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  1. Shoes that look better with age...

  2. Samurai Jeans

    Those are some proper Indo-fades, the style is certainly distinct. Very nice.
  3. THIS OR THAT? (Use me for all your Should I Buy...? questions)

    You didn't ask for other suggestions but for anyone fancying that style in opulent horsehide, "Jorge" by the The Last Conspiracy delivers:
  4. Shoes that look better with age...

    I’m not a big authority on the subject either, but the gist here is that the workwear (inspired) lace-up shoes/boots are generally derby-style, while oxford is a distinctly more formal, dressier style of a shoe/boot. My Nick’s Manito high-arch ”oxfords” have arrived on the old continent and are currently in the stern yet righteous hands of the local customs authorities; I should have them by midweek, feeling anxious/nervous as ever about this blind-buy.
  5. Shoes that look better with age...

    A shoe like White’s Retro ”oxford” is actually called ”derby”, identifiable by the way the quarters are stitched on top of the vamp, while an actual oxford shoe looks very different, with quarters sewn under the vamp. White’s Retro ”oxford”, a derby shoe: An actual oxford shoe: ”Balmoral” is an alternative way to call an oxford.
  6. Waywt 2018 (denim version)

    I used to stay in Malang for a year as an exchange student and since then worked for my country's embassy in Jakarta for a few years; I'm fluent in your language.
  7. Waywt 2018 (denim version)

    Salam sejahtera, gan, that’s a neat outfit you are sporting for your first post.
  8. For plain tees, my holy triumvirate is BPCall - Asket - Sunspel, with noticeable increase in price and rather minimal increase in quality at every step going from left to right.
  9. Shoes that look better with age...

    I’m waiting for a pair of these to arrive, hoping they’ll serve me well as ”lightweight” (as in, 1kg+/shoe ) spring/summer kicks.
  10. Shoes that look better with age...

    You mean a similar style of shoe? There should be plenty around, like Nick’s Manito Oxford, White’s Retro Oxford, Wesco JH Classic to name a few. No idea why Americans call them oxfords, mind.
  11. Cinch is not a common feature by a longshot Lee 101 Cinch Tapered, however... - 13,5” front rise in size 36 - 14,5” leg opening in size 36 - cinch back - super-badass denim, fadez for dayz
  12. You should forget about the idea of reading much into such descriptions, as they are entirely manufacturer-/marketing-dependent and tell nothing about the actual measurements or fit. What you should also do is check the measurements of your best-fitting pair (those PBJ, presumably) and decide where it’s off and by how much, to then be able to proceed with finding a pair that’s similar-but-not.
  13. THIS OR THAT? (Use me for all your Should I Buy...? questions)

    It's one of the 3 threads where you posted this question (not this one, so it leaves 2).
  14. Full Count Denim Thread

    By asking directly from the store. Cultizm are very accommodating with this and their measurements are accurate; with others, buyer beware... Although I'm guessing @bartlebyyphonics was referring to Lee Japan stuff that I know nothing about. By contrast, there are no really baggy models in Lee Europe's 101 lineup, there are only a few cuts and they all tend towards slim/skinny if anything... For example their main "straight-fit" offering, "101Z", measures less than 11,5" on the thigh with sub-7,5" leg opening in size 31", with a bit of variance between versions using different fabrics. "101S" is more tapered still and "Tapered" extremely so, the latter with a roomy top-block, however. Z and S sport lowish front rise while Tapered is very high rise by today's standards. Sadly (if predictably) no natural indigo available either, but their denims are solid in general.
  15. RIVET & HIDE, London. Info etc...

    >Read about the sashiko bomber on SuFu >Head over to R&H to check it out >Notice, that size S is already out of stock >First thought: "Ah, that Niro..."