25
Jan
clamorist:

Brown calf & suede correspondent shoes at Charles Tyrwhitt

I’m seriously considering getting a pair of spectator shoes for summer. I can’t decide if these are more or less obnoxious than if they were done with white instead of suede.

clamorist:

Brown calf & suede correspondent shoes at Charles Tyrwhitt

I’m seriously considering getting a pair of spectator shoes for summer. I can’t decide if these are more or less obnoxious than if they were done with white instead of suede.

04
Jul
It’s on sale: Charles Tyrwhitt blazers — Yes, I know that Charles Tyrwhitt stuff is constantly “on sale”, but they’re having an extra 10% off when you spend $70 or more right now, making this unstructured cotton blazer made of blue bengal striped shirting fabric $179.10. You could easily wear this with denim, navy or khaki chinos or natural linen trousers. Or F-U trousers. Check out the rest of their sport coats and blazers, too. 

It’s on sale: Charles Tyrwhitt blazers — Yes, I know that Charles Tyrwhitt stuff is constantly “on sale”, but they’re having an extra 10% off when you spend $70 or more right now, making this unstructured cotton blazer made of blue bengal striped shirting fabric $179.10. You could easily wear this with denim, navy or khaki chinos or natural linen trousers. Or F-U trousers. Check out the rest of their sport coats and blazers, too. 

13
Oct

I recently purchased the Charles Tyrwhitt but I have not put them through rain yet. Does the leather repel a bit of rain water or should I apply sno-seal?

- Asked by Anonymous

That’s kind of up to you. I haven’t put them through a downpour yet.

I traditionally haven’t tried to “waterproof” my boots and my commute is relatively short so it’s not often a problem.

While not waterproof, they do tend to deal with rain well enough. I wouldn’t say it’s “repellent” though.

11
Oct

Review: Charles Tyrwhitt military captoe boots

Back in July, I bought these military captoe boots from Charles Tyrwhitt on super deep discount ($160), but hadn’t really gotten a chance to break them in and use them enough to feel comfortable reviewing them.

After a series of rainy days a couple of weeks back, I used them quite often and I’d say they’re definitely getting the job done and for the price I have no regrets about the purchase.

The facts on these boots are pretty straightforward: Goodyear welt, Dainite rubber soles, pebble full-grain leather and made in England. Finding shoes for $160 that fit that description isn’t usually easy to do, let alone a pair of boots.

In terms of comfort, it did take quite a few wears to fully break them in. The first time I tried lacing them up all the way to the top and tied them tight around my ankles. Well, my ankles could not bend at all which made walking painful and pretty much impossible. So, I loosened up my lacing at the top and now over time the leather’s broken in to allow for tighter lacing.

The walnut color is definitely a favorite of mine at the moment (currently own five shoes in that color), but the currently available pair is in a much darker brown. It depends on your preference, obviously, but I think either works well with most trousers and jeans.

I have noticed that over time the pebble grain has smoothed a bit along the toes. I’m not sure what this means in terms of the quality of the leather, but it’s something you should know. Also, I’ve yet to give these a polish and see how it reacts with some conditioner, but the leather from the beginning did feel quite stiff and now has begun to wear much easier.

Initially, I’d recommend some slightly thicker socks. I did wear some cotton socks, wool socks and some thick socks with them at various times, and can definitely say thick socks felt better. I have some mildly skinnier feet than the traditional medium “D” widths, but not quite enough to be a “C”, so thicker socks helped in the first few wears before it was broken in. Now, it’s gotten easy enough to wear with thinner socks, but there’s certainly room in the boot for thick wool socks come winter.

My primary reason for purchasing these boots was to deal with the slicker surfaces. They’ve held up well enough in rain and I imagine they’ll do well enough in the winter on ice. While I wouldn’t call them “rugged” in comparison to a pair of L.L.Bean boots, they’re probably going to be just fine for a mild snow, which is fine for my work commute.

