Boxing Day 2018 Menswear Sales

119 Corbò  – Boxing Day | Sale Up To 50% Off

1stdibs Save 25% on first purchase with code SHOP25

A Kind of Guise – Sale

Al Duca D’Aosta – end of year sale

Allen Edmonds – shop clearance up to 50% off

Amazon – Amazon Fashion deals

Archive SF  – Second Markdown 50% to 60% Off!

ASOS – up to 60% off big brands

Banana Republic – extra 60% off sale items

Barney’s – Designer sale up to 60% off

Bloomingdale’s – After Christmas sale up to 75% off a selection

Blue and cream – use code: FESTIVE for 10% off sitewide

Bluefly – up to 80% off + free shipping

Brooks Brothers –  Up to 40% off with an extra 15% off December 25-27.

Carharrt – Sale up to 30% off starts now.

Club Monaco – Up to 70% off sale styles

East Dane – Up to 70% off

Drake’s – sale at 30%

eBay  – New Year’s Day sales for the new you

END.  – Sale up to 60% off

Farfetch – sale up to 70% off now.

Frances May – BOXING DAY SALE | UP TO 50% OFF

fwrd – up to 65% off

Gilt – Up to 70% off menswear

Haven Shop – reductions up to 30% off

Iron Heartworldwide sale up to 15% off.

J. Crew – 50% off sale with code BIGGERSALE

La Garçonne –enjoy an additional 20% off all sale items with code 99LGNY20

Levi’s – New items added to sale

Luisaviaroma – Insert code XMAS for 20% off your order. 

Matches Fashion – new designers added to sale up to 50% off

Miloh Shop – Styleforum exclusive early sale 15% off with promo code: BOXING15

Mohawk Gneral Store – 30% OFF

Mr Porter – Winter sale up to 50% off

Need Supply Take $20 Off Online Gift Cards of $100+ And take 20% off with code GETALITTLE

Neighbour extra 20% off with checkout code: BOXING20

Neiman Marcus – new items added to sale

Neiman Marcus Last Call – 30-80% off everything

Nike – 25% off sale items with code SAVE25

Nordstrom – Half-year sale up to 50% off

Nordstrom Rack – up to 75% off with extra 25% off clearance items

Oki-Ni further reductions and more brands added to our winter sale – up to 50% off

Revolve – SALE up to 65% off!

Rooney Shop– Boxing Day SALE ! Up to 50% OFF AW18 Collections

Sartoriale – Extra 25% OFF 3 Days Only! use code CHRISTMAS

Saks Fifth Avenue – designer sale up to 70% off

Saks Off Fifth: extra 40% off with code MERRY

Slam Jam Socialism – get up to 15% off. Use code BOXING15 at checkout

Suspension point –extra 30-40% off

SSENSE – new items added to sale

Superdenim – Winter Sale Now On

The Great Divide  – UP TO 50% OFF ONLINE.

The Next Door – Winter Pre-sale

The RealReal – sale up to 70% off and an additional 20% off with code REAL

The Rake – up to 50% off

Taylor Stitch – Year End Sale — Save Up To 30% + $20 Credit Starting Now

Totokaelo FINAL SALE: Up to 70% off

Trunk Clothiers – 30% OFF

Uncle Otis  – Up to 60% off for Boxing Day

Unionmade – UP TO 40% OFF

Urban Outfitters – 40% off sale items

YOOX – up to 90% off

How To Smell Fabulous For The Holidays

Despondent, inconsolable, and thoroughly litigated, when last we met not even Mouton Rothschild and locker room photos of the Brazilian national soccer team sufficed to drive off the spleen. 

But that is all in the past: triumphant and rejuvenated, I again face the world and your travails. How have you spent the last few weeks? I envision package tours from an online travel retailer, complete with meal vouchers and a chardonnay whose top unscrews.

I am freshly returned from Ibiza and the annual conference of the Lytton Society, an ancient and proud membership devoted to the study of uranistic adverbs in ancient Roman poetry. Tears were shed; teeth were gnashed. A volume of Catullus very nearly severed my spine. 

Even more than my keynote speech on men’s hosiery in the Horacian Odes, I was admired for my choice of holiday scent. One poetic admirer recalled Papylus, who Martial quips had a member so large that “ut possis, quotiens arrigis, olfacere.” But I digress…

For the holidays, one must have a scent that is dark, deep, warm, and rich, not unlike a Bahraini oil sheikh but without the threat of stoning. Think spices, cloves, musk, resin, woods, and incense. Leave the bergamot, cardamom, and aquatic notes for spring; in the cold weather they’ll be as flat and lifeless as Renée Fleming attempting Isolde. 

Here are four to consider: the first is a secret gem, Guerlain’s Winter DeliceHard to find and oddly marketed as part of their light, inexpensive, and usually fleeting Aqua Allegoria series, this one is a strong, subtle blend of spice and musk. Far from being loud and cloying, it sticks close to the skin and reminds one of Christmas time on the Avenue George V, holding hands with the evening’s preferred sailor on leave from Marseille.

Dipping away from quiet potpourri and into something darker is L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Passage d’enferImagine stone gates, centuries of incense smoked into wooden benches, and cathedrals lit only with a few wax candles. One confesses to forbidden sins through damask curtains, and Ebenezer Scrooge delights in stealing coins from the offering plate.

A little more joyous and less likely to inspire excommunication is Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Secret Melange. Happier, sweeter and less spicy than the others, it is an interesting blend of cloves, citrus fruit, and has a wonderful soapy quality that feels warmer than it does clean. The lovely cut-glass bottle in red and the gilded cap alone are worth the price of admission. Like all MPG scents, it’s a love it or hate it affair; but like most things French, it’s worth at least one ride along the Pigalle.

Perhaps best of all, and most pleasant to the widest audience, is Comme des Garçons’ Incense series. Choose from several varieties, each with a different spirit and essence in mind. Kyoto is a perennial favorite; light and moody as a temple in the Japanese Alps. My own choice is at least a single sniff of Ouarzazate (an obvious and far-too-easy joke about rocking one’s Kasbah will not be a part of this review, my dears). Avignon, Jaisalmer, and Zagorsk round out the series, and all are worth a try. Although well-known for their avant-garde fashion, CdG also has some of the best designer fragrances on the market. 

Even if one wishes to voyage beyond the four above, you must remember that, for scents, the key is impactOne should never buy a scent because it is “nice.” The goal is not to smell “clean,” but to make a mark. Avoid anything that would clash with your scent, so leave your scented soaps, lotions, and deodorants in the dust bin of history. You want to leave a trace of yourself behind, not unlike a fog of wonderful stink that lingers on in a ballroom even after the badinage has run its course. To do otherwise is to make a grave offense to the nose; to borrow a phrase from the Emperor Justinian, such transgressions are a well-known cause of earthquake.


This article was originally published on Styleforum.net by Professor Fabulous.

BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY MENSWEAR SALES LIST – STYLEFORUM

Welcome to the Styleforum Black Friday 2018 guide to sales and coupon discount codes for all the men’s clothing and accessories that are fit to buy (and some more to boot). We will be updating this list throughout the weekend, so drop in often, or just keep on hitting F5.

