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

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  1. Oli2012

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  2. Prince of Paisley

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    "...And the Lord said unto the shepherd:


    'piss off this is cattle country'
     
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    How are the following shoes for work. I've had them for years, but never needed them.
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    If they're a no go. What would people recommend for $150-200 max.
     
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    If you don't need them why replace them?

    You won't get decent shoes at that price range - you're in that no mans land of corrected grain and chipboard.

    You're better to shoot for a pair of Loake 1880s from Herring Shoes or Meermins RTW range at $300.

    If money is short, you're better to buy 2-3 pairs of relatively plain British-made shoes than 6+ 'look at moi' ones.
     
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    I'm starting a job where a suit is required. Therefore need black shoes.
     
  6. Oli2012

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    Ah.

    They'd work, but a decent pair of black cap oxfords and brown brogues* would work much better.


    *To all those SFers out there I know this isn't their technical term but it may as well be as far as the general public is concerned.
     
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    Ha a truckload of spam on SF all about Australian rugby on TV or something
     
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    I'm a 9.5D UK or 10.5C US and the Loake 1880 Savoy's I bought are too wide, but OK to wear with an insert. They are on the Mayfair last.
     
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    Figured that would be the case. I'm still amazed that Italian costs are (still) as low as they are. Back in the late ninetys or early naughties, I was talking to a sales rep from Balcombe Flanges (based in Melbourne) and (whilst totally unrelated to anything remotely sartorial) he told me that their company could buy finished flanges drilled to whatever flange pattern (ANSI, Table D, E, F, etc) from Italy (made pretty much by cottage industry over there) cheaper than they could buy flange blanks (i.e. a round piece of metal) over here from local manufacturers.

    Kind of scary when one thinks about it, especially when cheap manufacturing from China wasn't part of the equation back then as it is now.
     
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    Both are brown brogues but only the lacing is different:
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    The pedant in me needs to point out that Moleskin was dreamt up in 1997 whereas Leuchttrum1917 has been around since, er, 1917.

    It amazes me how they managed to sucker in people to believe they are writing in the same make/model of notebook Hemingway used.
     
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    wow that looks good - how about a linen blend, something that's appropriate for a formal business environment for summer? anyone else here with experience in linen suits they'd like to share?
     
  13. Oli2012

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    But when you say 'oxford' most people think these:

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    And when you say 'bals' nobody knows what you're talking about.

    And when you say 'opened and closed lacing' PoP, GF and FXH go into an enormous anthropological/shoelogical spiel until the nurses at the old folks home give them their meds.

    So as brogues have brogue holes in them, its just easier to say 'brogues'.
     
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    I'll have to ask my grandfather what it was like when he was in it. After my grandparents came to Australia with my Dad in 1956, and managed to get themselves on their feet, they owned a couple of textile factories during the 70s up until a few years prior to my birth in the early 90s.
     
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    Oli, you OK there? No local Motoring Enthusiasts Party policy analysis meeting on tonight?

    Open lacing or closed lacing are simple, descriptive and accurate terms for types of lacing/vamps arrangement s. Why use other confusing and non consensual terms.
     
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    DLP or GTFO.

    I don't see an open/closed lace differentiation as relevant - open lacing can be just as elegant as closed (e.g. C&J Brunswick) and some people simply can't wear closed laces comfortably.

    The difference for most will be the colour and upper design (i.e. brogueing) which can go from a suit to khakis in formality.
     
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    The post modernist in me was more impressed by the fact that Bruce Chatwin used them the original product.

    Two sized journals I use are practical for my specific needs.
     
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    "Sport is the opiate of the masses" Karl Marx
     
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    Score another for the Moleskin marketing team. Chatwin died almost ten years before they launched a notebook named after the nickname Chatwin gave to one if his notebooks. Appropriate I think, given Chatwin's liberal passing off of fiction as fact.

    Not withstanding, Chatwin's books are ace and Moleskin make a nice notebook.
     
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    Really? And what are your academic qualifications?

    The point is Moleskine make a 'nice' notebook, its practical and the Chinese ones I used in the 90's disappeared.
     
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