In terms of pricing, obviously $160 is a good deal, but right now they’re selling for £179, which is about $280. Sub-$300, I think they’re a pretty good deal, but Charles Tyrwhitt does have a history of reducing prices throughout the season. Frankly, it’s up to you and how badly you need a pair — or if you want to take your chances and see if they have your size once they start hitting clearance prices. Just remember to buy from the U.K. site — not the U.S. site — because the prices are cheaper. Also, you should use the U.K. site and size down a full size from your U.S. size to get the U.K. size that fits. I’m a 10.5D US and got a 9.5F UK. For some dumb reason, their size charts only tell you to size down a half size, which to me seems way off.

For comparison’s sake, I stopped yesterday into the Allen Edmonds store located in downtown Chicago to see how the two’s boots compared. The AEs seemed to have a mildly better leather quality just based on my limited touch and handling of them. I wasn’t so much a fan of the lug sole on the Bayfield boot in comparison to the Dainite sole on the CTs — the profile just seemed off and too rugged.

Bottom line: Definitely get a pair if you can wait until they’re on sale. What price you think they’re worth is going to be fairly subjective, but I’d probably pay upward of $250 for these — especially if you’re looking for a Dainite sole over a leather sole.

+++

badscene replied:

What are your thoughts on the toe-box? It looks a little squared off in the picture.

From above, they don’t strike me as squared off, nor do they feel that way when I wear them.

04
Oct

Long time fan my friend, I may have to drive up to Chicago for a meetup just to meet you fancy #menswear Godfathers. Anyway, I'm wondering about wingtip price points. I fully understand, embrace, and endorse the common #menswear practice of buying quality that will last long... however I must live within my means at the time being (20 year old university student). Can you recommend any wingtips around $75-125? If there are none worth the buy, I understand that too. Appreciate your time!

- Asked by bbgahman

If you ever drive up, I’m sure we’d all be more than happy to welcome you.

As for finding cheap — yet good — wingtips, I’m going to suggest you follow this link to eBay and search for a pair of Allen Edmonds in your size and snipe bids like SEAL Team 6. Just narrow the search filter by size and do a sort by “newly listed” and go back through the entirety of search results. Once a day check back on the same search string and you’ll see all the new pairs that were just listed.

You might find a few pairs to add to your watch list (or maybe that you can buy instantly). Just be sure to check that the soles aren’t too terribly worn out. I’ve bought barely worn Allen Edmonds on there for around $50 before. You just have to babysit on the final seconds of the bid and strike. Takes time and patience, but that’s where you’ll probably find your best deals.

Now, if you want to go brand new and not sit around, then that’s a bit harder. Bump your price range up to $150 and get over to Charles Tyrwhitt. Make sure when prompted you stay on the U.K. site, as the American site has higher prices. All the prices will be in GBP, but when you do the conversions to USD, the prices are actually cheaper than the same item’s counterpart on the U.S. site (yeah, I don’t know either, but they still ship to the U.S. on the U.K. site).

Right now there’s a few choices for 99 GBP ($153.03). You’ve got a merlot longwing with a Dainite sole and brown captoe brogue. There’s a few other similarly priced options, too, worth looking at.

For sizing, take your U.S. shoe size and subtract 1 (ie: US 10.5 is a UK 9.5). If you’re a wide foot, then use the “G” fitting. Please don’t pay attention to CT’s size conversion chart as they don’t tell you to subtract a full size from the U.S. size to get the U.K. equivalent — they tell you to only subtract 0.5 of a size. (This is another reason to NOT use the U.S. site, as they’ll send you the wrong-sized shoe.)

CT’s got free shipping right now, so that’ll also save you money, too. I’ve got one of their boots (review tomorrow) and like it a lot. Their shoes are Goodyear welted and made of full-grain calf. At $150, I think they’re a really good deal.

29
Sep

Rainwear: What I wear to stay somewhat dry

One of the priorities I set for myself recently over the summer was to get my rainwear squared away. Slowly, I picked up each piece and finally consider that part of my wardrobe complete.

The obvious first step was a coat. I don’t think it particularly matters if you have a trench or “mack” overcoat, but keeping your chest and the upper half of your legs dry is pretty necessary on days when rain decides to be horizontal. I have two raincoats — a the blue trench you see above and another tan “mack”-styled one — that I actually bought dirt cheap at thrift stores. Both are vintage London Fog and from what I’ve read they’re from the era when production was still in the United States and the quality still quite good. You see a ton of these in thrift stores, so they’re not terribly hard to find if you search long enough.

