Mate, they were second hand shoes from someone that doesn't have a proven history of good shoe care. Sure they were a good shoe for the price sold to him, but you can't expect to be looking your best when you are wearing someone elses old shoes!
People don't hand out compliments like the MX at a train station.
I was joking as I said. The shoes are actually fine, I'm very peased for the price. THey are still basically new(ish).
New shoes can look too new and I'm reminded of getting shoes 'Christened' at school.
Thanks, you'll be glad to hear that I won't be offering any knowledge at all on RMW. Probably won't have much to offer but I am here to learn a bit. I've only just taken an interest in the aesthetics of one's attire fairly recently. Previously I've stuck to the safety of jeans, tee shirts and sneakers (nice sneakers though!!).
This kind of brings up my reaction to HerringbonePete's disappointment at no one commenting on his new shoes. Since only recently started to dress with some pride in my appearance I think I can say that it is just that. It is pride. It is more than just a pair of shoes that 'look' nice and that people will comment on. It is the self confidence that comes with knowing that on your feet are a really beautifully crafted pair of shoes. Shoes which you took time to choose to compliment the pants/ suit/ socks/ tie or even hair!! or what ever else you may have decided to wear. It sounds corny but it's like that womens make up add "because you're worth it". You can tell that some one is wearing nice shoes not just by the shoes they have but the way they carry themselves and you can't expect to get compliments from people on how wonderfully confident you look today.
Do men dress for women, or other men? I dress the way I do because I observed it in my peers when I was growing up - I also remember a book I might have read as a teen. But there was no sense of absolute rules or even obsession - just doing it in moderate taste and avoiding the crass.
So amongst other things, I knew to use shoe trees, that fit was important and that certain things just don't work.