I contributed a fairly practical piece on buying good shoes to newspaper City AM a few weeks ago. Interested readers can find it here.
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“Value for money extends to American brands, such as Alden and Allen Edmonds, but less so to Italian and French shoes where a large part of what you pay for is design.”
Sorry but I am a bit surprised.. Would you say that a pair of Weston (e.g 180 loafers) isn’t a good value for money ?Thank you.Paul, Paris.
The subtitle of the article . . . “A well-made pair of Oxfords are the making of a smart, business like look” . . . contains a grammatical error. A “pair of Oxfords” is singular, not plural, and should read, therefore, “A well-made pair of Oxfords IS the making of a smart, business like look”.
Paul, that is obviously a generalisation given the space available. Weston certainly doesn’t charge for the design and finish, though prices have gone up a bit recently. I bought my Oxfords there for £360.
Anonymous, sadly I can do nothing about my sub-editors.
Enjoying the blog as always. Interesting project with G and H. Apologies for a slightly off-topic post but I was wondering if I could elicit a little advice. I am thinking of commissioning my first double breated suit (6×2). Having recently purchased you book I was interested in your possible suggestion about altering the position of the middle buttons. Given my diminutive size (5ft 7) I was thinking of having the middle buttons moved downwards and inwards in order to create more of a narrower v shaped silhouette. However this gives rise to a few questions:
1. How much to move the middle buttons.2. Do the other buttons also need to be moved(i.e. in order to maintain a constant spacing differential).3. I tend to have my single breasted coats jackets cut a little shorter. Would I need to add to the length of my jacket in this case.
Sorry for all the questions but I would really appreciate some guidance.
I think you need to talk to your tailor – I can’t give specifics on button distances, it all depends on the other proportions. But broadly, yes the other buttons will have to be moved and no I don’t think the jacket should necessarily be longer.