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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. Superfudge

    Superfudge Well-Known Member

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    Out of interest, what do you use the valet for? Is it for laying out your next day's clothes the night before? Or for photographing your ensembles?
     
  2. lukejackson

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    For those in Brisbane, there is a new (I think) cobbler in the wintergarden, in the food court, that has $35 dollar wooden (not sure if cedar) shoe trees. Was in a rush so didn't inspect properly. They also have plastic ones, which I assume would be substantially cheaper. Obviously you get what you pay for. I don't have any and don't have any shoes worth getting them for, but thought it might interest some.
     
  3. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    It's the same cobbler, Hallelujah, that used to be downstairs in Broadway on the Mall, but they moved over to Wintergarden because Broadway is being redeveloped.

    I haven't seen their shoe trees - I might take a walk over at lunchtime to check them out for future reference.
     
  4. LonerMatt

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    FH - allow me to explain:

    You've got potential for an excellent slim profile - higher rise pants, tapered, etc - you've actually got the build that stuff works for.

    That being said, you're dressing with a jacket that makes you look way fatter, and doesn't flatter your frame, and the large belt buckle does not draw the eye in the way it should (hey look, there's his belly button) - because it's large, and it stands out. This is amplifed because the pants are the strongest colour there - so the eye moves towards them (the shirt almost fades away to when I look at it).

    I'm far from an expert, and I could have a few things wrong. It's good that you like the way you dress, but you could be doing what you're tring to do (classic men's casual pieces) a lot better because they could be flattering you.

    If I've made some mistakes I'm sure some of the more viscerally intense characters wil let us know :)
     
  5. lukejackson

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    Journeyman -- Ah, are they worth going to for shoe repair etc.? Also for future reference.

    On another note, does anyone have experience with Polo Ralph Lauren sports coats? In particular, the difference between custom and classic fit? All Brisbane seems to have custom fit, so I couldn't try a classic one on for comparison? Not going to buy retail ($499 or something), but for future online shopping purposes.
     
  6. Journeyman

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    Hallelujah are fine for replacing the heel pieces on shoes, or for putting on a Topy (if you're that way inclined) but if your shoe needs a full resole, then please don't use Hallelujah as they don't have the expertise to do it well.

    If you need a full resole, then you're much better off going over to Coorparoo to Joe's Shoe Repairs (now run by Joe's son, John). Unfortunately, Joe's Shoe Repairs is (I think) only open Monday to Friday, but John knows his stuff and has the right machinery to resole a Goodyear-welted shoe.


    It's been a while since I've bought an RL Polo coat, but if you're thinking of getting one, make sure that it's one of the made-in-Italy ones that are made by Corneliani.

    If I remember correctly, the Custom fit is slimmer than the Classic fit.
     
  7. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    Agree with both of these points.
     
  8. Nolvadex

    Nolvadex Senior member

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    Topys are $35 and if recall correctly heel replacements are about $20
     
  9. Osiris2012

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    If you check them out please let us know how they shape up. would be nice to be able to easily source some local ones.
     
  10. Oli2012

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    Readying the sartorial armour.

    Suit: MJ Bale (navy)
    Shirt: MJ Bale
    Tie: HC Black Grenadine
    Belt and shoes: RMWs
     
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  11. Superfudge

    Superfudge Well-Known Member

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    My mother would have a heart attack if she saw my shoes on the bed like that.
     
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  12. lukejackson

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    Thanks guys. It's just a cheap option for me for a casual sports coat (if bought online). I also noticed Herringbone has some nice ones for around the $550 mark (navy atm). As a full time, self supported masters student, money is a important consideration unfortunately. I'm just unsure how much baggier/boxier/looser the classic fit may go.

    Also, I do need some shoes topyed -- my main problem with my half decent shoes is the leather soles soaking up liquid (e.g. beer and worse.) when I'm out on the town. At least I think that is what has led to 'disfigured' soles on some of my shoes.
     
  13. Spinning

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    So guys,
    I have completely unworn 2x MJ Bale Suits
    1 Navy
    1 Charcoal

    Never worn. 38R jacket and 30" pants (that they had taken up)

    Where would be the best place to sell these?
    Pissed off I laid down $1k for it, anyway.
     
  14. JayH

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    What is the reason for sale? Both seem to be staple colorways.
     
  15. Nolvadex

    Nolvadex Senior member

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    Is the new trend to go pantless?
     
  16. g-banger

    g-banger Senior member

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    my GF would have my b@lls on a silver platter if i did that, she's of asian background so no shoes in house.:foo:
     
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  17. Spinning

    Spinning Active Member

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    Fit.
    Too much of a hassle for me to get back to Melb just to change them. I made a post about the story before.

    Anyway, I'm quitting my job so no need for a suit anymore. :)
     
  18. Kimcha

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    I went to Henry Bucks and the service was fantastic. If you ever consider buying from a local store and support the local economy I highly recommend Henry Bucks and Herringbone. Joseph's on the other hand I would avoid.

    They had the Aldwych and Buckingham, but unfortunately not in my size. The smallest size they had is 7, which is way too big. We measured my foot and it was between 5 and 6 and an f width would likely fit.

    I'll measure my foot up some more and then probably just take a leap and order it online or wait until I am in England next months to buy it there.

    Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
     
  19. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Senior member

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    Hi Kimcha

    I'm glad you took our advice and went and visited Henry Bucks. I also had a rousing suspicion that it just isn't economical for them to carry a shoe size below 7. That is unfortunate. You would also notice that their pricing for the Loake 1880 is well above what you had priced as your maximum ($450 > $350). As a result, even if they had a 5 1/2 / 6, you would still have to buy online.

    Joseph's is terrible.

    Off the top of my head, there are no other shops in Sydney that sell the level of shoe you are after. Visit Harrolds or Double Monk next time you are in Melbourne for sizing, as all the shoes they stock are also way out of your price range.

    I hope you get something good next time your in England, or get it right when you order online.
     
  20. Kimcha

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    Thanks I really appreciate your advice. I really wanted to get them earlier, but I'll probably just get them in London. Hopefully it won't be more expensive than pediwear.
     
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