First, take a look at what Styleforum Affiliates cooked up for Black Friday:


STYLEFORUM AFFILIATES SALES LIST


A Fine Pair of Shoes

25% off all purchases with code BLACKFRIDAY2018

Carmina

25% off on selected items with code CYBER18

Cavour

15% discount code for SF members: “fw18sf

Cobbler Union

CYBER MONDAY STARTS NOW 20% off with code CYBER20

Drop93

20% off everything with code 20OFFFRIDAY + free HKD 100 gift card for orders over HKD 2000. Styleforum members enjoy the above offer one day before Black Friday by using discount code SFBF1STDROP

eHaberdasher

$100 off Carlos Santos shoes; $125 off Carmina shoes; All ties additional 40% off

StyleForum free shipping on all US orders over $100:  SFSHIP
Black Friday Sale Has Begun, Save 15% on Ghost Horsehide Till Sat

Gentlemen’s Footwear

Use code winter20 for 20% of on all purchases. Final sale, tailoring credit, shoetree gifts, and Alden products are excluded.

Castagno bluchers 40% off; Castagno diesels 30% off; B Grades and Discontinued items up to 50% off retail
Free shipping on all orders with code SF
$80 off full leather jackets or $50 off any other model with code FGHoliday18
20% off $200+ – 15% off $150+ – 10% off $50+

Heinrich Dinkelacker

Up to 40% off selected styles.

Black Friday sale 15-50% off.

John Elliott

30% off sitewide with additional sales up to 60% off with code JE30

Jonathan Abel

markdowns of at least 20%  PLUS an additional 10% discount for SF members with the code BFCM10SF

LuxeSwap

The best auctions of the year, now live

Luxire

sales throughout the website + 15% off orders $1000+

Mangue Lucy

Buy any pants receive any tee for free! Plus, Styleforum users receive free shipping &returns. Use discount code: SFTURKEYTEE

Miloh Shop

Up to 75% off with code BLACK25 plus all of our footwear at an additional 25% off. Use promo code “SHOES25” to save.

Need Supply

plus an additional 20% off with code: INTERNET20.

No Man Walks Alone

Up to 30% off

Pediwear

20% off current stock lines plus free shipping for orders over £150 with code BF20

Proper Cloth

Free Shipping on all US orders + discounts on the website

Sartoriale

20% off everything – no restrictions – with code BLACKFRIDAY

Self Edge

Coupon Code for 15% off: BlackFriday2018

Shibumi Firenze

15% discount on all orders above 200€ on 23rd and 24th November with code BLACKFRIDAY

Shop the Finest

free shipping on all domestic orders over $500 500BLACKCYBER2018 & free shipping on all international orders over $1000 000BLACKCYBER2018

Skolyx

30% off a selection.

Sons of Henrey

20% off site wide without discount code, plus get 30% off 2 or more items with code blackfriday

Standard Fair

Styleforum exclusive – 10% off with code TYSF10

Spier & MacKay

20% off site wide. Includes bundles and sale items. Use code: CM2018

Taylor Stitch

One Day Only! Save 30% & Get $30 Back

Todd Shelton

25% off site-wide with code holiday2018

UNI/FORM

25% off sitewide with code ‘BF25‘.

Vecchio Anseatico

Sale on ties starting at €58, plus get a free Carlo Riva pocket square with a pre-order of 3 or more ties

Yellow Hook

Holiday sale ongoing

Yeossal

20% storewide with code YBF2018

ZFACTORIE

30 -50% off on all Category M Items –  Items are priced with discount


BLACK FRIDAY SALES LIST

3sixteen

10% off everything with code BF2018

A Fine Pair of Shoes

25% off all purchases with code BLACKFRIDAY2018

Abercrombie & Fitch

50% off sitewide

Adidas

Up to 50% off

AER

20% off sitewide with code BF20

Al Duca d’Aosta

Up to 50% off

AllSaints

30% off everything

Allen Edmonds

ONLINE ONLY! Extra 20% Off EVERY. SINGLE. THING. with code CYBER20

Alpha Industries

30% off Black Friday early access

Alpha Shadows 

20% off >£1000 – 25% off £1000 – £1499 – 30% off <£1500

Alternative Apparel

30% off sitewide with THANKS30

Amazon

Deals on apparel and accessories throughout the weekend

American Rag

20% off with code BLACK20

Antic Boutik

Black Friday Sale – nearly everything 30% off

Antonioli.eu

Extra 20% off on Sales FW18 with code BLK20

APC

Up to 50% off

Artisan Deluxe

20% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

ASOS

25% off everything with code EPIC25

Atelier on Web

Up to 40% off

ATM

20% off selected merchandise with code BLACKFRIDAY20

Aviator Nation

10% off full price items, up to 50% off a selection

Baldwin

35% off with code BLKFRI

Banana Republic

50% off

Barbanera

30% sitewide on Black Friday

Barney’s

Designer Sale up to 40% off

Barney’s Warehouse

50% off orders $500+, 40% off orders $300+, 30% off up to $299

Basic Outfitters

30% off sitewide + free shipping with GIVETHANKS30

Batch

40% off at shirts with code THANKS

Bates Hats

Sale on selected styles

Belstaff

40% Off Now On

Bergdorf Goodman

Sale now on up to 40% off

The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear

25% off with code CYBER

Best Made Co.

up to 30% off a selection

Billy Reid

Cyber Monday is here – sales up to 50% off.

Birchbox Men

10% off any $30 purchase, 15% off any $50 purchase, 25% off any $75 purchase

Blackstock & Weber

25% off with code HOLIDAY

Bloomingdale’s

It’s Cyber Monday! Take 25% off

Blue and Cream

Get 20% off with code BURR

Bluefly

Extra 20% Off E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G Coupon code BFDAY20

Blue Button Shop

25% OFF – SEASONAL ITEMS with code thank25

Blue in Green

Vip sale 20% off with code: VIP20

Blue Owl Shop

20% off with code TURKEY20

Bluffworks

30% off till 27th.

Blundstone

15% off with code GIVETHX

Bodega

30% off sitewide  with code 143BOD3GA

Bodileys

30% off

Bonobos

25% off orders of $150 – 30% off orders of $250 with code DEALWEEK

Braun Hamburg

50% off cashmere sale

Breda

30% off site wide with code GIFT30

Breton Company

30-50% with code TURKEY/TURKEY50

Bridge & Burn

20% off with code NOV20

Briggs & Riley

$50 Off Every $350 Spent

Brooks Brothers

10% off today only

Browns

Extra 20% off SALE now with code BLACKMAGIC

Bumble & Bumble

take up to $40 off your order

Burberry

up to 50% off.

