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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Well-Known Member

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    F*ck yes! And I would not care about what other opinions. :D
     
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  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    Suede is a weird creature. In theory it is not meant for summer, but it also is the fabric most vulnerable to the elements and would seem to work better when there is not snow, sleet and ice around. Never understood that one myself, but so it is. Of course, traditionally one would wear flannel in the summer (though I do not know who these great men in generations past who did not sweat were).
     
  3. Pliny

    Pliny Well-Known Member

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    very lite flannel if I understand rite - texture without discomfort
     
  4. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    I am happy to be a cad who wears (blue) suede loafers in the summer, and suede monks too for that matter. Even suede oxford brogues sometimes - e.g. casually in the evening with jeans or chinos.

    If you were to stare for a moment from the top window of your highest ivory tower, and try to comprehend the magnitude of the sky itself, you would be some way toward picturing the scale of the fuck that I giveth not. :)
     
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  5. Pliny

    Pliny Well-Known Member

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    Auberon Waugh on suede shoes- 'Only a shit would wear them'.

    As for me, big s**t (sorry, suede lover) here.
     
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  6. EFV

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    I'm no shoe guy, admittedly. I'd never heard of the aversion to suede. Or suede in the summer for that matter (that's just plain silly IMHO).
     
  7. Isolation

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    I actually thought at one point that suede is more of a spring/summer material for shoes, apparently I got it the other way around.

    I have a pair of CJ suede monks (had a photo earlier) and it is amazing.
     
  8. EFV

    EFV Well-Known Member

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    Yay, our on-line store went live yesterday evening! Since I'm no AV (yet) I'm not doing this as some kind of marketing post, it's more of a general happy announcement.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, Erik, looks great.
     
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  10. Isolation

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    Looks good.
     
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  11. AJL

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    I like suede year round, doesn't matter to me ( though I always thought the "rules" indicated they were more s/s appropriate).

    True story: I arrived home from a trip one snowy winter night and found I'd misplaced my keys, and no one else home. I knew I had left 2nd flr rear window unlocked, so I trudged through 1' of snow in my C&J chukkas ( no choice) to the far reaches of the back yard, grabbed an extension ladder, trudged back, put it up on house and "broke in" (kinda gives one a little insight as to how someone can break into your house and noone notices...24' ext. ladder propped up to 2nd flr window at night, in view of at least 3 neighbors, albeit well-spaced between houses, someone climbs up it, opens a window and enters dwelling...really?)

    I digress, the real point of the story was I assumed chukkas would be croaked, or at least somewhat compromised after being submerged in all that snow-- double lot in back so quite a bit of distance to get to ladder and then back. Once inside, I took the shoes off, hand dried them and let them sit. Next day, they were dry with no indication of previous night's activities. I was pleasantly surprised.

    Granted, this may not be the equivalent of trudging through city streets all day in slush, or what have you. Nonetheless I thought it provided a pretty good illustration that suede is tougher than one might think ( than I thought anyway). For the record, the chukkas have a dainite sole.
     
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  12. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, Erik. Good luck with your business!
     
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  13. Jamesgatz

    Jamesgatz Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, E. Just in time for the tweed season.
     
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  14. Claghorn

    Claghorn Well-Known Member

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    a) If you guys wonder why I never show my feet in pictures, it's because I lost them in a gemming explosion. I hobble around on nubs.

    b) I see no problem with suede in S/S, but it definitely feels like more of a F/W shoe.

    c) my shit has arrived from Korea

    d) congratulations EFV!
     
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  15. europrep

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    Suede year round. Great winter material with a little Nano spray. Clean-up with ease. Probably the materials you have to baby the least. Snuff, light gray, and blue/navy suedes all look good in the S/S IMO. My gray suede car shoes get a lot of love in the summer - I wore them to a casual dinner the other night. Pic below.

    I think loafers look great with a casual or business casual outfit. I have a strong dislike for lace-up shoes worn with either of those outfits. They should be reserved for suits.

    [​IMG]

    Edit: no need for comments about my phone in my pocket. I already know you folks frown upon it.

    Edit 2: Congrats Erik!!
     
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  16. NickInTO

    NickInTO Well-Known Member

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    I just asked this in the official shoe care thread, but figured I'd ask here too since suede is being discussed. I just ordered my first pair of suede shoes from the J. Fitzpatrick sample sale (I hope these ticking time bombs don't cost me my feet, like Claghorn, but it's a risk I'm willing to take).

    Is Nanoprotector the way to go in terms of a suede protector? Any other pre-wear care recommendations?
     
  17. Cleav

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    Congratulations Erik, if luck be needed may you have a house full :slayer:
     
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  18. The Noodles

    The Noodles Well-Known Member

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    Best of luck to you @EFV
     
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  19. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Well-Known Member

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    I once got caught in a deluge riding a motorbike while wearing my Carmina shell jumper boots. (Yes, I am indeed stupid.)

    Anyway, the boots were so wet by the time I got home, I was squelching. I slowly and painstakingly dried them out over a period of about 48 hours, then gave them a good lick of Renovateur, a once-over with a deerbone and finally some specialist shell-optimised polish. They've never looked better.

    It's amazing how well-made footwear can bounce back after rough handling.
     
  20. Murlsquirl

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    ^ what he said!
     
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