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post #23746 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

So once shoemart emails your an irregular list you get a updated list emailed to you every 3 months or so, or do you have to call them back and ask for another list?

It's hit or miss. Their system really sucks. They blame it on Gmail.
post #23747 of 122416
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Originally Posted by advan031 View Post

I will keep them but i haven't had the chance to wear them outside yet.
Can you put vibram sole guards on a sole that's been worn already or does it have to be new? I like the profile of single leather oil dipped soles but I feel like I'm going to wear them out quickly.

You can put it on a used sole. The only time I think (I'd confirm with a cobbler as I have a different trade) it is not recommended is when the sole is about to wear out (feels 'soft') or already has a hole to the mid-layer.

I put sole guards on a handful of my shoes and if you send them to B. Nelson (Nick V.), he can also have flushed metal toe taps added to the sole guards.
post #23748 of 122416
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Originally Posted by seer View Post

Let me try this again: Are chukkas acceptable as a dress shoe. With a suit? Or should one stick with a oxford type shoe? Any thoughts?


If you are comfortable wearing a PTB with a suit, I don't see the problem with chukkas as acceptable dress shoes.  However, there are those that think the PTB is too casual for a suit because the Barrie last is too big and clunky looking.  I disagree.

 

post #23749 of 122416
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

YES.
Explain, please.

kgmessier explained this a while back (at which point I was in the same boat as you are now), so tip of the hat to him.

I'm reposting an image to use as an example (assume it is the same if you are posting from a link as opposed to uploading an image).

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This image is based on some code that has the dimensions represented in it like this:

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You want to increase both numbers proportionally (say, doubling). And note that the code has the dimensions cited twice (once in the URL layer and once in the IMG layer). Make sure you increase both instances of height/width to get the image to show up larger on screen.

Make sense?smile.gif

Thanks for posting your photos. Love those Cigar LWBs (and your 974s). Showing great taste in your Alden collection.
post #23750 of 122416
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Originally Posted by g.michael View Post


Debatable. At least the AE brogued offering won't be missing any perfs.biggrin.gif


LOL!!  laugh.gif

I can't believe it. My color 8 and J Crew tobacco Alden LWB's both have the missing perf!  My Florsheim pebble grain LWB does NOT have the missing perf...  go figure??  AE's look pretty good but I don't think they come close to the comfort of any of the Aldens I've tried.  Nothing like the feeling on my feet of brand new Aldens direct from the factory.  I never would have thought I would buy shoes with this cost.  Don't think I'll ever settle for anything less.

 

post #23751 of 122416
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Originally Posted by advan031 View Post


Can you put vibram sole guards on a sole that's been worn already or does it have to be new?

it should be slightly worn to get best results.
post #23752 of 122416
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I need this boot... I am on the list at Tassels for their version...

What model is Tassels currently offering now? I would be interested in getting on the list as well.
post #23753 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

I think chukkas are absolutely acceptable with a suit or sport coat. Of course, I was in the Marine Corps and black leather chukkas are considered acceptable wear with service and dress uniforms. I figure if it's good enough for the Marine Corps, it's good enough for my wardrobe in civilian life as well.
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I'm a former Jar Head too - we never had black leather chukkas back then! But yes, I mean some chukkas look great with a suit. I think our own Mac wears them with suits - but I could be wrong.


Thanks for your service!
post #23754 of 122416
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Originally Posted by FrankCowperwood View Post

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kgmessier explained this a while back (at which point I was in the same boat as you are now), so tip of the hat to him.
I'm reposting an image to use as an example (assume it is the same if you are posting from a link as opposed to uploading an image).
263
This image is based on some code that has the dimensions represented in it like this:
width/350/height/263
You want to increase both numbers proportionally (say, doubling). And note that the code has the dimensions cited twice (once in the URL layer and once in the IMG layer). Make sure you increase both instances of height/width to get the image to show up larger on screen.
Make sense?smile.gif
Thanks for posting your photos. Love those Cigar LWBs (and your 974s). Showing great taste in your Alden collection
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Awesome - thanks so much for the clarification
post #23755 of 122416
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

