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Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on Alden and their collaborations? Thanks.

I love Alden, but most of their collaborations look the same to me…I think Leather Soul probably does the best job overall. They should open up the archives though. 

Anonymous asked: Hi ! I'm a big fan of your site and it has been an inspiring source of styles for years now. I just moved to NYC, and though I'm familiar with good and affordable shoe brands in Europe, I cannot seem to find any here... What would you recommend for quality good-year welted leather dress shoes for 300 $ ? I would like to try them on too before buying. Thanks in advance, have a great day !

For that price range, I would check out Allen Edmonds. Find a store nearby and try on the styles you’re interested in, and then once you find your sizing, look around online - they are often on sale and the popular models should fall well within your price range. You can also look at the J. Crew shoes for a relative bargain on machine made goodyear shoes. 

Anonymous asked: Re: your recommendation to go MTM or bespoke on the wedding tux, what do you mean by Tom Ford's styling cues? How do they differ from Isaia, La Vera Sartoria Napoletana, or Attolini? Thanks.

Mostly the fit and some of the construction details. Although his suits are made by Zegna, they draw some inspiration from Savile Row as well. You can read all about why here, via this excellent explanation and de-construction.

theshatteredconscience asked: I love your blog! Do you have any jean brand recommendations that are $100 and under?

I’d probably say Uniqlo or Levis, but J. Crew/Club Monaco could also work. 

Anonymous asked: Have you tried Left Shoe’s New York pop-up in Chelsea to experience its unique measurement process where a robotic camera takes a 360-degree, 3D scan of your feet? Wouldn't it be nice to take your "prescription" to any shoemaker like one does glasses?

I’ve seen Left Shoe before, but I haven’t heard about the Pop up. Definitely sounds like a cool concept and I’d love to hear some feedback on how it works. Would be nice to have a scan of your foot surely, but there is also something to be said for the hand-measuring process performed by a bespoke cordwainer. 

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