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

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  1. Deapht

    Deapht Well-Known Member

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    they are high
     
  2. md2010

    md2010 Senior member

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    You mean - Coombs Shoe Service at the strand ? I have been using them for quite some times now. They are one of the best in city.
    Anyway try using them - I havn't used them. These guys over charge on their shoe care products.
    Brice's Shoe Repairs
    Shop 1, 155 Castlereagh St
     
  3. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Senior member

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    Is that who I think it is? Coombs?
     
  4. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Senior member

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    JM

    Thanks for the excellently written post. I have found it most informative.

    I really see the logic in everything you have written. I popped into Rhodes and Beckett as the boutique was on my way. The Oxford weave was quite interesting. Feeling and trying different shirts is what I will do. Herringbone I will try on next.

    Once again, thanks for the advice. I wish some of these posts could be stickied!
     
  5. md2010

    md2010 Senior member

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    3 new pairs....
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  6. California Dreamer

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    Thanks Checky. I think I'll take the advice above and drop a couple of kgs and then head in there. I've waited long enough, I reckon.
     
  7. DartagnanRed

    DartagnanRed Senior member

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    MJ Bale suits have very high gorges. The suits I have seen always seemed to have skinner lapels than the ones Jason is wearing, but it could be because he looks rather more slight/fit than I.

    I'm of the opinion that a high gorge looks good on someone with sloped shoulders like Jason, but not on shoulders which are more horizontal as it makes the shoulders look too broad on people who often already have broad shoulders.
     
  8. Binny

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    Hey guys

    Long time lurker here. Ive browsed this forum long enough and the time has come to try some (double) monks... but I'm nervous that I'll buy them and not wear them... I like how they look but Ive never really seen them worn and I'm worried that on a 20 something bloke it might look a bit strange, and I dont want people to rib me for being gay or something. I know you should do what you think is okay and not worry what ppl say but is there some practical advice about whether it might be too fashion forward amongst the general public and tradies in the street or what have you...

    How many of you guys have them and actually wear them? Anyone have some pics?
     
  9. miketcooper

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    Same here.
    1st visit, the lady at the counter, whilst still chewing her lunch, suggested that the shoe trees in my shoes (a pair of cheap but well fitting Woodlore epics) were too tight at the toe (they are not and its an expanding design) and were stretching the toes. The solution? buy one of their adjustable, one size fits all trees with a really slim heel section. When asked whether she thought the fact that the toe was not filled at all on my size 12UK shoes and the heel was being visibly streched by their shoe tree, would be a problem, she said "not at all".

    They made sure to point out a small mark in the suede next to the welt when accepting the shoes, but then returned them with a noticeable glue stain on the throat. I didn't argue but made my decision right there and then - never again.

    This might just be a one off experience, but I do wish Sullivan's were still open. That gentleman was excellent.
     
  10. lachyzee

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    1. Don't buy something you don't think you'll be comfortable wearing. Never a good idea in my opinion.

    2. You could always get a pair in black, they will be a lot more subtle. Just avoid tan etc.

    3. If you're worried about what the tradies are going to say, you're probably in the wrong place...
     
  11. tobiasj

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    I felt mildly self conscious the first time I wore my dub monks. I quickly realised no-one gave a shit.
     
  12. Gerry Nelson

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    QFT
     
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    Indeed, interestingly they seem to gain more compliments than my other shoes but I suspect it's the simpson last more than it is the presence of a couple of buckles.
     
  14. Pink Socks

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    I am weighing up my monk options at the moment. Not self conscious about wearing them, but trying to decide between black calf or brown suede.

    Black is a nice formal shoe with a twist but no sure if I could wear in any more casual situations.

    Brown suede good for suits and denim, but not sure if they would overly casual in more formal situations.

    I think I really need to decide whether I need a new pair of casual shoe or another pair for during the week. I am thinking the latter as I like the look of the Carmina suede loafer, either in the Simpson last which I saw Mr Nelson in the other day (looked great) - http://www.thearmourystore.com/shoes/carmina-simpson-10082-loafer-suede-brown or the string loafers - http://www.thearmourystore.com/shoes/carmina-uetam-80285-loafer-suede-natural

    How blessed I am that these are the issues deliberate on...
     
  15. DartagnanRed

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    Really? I have considered dub monks as well, but I definitely couldn't do black. I think black is far more noticeable and a little too investment banker wannabe. When I see guys in brown ones they can look a little like they're trying too hard, but can pull it off as the shoes still look casual enough not to look like a douche. I've never seen a guy in black dub monks, but I imagine he'd look like one of several things:

    (a) A pirate
    (b) An 80s wall st banker
    (c) Maybe, just maybe, like this guy:

    So in summary, go brown unless you satisfy (c)...
     
  16. DartagnanRed

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  17. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    I disagree. I think black monks can look great. Saw a chap in the supermarket the other day in a navy suit and black monk and, despite the lack of a pocket square, it was a good look.

    A few different possible looks from a quick internet browse.

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    That said I love brown calf and suede too.
     
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  18. elvish

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    just buy some red or green slim chinos and wear oxblood or chestnut without socks. that's what all the italians are doing (from rome north).

    member fxh is also a major fan of the sock-less, rolled up chino, too.
     
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  19. DartagnanRed

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    Not saying they can't look good, just harder to pull off. I think I was probably a bit harsh as in my mind I can see thousands of young pasty white guys or spiked hair asian dudes in black skinny suits wearing garish black dub monks. Terrifying.
     
  20. Romp

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    i personally dont like monks because i dont like how the buckle is attached via elastic and moves and hence doesnt feel snug on my feet so i offloaded my dubs.

    that said i reckon black suede will look pimp in a single monk ...

    otherwise if u get brown they look far better when they've had the shit kicked out of them...

    ive seen guys wearing brand new dub monks top two buckles undone and way too try-hard.

    Self-consciousness always happens when you are evolving a style or trying something new. if you are going from sneakers and t-shirts to dubmonks and ocbd's then its going to be an obvious statement and will invite comments from those who know you well. So you have two options - ditch old wardrobe and start fresh, take all the comments up front and move on. Or 2) gradually ease pieces in here and there that can slowly evolve your wardrobe and than after 6-12 months hopefully you have accomplished the same task. Dont worry about random tradies etc (unless you are a tradie inwhich case I recommend a pair of steel cap boots) as they dont know who you are or how you use to dress. As long as you seem comfortable in your clothes, noone will question

    when you have stepped up to the dubmonks ive got a pair of bright green pants you can wear with them:)

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