The attire for today, a sunny, pleasant day in late September. Items include a new shirt from J. Press worn with a vintage Black Watch regimental stripe necktie from Reiss of New Haven (found in a thrift shop several years ago in Central Illinois of all places).
The shoes were shined recently using Saphir products and my late maternal grandfather's horsehair shoe brushes made in West Germany. It's amazing how quickly you can bring up a good shine using these plus a bit of nylon stocking for extra high shine on the toes and heels.
The shoe brushes must be about 65 or 70 years old and still doing yeoman's work. He gave them to me 20 years before I moved to Minneapolis for my Ph. D. program, and I have used them daily on my own boots and shoes ever since.