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Posts by VRaivio

*hush*That's some mighty nice certified alligator!
A quick question: I don't use wax on cordovan, so which shoe cream is best suited for Horween's whiskey shell cordovan? I'd like to hide a few scuffs but not lose the nice shade.
As much as Yanagimachi's prices bring a smile to a shoe fan's face, I can't help but wonder how much he is paying himself at the end of the day. He is known and talented, so the HY workshop could raise their prices already. Artists deserve what they can get.
Oh, we can start a whole new debate about glue -- animal-based natural glue vs. chemical, unnatural factory glue! I can already picture a few scenes of men ripping their beards or moustaches in agony after popping $1500 on a pair of shoes, only to learn afterwards that they didn't even get natural glue for the money. I wonder if anyone at G&G reads this thread and whether they laugh out loud at the folly of men.
Saw those G&Gs on the other thread -- it's a beautiful, beautiful last and the calf looks...edible.
^Oh, it's dense stuff alright and one of the least porous leathers in use. Much depends on your feet: those who sweat much or get hot easily won't like shell cordovan, and in summer heat it's not nearly as cool as suede, buckskin or canvas. If you some day find a pair that's not as cmfortable, you can soften the uppers with Lexol. Enjoy the boots!
Thank you for the shot, nutcracker! The heelcup stiffener looks like leather all right, the toe puff celastic. There's more to fine shoes than design and details alone, and I'll stick with Hungarian or Eastern-European pairs.
Whut -- G&G uses plastic stiffeners? Can you share some Men's Ex dissection photo or similar of this?
Norvegese shüüs from the less garish end of the spectrum, that is, as wholecuts: While Meermin informed me that the leather is reputable and European, the creases are permanent and run deep. A shame and a minus.
DW, are there books on the history of shoemaking with nice coverage on factory-made pairs of the 20th century? I'd like to know more about how they used to make 'em, and how GW machines have changed things. I'm a bit reluctant to think we could ever shod all feet in 2014 with only hand-welted and made pairs, because The Gentle Craft doesn't appeal like, say, careers in law or business. We need alternative methods for OK shoes like Loake.
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