Where do I find CG issue shiny dress shoes?

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  1. officer

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    I am wondering what brand of shiny dress shoe the CGA cadets wear. I need to get a new pair for Civil Air Patrol and want to get the same kind that CGA uses. Thanks, -officer
     
  2. officer

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    I don't know what corframs are, but it's the super shiny (patent leather) dress oxford. I need to know what is allowed, not necessarily what is issued.-Thanks
     
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    as a fourth class you cannot have patent leather (corfram) shoes. past that it doesn't really matter I don't believe. you'll be issued new shoes during swab summer anyway.
     
  4. Capt MJ

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    Shoes... this almost belongs in the "Stuff You Know" thread

    Corfam (not fram, but hey, half the time that's what I say too) are high-gloss leather shoes, typically the black leather lace-up oxford worn by men and women as a dress shoe. For Navy folk, they also come in a delightful scuff-attracting white shade - not sure who else is lucky enough to wear white shoes.

    The armed forces provide specifications for uniform items, including shoes, such as material, fire retardancy, style, steel-toe, etc. Manufacturers who supply clothing and accessories to uniformed professionals meet those specs and compete for contracts to supply military and other uniform centers. Bates Footwear supplies most military, police, postal service and other professionals; I recall some other firms too.

    I tried Corfams once, but preferred bringing regular leathers to that blinding state of shiny glare. They were much more supple. I give my prior enlisted roomie all credit for tips and tricks. Any shininess on USCGA cadet shoes is no doubt a product of elbow grease, time invested, spit and other arcane tools of the trade used to bring matte leather to gleaming impressiveness.

    Though now retired, as is my spouse, we still keep our civvy shoes shined, dead giveaway, I think.

    http://www.batesfootwear.com/US/Default.aspx?s_kwcid=bates boots|1669845271

    http://www.uscg.mil/uniform/MensShoesSocks.asp

    If you can't shop in a military exchange uniform store, many Army-Navy type stores carry Bates shoes. Watch out for irregulars or second-hand shoes.:rolleyes:
     
  5. Kero

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    Another note about corfams is depending on how your wearing them note that once they get any significant scratches they are worthless and can't really be repaired were as leather's can always be reshined, should only be used for dress occasions.

    Also, leathers breath, corfams DON'T.
     
  6. J Collins

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    My daughter was issued "BATES" dress shoes from the CGA.
     
  7. officer

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    Thanks to all for the advice. :smile: -officer
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Hey, I'll even write it like I say it "Chloro Frams" which I know is wrong...


    They are not authorized for 4/c, not authorized for inspections, not authorized for drill (as your company is inspected during drill), and not authorized for use on ships (on account that they will melt to your feet in a fire).

    I wear them around work if I'm in Trops because they are easier to keep around the office. Other than that, I don't touch them. Keep windex around. I don't advise buying them until you can actually wear them.
     

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