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post #37561 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post

I've held my tongue on this going to shops to try before you buy business, but I can't any longer. In my humble opinion, it's wrong.

Do not go willingly into a shop, knowing full well you're not going to buy from them, just to try it on.

Depends on the store.

I'd happily walk into a DJ's or Myer wearing a sandwich board with "I'm here to get my fit right before ordering from Pediwear" on it, without hesitation. Your local independent store where the owner's slaving away to make a crust I'd feel a bit worse about, and probably wouldn't do it.
post #37562 of 52334
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Originally Posted by ryanohare View Post


Depends on the store.

I'd happily walk into a DJ's or Myer wearing a sandwich board with "I'm here to get my fit right before ordering from Pediwear" on it, without hesitation. Your local independent store where the owner's slaving away to make a crust I'd feel a bit worse about, and probably wouldn't do it.

 

Ah yes, the big faceless corporation verse mum and dad around the corner. I definitely agree regarding the guilt factor.

 

I guess the argument against is: if you simply use these shops for sizing without buying, eventually these shops will go out of business. To balance that, it's a free market and these shops are being beaten on the most important aspect: price. Unfortunately many stores can't compete based on price due to the cost of supply, which is a shame. Unfortunately that's how a globalised e-commerce driven economy can work in a free market.

post #37563 of 52334
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post


On another note, can someone explain 'foxing' to me?

I am overdue for some new shirts, and hence many in my collection are fraying around the cuffs and collar. What, exactly, makes this awesome rather than not awesome?

I suppose it's because it's an example of "wear without care" and shows a bit of sprezzatura, and what's more, given that the foxing is acquired through actual wear and tear, it's more "genuine" sprezzatura rather than a lot of the "faux-sprezz" that is depicted on Tumblr and Instagram nowadays (collars without stays, button-down collars unbuttoned, ties deliberately askew or with the back end longer than the blade, double monks with one strap unbuckled etc etc).

Anyway, with regard to needing new shirts, at least you've got a G. Inglese shirt on the way from Rene/Deer Style.
post #37564 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

So you are happy with the quality, construction etc it was just the colour that gave you pause?

Pretty much. It's just not the colour that I expected. The briefcase is fine; I'm using it today, and everything fits nicely.
Edited by California Dreamer - 9/10/13 at 6:39pm
post #37565 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

... shows a bit of sprezzatura.

Ah, sprezzatura. I believe that's Italian for needing your mother to help you get dressed properly.
post #37566 of 52334
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

On another note, can someone explain 'foxing' to me?

I am overdue for some new shirts, and hence many in my collection are fraying around the cuffs and collar. What, exactly, makes this awesome rather than not awesome?

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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

As well as being excessive for your average middle class white boy, there's something endearing about running a handful of items and making them your own - eg Clinton's Ironmaster or Blair's lucky Churches.

Wear them, love them, make them your own.
post #37567 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

If I were you Ari, I'd get two pairs of shoes, a black cap oxford and a brown brogue of your choice and spend the rest on porn.

What, no RMWs?
post #37568 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post


Your obviously not going to the right club.

 

 

>Implying I pay for three ways with midgets and goats

 

#pokewithoutcare

post #37569 of 52334
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post


>Implying I pay for three ways with midgets and goats

#pokewithoutcare

you left out 'while jelly wrestling.'

Ps I think the goat left with your mankini last Thursday.
post #37570 of 52334

When discussing shoe quantities, several members mentioned scaling down their collection.

The idea of starting with some quality second hand shoes sounds appealing to me; it allows me to develop an appreciation and knowledge of quality shoes before I start hunting down specific pairs made from a specific last. Basically I need some exposure to learn. Reading forums can only teach one so much - ie it is better suited to refining already mature tastes rather than generating new ones.

Cheers

post #37571 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

I suppose it's because it's an example of "wear without care" and shows a bit of sprezzatura, and what's more, given that the foxing is acquired through actual wear and tear, it's more "genuine" sprezzatura rather than a lot of the "faux-sprezz" that is depicted on Tumblr and Instagram nowadays (collars without stays, button-down collars unbuttoned, ties deliberately askew or with the back end longer than the blade, double monks with one strap unbuckled etc etc).

I dunno, not that I'm much of one for sprezz anymore, but I feel that it's too much like walking around with holes in one's socks to count as elegance!
post #37572 of 52334
Halifax, I think you will really struggle to source decent second hand shoes - the generation of well dressed Australians have long since died out and their remains scavenged by Melbourne hipsters.

Your best bet is to order some loakes from Herrings. For 99% of people that's as far as you will need to go.
post #37573 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Halifax View Post

When discussing shoe quantities, several members mentioned scaling down their collection.
The idea of starting with some quality second hand shoes sounds appealing to me; it allows me to develop an appreciation and knowledge of quality shoes before I start hunting down specific pairs made from a specific last. Basically I need some exposure to learn. Reading forums can only teach one so much - ie it is better suited to refining already mature tastes rather than generating new ones.
Cheers

This works. Half my shoes are second hand Allen Edmonds and C&J's sourced from ebay and from this forum. I'm really happy with them. I reckon it took me 2 goes to nail my size in AE's and the great advantage of them is the plethora of lasts and widths that they come in. And after a few months, second hand / new - it's all the same really.
post #37574 of 52334
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

You're covered for nearly every occasion with that collection. It's very versatile.

Thanks GN - I think it's more down to good luck than good management, although it could just be a result of osmosis which comes from spending too much time reading this forum / thread!
post #37575 of 52334
I have 5 pairs that I rotate for work. Don't need more than 5, that consumerist lifestyle is past me.
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