Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.
Thanks! Extra credit to the subway lighting.
Hey @blaster did you get a chance to meet Paul G at the Bellevue Sq store today? J
I ended up not going (even though I work just 3 blocks away). I guess I just didn't want to be "that guy" awkwardly telling him I dislike the direction of the company and that their new designs pretty much blow.
That's probably a wise choice. Send him an email - I've heard he reads and responds. I'd be a little more diplomatic/respectful than that...
9.5D-10D Depending on the shoe. I have AE in all sizes from 9.5D, 9.5E, 10D. 9.5D are very snug on the 65 last for me. Borderline too tight, but stretching allows me to keep wearing them. In something like a 201 last I suspect I might be able to wear a 9.5D loosely and maybe even fit in a 9D.
Which designs in particular? I'm not fond of some of the new stuff, but I like the Cornwallis, Yorktown, Rogue, Warwick, and First Ave.
It's a blue Neumok Thursday for me with bad office carpet and standard issue office desk/cube.
PSA: if anyone is an 11.5 A, there is a brand new pair of cigar shell Strands (2nds) for $300 on ebay.
A fella on another forum is doing an article on his blog about monk straps, and asked for photos. I threw these three his way and figured they could go here.....
Walnut_Warwick_514 by Armed Ferret, on Flickr
Walnut_Warwick_Gray by Armed Ferret, on Flickr
Walnut_Warwick_Linen by Armed Ferret, on Flickr
(Yes i know dark socks aren't ideal but they're the first pair i grabbed to get photos in outdoor light before it went away)
I think the sheer number of your purchase history with the company earns you the right to be "that guy."
SOMEONE has to say something about the new "spray-on" lacquer finish. Hand polishing is so much better.
I believe I've asked this before but don't recall the answer. What shoes are essentially required to be straight bar laced? Which are open to interpretation? I got a pair of black park avenues that I have already straight laced because it seemed fitting however I was curious on the Strand, Mcallister, ect ect what the proper way of lacing would be. Other than the 5A and pa being straight laced everything else I have is traditional.
I bar lace shoes for two reasons. 1) The shoe is an oxford and the v-gap laces completely shut. 2) I would bar lace a black cap toe, regardless of the v-gap.
The other answer is that it's all up to you. I particularly like the look of cross lacing on my non-black oxfords. When I first got into shoes I bar laced everything, but I got tired of the look and they are more difficult to tighten and loosen, especially if you hide the underside of the lacing.
Ok, thank you and that's where my head was going.
What are your thoughts on colorful shoestrings? Blue and white for instance on walnut strands.
The new "spray-on" lacquer finish has one very big advantage: it causes people to return perfectly good shoes when it flakes off, and then I can buy said shoes at a significant discount. I just recently picked up a pair of first-quality brown shell Strands from a well-known ebay seller for $200. Based on the condition of the soles and the total absence of any creasing or rolling, I'd guess that they were only worn once or twice. The only "defect" that I can find, and that was disclosed by the seller's photos, is some flaking of the finish. Once I have an hour or so to spend with a brush and some Renovateur, I'll essentially have a pair of new shell Strands at a $450 discount.
I'm more conservative in that sense. I'll match my belt, shoes and watch strap (if it's leather) whenever possible, but I typically leave stock laces on my shoes.
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