Heraldic club ties: So handsome to look at, so foolish to wear — or are they?

Trad clothiers bring out crest-emblazoned ties every fall — including, this season, Lands’ End (above)— but who actually buys them? Do they make you a royal ass, shield you from the commonplace, or leave you a crestfallen subject of ridicule?

So what say ye, gallant or gauche? Here are the pretenders to the style throne:

Ralph Lauren:

Brooks Brothers:

J. Press:

O’Connell’s: