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Originally Posted by jaypee View Post

SMH - The shoe fits, but what about quality?

http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/the-shoe-fits-but-what-about-quality-20130628-2p2c7.html

Amazing blog quote:

I agree with this article too...coming from the UK I would buy a new pair of gbp50 shoes from Next almost every year....sweaty feet, plastic soles, occasionally fall apart. Throw them away and start again.

Then I bought some Goodyear welted Jones the Bootmaker shoes on sale reducd from gbp150 to 75....that was about 4 years ago or so...I'm wearing them now. They look almost new, they had a half sole replacement here in Aus and they are super comfy! So I am well up on those...I also have some Loakes wich are good quality but not as comfy, thinner leather sole that I have not yet replaced, 2 years old, look new. Lastly I have some Marks and Spencer Italian range leather soled that I took brand new to get a rubber half sole stuck on for wet weather. All of these shoes are great, comfortable and I have not needed to buy a pair in several years, they also did not cost the earth. Blame Australian prices and buy online at Pediwear (though sizing is massively important to teh whole experience).

I also have some RM Williams Veal Calf Brandy boots. they scuff stupidly easily, RM could not repair them, painted them badly, had them back to strip, basically gave up and said take them elsewhere and we'll pay for the repair! On a $500 pair of boots! Rubbish! They don't even carry the polish colour anymore and they are only 6 months old! Granted they are comfortable but as the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever bought I am totally disappointed it the value for money stakes. Worth $300 Max.

Notes: Safe leather soles with plstic toe taps, have a wet weather pair, use a decent polish regularly and use shoe trees.


But this is the best:


The shoes must be hand made and should be from Europe (Italy, France, UK, Switzerland, Germany).
The top of the range is no doubt Botenga and Bontoni and beewax based shoe polish must be used.

My partner Phyllida Jenkins said the true connoisseur man must satisfy four conditions -

1. Have top of the range shoes
2. Proper provider
3. Execute conjugal duties with style and skills
4. Good manners

Commenter Mario de Napoli
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Hands up who passes the test 1, thru 4.?
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Originally Posted by meister View Post

Improving the (Bon)toni in the office.

post #33782 of 56086
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Originally Posted by lukejackson View Post


I probably should have elaborated - I just meant a little less casual than my sneakers (i.e new balance 574s etc.). Currently, I wear suede moccasin loafers, I guess you would call them, or sometimes tan leather tassel loafers - and more rarely, leopard skin loafers ;). However, they all kill my feet as the soles are more or less non-existent and I play/have played a lot of sports, so they aren't good to begin with. I like the derbies posted above, but I'm not sure that's my style with shorts and a polo/ocbd for running errands on the weekend and that sort of thing. That's why I was considering some boat shoes, perhaps if I put my 'sport' insoles in them. I still consider them casual of course, just a step up from sneakers.

 

Luke - as a long-time boat shoe wearer I'd recommend looking into a pair of Quoddy shoes with a vibram sole. http://www.jcrew.com.au/mens_category/JCrewingoodcompany/Quoddy/PRDOVR~94330/94330.jsp I have quite a few Sperrys and these beat them hands down in terms of comfort - they are 3x the price though (though you should be able to pick up a pair during US sales or on ebay for $150 or so).
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Originally Posted by suttonzach View Post

Luke - as a long-time boat shoe wearer I'd recommend looking into a pair of Quoddy shoes with a vibram sole. http://www.jcrew.com.au/mens_category/JCrewingoodcompany/Quoddy/PRDOVR~94330/94330.jspI have quite a few Sperrys and these beat them hands down in terms of comfort - they are 3x the price though (though you should be able to pick up a pair during US sales or on ebay for $150 or so).

I scored a pair of these made for Brooks in (would you believe?) shell cordovan. Totally agree with you.
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Originally Posted by meister View Post


I scored a pair of these made for Brooks in (would you believe?) shell cordovan. Totally agree with you.

 

There's quite a few nice pairs of shoes on sale at BB at the moment - just shame the discounts aren't as deep for these as for the clothing. Luke - I'd even look into a basic pair of Vans or Converse Jack Purcells for weekends; these will be a little less sporty than your NBs but less formal than a pair of leather loafers or derbys.
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Originally Posted by Pink Socks View Post


Gerry Nelson (or Chris Schaerf as Fairfax Media know you) - your green laced C&J's are featured (paired with orange socks).

