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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    I have 12 pairs of shoes. During the week I rotate my 4 black cap toes, and black loafers on Friday's. During the weekend I usually wear one of my two pairs of suede loafers, or one of my two pairs of boots if it's bad weather.

    That means 9 pairs get worn regularly, and the other 3 are worn maybe once a month. The only shoes I'd still buy are a pair of burgundy shell long wings for weekend wear and black bal boots for when it's bad weather during the weekdays.

    Being limited to wearing black cap toes only during the work week really limits the amount of shoes you can wear, and consequently can buy. I suppose it's a good thing.
     
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  2. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Thanks! Those are the first pair of high end shoes I ever bought. G&G Westminsters on the MH71 in Vintage Oak, from Bespoke England. The 71s are much more "normcore" than the 73s or the 70s. I have 3 pairs on the 71, 2 on the 73, one on the 70 (probably going to sell those), and one on the 06.
     
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  3. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I'm on the same page. I'm at 13 pairs of shoes and boots with no real need to add anything else. Sleeker lasts for my cap toes (Carmina Inca and Rain) to go with suits, more rounded lasts for everything else. Even one pair of shell loafers for wearing with jeans in the spring and summer. I would love to get a pair of tobacco suede chukkas in a round last, but have not because I recognize I won't really have the occasions to wear them right now.

    I'm starting to think the Carminas you returned are a tough fit for many. The Rain last is already fairly wide, but the suede stretches ridiculously easy and the sole is fairly thick, which leaves me using tongue pads and still gettting some heel slip. I love the shoes, but they are my worst fitting Carminas.
     


  4. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    :) for dame page :( for ill fitting lasts.

    After some quick research I quite like the 82 last as well.
     


  5. Rahat

    Rahat New Member

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    Mostly I wear black shoe. It suits me perfect with black court.
     
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  6. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Those Westministers are definite keepers. I love those shoes.
     


  7. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    <3

    ZOMG me too !

    But I dont wear them nearly enough. For shame.
     


  8. jaywhyy

    jaywhyy Senior member

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    Just pedantics FYI..chiseled =/= square.

    StC Riva last, for example, is a chiseled round toe. Both below are Riva last; chisel rerfers to the chisel-like sloping of the toebox in the side view.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    G&G TG73 is an example of square chiseled.
    G&G MH71 is soft-square chiseled.
     
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  9. mdancel

    mdancel Senior member

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    How about some pics of the shoe collections just like we had with the shirt collections? That was some good learning!

    Also, would anybody be willing to share some specific recommendations for your first 2 pairs of shoes for CBD? Around the $300 - $350 price range if that is doable.
     


  10. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Easy....black and brown captoe oxfords. With the current exchange rates, you can get great deals on Carmina from the likes of Skoak and even direct through Carmina's web store.

    I can snap a shot of one of my shoe racks later.
     
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  11. jfrater

    jfrater Senior member

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    Seeing as we are talking about shoes, here's another new pair that arrived yesterday afternoon that I haven't included in the original photos:

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    They are Bontoni.
     


  12. jfrater

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    Bespoke-Engljand has a 35% off discount on all shoes right now incidentally.
     


  13. yanagi

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    I really want to buy a pair of Edward Green or Gaziano & Girling from Skoak, but I gotta discipline myself: job first, splurge second.
     


  14. SeaJen

    SeaJen Senior member

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    Jfrat, your koppage level is through the roof. Did you just win lottery? (Rhetorical, it`s your business and I'm just jealous)
     
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  15. jfrater

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    Haha no - it is a personality disorder I think - when I get interested in something I become very obsessed with perfecting my knowledge of that thing. With menswear it means buying stuff to learn :)

    You should see my bathroom cupboards after my foray into gentlemen's grooming products and my house is full of taxidermy from my interest in dead animals.
     


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