Next up was footwear. I have a pair of L.L.Bean Boots, which are great, but they’re not very dressy. I found dieworkwear’s “rainy-day shoes” article helpful in finding an option within my budget. I got a pair of SWIMS overshoes during the spring Friends & Family sale at Brooks Brothers, knocking down the price from $100 to $75 for days when the rain was lighter. For heavier days, I picked up a pair of Charles Tyrwhitt military captoe boots on deep clearance, which feature Dainite soles. Both have worked out pretty well.

Finally, came the last piece: the umbrella. Again, dieworkwear’s article on umbrellas guided my decision on finding a quality one. I’d considered getting a plaid umbrella from Brooks Brothers, but after handing them in person, I thought it might be a better option to consider saving up for one with a solid-stick handle and shaft. For a while, I was planning on going with one of Howard Yount’s umbrellas, which had some great canopy selections, but then I got a really, really lucky break. I’d loved the Francesco Maglia umbrellas dieworkwear mentioned, but thought they were well beyond my budget. Then I found out that they were not only on sale at a local haberdashery (Shrine), but through a Rue La La “local deal” I could knock off another sizable chunk of the price — putting them on par with the umbrellas at HY. I’ll do a full review in the future, but let me just say that at a discounted price it’s well-worth it and the quality is immediately noticeable.

So, that’s my rainwear solution and I expect it to last quite some time.

08
Sep
I had to reblog this from thisfits, as it’s the last day of the sale. Getting 30% off of Allen Edmonds is probably the largest discount I’ve seen happen at full retail:

Sagamore Captoe Boots - $206.50 shipped (from $295) at Lands’ End
Edit: my bad, forgot to include the promo code details. SHOESALE, PIN 1105. Expires Thursday, September 8th. 
Honestly, I’m not too sure what to make of these. I love the idea of a lug sole, captoe boot for fall. But the product shots aren’t very flattering, and you can clearly see creases in the leather, as if these have already been worn.
But here’s the deal: they’re made of full grain leather. In the USA. By Allen Edmonds.
See?
And that alone makes these worthy of consideration as a boot for fall and mild winters, especially at this price.

I’m also not completely sure if a lug sole is for everyone, however, if you’re in a more casual work (or lifestyle) environment where you can wear denim constantly, then I think this would be a nice fit.
If you want some alternatives and have about a hundred bucks more to spend, then I’d take a look at Charles Tyrwhitt (which constantly has a rotating amount of sales). They have a pair of tan brogue boots and brown military captoes. My pair of last season’s captoes is pretty decent and I’d recommend them definitely if you can score them below their current $300 asking price.

I had to reblog this from thisfits, as it’s the last day of the sale. Getting 30% off of Allen Edmonds is probably the largest discount I’ve seen happen at full retail:

Sagamore Captoe Boots - $206.50 shipped (from $295) at Lands’ End

Edit: my bad, forgot to include the promo code details. SHOESALE, PIN 1105. Expires Thursday, September 8th. 

Honestly, I’m not too sure what to make of these. I love the idea of a lug sole, captoe boot for fall. But the product shots aren’t very flattering, and you can clearly see creases in the leather, as if these have already been worn.

But here’s the deal: they’re made of full grain leather. In the USA. By Allen Edmonds.


See?

And that alone makes these worthy of consideration as a boot for fall and mild winters, especially at this price.

I’m also not completely sure if a lug sole is for everyone, however, if you’re in a more casual work (or lifestyle) environment where you can wear denim constantly, then I think this would be a nice fit.

If you want some alternatives and have about a hundred bucks more to spend, then I’d take a look at Charles Tyrwhitt (which constantly has a rotating amount of sales). They have a pair of tan brogue boots and brown military captoes. My pair of last season’s captoes is pretty decent and I’d recommend them definitely if you can score them below their current $300 asking price.

