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Epaulet x Carmina MTO

Discussion in 'Preorders, Group Made-to-order, trunk shows, and o' started by NAMOR, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    Snakey and Ruby.
    Wifey reaction: "those are awesome" between fits of laughter.
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    Wifey reaction.
    Wifey: Those are nice. What's so special about them.
    Me: They're shell. *Ruby* shell.
    Wifey: So you killed another horse.
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  2. diglett

    diglett Senior member

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    That last comment had me laughing out loud; give my regards to the wife! And lovely fit pics, too; I love the slightly pinkish hue of the ruby in your photo, and those pythons are simply juicy.
     
  3. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    love it
     
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    amazing. also love the brass speedhooks on the Steinbeck
     
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  5. Papa Doble

    Papa Doble Senior member

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    How does a man get to the point where he can confidently wear shoes like this? Don't get me wrong -- the shoes are incredible, and I admire anyone who can wear them without being self conscious. I just know I couldn't, but I'm curious to hear zippyh and others' thoughts.
     
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    I really don't understand why it's so difficult to 'pull' them off? It's not like you're wearing a leather skirt or anything. The most important thing a man can wear is confidence.

    Zippy: I'm truly jealous of your Ruby Shell. I hope Mike does another run of Ruby Shell shoes...me want.
     
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    i would get so much shit for wearing those colored pythons at work. such is the life of a tax consultant :(

    maybe if i took an offer with that start-up..

    z, fit looks spot on those pythons
     
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  8. diglett

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    I don't have my ruby brogues (yet...they come tomorrow), but my first big step out of what's "normal" was probably my double monks from Epaulet. Wearing them was kind of weird the first time, because they were my only my second pair of nice leather shoes, and they were a bit "out there."

    My friends gave me shit for them for a little while, but I felt nothing but love for the shoes after my first time wearing them, and my friends soon clammed up; some of them now even compliment the same monks at which they used to laugh. Now putting on monks (and I'm sure those ruby brogues, or the ruby bal boots in a few months) is fun, because being different is fun. Loads of people think that classically-inclined menswear has to be boring, and it's exciting to know that people look at you and think, "He looks good...but I have no idea what he's wearing."

    And that, friends, is why I'm definitely hopping on a python re-run, if it ever comes about [​IMG]
     
  9. Papa Doble

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    That's interesting, because while I was self conscious at first wearing brogues or tassel loafers (I used to, but now prefer pennies), I've never actually been criticized for wearing them. Then again, most people have seen those styles before, but I've only seen monks a few times in the wild.

    I agree that it's natural to become more confident after wearing a new style for a while, and more confident to try other styles -- but where does one go after conquering python brogues? :)
     
  10. zippyh

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    Same here only replace tax consultant with engineer.

    Oddly enough, the footwear that has gotten the most comments here has been when I wore some Alden chukkas.
    There was a big discussion on whether they're shoes or boots. One guy was insisting they were "hybrid shoes".
    This is the guy who has been wearing boat shoes with white Thorlo socks every day for the past few years.

    TBH, I have no idea when I'm going to wear the pythons.
     
  11. Papa Doble

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    In moments like this, do you just let them talk and act like you are no more knowledgable than them, or do you educate them?
     
  12. zippyh

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    Well, I have to admit I give as much shit to the thorlo guy as he gives to me.

    For reasons that are unclear to me, we have developed a game of "shoe or boot".
    Thorlo guy and another guy will guess shoe or boot before I sit down and reveal.
    I think this came from a time when thorlo guy noticed I was wearing wingtip boots.
    It kind of blew his mind that such a thing exists.
    That's why there was so much discussion on whether a chukka is a shoe or boot.
     
  13. diglett

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    The criticism is probably due to the fact that I'm in college, so my friends are mostly goofball 20ish year old kids who are scared to wear anything besides jeans.

    As for conquering something a bit more wild, just rock it. How many men do you know who would even consider buying a pair of shoes like that? Hell, how many men do you know who are even aware that such shoes can be made? Just being an active member of a site like SF has put you ahead of the game, so own it and be proud of it. Instead of being antsy and worrying about not pulling off crazy shoes, wear the hell out of them and enjoy the snickers from your coworkers, knowing that, deep down within themselves, all those men are thinking "I wish I had the balls to wear something like that," regardless of them liking or disliking the actual shoes.

    And don't think about the new piece while you're wearing it for the first few times; if it's obvious that you're uncomfortable because your shoes are made of python, nobody will respect you for wearing them.
     
  14. Papa Doble

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    This is great.
     
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    This kind of goes with the saying that a man should appear as though he put some thought into the way he dressed that morning, and then completely forgot about it for the rest of the day. I think the forgot about it part usually means he's not constantly checking himself to make sure all the little details are perfect (and is instead focusing on the people he's with, and so on), but in this case, could also mean that he has the confidence to wear what he chose, and is not playing a mental game of doubting himself.

    I'd be curious to hear how you guys handle any negative comments about the way you dress.
     
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    Extending this topic, I am in the group who would be harassed if I wore python shoes to work.

    So I'm curious...where/when do you guys intend to wear these shoes? Unless you're a fashion designer, ad agency guy (at a "forward" agency), or may a club promoter, I don't see where/when anyone would wear these python austerity brogues.

    Anybody car to share their plans?
     
  17. diglett

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    Yup, I think the original quote is "A man should look as if he dressed himself carefully, and then forgot all about it." If you're being finicky in your outfit, however nice it is, others will notice your discomfort.

    As for the negative comments, I rarely even justify them with a verbal response. It's quite clear to my friends and peers that I spend more money on, and know/care more about, clothing and the like. Every time I wear something that they don't understand, I'm met with sassy comments about how silly I look, which are quickly put to a stop with rarely more than a raised eyebrow and an expression of "Oh, please tell me more about how I should dress."

    The most unfortunate part about caring for clothing at a college age is that lots of people of both genders presume that I'm gay, largely because I'm not wearing the baggy t-shirt and sneakers uniform that currently plagues our campuses. But even that's an issue that's resolved quickly within conversation.
    If a rerun is offered and I can pick up a pair, I'll simply wear them with trousers to my classes. It seems like you've stereotyped the shoes as only being suitable for somewhat sleazy guys, and I think that's a mistake; they're definitely crazy, but they're still beautiful shoes.
     
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    I get what you're saying. I'm not wearing my pythons to church. Most members "won't get it"
    I'm a teacher and plan on wearing them to work and almost any other place I go.
     
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    And this is one of the (increasingly) few things I love about my job...I would totally rock these at work, and at this point in my career, most of the people I work with just roll their eyes anyway. I love being able to rock out with my clothes on a daily basis.
     
  20. diglett

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    Having a reputation definitely helps. If you've built up some craziness over time, it's easier to "get away with" new things, because your colleagues know what to expect.
     
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