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It seems I'm bigger than everyone else

swanny

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I'm completely new to SF but I've been addicted to reading about every post on here for the past week, and I've realized I'm bigger than most people on here, which to my disadvantage means a lot of the shoes won't fit and most suits/sc's/trousers look completely different on me. I would love to find some other people who wear 14+sz shoes and where they tend to find them and 46L suits and what experience they've had in looking good despite the fact we're not 40R's (no offense to you guys)


Thanks alot guys and I'm still addicted to this place

Dan S.
SF Bay Area
 

mack11211

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This thread has the same title as a lot of spam I get....funny.

Anyway, most clothing for people out of the standard size range is badly styled, forcing such men to go MTM or custom.

I'm a 40R myself, but that's what I've heard
 

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Yeah its true I wear a 13 shoe and 46l i can never find a shoe that looks decent they alwways look like clown shoes. It especially pisses me off when you see a shoe you really like in a 8.5 it looks great but when they bring out the boats they look like garbage. Suits Im not a suit wearer everyday although I do own a suit store so i wear some of the private labels that i carry, never been one to spend $8000 on a suit or even $800. Not when you know how much they actually cost to make.
 

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I'm 6'4" 245lbs and said to my girlfriend over the weekend as we passed a shoe store that I'm kinda glad I wear a size 14 because it cuts out all the crappy ugly shoes that seem to be in the majority. Allen Edmonds carries bigger sizes but they have a hip new last - 0, I think - that is longer and pointy in the toe. Sure it might look cool if you wear a size 9 but it looks ridiculous on a size 14. I think I wore a 9 in sixth grade
The 8 last seems to fit pretty well and has a good look in larger sizes.

I stay away from plain toes and usually get something with a cap toe or brogueing or some other type of design on the front of the shoe to make it look shorter.

If you want to move up in the price scale, Crockett & Jones offers about five shoes in a UK13 which is equivalent to a US14. Coniston, Chiltern, Connaught, Clifford, Audley were the ones listed when I looked on their Web site a few weeks ago. Never tried them on so I don't know how they fit but I'd like to check them out sometime.

As for suits, I only have a few but some of the better stores carry 46L and some even carry 46XL. You can also try MTM which is what I did with my Hart Schaffner Marx dinner jacket and pants. Bespoke is the next step but it's pricey.

Pants are my biggest pet peeve because we're not all Tom Cruise. I went into BR a couple months ago and asked where the big boy sizes were since they were all 32/30 or something like that. Some of us actually go to the gym and do squats so we have muscular a**es and thighs. Anyway, I could go on as I'm sure you've experienced the same thing.
 

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Thanks for the advice on shoe makes, currently my entire shoe collection is limited to kenneth cole and J&M and don't ask me how but I'd never heard of Allen Edmonds, now that I take a look out there, they seem to have more styles in a 14 than anyone else, which is a real find. I agree completely on the whole "clown shoes" thing with larger size shoes, I had to forget plain toes altogether because they look absolutely ridiculous. I've yet to break down and get a MTM suit because I vary in size from summer to winter so drastically that it would only fit me half the year (guess I'm making my own excuse to buy multiples.) And thanks for the other responses, I'm really liking this forum a lot and I'm soaking up a lot of knowledge around here.
 

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Originally Posted by swanny
I'm completely new to SF but I've been addicted to reading about every post on here for the past week, and I've realized I'm bigger than most people on here, which to my disadvantage means a lot of the shoes won't fit and most suits/sc's/trousers look completely different on me. I would love to find some other people who wear 14+sz shoes and where they tend to find them and 46L suits and what experience they've had in looking good despite the fact we're not 40R's (no offense to you guys)


Thanks alot guys and I'm still addicted to this place

Dan S.
SF Bay Area


I wear a size 13 shoe and a 46L jacket.
 

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You're lucky, I'm a 16 shoe and a 44 XL suit.
 

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Shoe size isn't my issue. At 6'2 and 265 I wear a 50L that is tough to find in a decent suit. Shirts are 18.5/36.5 which is another pain in the arse.

It's a struggle for those of us that aren't the svelte 40R
 

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I carry Longs and Xlong suits in Hardwick(made in the USA) and a brand "Mantoni"(made in china wool suit) proabably one of the better made in china wools i have ever seen that are under $200. I know people on SF have very good taste and it is hardly viable brand to many, but if its not above you try them some time.

AE shoes are superior especially when it comes to the big foot problem
 

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I'm a 46R myself, although my feet aren't quite so large. You are (and I am) bigger than many of the folks on here, but that doesn't mean you can't look great and find stuff that fits. I'll speak for the clothes only, since I can't empathize with your, err, podalic endowment.

Sierra Trading Post (STP) always has a ton of Isaia suits and sportcoats in larger sizes. I have purchased a number of items from them. You should have no problem finding well-cut garments in your size there.

Check out some of the forum sponsor sites, too. As a quick check, Virtual Clothes Horse (VCH) has 3 Borelli jackets at reasonable, although not bargain basement, prices in 46L.

Remember also to check some of these sites carefully on sizing. I've gotten at least one ridiculous deal on an Isaia at STP. It lasted a really long time on their site because nobody thought it was their size - STP was listing Euro sizing on that particular item. I've noticed that some sites like VCH also don't list their sizes or organize their sites all that well, so your 46L might get filtered out if you search just on that term.

Also just troll the B&S forum. You have to keep in mind that the B&S forum is not like the mall - they don't have every size and every pattern every day. However, there are pleny of 46Ls that do come across the wire - you just have to be vigilant and check frequently. DocHolliday and Holdfast often have 46L Ralph Lauren stuff for sale. One benefit of being larger is that these items have less demand - meaning they stick around longer and are more likely to get marked down a few times. It's fine and dandy if all kinds of beautiful 38s and 40s are coming down the pike but it's worthless if you never get your hands on any of it because it sells so fast.

Good luck!
 

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I hope this isn't inappropriate to post on this thread [if it is, mods, please feel free to let me know and delete], but I have access to a bunch of Valentini trousers (cords and flannels in various colors) in 56 and 58 Eu (~39-42 or so US waist size). Prices in the $90-120 range. Feel free to PM if interested.
 

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Eh, 6'8" and 225lbs. Size 16 foot.

Shoes have always been tricky. Captoes are handy for shortening the look of the foot a little bit, but kind of a moot point when some folks can literally fit both feet in one of your shoes.

Shirts and pants, though, are a bit of a nightmare. Big and tall stores typically cater to the big or the big *and* tall... us tall folk tend to get left by the wayside a little. I can usually forget decent jeans, and even slacks are tough to find long enough (christ, I have too many pleated slacks). A shirt that fits in the shoulders, *and* has long enough sleeves? Now that I actually know a thing or two about shopping for clothes that actually fit, it's a bit harder.

Honestly though? MTM starts to look like a better and better option for the non-standard-sized folks.
 

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Allen Edmonds makes bigger sizes in some of their shoes. Also try Nordstrom Rack they carry big sizes in shoes.
 

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