lifeonwaine asked:

Are The oxbloods made in a different year? There fore potentially based off a different model shape.. Just a thought. Both are nice dude. I don't wear black shoes at all. So I would recommend getting a cheap insole to fill space. Oxblood is super cool man..

They’re almost certainly from different years, but generally they both fall in the late 70s-80s. I suspect the cordovan pair are a little newer, but worn harder, because the scotch grain pair has the original leather soles and a v-cleat, while the cordovan pair has been resoled at some point and given a rubber heel. Theoretically, they should be more similar, or at least the sizes should be more consistent because the Imperial line was based off of the same silhouette for about thirty years. Florsheim still makes this model but uses corrected grain and sends it offshore to be produced.

I am also more drawn to the cordovan, but they don’t fit as well. I’m thinking I could wear the scotch grain more Thom Browne style to make them more interesting.

A Shoe Problem.

My eBay search for a pair of vintage Florsheim Imperials in my small size (usually a 6) led me to buy two pairs from different sellers.

Above on the left is a black scotch grain pair in 6.5 D and on the right, oxblood cordovan in a 6 D.

So if I wear a 6, you’d think those would fit best right? Wrong. In fact, the 6.5s are smaller and narrower! You can see the gap between the shoe and my foot on the cordovans. I suspect the previous owner had really fucking wide feet and just stretched these out over time. The scotch grains would benefit a lot from a good polishing, because they look comparatively dull but I only just got them today so I haven’t done that yet.

I could try taking a cheap insole and fitting it for the cordovans to try and take up space so they fit better. Is it worth it though? I wanted the cordovan pair more for their versatility in my wardrobe and black shoes are harder to match sometimes without looking too interview-y.

The shoe silhouettes seem different too. The wings on the toes go back further on the black pair, while the oxblood pair have a slightly more rounded toe. The black pair comes up higher on my foot, around the heel and the top of the foot.

Thoughts?

A Shoe Problem.

My eBay search for a pair of vintage Florsheim Imperials in my small size (usually a 6) led me to buy two pairs from different sellers.

Above on the left is a black scotch grain pair in 6.5 D and on the right, oxblood cordovan in a 6 D.

So if I wear a 6, you’d think those would fit best right? Wrong. In fact, the 6.5s are smaller and narrower! You can see the gap between the shoe and my foot on the cordovans. I suspect the previous owner had really fucking wide feet and just stretched these out over time. The scotch grains would benefit a lot from a good polishing, because they look comparatively dull but I only just got them today so I haven’t done that yet.

I could try taking a cheap insole and fitting it for the cordovans to try and take up space so they fit better. Is it worth it though? I wanted the cordovan pair more for their versatility in my wardrobe and black shoes are harder to match sometimes without looking too interview-y.

The shoe silhouettes seem different too. The wings on the toes go back further on the black pair, while the oxblood pair have a slightly more rounded toe. The black pair comes up higher on my foot, around the heel and the top of the foot.

Thoughts?

putthison

putthison:

The Man Who Believed in Simplicity

Although I own more clothes than I need, and think there are a number of advantages to having a big wardrobe, there’s something admittedly appealing about personal uniforms. The idea that one can put a lot of thought into what they buy, but almost no thought into what they choose to wear … because it’s always the same thing. Such simplicity feels freeing.

Jean-Michel Frank seems to have known this idea well. He unfortunately lived a short life – having committed suicide at age 46 – but in his brief time, he became one of the most influential interior designers of the 20th century. A pioneer in minimalism, he was known for his plain-lined but sumptuous furniture made from luxurious materials such as mother-of-pearl, shagreen, mica, and leather. For example, here’s a striking oakwood armchair upholstered in doe-hide that he designed for a hotel in Patagonia (his work was famous among wealthy elites in Argentina, who would often visit Paris, where Frank was based). He also designed a special collection for Hermes in 1924, which was recently re-released by the French luxury house. Included was a club chair made from sheepskin, a rye-straw marquetry screen, and a parchment covered dressing table. You can see other designs by Frank at artnet.

This idea of simplicity was extended to his wardrobe. Frank was said to have owned forty of the same exact grey flannel suit. Each was double-breasted with a four-on-two buttoning configuration (four buttons, two for closing), and made with a long peak lapel line and no ticket pocket (for the sake of simplicity, we can assume). The lapels were cut relatively straight, rather than curved with a belly. The chest was clean, the shoulders soft, and the upper arms a touch full. The result was a silhouette that allowed Frank to look relaxed and comfortable, but also gave him a great elegance.   

In a 1938 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Frank was quoted as saying, “Throw out and keep throwing out. Elegance means elimination.” He seems to have done this in both his work and wardrobe, paring things down to their most essential forms, and making sure that what was done, was done exceptionally well. I’ll admit, the idea of wearing the same thing every day isn’t for me, but I also don’t look as good as Frank in a grey flannel double-breasted suit.

chanelaftercoco

chanelaftercoco:

STYLE CRUSH: NICK WOOSTER

Meet “The Dapper Wooster”; Men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman and Menswear dandy king.

I’m not always a big fan of his camo, but Nick Wooster is only about 5’5” or 5’6”. While not the shortest man out there, he is definitely smaller than average. I feel like he’s a good example of a short man who doesn’t look short, showing it’s all about dressing the body. That said, he’s pretty muscular and stocky, which gives him more presence and more to drape clothes over, than short guys who are also thin.

tofuboots

tofuboots:

Famous Short Guy of the Week: Sammy Davis Jr - 5’3

If you’re a small guy like me chances are you get hung up on height from time to time. My height is probably the main reason for my peacocking when it comes to fashion. I like investing in pieces that are well fitting, hug my body, and draw attention to the outfit as a whole because it diverts attention from my height. And that’s exactly what Sammy did throughout his career - stayed on his A-game when it came to fashion and became an icon over the years for that polished, classic look.

Honestly, I would probably dress like a slob if I clocked in somewhere over 5’7.

finefinds

finefinds:

Heirloom Scrimshaw Knife Kit

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The name says it all. The idea of this knife kit is to provide you with everything you need to make scrimshaw art piece, but it doesn’t guarantee that what you end up with will be fit for handing down to your kid. Basically, you etch your drawing into the bone handle and hope that you’re up to the task. Very interesting idea though and definitely worth keeping in view.