 

I am disappointed at the lack of comments on their steeziness.

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Hi gang,

 

So I've started a new gig, and I'm on campus now.

 

So no more suit+tie get up, and now more business casual/smart casual look. But without the full tweed + bowtie (I'm not a Professor!). 

 

I've been hunting for some good cardigans to break up the whole smart trousers/chinos + shirt/jumper kinda look. Johnstons of Elgin have a few options, but I don't like elbow patches. I've pretty much stuck exclusively to Uniqlo's Merino v-neck jumpers for my knitwear needs. But I'm looking for something nicer than Uniqlo for my cardigans. Horn buttons would be nice. 

 

iSurg I think went through Woolovers. That might be an option for me? 

post #33787 of 56086
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Originally Posted by suttonzach View Post

 

Luke - as a long-time boat shoe wearer I'd recommend looking into a pair of Quoddy shoes with a vibram sole. http://www.jcrew.com.au/mens_category/JCrewingoodcompany/Quoddy/PRDOVR~94330/94330.jspI have quite a few Sperrys and these beat them hands down in terms of comfort - they are 3x the price though (though you should be able to pick up a pair during US sales or on ebay for $150 or so).

 



Thanks! Didn't think of that. I was actually watching a pair of Quoddy loafers on Mr.Porter during the sale, but no sizes left for me unfortunately. I'll keep my eyes peeled.
 

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Originally Posted by wishiwasricher View Post

Im heading to New York and Washington for a couple of weeks. Planning on hitting the shops a little. Any suggestions- Im not a baller so wont be going to Barneys or the like but have scheudled a stop of at Epaluet to try on a few different lasts of Carmina's.

 

Any other suggestions? Im spending most of my time in Washnigton unfortunately (i like NYC much better)

 

Spend a day at the Woodbury outlets off NY.

post #33789 of 56086

Would it be a fools errand to even think about taking in a pair of  34 pants to size 31?  Was cleaning out the wardrobe and happened upon a former favourite suit, the jacket needs a lil supression but apart from that fine, the pants though....

post #33790 of 56086
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Originally Posted by meister View Post

Amazing blog quote:
But this is the best:

My partner Phyllida Jenkins said the true connoisseur man must satisfy four conditions -

1. Have top of the range shoes
2. Proper provider
3. Execute conjugal duties with style and skills
4. Good manners

Hands up who passes the test 1, thru 4.?

Number 4 prevents me from commenting on number 3. smile.gif
post #33791 of 56086
Is Century 21 still going? They had some pretty good prices when I was there, but that's a decade ago.
post #33792 of 56086
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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

Would it be a fools errand to even think about taking in a pair of  34 pants to size 31?  Was cleaning out the wardrobe and happened upon a former favourite suit, the jacket needs a lil supression but apart from that fine, the pants though....

 

I hope I have this problem one day!
post #33793 of 56086
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post

Hi gang,

 

So I've started a new gig, and I'm on campus now.

 

So no more suit+tie get up, and now more business casual/smart casual look. But without the full tweed + bowtie (I'm not a Professor!). 

 

I've been hunting for some good cardigans to break up the whole smart trousers/chinos + shirt/jumper kinda look. Johnstons of Elgin have a few options, but I don't like elbow patches. I've pretty much stuck exclusively to Uniqlo's Merino v-neck jumpers for my knitwear needs. But I'm looking for something nicer than Uniqlo for my cardigans. Horn buttons would be nice. 

 

iSurg I think went through Woolovers. That might be an option for me? 

Why not???

post #33794 of 56086
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Also a guy named Mikhail in Sydney (though he may not be doing this thing anymore, haven't spoken to him in 8-10 months).

Mikhail is still doing his thing on the side. I got some jeans hemmed a few weeks back for a decent fee. Did a fantastic job too.
post #33795 of 56086
Yeah, awesome. Mikhail knows his stuff. He's been helping me out with denim-stuff for a few years now and his work is fantastic.
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