The Bureau Belfast

20% off with code BLACKTHANKS

CanoeClub

25% off

Carmina

25% off on selected items with code CYBER18

Cavour

15% discount code for SF members: “fw18sf

Century 21

Free shipping plus $21 CenturyCash every $100 spent

Caliroots

EXTRA 20% OFF ALL SALE ITEMS WITH CODE CYBER20

CAMO

50% off for Black Friday with code CAMOBLACKFRIDAY18

Clarks

30% off select styles with code CYBER

Club Monaco

get up to 35% extra with code CYBERMONDAY18

Coach

30% off select styles with code THANKS18

Cobbler Union

CYBER MONDAY STARTS NOW 20% off with code CYBER20

Coggles

25% off Fall/Winter styles with code AW25

Cole Haan

Grand Giving event 30% off

Corridor

20% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY

Country Attire

25% off footwear – no code necessary

Crown and Caliber

$175 off all watches with promo code BlackFriday175

Cultizm

20% off + free shipping with code BW20

Daniel Wellington

free strap with any watch + 50% off Dapper collection + 20% off sets

Dapper Classics

30% off with code 18WEB

Da Luca Straps

30% OFF leather military straps with code PRESALE

Diesel

30% off of a selection

Deveaux

40% off with code THANKS40

Domestic Domestic

25% off with code CHEESEGRITS

Drop93

20% off everything with code 20OFFFRIDAY + free HKD 100 gift card for orders over HKD 2000. Styleforum members enjoy the above offer one day before Black Friday by using discount code SFBF1STDROP

DSTLD

25% off storewide with code BLACKFRIDAY 

DSW

20% OFF everything with code MADHOUSE

DXL

30% off a selection + free shipping

East Dane

extra 30% off sale items with code WOW18

Eddie Bauer

40% off everything with code COUNTDOWN

Edwin

code BFMC at checkout for 30% OFF selected items

eHaberdasher

$100 off Carlos Santos shoes; $125 off Carmina shoes; All ties additional 40% off

StyleForum free shipping on all US orders over $100:  SFSHIP
15% off coupon on their app only PICKFAST

Eleonora Bonucci

40% off F/W with code BF40

END.

20% Off Selected Items

Black Friday Sale Has Begun, Save 15% on Ghost Horsehide Till Sat

Everything Hip Hop

25% off everything with code BFW25

Express

50% off everything

Exquisite Trimmings

20% sale with code SAVE20

Everlast

35% off + gift with purchase of +$100

$80 off full leather jackets or $50 off any other model with code FGHoliday18

Far Afield

33% off with code BlackThirdDay

Farfetch

Extra 20% off for Black Friday is here with code x20BF

Fendi

Up to 40% off

Firmament

FREE World Wide Shipping

Florsheim

25%  off sitewide with code BCKF8

Frances May

Use code “BOOKSMART18” to receive 25% off for Black Friday

Frank and Oak

30% off everything with Code:  CYBERMONDAY30

Franklin and Poe

Use code EARLYBIRD to get 25% off

Filson

Get $100 When You Spend $500

Finish Line

25% off select styles

Fossil

30% off everything including sale with code BF30

fwrd

BLACK FRIDAY SALE Up to 65% off

Gant

30% off Fall/Winter + 70% off a selection

Gap

50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY

Gentlemen’s Footwear

Use code winter20 for 20% of on all purchases. Final sale, tailoring credit, shoetree gifts, and Alden products are excluded.

Gilt

Cyber Monday & $99 Designer Apparel starts NOW!

Glamood

Until CYBER MONDAY (Nov 26th) EVERYTHING is at extra 25% OFF

Gola

20% off sitewide

Golden Fox Footwear 

up to 50% off

20% off clothing and footwear to the first 200 orders with code BF18

Graduate

Up to 40% off on the F/W collection
Castagno bluchers 40% off; Castagno diesels 30% off; B Grades and Discontinued items up to 50% off retail.

The Great Divide

20% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Free shipping on all orders with code SF

Greats

25% off with code HOLIDAZE

Guess

Up 50% off the entire store

H&M

25% off sale items with code 3236

H. N. White

20% off + free worldwide shipping with code blackfriday

20% off $200+ – 15% off $150+ – 10% off $50+
Up to 60% off
20% sitewide with code BLKWKND18

Heinrich Dinkelacker

Up to 40% off selected styles

Hides and Stitches

20% off all items with code BLACK20

The Hill Side

40% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY

Hotoveli

Fall SALE up to 50% OFF

House of Fraser

Up to 60% off

Huckberry

Up to 50% Off

Hunter

20% off selected lines + an additional 20% off sale items

Hunting Ensemble

25% OFF Norse Projects, A.P.C, Our Legacy, Nanamica, New Balance, Han Kjobenhavn and more) w/ code: BLACKFRIDAY 

Idol

Black Friday FW18 Sale now on up to 50% off

Indocino

up to 70% off with code BLKFRI 

Isotoner

30% off all orders with code 30FRIDAY

Black Friday sale 15-50% off.

J. Crew

Cyber Monday is here. Shop 60% off sale styles & 50% off everything else with code CYBER

J. Crew Factory

25% off with code ADD2CART

Jachs

60% off sitewide with code BLKFRIDAY 

Jack Erwin

20% off orders of $140+ with code HOLIDAY

James Perse

up to 70% off + free shipping with code JPHOLIDAY18

John Elliott

30% off sitewide with additional sales up to 60% off with code JE30

John Sterner

40% off

John Varvatos

up to 40% off select styles

Jonathan Abel

markdowns of at least 20%  PLUS an additional 10% discount for SF members with the code BFCM10SF

Jos A. Bank

70% off almost anything

Kamakura Shirts 

all items $50 till December 1st with free shipping.

Kiriko

20% off with code KINYOUBI

KNYEW

30% OFF everything with code BLACK2018

Kurt Geiger

20% off selected styles including Crockett & Jones

L’inde Le Palais

30% with code BLKF30

Lacoste

40% off entire site + free shipping with code SALE40

Lanieri

30% off everything starting on Friday 23rd

Lanvin

50% off the Winter 2018 Collection and free shipping.

Lazzari

BF10 -10% for orders up to 500 € – BF15 -15% for orders from 500 € up to 1500 € – BF20 -20% on orders above 1500 €

La Garçonne

Up to 40% off + free shipping with code lgshipfree

Le Rang

up to 40% off on selected pieces

Leffot

20% off pre-owned shoes with code GIVETHANKS

Levi’s

VIP early access: 40% OFF STARTS NOW use code INDIGO

Life After Denim

$25 off 100, $75 off 250, $175 off 500

Linde le Palais

Get ready for the BLACK FRIDAY! From today shop with -40%! use this code at checkout: BLKF40

Linjer

15%-50% off sitewide + free strap with code STRAP65

LNCC

Up to 40% sale + extra 10% off sale with code LNCCBF10

LOIT

Up to 70% off

Lost & Found

20% off of select merchandise today and today only. Use code ‘turducken

LSG Denim

Blue jeans 99 CAD, black ones 135 CAD, belt 50 CAD. Free shipping on orders of $99 or more in Canada and USA.

