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    Alden restoration

    Last year I contacted Alden to see if they'd put a Commando or Plantation sole on my Kudu chukkas, replacing the worn Goodyear sole. They would, thanks, and sent along the restoration kit. Was dangerously close to an important birthday (better half's), then Christmas, and I realized my own...
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    Suit suggestions

    All I'm embarrassed to admit that I currently do not own a single functional suit and wonder if I'm not alone in this sartorial lack. The writing/academic life demands a closet full of khaki, tweed, linen and corduroy but not much else. A classic old Beecroft and Bull charcoal suit fits me like...
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    Alden Indy return woes

    All, This is one of those therapeutic posts. I'm asking no questions, seeking no advice, and, basically, writing the post to try to absolve if not my sins, then at least my guilt over the boyish giddiness that allowed me to wear the too large Alden Indys to work (and elsewhere) before I...
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    Removing shoulder pads?

    All, Was doing some closet digging and found an old but wonderful linen sportcoat from back in the day. The only problem? Modest shoulder pads. Not only do I hate them--as we all do, I'd suppose--but I'm already broad across the beam and any shoulder padding at all makes me look extra...
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    Quoddy issues

    Last Spring I bought two pair of Quoddys from O'Connells, the boat loafer and the 3 eyelet boat moc. Both have been returned this summer due to workmanship issues. On the 3 eyelet the pull-up on the chromexcel on one of them was so extreme the grain of the leather appeared to be...
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    Murray's Reds

    All Just got a couple pair of reds (long and bermuda) from the source, Murray's Toggery. I've worn reds since the late 80s and still have two pair from the 90s. My older pairs are not close to being ragged out but are showing their age. I decided it was time to re-up. I'm as eager to support...