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post #8896 of 56021
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post



How do Alden's sizes compare to C&J - upsize by a half? I haven't been brave enough to order any American shoes yet and so am lacking in shell shoes.

It depends on which Alden last you're talking about. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. This might help: http://thediscoursecircus.tumblr.com/post/13493575455/the-last-shall-be-first-deciding-which-alden-size

Have your foot measured on a Brannock device to determine your US size and then go from there. For comparison, I wear a 9E in the 348 last (C&J). In Alden, I wear a 9.5D on the Barrie last. Now, US width measurements differ from UK (although all UK manufacturers don't use the same standard, either). A "D" is Alden's medium or normal width, whatever one calls it. The Barrie last is also considered to be one half size bigger. For reference, I measure somewhere between a 10 D or E on the Brannock, but find the Barrie last to be wider than it claims so an E width would be too wide for me.

What size are you in C&J and on what last? Also, shell cordovan runs a little bigger in fit than calfskin, but also won't stretch like calfskin..
post #8897 of 56021

^^^ Thanks for the link. I take a 9.5E in the 348 last for C&J so I guess I would then be a 10D on the Barrie? That would then make be a 10.5D in other US sizes going by that chart.

post #8898 of 56021
Have any of you guys tried Ganton Bespoke?
post #8899 of 56021
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

^^^ Thanks for the link. I take a 9.5E in the 348 last for C&J so I guess I would then be a 10D on the Barrie? That would then make be a 10.5D in other US sizes going by that chart.

Barrie is effectively a size bigger in US than the normal size mainly through width. In my case I am US10.5E or better 11D/E as I use an orthotic. I wear a UK10 anytime and often fit UK9.5G which is the same as happens with the Barrie last. I find the Plaza last to be my most comfortable shoe fit BTW of all my shoes though Loake in 10F is also great.
post #8900 of 56021
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Originally Posted by Jimbosaurus View Post

And Antichi Telai for $450.
Pretty amazing stuff.

Are the Antichi Telai linen suits at AUD450?
post #8901 of 56021
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Selvaggio, Saphir polish is good, very good, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. It appears in menswear on the Internet that when certain figures endorse a brand, many people at their desks get boners about how well it will serve them, too. Next-level shine is dependent on good product (i.e. polish), good leather that has been lasted for a long time so the pores of the leather really open up, and good technique. It's not that difficult, it really is about putting in time and effort. With calfskin, wear the shoes and really give them a good beating. Then, get rid of dirt and debris, condition and then build up tiny little layers of polish as per the traditional spit-shine method. In a short amount of time, the shoes start to gleam. In my experience, "better" shoes achieve better shine. Ralph Lauren's' US made Allen Edmonds don't shine as well as Loake, which don't shine as well as C&J. Again, just my opinion - someone else may have other experiences.
As for cordovan, if it is genuine shell cordovan leather from Horween tannery in Chicago, not just the "colour" cordovan which people seem to confuse; then, what you need is a good mink-oil based conditioner. This is where Saphir Renovateur is excellent. Put some on your fingertips and massage it into the leather, then leave it to dry. Then, take a horsehair brush and buff until your arm feels sore and the shoe is warm from friction. Then buff for about 10 more minutes. Cordovan shoes don't need much polish, it'll just cake up on the surface, eventually causing the shoe to dry out and crack. If you want to really give cordovan the best care, get a deer bone online and use it on your shoes. It gets rid of scuffs on cordovan for good. As for polish, I use Alden wax polish.
Some of my cordovan: http://thediscoursecircus.tumblr.com/post/13446747746/alden-for-jcrew

I have used all the above polishes. I must say I agree on Saph Renov for shell though Venetian Creme is the best and recommended by Horween. I find that Kiwi still gives the best polish to good shoes FWIW. I think it is better than Angelus for instance.
post #8902 of 56021
Kiwi and Wapro both started off in Melbourne. Nothing wrong with either.
post #8903 of 56021
I spotted a juicy Harris Tweed, with Harris tag, by Sears USA in a vintage shop. $55. Size 40 R . Single vent. Buggy lined. Wide ish lapels, fantastic colours, multiple colours Ina herringbone weave. Brown, gold red and others , looked great. I spied one small hole in back. A bit bigger and I would have snaffled it for sure. Also a big bunch of pink RL polo Oxford button downs 100% cotton. Most slightly used. One Brooke's white Oxford BD looked a bit grubby possible NOS.
post #8904 of 56021
Anyone interested in the Rhodes & Beckett sale on today & tmrw?
post #8905 of 56021
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post

Have any of you guys tried Ganton Bespoke?

I have one of their shirts that I got for my wedding back in pre SF days. It fits well but I don't know how their current prices compare to the alternatives. Collars and cuffs appear to be fused but general workmanship seems ok to my relatively uncritical eye. Louka was nice to deal with, I didn't meet Dani.
post #8906 of 56021
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post

Anyone interested in the Rhodes & Beckett sale on today & tmrw?

Only if there's an SF-approved knit tie up for grabs. Perhaps a pocket square. Their shirts and suits don't interest me, but 40% off is certainly a good offer. Anyone know anything about their women's range? My girlfriend needs to acquire a work wardrobe.
post #8907 of 56021
Fellow Australian SFers - please make the decision for me.

Color 8 (Burgundy) or Cigar (Brown)?

http://search.theshoemart.com/compare?skus=ALD_m_TASSEL_MOCCASIN_SHELL_CORDOVAN_36630,ALD_m_TASSEL_MOCCASIN_SHELL_CORDOVAN_563,
post #8908 of 56021

Cigar (Brown)

post #8909 of 56021
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Fellow Australian SFers - please make the decision for me.
Color 8 (Burgundy) or Cigar (Brown)?
http://search.theshoemart.com/compare?skus=ALD_m_TASSEL_MOCCASIN_SHELL_CORDOVAN_36630,ALD_m_TASSEL_MOCCASIN_SHELL_CORDOVAN_563,

Colour 8 (Burgundy). Thought before I looked I would have chosen Cigar (Brown) as it would be more versatile but the burgundy just looks better to me. For what it is worth. Both look great, enjoy.
post #8910 of 56021
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Fellow Australian SFers - please make the decision for me.
Color 8 (Burgundy) or Cigar (Brown)?
http://search.theshoemart.com/compare?skus=ALD_m_TASSEL_MOCCASIN_SHELL_CORDOVAN_36630,ALD_m_TASSEL_MOCCASIN_SHELL_CORDOVAN_563,

Depends what you want to wear them with. As mentioned before, I have a pair of cap-toes in cigar and it is both richer and lighter than it appears on that site. It is literally the colour of a cigar. Alden pair cigar with the lighter 'plywood' looking soles. So, overall, cigar is more casual - in fact, I feel it a little casual for my workplace - though I do wear it with mid greys and my one 'lighter' navy. The #8, however, you could wear with just about anything...hard to get a matching belt though.

I wonder why they are different prices?
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