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post #36736 of 58019
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Originally Posted by Dusty Brogues View Post

What last on the thongs? Do you need to size up? How much?

Good spotting - thongs are a D width and I tend toward an E, especially in Brazilian made brands. I did score them for a song though: a mere $15 iirc...
post #36737 of 58019
So I need (okay, want) some loafers for summer. I've given up on trying to find new driving shoes that aren't overpriced by at least 100% and settled on some penny loafers. Problem is, I'm keen for something on the more Italian end of the spectrum in terms of colour (light tan) and shape (almond toe, not too round).

Not necessarily as sleek as this Kiton model:



But along those lines. My preliminary investigation of the interwebs is yielding no obvious leads. Any ideas, gang?
post #36738 of 58019
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

So I need (okay, want) some loafers for summer. I've given up on trying to find new driving shoes that aren't overpriced by at least 100% and settled on some penny loafers. Problem is, I'm keen for something on the more Italian end of the spectrum in terms of colour (light tan) and shape (almond toe, not too round).

Not necessarily as sleek as this Kiton model:



But along those lines. My preliminary investigation of the interwebs is yielding no obvious leads. Any ideas, gang?

I'm not sure if you came across CJ Sydneys in the penny loafer, similar last, not sure if they go that light though.
post #36739 of 58019
Ask Romp about Andy Tom driving loafers. Around $199 and excellent from what I've heard, I don't own a pair myself.

Yeah, C&J Sydney are nice (on 341 last). There's also a few options lower or higher up the shoe chain.. Carmina do a few loafer models on either their Uetam, Simpson or Queens last.. Would you consider something with tassels?
post #36740 of 58019
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Originally Posted by Dusty Brogues View Post

I'm not sure if you came across CJ Sydneys in the penny loafer, similar last, not sure if they go that light though.

I have - would rather not spend $500-600 for casual shoes, alas. Also, they are quite dark, and I'd have to special order them as Double Monk has the Sydney only in black, with a dainite sole (I don't get it either).

The Andy Tom drivers do look nice. I've also looked at these:

http://www.frankiesshoes.com.au/

They come in cool colours but the finishing isn't quite as nice as the Andy Toms. I fear that I would destroy the 'gommini' or whatever they're called if I did anything other than drive in them, alas...
post #36741 of 58019

C&J Sydney's look excellent in real life!

post #36742 of 58019
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

I have - would rather not spend $500-600 for casual shoes, alas. Also, they are quite dark, and I'd have to special order them as Double Monk has the Sydney only in black, with a dainite sole (I don't get it either).

Doesn't Herringbone stock the C&J Sydney (or am I thinking of another loafer model)?

I know that I have, in the past, seen a brown calf leather loafer in Herringbone, although it's a bit darker than the colour of the pair that you pictured above.

Of course, it would also cost about the same as Double Monk.
post #36743 of 58019
Aaagh - double post.

Whilst I'm posting, though, as someone else said above, you could always look at some loafers from Carmina. These ones from Skoaktiebolaget come in below $450 AUD.

http://skoaktiebolaget.se/news/carmina-80191-penny-loafer-brown-calf

I'm not sure how well their Uetam loafer last accommodates high insteps, though.


Of course, you could always have a look at Meermin, too, although there's nowhere local that you can try them on. They're pretty damned cheap, though.
Edited by Journeyman - 8/25/13 at 3:36am
post #36744 of 58019
Nah, you're right, JM. Herringbone does, or at least used to, stock the C&J 'Sydney'.
post #36745 of 58019
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Nah, you're right, JM. Herringbone does, or at least used to, stock the C&J 'Sydney'.

 

Yup, they still do. I saw the C&J Sydney at the Herringbone Circular Store in Sydney only 2 weeks ago.

post #36746 of 58019
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post


I have - would rather not spend $500-600 for casual shoes, alas. Also, they are quite dark, and I'd have to special order them as Double Monk has the Sydney only in black, with a dainite sole (I don't get it either).

The Andy Tom drivers do look nice. I've also looked at these:

http://www.frankiesshoes.com.au/

They come in cool colours but the finishing isn't quite as nice as the Andy Toms. I fear that I would destroy the 'gommini' or whatever they're called if I did anything other than drive in them, alas...

 

I've worn my driving shoes at least twice a week for the last 2 years, and some for 3, and I've not had an issue with the rubber studs being destroyed. 

 

Normal wear and tear, yes. But nothing as fatalistic as you might be imagining.

post #36747 of 58019
I'm sure the "Melbourne" would be more tasteful than the "Sydney" unless is was an "Adelaide"
post #36748 of 58019
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

I'm sure the "Melbourne" would be more tasteful than the "Sydney" unless is was an "Adelaide"

For one, it has much better shoe stores!
post #36749 of 58019
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Originally Posted by eightace View Post

Some years ago, before I knew about SF, I bought what I thought was a nice enough suit.

Somehow, though, I knew it didn't really fit well, so I didn't wear it much.

Recently, I decided to see if I could do something about it. So I took it to a tailor. He advised that the shoulders and the waist were too wide. When I asked if he could fix this, he said he could - it would be expensive, but he could do it.

So I left it with him. A week later, I picked it up.

I am disappointed with the result.
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There is significant bunching at the shoulders from being removed and re-stitched.

And the left sleeve doesn't hang straight:
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This specific job (taking in the shoulders) was $200, and I reckon I've wasted my money.

I'd be interested in hearing any thoughts or advice you gents might have.

My advice is, go back in time and ask us whether having shoulders altered is a good idea before telling the tailor to do it. You would have met with a resounding "no!" :/
post #36750 of 58019
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post

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My advice is, go back in time and ask us whether having shoulders altered is a good idea before telling the tailor to do it. You would have met with a resounding "no!" :/

 

The SF-recommended master tailor in question gave me no such advice.

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