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Shoe and monk suggestions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by zeni, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. zeni

    zeni Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys. Long time lurker, first time poster. I was hoping you guys could help me out with some shoe suggestions. Every time I have a dressier event lined up (well, dressy as it gets at university) I'm SOL with shoes. Additionally, I'd like to switch off my sneaks sometimes when I'm wearing my denim. So, I did a few searches and I really like these monkstraps, and I think they'd be perfect for the dress up/dress down angle -

    http://www.ctshirts.co.uk/productMSB...&level3=Casual

    However, there is one caveat. The price. If you recall, I'm at university, and my budget reflects that. I'm not set in stone on the monkstrap, I just felt it would be good for wear with jeans/khakis/sports coats/etc. Versatile, in other words. That's the main concern. Well, that and a bit cheaper than those CT monks. Any suggestions, CT-sale or otherwise, for what I'm after? Cheaper but still fairly well made? Much appreciated gents.
     
  2. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Here you are. Same shoes, half price. Don't get caught up in that they are seconds. It means next to nothing. The shoes might have a tiny imperfection on the sole or something. If you are in the US, they will take off the VAT tax.
     
  3. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Get the classic suede monkstraps--they'll work for any university function.
     
  4. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Here you are. Same shoes, half price. Don't get caught up in that they are seconds. It means next to nothing. The shoes might have a tiny imperfection on the sole or something. If you are in the US, they will take off the VAT tax.

    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/ ?
     
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    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    zeni Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link, I wish the ones in my size were 65 pounds though. With shipping, a 10.5 would be around 110 pounds, vs. 122 new at CT. I don't suppose they run freakishly large? [​IMG] edit - ignore that, I was looking at the non-seconds pair. I've read a UK 10.5 = a US 11? The nearest sizes I see are the UK9.5 linked above, and a pair of 11s. Unless they run oddly those sizes sound either a bit too small or a bit too big. Also, 'seconds' merely implies an imperfection in the sole or the material? Here in the US I am accustomed to thinking of seconds as fitting oddly. Thanks for the info
     
  7. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for the link, I wish the ones in my size were 65 pounds though. With shipping, a 10.5 would be around 110 pounds, vs. 122 new at CT. I don't suppose they run freakishly large? [​IMG]

    If you are a 10.5 US, I would take a 9.5UK. They ahve pretty much all sizes on Herrings. Keep in mind that The 65 pound price has about 10 pounds of VAT that would be taken out if you are in the states. If you are in UK, the shoes shipped would be about 75 pounds. If you are in the US, the shoes are 78 pounds shipped. Big diference from the Tyrwhitt price. Each additional shoe gets shipped for only 5 pounds so two pairs of 65 pound shoes would be 138 pounds shipped to the US.
     
  8. zeni

    zeni Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that 78 pounds is awfully appealing. A 9.5UK wouldn't be on the small side? Unfortunately I've never dealt with UK-sizing before.
     
  9. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, that 78 pounds is awfully appealing. A 9.5UK wouldn't be on the small side? Unfortunately I've never dealt with UK-sizing before.

    If you like your feet to be somewhat loose in the shoe, go with the 10UK. I would also go with the 10 if your feet were wider than normal. If you are a regular 10.5, the 9.5UK will fit you fine, if not, I'll buy them from you at your cost [​IMG]
     
  10. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

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    VCH: do you ship overseas?

    If so, there are usually some great deals on monks through him.

    virtualclotheshorse.com

    I applaud you on your good taste at such a young age; monks rule.

    Edit: I'm not seeing anything in your size, unless you can fit into these (I have a pair and they are beautiful):
    http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com/i...id=81083253317
     
  11. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    VCH: do you ship overseas?

    If so, there are usually some great deals on monks through him.

    virtualclotheshorse.com

    I applaud you on your good taste at such a young age; monks rule.

    Edit: I'm not seeing anything in your size, unless you can fit into these (I have a pair and they are beautiful):
    http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com/i...id=81083253317


    Mr. Checks, great minds think alike. Lance has those and a pair of Mantellassi chukkas on hold for me. I figured those would be awesom as they are made by Borgioli and the Borgioil's that I had were real, real nice.
     
  12. zeni

    zeni Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Mr. Checks. Going against the frat-boy-aesthetic can be harsh, but I get a good deal of complements as well.

    I might take my chances with the 9.5, but I've got to assess the damage after buying books for school. Still very much open to suggestions.
     

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