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Recent content by JimBad05

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    Chromexel Leather Cracking?

    Hello all, I bought some Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill boots last January. I've tried to baby them, applying the leather lotion as recommended by Allen Edmonds last season when I got them. I also got some Saphir Greasy Leather Cream (mostly neatsfoot oil + light pigment) for further...
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    The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

    A plain toe Oxford, but not wholecut, such as the shoe shown in the attached image?
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    The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

    Quick question regarding black tie footwear. Instead of purchasing patent leather shoes, would a wholecut Oxford with a mirror gloss shine cover my bases here? I recently purchased a couple pairs of black tie socks (75% silk/25% cotton) and I'm thinking about what shoes I'd wear them with. I've...
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    OTC Socks for the large calved gentleman

    I suppose there are worse fates than being limited to mid calf socks
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    OTC Socks for the large calved gentleman

    The length and the width. Men with bigger feet likely have wider calves as well. While socks will stretch to cover a wider calf, it "eats up" a lot of the length, leaving them with insufficient material to reach the top of the calf and largely defeating the purpose of OTC socks. Yes, exactly...
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    OTC Socks for the large calved gentleman

    I don't know about that.. I picked up some Eastport Boat Shoes from Allen Edmonds this summer.. the leather is pretty thick initially, so I developed pretty bad blisters after the first wearing. I still need to break them in more, but that's a project for next summer. Otherwise, no show socks...
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    OTC Socks for the large calved gentleman

    I've considered it, especially for summer. I've never used braces before. Do socks tend to develop holes where you attach the clips? Do you need to vary the clip location a little each time? I see that! Not a huge selection in wool, but at that price point you can't have everything. I'll add...
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    OTC Socks for the large calved gentleman

    First time poster here. I've been browsing and I know the consensus is that OTC socks are the way to go if you want them to stay up. I've been trying several high-end brands, and as someone with large (19") calves, even OTC socks don't necessarily stay up. I've been trying different brands...

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