Thursday, 19 December 2013
I had mine, but no one else seems to have remembered theirs. In a formal, semi formal or business-like function one should pay extra attention to this detail. A matching tie would be nice if required.
Friday, 8 November 2013
Monday, 23 September 2013
Ala Bontoni. Since I prefer buying shoes that I can see and Italy isn't on my 'to visit list' in the near, near future I decided to commission a triple monk strap shoe from the same people that I had a wholecut made sometime ago.
The leather as always is whatever they had. Good enough I say.
The shoes look decadent. Gold buckles add to the richness....and excessiveness. If you're ordering a pair of shoes it should be a bit mad. You only live once.
Monday, 9 September 2013
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Once you've completed your basic shoe collection with the required black and brown captoe balmorals and the more casual derby/blucher pairs of shoes and a few loafers in both black and brown as well as the occasional pair of burgundy/maroon pair of shoes, one can then indulge in adding some variety and colour to one's shoe collection.
As you can see, I've added a pair of spectators from Loake, blue suede tassel loafers from Fratelli Rossetti, grey suede longwings and on a lesser note, the orangey derby from Sutor Mantellassi. One can also add more designs instead of just colour to a collection. Fringe or tasseled loafers, horsebit loafers, fringed derby shoes, etc.
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Sunday, 7 July 2013
Now in sunny, humid Malaysia I am actually not fond of wearing jackets, blazers or any outer garment whether at work or for casual wear. This is because work does not require me to be in a formal business environment and I spend a lot of time outside of the office. Furthermore, the temperatures of over thirty-two degrees Celsius does not warrant the use of jackets outdoors. Even the Royal navy formal wear during the day is relegated to a white shirt,pants and a shash around the waist, ala the Royal Navy's Red Sea dress code for special functions in the hot Middle East.
So a mild winter does not warrant anything more than a shirt, t-shirt under a blazer or a jacket for casual wear. This is Yours Truly in a cotton linen unlined jacket (slightly chilly at times but if you do some layering with the shirts you have, it works well) a polo tee, cotton pants and a fedora hat (to keep one's head warm in around fifteen degrees Celsius) at Fremantle, after an overdose of fish n chips. And brown rubber soled brogues in case it gets wet. Oh, with a matching belt too. Ignore the huge bronze watch if you think it's ungentlemanly...watches are a personal thing in my opinion. And I wasn't going to any formal events whilst on holiday.
Oh yes. Not many people wear a proper hat these days. Even over in Perth.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
What you see in the picture above is a pair of Loake Lifestyle Patent Leather plain toe balmorals (or oxfords). I bought this pair at PLAL's sometime last year to replace the pair of plain toe black calf leather shoes that were my official function shoes (see the photo below - Batik shirt, black trousers, red shoelaces - I wanted to add more colour down below).
The shoes are by Loake and from the Lifestyle series. It is patent leather and like most 'function shoes' are glued or stuck on in manufacture. This is so that the wearer cuts a slim (even if he is chubby) and elegant profile. Now I could have gotten a pair of Church's or some other higher priced brand, but this is a function shoe and a function shoe is usually made out of shiny, glossy patent leather. Patent leather is usually leather that has been treated (or painted) until is glossy and shines. It is plasticky and one does not need to pay a heap of cash for such a shoe. Hence, a Loake would suffice.
Now if you look at the photograph properly you will notice that the shoe laces have been changed from the usual stringy laces to silk ribbon laces. This is what one should do to your 'black tie' event shoes as it takes you one step closer to those patent leather pumps which usually come with a bow on top (which actually look like a pair of shoes that wouldn't look out of place if your wife wore them) but one that wouldn't make those who aren't willing to go that extra step. The ribbon laces makes the shoe even more dressier and more suited to formal occasions. No. Not girly. Trust me.
Actually, in this region, this would be considered as extreme as most men end up wearing the same shoes they go to work with for the dinner functions.
This is now the pair of shoes that I will wear to those dinner functions. I actually do not attend many functions as I am no socialite or party goer. But a gentleman should be prepared when such an event may arise.
I haven't worn these yet.