Is dressing well turning into a form of cosplay?

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Me too, funny enough.
Great minds, dear boy, great minds.

I think I might pop down to the Balearic coast and get a pair made by a local artisan. Can't cost more than a few pesetas.

"Buenas dias. Un par de bespoke espadrillas, size ocho, por favor. Y no me cargas el five hundred quid como el Señor Crompers, eh!"

"Oy Dios mio! El Crompers! Y su freebies por un favorable review! Ai ai ai! Qual ruptura del cojones!'

"Señor conosce el Crompers? Estamos siguros señor no uno de "design" artisans con cielo alto prices?"

"No, no, Señor. Ici estamos todo sal de la tierra craftsmen, honest to goodness, solidos articulos fato a mano, nada design mierda del toro."

"Phew y OK. Vamos con la comision."
 

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I'm currently in the market for a pair of espadrilles. Summer will come, and the heatwaves too, as sure as morn follows night. Sub ten quid, please.
I was in the market for a pair last summer (and will be again next year) but I couldn't find any as cheap as that. Which is why I still don't have any.
 

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We need to send someone on a mission to Malvarrosa Beach in Valencia. I'm sure I saw a hobo on the promenade selling them there next to the bongs.
 

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Why would anyone wish to fork out 600 quid for a pair of trainers? ('sneakers' to the rest of the world) They're meant for sport, they're expendable, there's nothing much that you can put in in terms of technology and materials and what have you, and therefore not worth spending a fortune on.
It's all fashion, and fashion isn't about quality anymore (if it ever was, of course).

It's all about branding, looking trendy and showing that you can afford to buy crass, flashy stuff that will be out of fashion next season.

The poor bastard is a size 17AAA.
Sheesh - that's enormous! How tall is he?

A friend of mine has size 14 feet and he has enormous difficulty finding anything to fit him. Thankfully, he's an academic scientist so he spends most of his time in a t-shirt, jeans and ugly sneakers.

This is honestly 90% of looking decent, much to iGents dismay.
Absolutely. If you're reasonably tall and slim, just about everything will fit you easily and will look decent on you.
 

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^My brother-in-law is not that tall--a shade under 6'5". His older brother is 6'5", but his shoe size is a more attainable 15D. The latter has a son who is 6'7", but I don't know his shoe size. When I married into that family 25 years ago I was 6'3", but I have shrunk in old age down to about 6'1", and so I almost feel like the runt of the litter. However, my stepson is only 5'11" (the same as his mother), and three of my wife's four nieces have married men of average height, so I don't feel quite so dwarfed at family gatherings.
 

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^My brother-in-law is not that tall--a shade under 6'5". His older brother is 6'5", but his shoe size is a more attainable 15D. The latter has a son who is 6'7", but I don't know his shoe size. When I married into that family 25 years ago I was 6'3", but I have shrunk in old age down to about 6'1", and so I almost feel like the runt of the litter. However, my stepson is only 5'11" (the same as his mother), and three of my wife's four nieces have married men of average height, so I don't feel quite so dwarfed at family gatherings.
jan do you mean triple E (EEE)? width denoms go up in the alphabet. an A width would be the most narrow.
 

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No, I meant AAA, I assume that means ultra-narrow. I think EEE is the widest of sizes under the American system, which is why I suggested, were his feat as long as they are and ultra-wide, he could leave a very convincing Bigfoot trail.
 

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No, I meant AAA, I assume that means ultra-narrow. I think EEE is the widest of sizes under the American system, which is why I suggested, were his feat as long as they are and ultra-wide, he could leave a very convincing Bigfoot trail.
I've never seen a AAA measurement on a men's shoe, only on women's. That man must have the most narrow feet imaginable.
 

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^I suspect that's the case. I used to look at his choice of footgear with a certain iGent disdain, but now I see that the poor guy was trying to get anything that he could fit his strangely shaped feet into with some measure of comfort.
 

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^I suspect that's the case. I used to look at his choice of footgear with a certain iGent disdain, but now I see that the poor guy was trying to get anything that he could fit his strangely shaped feet into with some measure of comfort.
I know how he feels. Shout out Dropbear
 

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^I shouldn't think 10.5EEE would be too hard to find. I just did a search on the A-E website, and they had a whole passel of good-looking shoes in that size on sale right now. My stepson has a half-brother whose feet are, as I recall, 10.5EEE or something close to that.
 

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^I shouldn't think 10.5EEE would be too hard to find. I just did a search on the A-E website, and they had a whole passel of good-looking shoes in that size on sale right now. My stepson has a half-brother whose feet are, as I recall, 10.5EEE or something close to that.
Trust me jan, its a nightmare.
 
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