Lucky Brand

50% off everything, no code necessary

Luisa via Roma

Sale starts now

LuxeSwap

The best auctions of the year, now live

Luxire

sales throughout the website + 15% off orders $1000+

Maas & Stacks

25% off on select Fall Winter 18 with code BFFS25

Madcap England

20% off everything excluding sale with code OUTLINED

Madewell

25% off with code DEALWITHIT

Maison Margiela

up to 40% off the Autumn-Winter 2018 Collection

Malford of London

up to 85% off + EXTRA 15% OFF with code CM15

Mangue Lucy

Buy any pants receive any tee for free! Plus, Styleforum users receive free shipping &returns. Use discount code: SFTURKEYTEE

Maple

20% off entire site with promo code BLACK18

Matches Fashion

Extra 10% off sale – limited time only with code EXTRA10

Mavi

30% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY

Meermin

Free shipping with code THANKYOU plus free calf wallet

Miansai

20% off storewide with code BLACKFRI20

Midwest Boots

$15 off $125+ coupon: BLACK15 – $20 off $150+ coupon: BLACK20 – $25 off $175+ coupon: BLACK25 – $30 off $200+ coupon: BLACK30 – $40 off $260+ coupon: BLACK40

Mildblend

15% off

Miloh Shop

Up to 75% off with code BLACK25 plus all of our footwear at an additional 25% off. Use promo code “SHOES25” to save.

Minnetonka

25% off select styles and free shipping with code HolidayReady

Mismo

20% off for Black Friday with code BLACK20

Mission Workshop

20% off your purchase, a $20 gift card for future use, and a free bag of Bicycle Coffee with code 2020MW

Moda Operandi

Markdowns on select Fall/Winter 2018 collections

Mohawk

20% off with code BFS2018

MooseJaw

25% all Arc’teryx items

Mott & Bow*

25-35% off with code SHOPEARLY

Mr Porter

30% off sale is now on

N/A

25% off site wide with code GRAVY

Namu Shop

use code “TURKEY” for 30% off most items

Native Shoes

Up to 50% off select styles + free shipping

Nautica

50-70% Off Storewide & Sitewide + Free Shipping

Need Supply

plus an additional 20% off with code: INTERNET20.

Neighbour

15% OFF with code FRIDAY18

The Next Door

30% off select styles

Ne.Sense

40% off on selected items with code NSBF2018

Neiman Marcus

uP TO $750 gift card – use code GC4YOU

Neiman Marcus Last Call

extra 40%–80% off entire site + you’ve officially been given BONUS SAVINGS! (10% extra off in your first 30 minutes of browsing.)

New Balance 

15% off & Free shipping

Nifty-do

25% off with code BFCM

Nisolo

15% OFF $150+, 30% OFF $300+

Nike

Extra 20% off selected styles with code THANKS

Noah

20% off at checkout with code TAKE20

No Man Walks Alone

Up to 30% off.

Nordstrom

Designer Sale – up to 40% off

Nordstrom Rack

Extra 30% off clearance + SPEND $150, GET $25

The North Face

Up to 25% off select styles

Notre Shop

BLACKFRIDAY for 35% Off Sitewide

Tiziana Fausti

Use code TFBLK18

North Menswear

25% orders of $500+ with code BLACKTOBLUE

Notre Shop

35% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Nowell’s

20% Off Site Wide with code Cyber Free Shipping on orders over $49

OAK NYC

50% off everything

Oipolloi

20% off with code VENOM

Oki-Ni

up to 30% off selected new season product in the black friday sale

Oliver Wicks

Biggest sale of the year with code BLACKFRIDAY

Oneness

50% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Opening Ceremony

20% off sale with code OCBLACK20

Opumo

20% off for Black Friday with code BLACKDEAL 

Orvis

Up to 50% off

Other Shop

40% off with code BF40

Outerknown

up to 70% off

Pact

Underwear up to 65% off

Patine

25% off

Pediwear

20% off current stock lines plus free shipping for orders over £150 with code BF20

Pettet Endurance

25% off orders $100+ with code  “shopsmall

Pony

PONY

BF: 50% off sitewide 50BLKFRI

Present London

30% off.

Proper Cloth

Free Shipping on all US orders + discounts on the website

PUMA

30% off sitewide with code PUMANOV

Quality Shop

10% off orders above €100 Code: black10; 20% off orders above €200 Code: black20

R+Co

20% off orders $50+ with code BLACK20

Raen

40% off regular priced items

Rag & Bone

25% off with the code TAKE25

Reebok

50% off apparel with code BF50

The Rake

Black Friday deals

Ralph Lauren

TAKE 30% OFF WHEN YOU SPEND $100 OR MORE WITH CODE THANKS

The Real Real

take an extra 20% off with code REAL. Also get a credit up to $250 with $1000 purchase

Rei

Up to 50% Off

Revolve

up to 65% off

Ridolfi Shirts

Black Friday savings up to 60% off

Rogue Territory

30% off select styles with code RGTBLKFRI2018

Rooney Shop

CYBER MONDAY – 25% OFF + FREE SHIPPING with code FREESHIP

Saks Fifth Avenue

40% off designer sale plus $75 gift card with $150 purchase with code THANKFUL

Saks Off 5th

Up to 90% off clearance with code AMAZING

Saturdays NYC

25% off everything with code Friends25

Sartorial Home

up to 70% off

Sartoriale

20% off everything – no restrictions – with code BLACKFRIDAY

Scotts

up to 40% off

Schott

15% off with code STUFFING15

Sefton

25% Off EVERYTHING with code ‘BLACKFRIDAY

Self Edge

Coupon Code for 15% off BlackFriday2018

Septieme Largeur

Black Friday Free Patina Service

Shibumi Firenze

15% discount on all orders above 200€ on 23rd and 24th November with code BLACKFRIDAY

Shoes.com

$40 OFF $100 purchase with code EMLTHANKS18

Shop the Finest

free shipping on all domestic orders over $500 500BLACKCYBER2018 & free shipping on all international orders over $1000 000BLACKCYBER2018

SK Manor Hill

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Shoes as explained by Styleforum members

This article was published on a thread on Styleforum by the user A Harris many years ago, and we are reviving it here, implemented with pictures, for everyone to enjoy.

Throughout the years, Styleforum members have shared a wealth of knowledge on the forum pages, and if you have the time and patience to browse through them, you can check out the list at the bottom of this article. Bonne lecture!


Most classic shoe models can be traced back to bespoke shoemakers. Nearly all of them first appeared at least 75 years ago, and some have been around for more than one hundred years. They have evolved and have been refined, but most are still obviously connected to their original form. The driving force behind shoe design is really the silhouette of the clothes they are meant to be worn with – especially the trousers. Slim pants with a narrow (pegged) bottom require a slim fitting shoe unless you want your feet to appear larger than they actually are. Conversely, fuller-cut clothing requires heavier shoes. As a general rule, your trousers should cover the lacing of your shoes – approximately two-thirds of the shoe’s length.

The most important factor to consider when choosing a shoe is the last. The last is the wooden form that the shoe is constructed around. It determines both the final shape of the shoe and its fitting characteristics. Master lastmakers are, in a way, part scientist, doctor, architect, and artist.

Also crucially important is the leather that the shoe is clicked (cut) from. The leather used to make the shoe upper is almost always chrome-salt (mineral) tanned in large rotating vats. Most fine shoe uppers are made from high-grade calfskin. Thicker cowhide is sometimes used for pebble-grained uppers and to a lesser extent, you will see fine shoes made from shell cordovan (horse leather) and even exotic leathers like alligator and crocodile. A fine shoe will have an insole and sole of thicker pit-tanned cowhide. This leather is vegetable-tanned using actual vegetable matter, not vegetable extracts. Most shoe linings are also vegetable tanned.

