or polos, and khaki shorts or chinos.
post #9484 of 28326
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Originally Posted by dasai View Post

Summer is already half over, but I've got a summer look question. Debated between SW&D and here, but it seemed more appropriate to this forum. Anyhow...

I'm looking to pick up some Keds in the near future. Not being one for pure white shoes, I'm debating between "graphite", "moonbeam grey" and navy. Any advice on which I should get? I'll be wearing them mainly with madras shirts or polos, and khaki shorts or chinos.

I would personally go for the graphite.
post #9485 of 28326
Posted this over in WAYWRN, but I'm going to take the lack of response / comments as "vanilla outfit, whatever i don't care". But my question still stands: does this collar work on me?

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Originally Posted by Acer View Post

My wife bought me a CT shirt for our anniversary (2 years, cotton anniversary woo!), and she's not too sure about the collar on it. Anyway, here's some pics (along with my new Kent Wang cufflinks!)

Criticism is welcome as always, but I'm really just looking for feedback on the shape of the collar vs the shape of my face (she thinks the collar is too large, i.e. the points are too long).



Yes, I realize the jacket sleeves are a tad long--it's getting dropped off for adjustments tomorrow.
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post #9486 of 28326
Shirt collar is not too long. It just reaches to right under lapel - which is perfect. biggrin.gif

Angle/spread is ok too. Although I think your face could take a slightly less spread collar in an ideal world. (Minor in my opinion).

You could use a wider tie (I know you didn't ask). It is narrow in proportion to your overall size and lapel width. satisfied.gif
post #9487 of 28326
What do you guys think of these pants? I had them tapered from the knee down since they were a tad too baggy and I have stick legs, then I had them shortened to reduce the break. But with these loafers now, they show some sock even though the pants seem to fit a lot better. Did I go to far on the tailoring? I tested what they would like like longer (by pulling my pants down lower) and the sock still shows since the leg opening is small.

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Oh and don't worry, black mark is on the mirror not the pants and I won't actually be wearing brown socks with this outfit. smile.gif
post #9488 of 28326

Does anybody know of a good shoe polish and perhaps where to buy it. Black shoes by the way.

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^ Welcome. Asking "what is the best" is a loaded question around here, y'know. Mainly b/c everyone here has there own favorites as well as their own regimen, and about all of which you can read up more on by doing a search on the forums, where members happily share their experiences--as well as tidbits, secrets and horror stories--when it comes to various products and also their own regimen. In my case, I alternate b/w shoe creams and wax polishes for all but exotics and light-coloured leathers, with some members here swearing by olive oil. In other words, it's one of those questions where you'll likely get a different answer depending on whom you ask. That said, the main thing is to avoid cheap polishes b/c they tend to contain silicone which is a water-proofing agent; whilst great for work boots, it isn't so for dress shoes/boots b/c it clogs shoe pores, resulting in an unsightly plastic-ky finish.

Again, if you do a search here on the forums you can read up on various products and regimens but to get you started I'm happy to provide you with a link to a recent podcast about shoe polishing, which link was provided to me by Doc4 who had the following to say about it: "On a recent podcast at ASW about shoe polishing, http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2010/10/podcast-leather-shoe-care.html , the professional shoe-polisher interviewed recommended using high-quality polishes rather than cheap ones, and also hit on the cream v. wax issue too." Trust this helps and wear your shoes--whatever your own personal regimen--in good health. Cheers! smile.gif
post #9490 of 28326
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Originally Posted by CuffLinks28 View Post

Does anybody know of a good shoe polish and perhaps where to buy it. Black shoes by the way.

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Originally Posted by Avocat View Post

^ Welcome. Asking "what is the best" is a loaded question around here, y'know. Mainly b/c everyone here has there own favorites as well as their own regimen, and about all of which you can read up more on by doing a search on the forums, where members happily share their experiences--as well as tidbits, secrets and horror stories--when it comes to various products and also their own regimen. In my case, I alternate b/w shoe creams and wax polishes for all but exotics and light-coloured leathers, with some members here swearing by olive oil. In other words, it's one of those questions where you'll likely get a different answer depending on whom you ask. That said, the main thing is to avoid cheap polishes b/c they tend to contain silicone which is a water-proofing agent; whilst great for work boots, it isn't so for dress shoes/boots b/c it clogs shoe pores, resulting in an unsightly plastic-ky finish.

