How long ago, and how often do you wear that first suit?
Um, I did mate. Check back a few pages. Here it is again for your convenience...
"I'd go with the second one. A second hand Barbour will always be a little unique and the patina will resemble its history which is what I love. First one looks like it hasn't been waxed properly and cared for. And the last one..just looks odd and too shiny.
Bear in mind you should be looking to wash down (cold water only of course) and rewax any second hand Barbour you pick up. A bit of elbow grease, so to speak. :)
Edit: looks like the second one has a tear in the sleeve. The first one with a bit of waxing could up come quite alright. "
I'm not partial, happy with either new or near new, as long as they have certain spec's: Loafer w/ Tassels, Dark brown leather, Sleek, elongated last with chisled toe, around $400. Cheaper would be nice.
Gerry recommended these http://www.carmina.telemaco.es/articulo.asp?idarticulo=3640203 which l'm very interested in.
What about a pair of the Marlow C&J for RL loafers? Cordovan rather than calf, but dark brown, tassels, and I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a new or near new pair on the B&S very shortly because of the private sale going on atm.
Bit of a damp issue
I first used the product some 8 years ago, when you first apply it absolutely canes, for that very reason alone I stopped using it. I ended up reading somewhere(cannot find info to back my claim) is that its pretty bad for you as it completely blocks your pores up and more. Tough decisions to make especially as it's warming up up.
I used something similar to that as a teenager for quite a while, and I'm pretty sure skin irritation is just par for the course, sorry...
Mate, if that doesn't work, try Driclor. I am as sceptical about products (especially pharmacy products) as anyone, but that stuff is the only thing I have ever tried that works.