So much misinformation lately (not aimed at you CTYGGG).
1. Frans Boone is in Netherlands. VAT is 19% there. And to figure out what you'll pay less VAT, you don't take 19% off the top. Divide the vat included price by 1.19. (It's an exercise for the reader to determine how to do this for a 20% VAT.)
2. Frans Boone ships via UPS or Fedex outside of Benelux region. It says so right on their web page.
3. You shouldn't be having to pay any customs for made in USA goods entering the USA. You may or may not get hit with brokerage fees. Fedex charges $25. Don't know what UPS charges but it's probably similar. DHL is under $10 I think. And if you do happen to be buying UK or Italian made shoes, the customs rate should be around 9%.
Even if you get a shipment via global mail/usps, there's still a chance you could get hit with customs although it's unlikely.
And of course more than likely, you're also supposed to be sending in your state use tax.
Also there is some level of Fedex service which includes the brokerage. I know that the Bureau Belfast uses that level of service. Their shipping is expensive (30gbp I think) but I've never received a customs bills due to a package sent from them and I receive it within a couple days. Given how much Frans Boone is charging for shipping perhaps they're using that service. This is pure speculation on my part.

It depends on how the item is labeled on the customs form. I've paid as low as 4% but typically in the 16-20% range in terms of customs fees for shoes bought overseas. Of course, I've never paid a dime in customs fees on anything sent through EMS, though I realize that the possibility certainly exists.

Did not know that the customs fees do not apply to American-made goods re-entering the US. Has anyone ordering Aldens from overseas had to pay anyway? Either way, you have to trust that the vendor will mark the customs form correctly, which, IME, is far from a sure bet.

You got screwed if you're paying 20% for dress shoes.
I've bought literally dozens of pairs from overseas and they've usually been categorized as 6403.99.6075 which is 8.5%
http://www.usitc.gov/publications/docs/tata/hts/bychapter/1200c64.pdf

One time DHL put a pair in a category that ended up being something like 12% but the amound difference wasn't enough to do anything about. it.

You're right though you're at the mercy of the shipper filling out the declaration form correctly.
post #23756 of 122416
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

YES.
Explain, please.

Or, what you can do is upload the picture, right click on the picture (it should show you a bigger picture), copy image URL, and click edit post.

delete this part -> all of them,
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and put down [IMG]pastecopiedIMGURL[/IMG]

this will show the original size of the image. The thing with this is that if a picture is too big, like advan's professional pics, the picture will take over the screen. In that case use KG's method.
post #23757 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post


They may be acceptable, but say you are are choosing between a longwing and a chukka, both in color 8
Chukka looks great with jeans, passable with suit
Longwing looks great with jeans, very good with suit
Just get longwings if you have to choose


Genuine question: Are loafers and longwings really considered less casual than shell chukkas? I personally feel like chukkas are relatively sleek compared to longwings and compared to most loafers (although I can see Aberdeen loafers beating them out, what I usually see guys wearing are like beefroll loafers with suits, which just looks out of place).

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Wearing my #8 LWBs today.

LL
post #23759 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AldenLuver View Post



LOL!!  laugh.gif
I can't believe it. My color 8 and J Crew tobacco Alden LWB's both have the missing perf!  My Florsheim pebble grain LWB does NOT have the missing perf...  go figure??  AE's look pretty good but I don't think they come close to the comfort of any of the Aldens I've tried.  Nothing like the feeling on my feet of brand new Aldens direct from the factory.  I never would have thought I would buy shoes with this cost.  Don't think I'll ever settle for anything less.

I completely understand as I own both for different reasons. Alden does have some incredible make-ups and their color 8 is a fascinating and unique color. Either way my wallet ends up hurting.satisfied.gif
post #23760 of 122416
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Originally Posted by NotClever View Post



Genuine question: Are loafers and longwings really considered less casual than shell chukkas? I personally feel like chukkas are relatively sleek compared to longwings and compared to most loafers (although I can see Aberdeen loafers beating them out, what I usually see guys wearing are like beefroll loafers with suits, which just looks out of place).

it's hard to just lump shoes together on the formality scale b/c of the category they fit in. most here consider the LHS much more casual than the full strap, but both are loafers. I guess you reference this.

I'm not sure why a #8 Barrie lasted chukka would be very different on the formality scale than a #8 Barrie lasted PTB or longwing with similar welt. (whether or not you think a PTB is more or less formal than a longwing is a different question I guess). I guess most consider boots to be a bit less formal, but I'm not there is a huge difference between a chukka and a standard blucher.

there are plenty of other chukkas that are sleek/elegant though.

ie the black chukka here would be way more formal than a barrie lasted #8

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