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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. AJL

    AJL Senior member

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    I like suede year round, doesn't matter to me ( though I always thought the "rules" indicated they were more s/s appropriate).

    True story: I arrived home from a trip one snowy winter night and found I'd misplaced my keys, and no one else home. I knew I had left 2nd flr rear window unlocked, so I trudged through 1' of snow in my C&J chukkas ( no choice) to the far reaches of the back yard, grabbed an extension ladder, trudged back, put it up on house and "broke in" (kinda gives one a little insight as to how someone can break into your house and noone notices...24' ext. ladder propped up to 2nd flr window at night, in view of at least 3 neighbors, albeit well-spaced between houses, someone climbs up it, opens a window and enters dwelling...really?)

    I digress, the real point of the story was I assumed chukkas would be croaked, or at least somewhat compromised after being submerged in all that snow-- double lot in back so quite a bit of distance to get to ladder and then back. Once inside, I took the shoes off, hand dried them and let them sit. Next day, they were dry with no indication of previous night's activities. I was pleasantly surprised.

    Granted, this may not be the equivalent of trudging through city streets all day in slush, or what have you. Nonetheless I thought it provided a pretty good illustration that suede is tougher than one might think ( than I thought anyway). For the record, the chukkas have a dainite sole.
     


  2. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    Congratulations, Erik. Good luck with your business!
     


  3. Jamesgatz

    Jamesgatz Senior member

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    Congratulations, E. Just in time for the tweed season.
     


  4. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    a) If you guys wonder why I never show my feet in pictures, it's because I lost them in a gemming explosion. I hobble around on nubs.

    b) I see no problem with suede in S/S, but it definitely feels like more of a F/W shoe.

    c) my shit has arrived from Korea

    d) congratulations EFV!
     


  5. europrep

    europrep Senior member

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    Suede year round. Great winter material with a little Nano spray. Clean-up with ease. Probably the materials you have to baby the least. Snuff, light gray, and blue/navy suedes all look good in the S/S IMO. My gray suede car shoes get a lot of love in the summer - I wore them to a casual dinner the other night. Pic below.

    I think loafers look great with a casual or business casual outfit. I have a strong dislike for lace-up shoes worn with either of those outfits. They should be reserved for suits.

    [​IMG]

    Edit: no need for comments about my phone in my pocket. I already know you folks frown upon it.

    Edit 2: Congrats Erik!!
     
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  6. NickInTO

    NickInTO Senior member

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    I just asked this in the official shoe care thread, but figured I'd ask here too since suede is being discussed. I just ordered my first pair of suede shoes from the J. Fitzpatrick sample sale (I hope these ticking time bombs don't cost me my feet, like Claghorn, but it's a risk I'm willing to take).

    Is Nanoprotector the way to go in terms of a suede protector? Any other pre-wear care recommendations?
     


  7. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Congratulations Erik, if luck be needed may you have a house full :slayer:
     


  8. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    Best of luck to you @EFV
     


  9. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    I once got caught in a deluge riding a motorbike while wearing my Carmina shell jumper boots. (Yes, I am indeed stupid.)

    Anyway, the boots were so wet by the time I got home, I was squelching. I slowly and painstakingly dried them out over a period of about 48 hours, then gave them a good lick of Renovateur, a once-over with a deerbone and finally some specialist shell-optimised polish. They've never looked better.

    It's amazing how well-made footwear can bounce back after rough handling.
     


  10. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    ^ what he said!
     


  11. Mr Knightley

    Mr Knightley Senior member

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    Best of luck EFV.

    I am going to Hong Kong later this week (first visit) and have been looking at the thread on HK tailors. I wondered if any of you gentlemen have any advice on shopping more generally there? Thanks.
     


  12. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    Best of luck Erik! The brown coat looks amazing! How much is it in US dollars?
     


  13. lukejackson

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    Everyone will hate this but i saw a black suit recently that i liled by Patrick johnson tailors.....in linen!
     


  14. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    The shoreline SB is about $500.
     


  15. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    Not bad at all!
     


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