Again, if you do a search here on the forums you can read up on various products and regimens but to get you started I'm happy to provide you with a link to a recent podcast about shoe polishing, which link was provided to me by Doc4 who had the following to say about it: "On a recent podcast at ASW about shoe polishing, http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2010/10/podcast-leather-shoe-care.html , the professional shoe-polisher interviewed recommended using high-quality polishes rather than cheap ones, and also hit on the cream v. wax issue too." Trust this helps and wear your shoes--whatever your own personal regimen--in good health. Cheers! smile.gif


Kiwi paste is fine, so long as it's not the parade gloss. It's even used in the factory by high end shoemakers like Edward Green. They would of course be happy to sell you more expensive polishes, but that's what they use.

The one solid rule is to use a real polish, whether paste or cream, and not one of those insta shine things with sponges. They dry out the leather rather than add oils, as either a paste or a cream would do.
post #9491 of 28326
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Originally Posted by greenrebellion View Post

What do you guys think of these pants? I had them tapered from the knee down since they were a tad too baggy and I have stick legs, then I had them shortened to reduce the break. But with these loafers now, they show some sock even though the pants seem to fit a lot better. Did I go to far on the tailoring? I tested what they would like like longer (by pulling my pants down lower) and the sock still shows since the leg opening is small.

500


Oh and don't worry, black mark is on the mirror not the pants and I won't actually be wearing brown socks with this outfit. smile.gif

Green: well, if you're headed to a business meeting or other formal/semi-formal event, then yeah, pants should cover the sock (known as a full break, which is a hem that hits above the heel and a classic rule of tailored dress). Most US tailors, though, prefer the half-break, which tends to show a tad bit of sock when you walk, though not so "skinny" as you say. Really, though, your tailor should have measured you with your shoes on. That said, seems you've a bit of a "skinny jean" like look there, and that's ok if you're comfortable with skinny jeans, seeing as those pants are casual after all and as you say you've far from wide legs smile.gif

Feel free to roll them up--an inch or so should be fine. Also, ankles can be bare, but showing some sock is alright, too. Just be sure to add some color--make it interesting, and relax. Alternatively, seems to me that you could rock that look by pairing the pants with a jodphur ankle boot, such boots serving as both a dress and riding boot, and which pairs beautifully with (you guessed it) jodhpurs/riding pants, which are tapered at the leg. See for e.g the Cottesmore by Crockett & Jones: http://www.shoes.shoppingsection.co.uk/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=311&Category_Code= which is an excellent boot, in my op., and but one of many examples. A classic polo look with the boots, or a whimsical relaxed look if rolled up w/ bare ankles and/or a pop of colour via socks. Your choice, and should look fine. Just don't do that with dress pants, right? wink.gif
post #9492 of 28326
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post





Kiwi paste is fine, so long as it's not the parade gloss. It's even used in the factory by high end shoemakers like Edward Green. They would of course be happy to sell you more expensive polishes, but that's what they use.

The one solid rule is to use a real polish, whether paste or cream, and not one of those insta shine things with sponges. They dry out the leather rather than add oils, as either a paste or a cream would do.

Are you sure about that, CPT? I mean, about the parade gloss, yes, but the regular paste? My understanding is that it contains silicone which, unless they've changed the formulation, is not fine, for reasons already stated. As to high end shoemakers using it initially, sure, possibly: I mean, it's not like they're bathing the shoe/boot in it, but merely wanting it to shine bright so as to sell it, right? Not being difficult, just a word of caution. Both C&J and RM Williams (hand-grade and custom work, respectively) warn against Kiwi products, on account of the silicone that they say is in there---keeping in mind also that RM Williams is, like Kiwi,also from Oz so as to support fellow Oz makers, making this even more strange and worthy of a caution, no?

