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Ask A Question, Get An Answer... - Post All Quick Questions Here (Classic menswear)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Senior member

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    I was under the impression leather soles were to be avoided in the rain, no? I've been nervous about wearing my cordovan and calf shoes when raining. Should anything be done to the shoe after returning indoors from the rain? Just give the leather a quick wipe down?
     
  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just let soaked shoes air dry away from heat. Use shoe trees to retain their shape. Leather can get wet. It is heat and chemicals that hurts it.

    I feel that all-leather shoes are never truly broken in until they have been worn in the rain and have had a good soak. That seems to allow the inner sole and uppers to mold to your feet for maximum comfort.
     
  3. muomei

    muomei New Member

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    I've tried to search around the internet but don't find much about padded down blazers. What are they called anyways? Here is some pictures of what I mean.

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  4. Alfa159

    Alfa159 Senior member

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    Hello,

    (from sw&d, so I apologize in advanced)

    I am building up my Mc wardrobe and have recently purchased a pair of Park Avenues for 220 (seconds) in black. I want to keep these shoes in great condition so I am looking to buy a pair of nice (sub $25) shoe trees. Also any recommendations on waxed, polishes, and conditioners would be great.
     
  5. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    Here is "some" info on the second part of your question.
     
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  6. noob in 89

    noob in 89 Senior member

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    What is a fair price for altering the waist size on a pair of pants? The only decent tailor recommended to me here quoted me $50; I thought it would be around $30. Should I find someone else? (I'm having several pairs taken in or out, so...)
     
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  7. Digmenow

    Digmenow Senior member

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    Maybe I'm just not used to better tailoring but I just go to the alterations department at my local K&G Superstore. I pay about $15 or less for something like that. I used to tip her or bring her muffins, coffee or such and now she'll bundle several alterations together. I've begun to bring family members in as well and she gives them a discount, too.

    She tapers pant legs, hems and cuffs pants adjusts sleeves and even does waist suppression and gets the humps out of the back of a jacket. Maybe if I ever own a Kiton, I'll look for someone better but meanwhile, for the money, I can't beat it.
     
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  8. noob in 89

    noob in 89 Senior member

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    Thanks! I've never heard of them,but it looks like there's a store one town over; for that price I'll definitely check it out the next time I swing by...

    The only thing I've ever had tailored were jackets, so I have no idea what anything costs. I'm just looking to slim down a whole buncha quality-fabric-ed, but ill-fitting clothes, much like Street Etiquette's (and SF's) JKissi:


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    Here he is with some severely tapered Land's End dad jeans. :slayer:
     
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  9. sknonitsuka

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    Could anyone tell me the brand of these shoes:
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  10. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    Bought some straight leg dark blue jeans from banana republic to wear with sports coats
    They are not skinny or tight, just not baggy
    But the legs are too long
    Do I just cuff them or get them hemmed?
    Maybe I will browse the sw&d side for some jeans fit pics :embar:
     
  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It depends upon the look you want to achieve. I would cuff them and see if you like that look. Cuffs may look better if you like to wear boots. But if you want a more tailored look and wear dress shoes consider having them hemmed.
     
  12. RicPac

    RicPac Senior member

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    Whats a nice casual shoe to wear out on a date or night out? I use my laceups for interviews and work, could I use them for nights out as well or would loafers or monk straps be better
     
  13. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    I have mine hemmed. No break. Bottom of the jean hits precisely at the top of my shoe. This exposes a slight "half moon" shape with most of my loafers. Something I have come to really like/strive for with my jeans...

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  14. KObalto

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    If you have them hemmed, most tailors don't have the machine to properly replicate the chain stitching at the hem. BourbonBasted's tailor apparently does.
     
  15. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Where are you located? My tailor charges $20 for this.
     
  16. Harold falcon

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    Cedarville shoe trees (a site affiliate, look to your right) makes great shoe trees. The full size mens is on sale for $22 right now.

    http://www.cedarvillestore.com/p-19-mens-full-shoe-tree.aspx

    I own several of their shoes trees and they are a quality product.
     
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  17. XKxRome0ox

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    someone suggested looking up "self edge" in Los Angeles
    http://www.selfedge.com/chainstitching.php
    they have the chain stitching machine
    and it will cost $25 to get it chain stitched at the store
     
  18. Alfa159

    Alfa159 Senior member

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    Thank You

    I have purchased the Epic Shoe Trees for 19.99 (AskAndy discount)

    Will be purchasing the Allen Edmonds shoe care products:
    Premium Shoe Polish
    Condition/Cleaner
    Shoe Cream
    Horsehair brush and dauber

    Does the above sound good? Or is there better (along same price) than the above?
     
  19. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is an excellent place to start. They have good brushes that should last many years. Over time you may want to add cream polish in black and several shades of brown and tan.

    You will want a dauber for brown, one for tan and one for black. You will also want a brush for black, one for tan and one for brown.
     
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  20. iTylerStewart

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    Should I start tripling up payments on my car or save up for a nice Bespoke suit package??
     

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