There are a huge variety of methods used to construct shoes. Most require mass production and lots of glue – we will not concern ourselves with those. Most truly high-quality shoes are either welted, reverse welted or a variation. Some fine shoes are Blake-stitched or use an Italian moccasin construction. Let’s examine each method:

GOODYEAR WELTED SHOES OR HAND WELTED SHOES

goodyear welted shoes men construction

Photo: crockettandjones.com

Welted shoes consist primarily of a leather upper, a welt, an insole, and an outsole (sole.) First, the insole is tacked to the bottom of the last. The insole is the thick (usually about 1/8″) piece of vegetable-tanned leather that your foot rests on. It has a “feather” on the bottom of it. On a world-class bespoke shoe (and on a few elite ready-to-wear shoes like those of Vass) the feather is “skived” into (cut from) the insole itself. However, most all ready-to-wear welted shoes use a glued-on feather made of linen.

Next, the upper (with its inner stiffening layers and lining already attached, which layers are either natural leather or celastic depending on the quality of the shoe) is stretched around and tacked to the last. On a really fine shoe, the upper is splashed with water and beaten with a hammer to compress the leather fibers, and to permanently mold them to the shape of the last. The leather is then allowed to dry completely and the process is repeated, often multiple times. It should be noted that the majority of shoes, even very expensive ones, are lasted by machine.

Once the upper has been shaped the shoes are welted. The welt is a thin strip of leather – often two feet or more in length, about three-quarters of an inch wide and an eighth of an inch thick. In this step, the shoemaker uses a single row of lock-stitching (two interlocking stitches) to sew the welt to the upper leather to the feather (in that order.) Generally, this is done with the aid of a Goodyear welting machine. In a very few small workshops, the shoes are welted by hand. Once the shoes have been welted, the excess leather is trimmed away from above the seam, and the whole area is compressed with a hammer. Then the shallow, hollow section in the middle of the shoe (created by the attaching, and in some cases the skiving, of the insole) is filled. In most cases, a shank (thin metal or wood strip that stabilizes the sole and heel,) and a leather covering used to hold it in place, fill the back half. The front half is sometimes filled with cork.

The sole is then affixed with glue and sewn to the portion of the welt that protrudes from the front and sides of the shoe. The sewing of the sole is almost always done on a machine, with very few exceptions. On a top-quality shoe, the sole stitching is hidden in a “channel” and is not visible on the bottom of the sole. Finally, the heel is either built from layers of leather fixed together with wood and brass pegs, or a pre-made heel is attached, and the shoe is finished.

Closed channel vs open channel shoes.

Closed channel vs open channel shoes.

WHY ARE WELTED SHOES SUPERIOR?

Welted shoes are considered superior by most because they are very durable and are easily resoled. A top-quality welted shoe can almost always be sent back to the maker for resoling, or even re-crafting. The heel can be removed, the sole stitching undone, and a new sole and heel can then be attached. In cases of more extreme wear, the insole and welt can be removed as well. The shoe can then be stretched back over the original last and remade. These processes can be repeated many times. As a result, a truly great pair of shoes can, with proper care and rotation, be worn for 10-20 years. And in some cases, men get 40 years or more out of them.

HOW ARE WATER-RESISTANT SHOES MADE?

When a shoe needs to be highly water resistant, it is made differently. There are many methods – reverse welted, double-stitched, Norwegian-stitched, norvegese, veldtschoen etc. For the sake of brevity, I will not go into the specific differences. The main similarity is the welt and/or the upper leather curves out and away from the shoe, instead of down and in – the advantage being that that water cannot easily penetrate and wet the insole, like it can with a regular-welted shoe. Thus, reverse-welted shoes are more water-resistant and more casual than a regular-welted shoe. They can generally be recognized by the double or triple row of stitching on the outside of the shoe where the upper meets the sole. It should be noted that some Italian makers will add a braided stitch just for looks, so buyer beware.

alden reverse welt bluchers

Alden reverse welt bluchers.

 

BLAKE STITCH AND MOCCASIN

Blake-stitching and moccasin constructions are used primarily by Italian shoemakers. A traditional moccasin is made without an insole. The upper leather wraps all the way around the foot and is sewn by hand to a flat vamp that sits on top of your toes and instep. The sole is then sewn directly to the upper on a machine. The most famous example of this method is the classic Gucci slip-on.

Blake-stitched shoes have an upper, an insole, and a sole – like a welted shoe. But they do not have a welt. The insole (which is flat – no feather) and upper are attached to the last. Then the sole is glued on and a single row of machine-stitching is used to stitch through and attach the sole, the insole, and the upper. The one advantage of this method is that it can make for a very light, thin-soled shoe. However, Blake-stitched shoes are not as water resistant, as durable, or as easily repaired as a welted shoe. If the manufacturer has not covered the insole with a full-length insole-cover, you can recognize a Blake-stitched shoe by looking inside it. You will see a single row of stitching around the forepart of the shoe.

Blake stitch construction

Blake stitch construction || Photo: matthewdack.com

Italian shoemakers are also incredibly good at coming up with alternate ways of making shoes. They employ a bewildering array of methods and combinations of shoemaking that I could not possibly cover here. Some of the methods are labor-saving shortcuts that allow for a combination of machine and handwork, and some involve very complicated handwork that can make for exquisite shoes.

CLASSIC SHOE DESIGNS

While the last, the leather, and the construction of the shoe are vital, you must like its design as well.

Most high-end shoes are variations on a few classic models. Lace-up shoes are generally divided into those with open lacing and those with closed lacing. Before I indicate the difference between open and closed lacing, I must define two crucial terms. The vamp is the forepart of the shoe that covers the toes and instep. The quarters are exactly what they sound like – the two back quarters of the shoe, which extend from the center-back seam and generally end at the midpoint of the shoe. On a shoe with closed lacing, the vamp is sewn on top of the quarters, and the tongue is usually a separate piece. On a shoe with open lacing, the quarters are sewn on top of the vamp, and the tongue is usually an extension of the vamp. Shoes with closed lacing are often called oxfords or balmorals, and shoes with open lacing are called derbys or bluchers.

On derby shoes (open lacing), the quarters are sewn on top of the vamp, which also makes the tongue of the shoe.

In addition, formal lace-up shoes are often referred to as “plain,” or as “half brogues” or “full brogues.” A plain shoe is just as it sounds – there are no decorations other than perhaps a double row of stitching on the toe-cap. Brogueing refers to a pattern of decorative punched holes along a shoe’s seams. “Half-brogue” usually indicates a shoe with a straight toe-cap and extensive brogueing. “Full-brogue” indicates a wingtip shoe with extensive brogueing. Half-brogues and full brogues almost always have a punched “medallion” decoration on the toe.

Lace-up shoes can also be whole-cut. This means that that the entire upper is cut from a single piece of leather. This takes a lot of skill and usually increases the price of the shoe. Shoes can also close with a buckle, in which case they are referred to as “monkstraps” or “monks.” Generally, monkstraps are a variation on the derby. Another version of the derby is called the “Norwegian.” Most Norwegians have three-piece vamp with a hand-stitched apron-front and split toe. In some versions of the Norwegian, the quarters extend all the way to the front of the shoe and join at the middle of the toe. Finally, there are slip-on shoes. They can be made in any number of ways – moccasin, welted, reverse welted, Blake-stitched etc. They can be constructed and decorated in many ways, can resemble brogues or Norwegians, can have saddles or tassels, or they can be completely plain. There are innumerable variations.