16
Aug
04
Jul
Charles Tyrwhitt tan military pebble-grain boots — Some of you may remember about two months ago when I was debating getting a pair of pebble grain boots. First, thanks to all of you who gave me your opinions between the two and suggestions on alternatives as well. In the end, I did go with the boots from Charles Tyrwhitt and made the purchase.
What finally pushed me toward the decision and caused me to act now? Frankly, it was the price. They are currently £99 ($160) on discount and also have free shipping with code DELIVERY. In the past two months, these have dropped about $80 in price and free shipping was just the icing on the cake.
If you’re U.S. shoe size 8.5 wide, 9.5, 10.5 or 10.5 wide, they still have boots in stock. I’d also recommend using the U.K. site to order, because prices are higher on the U.S. site. (It’s also worth noting that there isn’t any value-added tax subtraction, which some have debated might be illegal, but the price is still pretty low.)
I should also point out that they’ve discounted their pair of black plain captoe oxfords also to $160, which doesn’t seem like a bad deal. Yes, I was also skeptical that the shoes might be “corrected grain” or “polished calf” leather, but after asking the customer service, I found out they are, in fact, “full grain” and “produced in Northamptonshire”, which was an interesting surprise.
So, for those looking for something cheaper than Allen Edmonds on sale (read: sub-$200) and yet perhaps higher quality than other $150-shoes on the market (read: Florsheim), then perhaps it’s worth giving Charles Tyrwhitt a shot? I’ll be sure to give my impressions of the boot when it arrives.

Charles Tyrwhitt tan military pebble-grain boots — Some of you may remember about two months ago when I was debating getting a pair of pebble grain boots. First, thanks to all of you who gave me your opinions between the two and suggestions on alternatives as well. In the end, I did go with the boots from Charles Tyrwhitt and made the purchase.

What finally pushed me toward the decision and caused me to act now? Frankly, it was the price. They are currently £99 ($160) on discount and also have free shipping with code DELIVERY. In the past two months, these have dropped about $80 in price and free shipping was just the icing on the cake.

If you’re U.S. shoe size 8.5 wide, 9.5, 10.5 or 10.5 wide, they still have boots in stock. I’d also recommend using the U.K. site to order, because prices are higher on the U.S. site. (It’s also worth noting that there isn’t any value-added tax subtraction, which some have debated might be illegal, but the price is still pretty low.)

I should also point out that they’ve discounted their pair of black plain captoe oxfords also to $160, which doesn’t seem like a bad deal. Yes, I was also skeptical that the shoes might be “corrected grain” or “polished calf” leather, but after asking the customer service, I found out they are, in fact, “full grain” and “produced in Northamptonshire”, which was an interesting surprise.

So, for those looking for something cheaper than Allen Edmonds on sale (read: sub-$200) and yet perhaps higher quality than other $150-shoes on the market (read: Florsheim), then perhaps it’s worth giving Charles Tyrwhitt a shot? I’ll be sure to give my impressions of the boot when it arrives.

25
May

Charles Tyrwhitt summer jackets — The past two days I’ve linked to some (mostly) Italian summer jackets in both linen and cotton, however, spiffydave brought to my attention these jackets, which feature partial lining and hacking pockets: 

Charles Tyrwhitt makes an affordable unstructured, unlined, blue cotton sport coat. At $200 it’s pretty affordable. I can’t say anything about the quality (having never handled one myself), but I’ve always been impressed with Charles Tyrwhitt’s goods.

A few of their jackets are unstructured, others aren’t. In addition to cotton, there are also summer tweeds (a cotton, wool, silk, linen blend). The prices range from $200 to $330, which is considerably lower than some of the ones posted over the past few days. Shipping’s about $15 and they offer free returns, which is helpful.

The one thing I’ll note that might concern some of you is the surgeon cuffs on the jackets (ugh, I know), so be sure to check out their size chart. On the upside, they do offer short, regular and long sizing on their jackets.

ADDING: spiffydave with a coupon code, too:

$20 off the order with coupon code STCA ‘till June 5, too. Always gotta do the coupon search.

ADDING 2: Check out downeastandout's fit pic today, he's sporting the unstructured navy jacket.

01
May

Decision time: captoe pebble-grain boots: McNairy vs. Charles Tyrwhitt

These each cost about the same. The Mark McNairy boots have an EVA sole and the Charles Tyrwhitt boots have a Dainite sole. Both are Goodyear welted.

McNairy:

Tyrwhitt:

I should add that I’m looking to use these as boots to wear in the rain (hence the EVA and Dainite soles I’m looking at here, along with the pebble grain).

Thoughts?

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