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Couple pickups, took advantage of the 3/65% off sale at JAB:


Brooks "Country Club" horsebit tie and Mont Blanc Individuel (not really trad, but fantastic scent, if anyone is in to colognes):


and, just because I wanted some, NB 993 fratbalances:
 

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I think I'm fairly well set for cooler weathers after my latest round of acquisitions, entirely funded from consigning the culls from a closet purge. First are four cold-weather jackets, leading with the two 100% cashmere:





Then Harris tweed:



and lastly a patch-pocket 3/2 corduroy sack from Brooks Brothers:



Next a couple nice pairs of boots:





And lastly, a bit out of season and a bit of a risk in sizing, are these navy suede Carmina pennies. They're a half-size smaller than what I normally wear, but reviews say the Xim last runs a little large and handsewns fit a bit more tightly and stretch more than your average GYW shoe. Plus the seller takes returns, I've really been itching for a pair of navy suede loafers, and the price was irresistible:

 

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Rube - that first jacket and those suede loafers are stunning.


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Reuben

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Rube - that first jacket and those suede loafers are stunning.


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Fingers crossed the loafers work out. Already had a pair of navy suede AE cavannaugh 2nds fall through on me when I didn't size correctly, and while club monacco has navy suede patriots in stock, I wanted something just a smidge more casual than a welted pinchpenny though not quite as full-bore casual as a chunky beetroll. I also couldn't quite bring myself to spend anywhere near full-price on such a frivolous shoe. These were $200 and the only reason I even stretched that far was that I could justify them as paid for by and a reward for trimming down my closet (and consequently, trimming down my waistline about a year ago).

The hard part is still ahead, however. I have to decide what gets pulled to make room for these guys . . .
 

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Fingers crossed the loafers work out. Already had a pair of navy suede AE cavannaugh 2nds fall through on me when I didn't size correctly, and while club monacco has navy suede patriots in stock, I wanted something just a smidge more casual than a welted pinchpenny though not quite as full-bore casual as a chunky beetroll. I also couldn't quite bring myself to spend anywhere near full-price on such a frivolous shoe. These were $200 and the only reason I even stretched that far was that I could justify them as paid for by and a reward for trimming down my closet (and consequently, trimming down my waistline about a year ago).

The hard part is still ahead, however. I have to decide what gets pulled to make room for these guys . . .
I've had a really tough time with the Cavanaughs. I was never able to figure out a size that worked, plus the soles are stiff, which just makes the heels slip even more.

I have a pair of royal blue suede Sebagos that I've gotten lot's of wear from over the past two years, but I'm not in love with the beef rolls.

Those Carminas have a great Santoni-ish look, not quite flat strap, not quite beef roll, fold-over stitch on the plug. Like a Penny Loafer and a Bit Loafer had a child.


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I've had a really tough time with the Cavanaughs. I was never able to figure out a size that worked, plus the soles are stiff, which just makes the heels slip even more.

I have a pair of royal blue suede Sebagos that I've gotten lot's of wear from over the past two years, but I'm not in love with the beef rolls.

Those Carminas have a great Santoni-ish look, not quite flat strap, not quite beef roll, fold-over stitch on the plug. Like a Penny Loafer and a Bit Loafer had a child.


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I've come to feel the same way about beetrolls, they don't really have the flexibility of a good pinchpenny. They're at or just above the formality of a ranger mocs in my mind and I'd rather wear the rangers. I can go out for a hike in the rangers, even been out on a few jogs in them.

I considered buying a pair of cheap navy suede loafers, but I could never find a pair that I liked. They were always a few shades lighter than navy, with white/colorful contrast stitching and a natural leather or red gum sole. I wanted something darker, a true navy suede with tonal or subtly contrasting stitching and a dark sole. Plus I've been kinda spoiled by my other shoes at this point. A cheap loafer, likely with a synthetic insole, canvas liner, and/or stiff leather just wouldn't be as comfortable as my other shoes, so it wouldn't get worn as much.

What'd you think of AE's Sea Island webgem? I was sorely tempted by the tan and brown options, they looked like the perfect unstructured, lightweight, slipper-ish summer shoe.
 

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They were borderline for me. I had ordered a pair of blue suede Concord Ave loafers, which were similarly constructed, and they were flexible in the way I wanted a loafer to be, but they were almost too floppy for me. I need something flexible, but still supportive.

The Sebagos work for me because they have room for orthotics, but are otherwise very lightly constructed. The only AE loafers I've really found comfortable are the Italians, which are sturdy, but flexible.

i've also done well with Rancourt. I probably just need to bite the bullet and limit myself to buying customs from Rancourt or higher end Italian loafers and reserve AE and Alden for heavier lace ups.

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Your pictures are really great. I would have assumed stock but even that would not blend as well with borders. Whatever you are doing keep it up and if I ever decide to open an EBAY store, I am heading your way for advice. Only Brianpore on TOF is better when he does his 360 degree photos.

I needed (well...wanted) a few new blazers:







Also awaiting a couple of Harris Tweeds blazers. Pics up when they arrive.

One can never have too many shirts.





Justifying this all as a birthday treat to myself. :great:
 

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I didn't care for the fit of my Harris Tweed Jacket, so today I found a Corbin 38-R Grey Herringbone is a great pattern.
 
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