Check out these shoe-related threads on Styleforum:

Shoemaking techniques and traditions

The official shoe care thread: tutorial, photos, etc.

Vintage dress shoes: maintenance, tips, and advice

 

Starting a Tie Wardrobe – Styleforum Picks

Starting a tie wardrobe in 2018 can be daunting; with the variety of options that are just one click away, it might be hard to determine whether a tie is going to get some use or will lie in a cedar box untouched for years.

This list was compiled following the directions of some Styleforum members who discussed pretty extensively the merits and versatility of the following ties on this thread.

A starting wardrobe of 12 ties might contain:

  • Two navy solid ties (a grenadine and a repp, for instance)
  • Two other solid ties (i.e. forest green grenadine, a chocolate brown repp)
  • One glen plaid, guncheck, or shepherd’s check tie in black and white or navy and white
  • One houndstooth tie
  • Two pindot ties
  • Two “neat” ties –  small, evenly spaced designs
  • Two repp stripe ties

See below for some great options that will help you complete your tie collection.


Navy solid ties

Yellow Hook $130      •       Kent Wang $75

Solid ties in other colors 

Vanda Fine Clothing $123       •      Yellow Hook $130

Glen plaid / Guncheck / Shepherd’s check ties

Vecchio Anseatico $95      •      Vanda Fine Clothing $123

Houndstooth ties

Drake’s micro houndstooth $195    •      Drake’s puppytooth $185

Pindot ties

Shibumi Firenze $126      •      Vanda Fine Clothing $123

Neat Ties

Spier & MacKay  $35      •      Shibumi Firenze $126

Repp stripe ties

Ralph Lauren  $125     •      Vecchio Anseatico $95

How to Bring Old Shoes Back to Life

Since winning the 2018 Styleforum Shoe Revival Challenge I have been asked by a number of people how this transformation was possible. I have been accused of everything from photoshopping to taking a picture of a new pair next to an old pair to dark magic…really?? In reality, it is not as complicated as it may look.
This is how I do a transformation to bring old shoes back to life:

Allen Edmonds Cream Polish  •  Saphir Pate de Luxe  •  Saphir Mirror Gloss

To start I strip the leather with Fiebings deglazer (you could substitute Angelus or Saphir products here). This is an acetone-based solution that strips off any old polish and the factory dye coatings. It should leave a dry and basic tan looking leather after.
The challenge pair in particular didn’t really require much stripping since the factory finish was fairly non-existent from the get-go. Now some leathers that are too highly processed (corrected grain leather) and are more “plasticky” in nature will not strip at all. So mid-tier to higher quality brands like Allen Edmonds, Magnanni, Santoni, Ferragamo, and this To Boot New York pair tend to do better. 
After deglazing, I use Venetian shoe cream to condition the leather as the stripping process dries it up some. You could substitute a Saphir conditioning lotion here too…both are all non-tinted white creams or lotions.  
Now is where the magic begins. I use Fiebings alcohol-based dyes. Again you can substitute Angelus or Saphir products. I only have used Fiebings and have been very pleased with them. I start from light to dark. Pick a lighter base coat…beige, tan, oxblood, light blue etc. Then move on to darker colors for accents, brogueing, burnishing and antiquing like medium brown, chocolate, mahogany, navy blue. For the challenge pair, I used buckskin base color and black for the antiquing. I probably did 2 rounds of base coat and 2 – 4 of antiquing.  
After each round of dye, some will penetrate, staining the leather and some will remain on the surface. I use the Venetian shoe cream in between coats to recondition the leather and to remove surface dye….remember its alcohol based so it dries the leather again. You can substitute Saphir cream and can even use tinted creams in between dye coats to add some color and create a more durable finish. If not done in between dye coats then definitely at the end of the dye process I will use a number of coats of colored cream polished with a thorough brushing in between.
For the challenge pair, I used a few coats of Allen Edmonds Saddle Brown cream polish over the entire shoe only at the end after my dyeing was complete. 
Finally, I use the hard waxes to top coat and give the mirror shine. Even the inexpensive waxes in a tin can give satisfactory results here but I prefer Saphir pate de luxe and the Saphir mirror gloss. I will typically use a very light coat along the vamp, sides and flex points as well as a very light tinted color here. A light coat because a mirror shine on the vamp will crack when the shoe bends….don’t do it!
For the heels and toes, I use a darker tinted polish to enhance antiquing and many more layers to give that mirror shine. Again mirror on non-bending areas of the shoe only.
For the challenge, I used Saphir cognac pate de luxe on the sides and vamp and dark brown for the heels and toes. I finished with Saphir mirror gloss in neutral for the perfect shine on the toes and heels. 
If you would like a custom antiqued pair hit me up on Styleforum username Mbaldinger, or on instagram under MBShoeDoc, or eventually on my website www.MBShoeDoc.com (this is a work in progress and is not up and running yet).
Mike Baldinger aka TheShoeDoc

Creating a Business Wardrobe – Styleforum Guide

So, you’re starting a new job and don’t want to go to work naked–or worse yet, dressed unprofessionally. This discussion will be aimed at getting you into something professional, attractive and appropriate: in other words, a complete business wardrobe.

This is not a piece on how to be “the best-dressed guy in the office.” Rather, this will help you “look nice” for work every day, whatever that means in the context of your office environment. If you’re at the very beginning of your journey, you might want to check out our guide to buying your first suit, and the perfect business attire before diving into this guide.

There are basically two kinds of professional dress codes. Either your work environment dictates, or at least allows, you to wear a suit and tie some/most of the time, or it doesn’t. I’ll use “business casual” to describe all of the environments in this latter category, which range from jeans to polos and khakis to blazers and button-downs.

This encompasses a wide range of modes of dress. As the decline of the suit (relative to 50 years ago) is the main source of male confusion over what to wear, it would be impossible to clarify everything in a single post. But if you find yourself lost, look around you for direction, notice what your coworkers wear for a couple of weeks before buying a whole new wardrobe.

The two best ways to look nicer without looking too “dressed up” are to have clothes that fit you well, and to upgrade your footwear. A common mistake is to buy clothes that are too big. The shoulder seam of your shirts – be they polos or dress shirts, should approximately line up with your own shoulders. Your pants should have little to no “break” around the ankles, and should sit above your hips, within an inch or two of your belly button. Pant length is easily altered, but you may have to try a couple of different makers before finding a trouser that fits you correctly in the seat and thighs.

 

 

In an office of polos, you can wear a well-fitting oxford cloth button down and look better without being overdressed. With the advent of online tailors, getting dress shirts that fit is cheaper than ever before, although it may take a couple of iterations with your tailor before the fit is just right. Starting at less than $100, you can have shirts made for you so that they won’t be billowy around the arms and midsection. Luxire and Spier & MacKay are places to start with good reputations. If you do buy ready-made shirts, any tailor can take in the shirt and put darts in for around $15-20.