Seriously though, it's important to know. Again, as far as I know, from what RM Williams and C&J sellers (England and Canada both) have told me, Kiwi paste has silicone (i.e., as a water proofing agent), advising against its use. Of course, this may have changed since then. Anyway, I mention this as silicone isn't getting anywhere near my shoes/boots.

EDIT: as to the insta-shine things and sponge stuff--I wholeheartedly agree with you, and well put. Thankfully, there's a ton of real polishes, be it wax or cream out there, as you say, but I'm just not so sure about Kiwi...just saying, that's all, based on what I was told. Cheers.
Edited by Avocat - 8/4/11 at 2:08am
post #9493 of 28326
Shoe size question:

I usually take a size 10 (D or E width) in American dress shoes, and a size 9 (E or F width) in UK dress shoes. Edward Green displays two sizes in their shoes: a UK size, and a US size that is a half-size up from the UK size. For a proper fit, should I trust the UK measurement or the US one?
post #9494 of 28326
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Originally Posted by Avocat View Post


Are you sure about that, CPT? I mean, about the parade gloss, yes, but the regular paste? My understanding is that it contains silicone which, unless they've changed the formulation, is not fine, for reasons already stated. As to high end shoemakers using it initially, sure, possibly: I mean, it's not like they're bathing the shoe/boot in it, but merely wanting it to shine bright so as to sell it, right? Not being difficult, just a word of caution. Both C&J and RM Williams (hand-grade and custom work, respectively) warn against Kiwi products, on account of the silicone that they say is in there---keeping in mind also that RM Williams is, like Kiwi,also from Oz so as to support fellow Oz makers, making this even more strange and worthy of a caution, no?

Seriously though, it's important to know. Again, as far as I know, from what RM Williams and C&J sellers (England and Canada both) have told me, Kiwi paste has silicone (i.e., as a water proofing agent), advising against its use. Of course, this may have changed since then. Anyway, I mention this as silicone isn't getting anywhere near my shoes/boots.

EDIT: as to the insta-shine things and sponge stuff--I wholeheartedly agree with you, and well put. Thankfully, there's a ton of real polishes, be it wax or cream out there, as you say, but I'm just not so sure about Kiwi...just saying, that's all, based on what I was told. Cheers.

My understanding, and some googling seems back this up, is that only the parade gloss contains silicone. And I did confirm that EG uses it, and got one citation of Cleverly too.

Kiwi has been the standard for how many decades? If it was that bad, there would be much stronger competitors, and my local cobbler probably would have options other than a full line of kiwi pastes and creams.
post #9495 of 28326
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Originally Posted by Avocat View Post

^ Welcome. Asking "what is the best" is a loaded question around here, y'know. Mainly b/c everyone here has there own favorites as well as their own regimen, and about all of which you can read up more on by doing a search on the forums, where members happily share their experiences--as well as tidbits, secrets and horror stories--when it comes to various products and also their own regimen. In my case, I alternate b/w shoe creams and wax polishes for all but exotics and light-coloured leathers, with some members here swearing by olive oil. In other words, it's one of those questions where you'll likely get a different answer depending on whom you ask. That said, the main thing is to avoid cheap polishes b/c they tend to contain silicone which is a water-proofing agent; whilst great for work boots, it isn't so for dress shoes/boots b/c it clogs shoe pores, resulting in an unsightly plastic-ky finish.

Again, if you do a search here on the forums you can read up on various products and regimens but to get you started I'm happy to provide you with a link to a recent podcast about shoe polishing, which link was provided to me by Doc4 who had the following to say about it: "On a recent podcast at ASW about shoe polishing, http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2010/10/podcast-leather-shoe-care.html , the professional shoe-polisher interviewed recommended using high-quality polishes rather than cheap ones, and also hit on the cream v. wax issue too." Trust this helps and wear your shoes--whatever your own personal regimen--in good health. Cheers! smile.gif

 

Thank yo very much smile.gif
 

 

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