Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Harrydog, Mar 11, 2012.
My grail shoe. Bar none. Gorgeous
Thanks gents. Just my luck I got caught in the 5 minutes of drizzle in Southern California today while wearing these guys. A little deer bone, Saphir Renovateur, and elbow grease with a horsehair brush and they're looking back to normal.
I've got a serious case of EG lust for the Walcot oxford in Dark Oak antique on the 808 last. Can't seem to find it anywhere but am on a major hunt. If anyone has any leads, I'd be grateful.
For those of you with suede shoes, what is your shoe care routine? Do you:
- brush it after every wear (ala calf)?
- what kind of brush is best (crepe, natural bristle or brass)?
- use a cleaning product such as Saphir Omni-Nettoyant suede cleaner? If so how often? For comparison I uses renovateur on calf uppers ~*2/yr
I have stayed away from suede since I've found that it tends to stain easily (Gucci and Tod's) but would consider adding a pair of EG or GGs in suede for variety.
Saphir makes a water/stain-repellent sort of like Scotch-Guard. Make sure the shoes are clean -- by using the Saphir shampoo, if necessary-- and then go outside to apply the other stuff. (Let it air out for a while-- it smells pretty foul.)
One of the benefits of suede is its low care requirements. It is more similar to shell that way. I don't brush my suede shoes after every wear, that's too much. Others may but I certainly don't. When I get a new pair of suede shoes I brush to raise the nap, spray with Saphir Suede Conditioner, let dry, lightly brush to raise the nap, then spray with Saphir Invulner and let dry. Then I brush to raise the nap and wear frequently. If they get particularly dirty or the nap looks too flattened out I'll lightly brush, but not super frequently. If I've worn them a lot I'll reapply Saphir Invulner to help protect them. If they are REALLY dirty I'll shampoo with the Saphir product, let dry, and do the new-shoe routine I mentioned above. One of the benefits of quality suede is its resilience. Don't baby them too much.
Return from a rather arduous day at the local EG trunk show, 3 whiskies and only 2 pairs commissioned... I'm growing up!
^Whimsical commission from a TS i attended in the U-states-A years ago, thought fit for the occasion!
Deciding between a pair of Dovers in Mushroom Suede, Snuff Suede or Redwood Calf. I already have Rosewood CC Dovers (and enough shoes to last me a life time), so versatility isn't key here, but I prefer a more summer-ish color.
I really like the Redwood (which I have). Could see the Snuff also.
Mushroom for summer. Snuff is more of a fall color IMO. Redwood is surprisingly the most versatile, 3/4 season color for my wardrobe.
Mushroom should mate perfectly with khakis.
I'd also thought that it would be fun to use grey suede to re-create Hush Puppies.
Hi everyone. I am on a mission to pick up a pair of Doak EG Dovers in the 606 last for my birthday next month.
I stopped by to get fitted a few weeks ago when I was in London on vacation, and tried on both 8UK and 8.5UK. The 8.5UK was recommended to me based off of a quick measuring of my foot on some wooden device, but they felt a little voluminous to me, and to be honest, the salesman did not seem very interested in providing me with a good fit (which was completely the opposite experience from my visit to C&J where they were most helpful). I would really like to try some D width sizes to see if they fit any better. For reference, My brannock size is 9-9.5 in between C & D widths (see picture) and here is a list of sizes in other brands/lasts.
What is the best place in the U.S. for me to try on different sizes/widths to ensure I get a proper fit? I live in Kansas, so there is no place near me, but I am willing to mail order a few sizes, or fly somewhere if needed. I just want to make sure my entry into EG is done right from the beginning.
Thanks for any advice!
If you are between a 9-9.5 on the Brannock, then I would trust the sales associates recommendation of the UK8.5. That style will always have more volume than an oxford so that is to be expected. You dont want to go short on length of the shoe and I think between an 8/8.5 there isnt a significant difference from initial try on, but wearing them in hour 5 and beyond you will be happier with the additional comfort. Just my experience.
Thanks Justin, I agree with you! My concern is that there were no width measurements taken at all, nor did he even feel how the shoe fit on my foot. Let's just say I didn't come away with confidence that the salesman put much real effort into trying to help me find the right size. What I would really like to try is an 8.5D UK or even a 9D UK size, but that seems to be difficult to find. I certainly don't want to overthink things, but at the same time I would like to be confident that I have the best size for my foot.
I have called Axel's in Vail and they said they are not planning to restock their Dovers (which as I understand are D width). He said they could order them, but nothing I could try on.
I just noticed that Sid Mashburn apparently sells D width Dovers, and offers free returns. Maybe I will just order a couple of sizes and try them on my carpet to have some real time to evaluate.
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