For some reason, quality of footwear is virtually uncorrelated with the formality of clothing in modern male dress. Walking around the streets of today’s cities, you’ll see men in suits wearing rubber-soled slip-ons, as well as men in jeans wearing nicely polished leather-soled oxford dress shoes. As a result, you can wear nicer shoes with almost any outfit and not be overdressed. Wearing quality, well-cared-for shoes with your business casual outfit will significantly improve your appearance without seeming pretentious or out of place. As an added bonus, women notice shoes.

About the only shoe most men should have that might look “too dressy” is the black oxford cap-toe, although even this can still be worn with business casual. Since you’ll need this kind of shoe for more formal occasions like weddings, funerals, and job interviews anyway, it’s a good one to have. Just don’t wear it with your more casual clothes. After that, you can add some wingtips, brogues, and/or loafers.

[For more information about what shoes to get and how to care for them, check out Mitch’s article on versatile shoes]

If you’re wearing a business suit and tie to work every day, then you have a more closely prescribed form of dress. Let’s start off with:

The Suit

Hopefully, you’ve got one or two navy and/or charcoal suits from prior to your interview process. If you’ve only got one, first thing to do is buy another. You don’t want to be wearing the same suit every day. Suits benefit from a day of rest after wear, and you may have to send one to the cleaners at some point. Although while we’re on that subject, unless you spill something, you shouldn’t need to dry clean suits often at all. Once a season (every few months) is plenty.

Eventually, you’ll want to get to at least 5 suits if you’re wearing one every day of the work week. Once you have 3 or 4 solid suits, maybe a medium gray, a navy, and a charcoal, you can branch out into a pinstripe or a subtle glen plaid for a slightly more casual look.

The reasons to start off with solids are that they go with every shirt and tie you have, so you don’t have to be limited to one particular suit once you get to laundry day, and they are less memorable to the people you see every day. If you have a pinstripe suit and a windowpane suit people will realize pretty quickly that you own exactly two suits. You could own two solid navy suits and no one will ever think twice about it. In fact, some of the best-dressed men in modern history have worn nothing but navy suits.

Finally, although they are common in American businesswear, the consensus on SF–and indeed among most menswear writers and stylish gentlemen throughout history–is to avoid black suits except for funerals. Black in the daylight flatters very few complexions. Instead, it should be left to evening wear.

Here are some styling pitfalls to avoid for a business suit: you don’t want anything that looks flashy or too distinctive. Practice moderation in the width of the lapels, which should approximately half-way to your shoulder. Leave the “shrunken,” too-tight look to the runways of fashion shows. Stick to notch lapels until you are more confident in your understanding of professional standards.

A solid beginning for a suit wardrobe

A solid beginning for a suit wardrobe

Dress Shirts

Start off by finding yourself a shirtmaker. These days, you can get a custom-made dress shirt for less than $100, which will fit you better and therefore look better than most of the $300 dress shirts you could find at your local upscale department store.

Start off with three white shirts, three light blue shirts, in varying weaves if you like, then a couple more in a conservative pattern, perhaps a stripe and a microcheck. This will give you enough shirts that you can make it through the week before needing to get any shirts laundered. If you decide you like light blue shirts more than white, get only one or two white shirts. A light blue shirt will be formal enough for most occasions, so you needn’t worrying about being underdressed in such a shirt. Most people do, however, suggest that white shirts are particularly attractive in the evening, and are the most appropriate for funerals. Check out some quality shirts here for inspiration.

As you’ll be wearing these shirts with a tie, the shape and dimensions of the collar are especially important. Although you’ll see many men walking around with “point collar” dress shirts where the points finish before the jacket lapel begins, this is frowned upon by most stylish suit-and-tie wearers. Instead, the points of the shirt collar should reach under and be hidden by the jacket lapels. If you’re American, you can wear button-down collar shirts (whose points will not be hidden underneath the jacket) with your suits. In other parts of the world, button-down collars are considered too sporty to be worn with suits.

white shirt business outfit

A good start.

Ties

Here is the most extravagant element of the suit and tie outfit. While the suit and shirt are sober wool and cotton there to cover your body, the tie is a nicely colored piece of luxurious silk that is purely decorative. The virtue of these boring suits and shirts is that they will look attractive with any tie that is attractive on its own. As such, the tie is the main thing you change from day to day to break up the monotony of navy suits and white shirts.

That said, if you’re going for a business look, you still don’t want your tie to be “loud”. No fuchsia, no lime green, no exploding fireworks, nothing bedazzled. For solid colors, texture is key, so grenadine ties or highly textured weaves work well. For some inspiration check out this soporific tie collection. Most tie-wearing men will have at least one or two ties with navy as their basic color. A starting wardrobe of 12 ties might contain:

  • Two navy solids (a grenadine, for instance)
  • Two other solids (perhaps a forest green or a burgundy)
  • One glen plaid or shepherd’s check in black and white or navy and white
  • One houndstooth
  • Two pindot ties
  • Two “neats” – small, evenly spaced designs
  • Two repp stripe

A navy grenadine tie by Vanda Fine Clothing

A navy grenadine tie by Vanda Fine Clothing

This is just a suggestion. Buy ties you like. All ties should be between 2.75” and 3.75” in width. Which side of this spectrum you tend towards should depend on your own width. Choosing colors that reflect the colors of your eyes and hair is likely to be beneficial. Lighter color ties (pale yellows for instance) are more difficult to wear effectively.

If you want to fill your tie wardrobe quickly and cheaply, and you have the patience to go through the Buying & Selling section of SF, you’ll frequently find good ties in the $50 range. Once you get to the $75-100 range you can look into places like SF affiliates Vecchio Anseatico, Kent Wang, and Vanda Fine Clothing.

Footwear

Without question, this is the most neglected area of the typical American man’s wardrobe. And without quality footwear, an otherwise impeccable suit-and-tie combination immediately looks slovenly. A proper dress shoe has a leather sole and is classically shaped so that it is neither square-toed nor extremely pointy-toed. If you have the money for it (again, check eBay or the Buy&Sell forum) the “upper” (the non-sole part of the shoe) should be made of full-grain, not corrected-grain (sanded down and filled in to have a specific texture for the grain), leather. New full-grain looks better than new corrected-grain, but more importantly, over time properly maintained full-grain will develop a patina and look better and better, while corrected-grain will look worse and worse.

 

Outside of Britain, brown shoes are fully appropriate for business-suit-and-tie, although within Britain, only black is complet, ly correct. Black is also completely correct everywhere else.

A good place to start is with one black and one brown pair. If you only needed shoes for work, two brown pairs would be fine, but having at least one pair of black shoes means you are prepared for more formal situations such as job interviews, weddings, and funerals. This black shoe should probably be an oxford cap-toe. For the other, you could get wingtips, derbys, longwings, as you see fit. Adding a medallion or other broguing decreases the formality of the shoe, and therefore probably shouldn’t be one of your only two business shoes.

