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

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  1. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    Good $250 shoes are more than serviceable and can last you a long time so you have no need to justify anything. I have a pair of Herring for $150, Bexley's $150, Cheaneys $200 and Borrellis for $280 and none of them have died on me yet. The only pair of shoes that really died on me were a pair of those Apostles I got from Myer for $60.

    With purchasing shoes, I say you can just go back online and buy shoes in the same lasts, just half size up or down depending on how you feel about your current shoes. Half sizes don't make so much difference that it can make them unwearable if your current shoes are slightly big or small.
     
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    I used him for a few things while back. There was nothing wrong with the work but the prices were more expensive than Katrinas. This was a few years ago though.

    I asked a few pages back whether anyone knew of any cheap barbers in the CBD. Found two today within 50m of each other: Ab's and Ossie both on Flinders Lane near Market st. Anyone been to either of them? Both are 15$ for a clippers cut/20$ for a haircut I believe. I was also recommended Vince and Dom on Bourke st but I haven't had a look yet.
     


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    On haircuts, I look young for my age, and usually go to the Korean places, but always walk out looking like a schoolboy.

    Any good honest barber recommendation from Sydney folks?
     
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    Jimbosaurus Senior member

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    Thanks, Katrina's is the other place I've been meaning to check out.

    In shoe news I had a look at Carmina's online store and they have added a lot more styles. Sizes are limited in some but the pirces are pretty great. The cheaper models (basic oxfords and the like) are available for about $400 including shipping. $500 for boots and shell models can be had for under $600.

    They also seem to have updated their checkout process so that it's easier for international purchases.
     


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    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    I checked out the online store and it's way better than it used to be. I was looking at plain toe bluchers and this one caught my eye - anyone else feel like some doughnuts? D'oh!
     


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    I've always liked the look of the 3-eyelet simpson last bluchers that the armoury has offered. I think it looks just as good in suede.


    I've mainly been tempted by the single monk, burgundy boot(dangerously burgundy) and the suede boot
     


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    This does not bode well for the wallet...
     


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    ^ agreed ... prospects for the wallet do not look good

    hands down best shoe on the site
     


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    Jimbosaurus Senior member

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    Colour is fantastic. I'd struggle to resist a boot in that leather.
     


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    Yes, beautiful one piece, nothing comes near it right now. Saw something very similar in Harrolds couple of weeks ago in the Brioni cave!!
     


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    Great. Another item joins the long list of 'gee, I wish...'
     


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    Gents, I'd like to get your thoughts on what you all consider to be excellent customer service.

    This need not be restricted to the world of menswear, but I'd just like to get a feel for what everyone thinks constitutes it and to see if a consensus emerges as to what it is.

    :)
     


  14. The Ernesto

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    Say hello and smile when people walk into your store.
    Know your product.
    Offer advice without being pushy.
    Don't gush.
    Go the extra mile to find a size, colour.
    Never, ever, ever say 'that looks good on you'.
    If I ask for a 7, don't tell me you have it in a 9.
     


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    As others will point out trying on shoes in small shops and then buying online isn't encouraged here. (None of us have much compunction about doing it in DJs or Myers as we all figure we have paid for the privilege through the nose over the years anyway and both treat customers like a bogan at the opera) {plus I reckon on my own I've paid over the odds for enough stuff at both places in the past to allow for a few blow ins from Adelaide to use them too} In addition the shops are very in tune with that going on and will suss you before you can say "Excuse me ". Sometimes they'll even go so far as to say "Don't touch" if they think you are a online buyer.

    Last I looked at DJs in the CBD they had very few Loakes etc. McClouds have a lot, so does Beggar Man Thief in Clarendon St, South Melb. Both small shops.

    If you are a student starting from scratch I don't think I'd suggest starting with a black cap toe. Sure its a basic conservative staple. Its often paid homage to more in theory than practice. But if you are young or just starting out you don't really want a theoretical conservative staple - you want a versatile shoe that wont look out of place with a suit or a pair of jeans and chinos - and one which will wear well (and stand scrutiny by any passing iGentts you might encounter in Rundle Mall). If you asked me I'd be suggesting for your first basic "real" shoe you get a dark brown/ leaf brown half brogue. Or a dark mahogany.

    If you are young don't try and dress like an old man (or a footballer.)

    Adelaide is interesting - there is lots of old money around and strong connections with UK. I found the second hand shops and opshops had a few nice items - tweed coats, english shoes etc. Theres an opshop run by the Anglicans near the church just on the edge of CBD and a second hand shop with a bit of "vintage" clothes shoes etc on Prospect Road just not far from RMs at Percy Street. I thought you could do worse than some of RMs new business shoes if you were so inclined. Which brings up the point - why not think of one good pair of RMs boots that could function in all kinds of wear? And you''ll be able to get the size right , plus you know they'll wear very well, and can be repaired and are iGentt approved. Check out their seconds shop in Salisbury.

    You say you haven't had a lot of luck with online shoes - what sort of shoes and sizes did you buy and what exactly is the problem as you see it?
     
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