Out of interest, what do you use the valet for? Is it for laying out your next day's clothes the night before? Or for photographing your ensembles?
For those in Brisbane, there is a new (I think) cobbler in the wintergarden, in the food court, that has $35 dollar wooden (not sure if cedar) shoe trees. Was in a rush so didn't inspect properly. They also have plastic ones, which I assume would be substantially cheaper. Obviously you get what you pay for. I don't have any and don't have any shoes worth getting them for, but thought it might interest some.
FH - allow me to explain:
You've got potential for an excellent slim profile - higher rise pants, tapered, etc - you've actually got the build that stuff works for.
That being said, you're dressing with a jacket that makes you look way fatter, and doesn't flatter your frame, and the large belt buckle does not draw the eye in the way it should (hey look, there's his belly button) - because it's large, and it stands out. This is amplifed because the pants are the strongest colour there - so the eye moves towards them (the shirt almost fades away to when I look at it).
I'm far from an expert, and I could have a few things wrong. It's good that you like the way you dress, but you could be doing what you're tring to do (classic men's casual pieces) a lot better because they could be flattering you.
If I've made some mistakes I'm sure some of the more viscerally intense characters wil let us know :)
Journeyman -- Ah, are they worth going to for shoe repair etc.? Also for future reference.
On another note, does anyone have experience with Polo Ralph Lauren sports coats? In particular, the difference between custom and classic fit? All Brisbane seems to have custom fit, so I couldn't try a classic one on for comparison? Not going to buy retail ($499 or something), but for future online shopping purposes.
Thanks guys. It's just a cheap option for me for a casual sports coat (if bought online). I also noticed Herringbone has some nice ones for around the $550 mark (navy atm). As a full time, self supported masters student, money is a important consideration unfortunately. I'm just unsure how much baggier/boxier/looser the classic fit may go.
Also, I do need some shoes topyed -- my main problem with my half decent shoes is the leather soles soaking up liquid (e.g. beer and worse.) when I'm out on the town. At least I think that is what has led to 'disfigured' soles on some of my shoes.
What is the reason for sale? Both seem to be staple colorways.