There’s a reason you should start with two pairs. Dress shoes need to rest in between wearings in order to have a long, happy, life. Proper care for dress shoes entails:

  • 24 hours rest between taking off and putting back on
  • Use of shoe trees when not being worn (especially for the first 24 hours after wearing, as the shoes dry out)
  • Periodic conditioning and polishing

[For further details on conditioning and polishing, see the official shoe care thread]

The entry-level shoe brand to what most SF members would consider a real quality dress shoe would be Allen Edmonds. You can find AE “seconds” (shoes with very slight defects) for as little as $200. “Firsts” go for around $300. Below AE would be brands like Johnson and Murphy, Cole Haan, and Florsheim. Most of these shoes will have corrected-grain leather, and will not be Goodyear-welted. However, there are at least some models that are classically styled. Kenneth Cole and Aldo are among the most abhorred brands on SF, as their construction is shoddy and their styling hideous.

Check out these popular shoe threads:

The Official Shoe Care Thread

Vintage Shoe Thread

2018 Revival Shoe Challenge

What is the best value shoemaker you know?


This article is an edited version of an article published on Styleforum.net by Shawea.

What Should I Wear to a Job Interview? – Styleforum Guide

“What Should I Wear To A Job Interview?” is one of the most common questions we get here at Styleforum, and the answer is always rather blunt: you should wear a suit and tie. This is absolutely never wrong for an interview once you have graduated from high school. It may be that your interviewer is not expecting you to be so “dressed up,” but nevertheless it is not a mistake for you to look your best. That means wearing a conservative but sharp outfit that adds to your appearance without competing with you for attention.

A Basic Uncontroversial Outfit (though many would leave out the pocket square)

  • A single-breasted, two or three button, navy or dark gray/charcoal suit (i.e., jacket and pants made of the exact same fabric, not just same or similar color), tailored to fit you (especially make sure the sleeves are not down to your knuckles and the pants are not puddling around your ankles). If you don’t own a suit, read the Styleforum guide to buying your first suit.
  • A white, spread collar, long-sleeved dress shirt with single cuffs (i.e. not French cuffs/double cuffs)
  • A silk tie in a solid or simple pattern (pindots or stripes, for instance). Almost any color will do well with a white shirt and either of the aforementioned suits.
  • Black cap-toe shoes and black belt (or suspenders/braces instead if your suit pants take them – but this is rare on ready-to-wear suits today). Check out this thread on Styleforum for more information on black formal shoes.
  • Socks in the same color as the suit.

The above outfit is never wrong for a job interview. Nor is a job interview a time to get “creative” with your outfit, especially if you are not already well-versed in suit-and-tie-wearing, in which case you wouldn’t be reading this.

If you want to deviate from the above suggestions, you can wear a light blue shirt instead of a white one without much risk. In the United States, you can wear a button-down collar instead of a spread collar. Outside of England, in many industries, brown cap-toe shoes with a brown belt are acceptable substitutes for their black counterparts.

You can add a white pocket square in a “TV fold” without much risk, but if you’ve never worn such an item before, don’t make this the first time. It’s also fine to wear navy socks with a gray suit, gray socks with a navy suit, etc..

Avoid black socks or any kind of “fun” socks. Finally, an understated watch is acceptable jewelry, but do not wear a sports watch or a bulky and/or gaudy watch. Other than a wedding ring, this is the only kind of jewelry that is acceptable.

  • A black suit (navy or grey only).
  • An ill-fitting suit (get your suit tailored by someone experienced after purchasing). If you’re unsure about what could be tailored, read here first.
  • A wrinkled shirt (iron your shirt before wearing).
  • Shoes with square toes and/or rubber soles.
  • Scuffed or dirty shoes (make sure your shoes are well-polished – if you don’t know how to do this or don’t have the proper equipment, visit a cobbler or read this guide).
  • Bright colors or wild patterns (you do not want to be competing with your clothes for attention).
  • Buttoning the bottom button on your jacket (it’s not meant to be buttoned – never do this).
  • Removing your jacket (keep it on, with possible rare exceptions).

Here are a couple of examples of good outfits from Styleforum users. These men would be very well dressed for a job interview:


Somewhat riskier would be wearing French cuffs (double cuffs), as the cufflinks may be too flashy. Their appropriateness depends on your region and industry. Barrel cuffs (single cuffs) are always acceptable. More extravagant shoes such as wingtips fall into the same category. A suit in a subtle pinstripe or a striped shirt (with one color stripe on a white ground) can also work, but needlessly increase the difficulty of putting together a nice outfit. Any other kind of patterned suit should really not even be considered. Likewise, three-piece or double-breasted suits should be avoided.

Anything not mentioned to this point, such as wearing a sweater, a bowtie, a novelty tie, loafers, a cherry red dress shirt, etc. with your suit should be absolutely avoided. Remember, this is a job interview. You want to look professional, but with few exceptions, this is not a place to demonstrate your personal style.


If you are absolutely convinced that a suit and tie would be inappropriate, for instance, if you are told specifically not to wear a suit and tie, lose the tie before you lose the jacket. Wearing a tie without a jacket makes you look like a cell phone salesman at the mall. A professional might wear a sportcoat and trousers with no tie, but never a tie without a jacket. You will have more latitude in these less formal situations, but the same principles of keeping your clothing clean, simple, and well-fitting still apply.


Whatever you wear, wear it confidently. If you arrive in a suit and your interviewer says something like, “you didn’t need to dress up for us!” don’t look sheepish, just smile and say, “I wanted to look my best.” Finally, and I hope obviously, but perhaps most importantly, nothing is less stylish than poor personal hygiene. Get a decent haircut, take a shower, and clip your fingernails!

If you’re still not sure about what to wear, visit the Styleforum Style Advice forum and ask for help here.


This is an edited version of an article published on Styleforum in 2012 by Styleforum member Shawea.

Twissic Watches REVIEW

By Nathan Flowers

It’s Really Thin.

Crazy thin. Ridiculously thin.

And I like it.

I don’t normally search out thin watches. I’m usually happy to wear a bigass Seiko diver or even my old G-Shock Mudman when I’m outdoors. But I like this watch a lot. Newcomer Twissic has jumped into the market via their Kickstarter with what may be one of the thinnest watches to make it to market in the past year.

The 316L stainless case is a scant 4.8mm thick at its widest point. The watch itself is relatively thin in diameter, measuring only 38mm, but a large dial and thin bezel make the Twissic ride the wrist like a larger watch. Our loaner units were their Enpointe model, which ride on handsome full-grain leather quick-release straps in an 18mm width.

Everything about the Twissic watches we’ve tested feels minimalistic, but also well-designed. Powered by a Swiss Ronda quartz movement (with a six-year battery life), its hands are small but highly polished and easy to read. The dial comes in an attractive black on the rose gold model, and a clean white on the stainless steel. It’s also water resistant to 3ATM, but you won’t be diving with it. It’s a classier watch, for wearing to work, or out on the town.

I’ve worn them for a solid week, and am most impressed with how lightweight they are. The Twissic seems to just melt into your wrist, and you don’t notice you’re wearing it until you go to take a look at it. I tend to wear my other watches a little loose just to give my wrist space to breathe, but with these, I don’t need to. It sits there waiting, unnoticed until it’s needed, and that’s nice.

Twissic’s Kickstarter page has all the info you’ll need to get your hands on one. You can also check out Styleforum’s Twissic Official Affiliate Thread for more info, or to ask the designers a question about their watches. For the next few days, you can still get in on their £109/$145 super early bird pricing, and to me, it’s a good deal.


This is not a sponsored post. To read Styleforum’s review policy, please click here.