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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.
...what's funny about all this nitpickery, and I'm guilty too, is how Joe and Jane Normal will never see any of the blemishes and spots we do. They don't care, they'll look at our face when talking with us, or they'll merely say that someone has nice shoes or cute colour on them. We really do have too high hopes for RTW or too much idle time to talk about spots and such on a style forum. I can understand this with bespoke dudes, but it's more humourous with factory-made...
Could one of you refresh my memory again: if Cleverley's RTW pairs are made by EG or C&J, what makes them worth the high markup (apart from the last)?
Here's one more vote in favour of bengal's grand journey into Japanese cordwainery! When can we expect your shuu blog launch? Do give a go to kangaroo leather, it's one of the strongest clean hides available.
books and tweed, you could always change the buttons to horny ones if the coat otherwise fits you and suits your needs. Metal buttons are always a bit showy. Spoo, mehhh...I'm not feeling that dropped, dated breast patch pocket on that true blazer. Those Chipp jackets are The Right Stuff, though.
Oh, come now, don't apologise. The average lady out there will see red (soles) and instantly think of Loubs. They've a trademark for this detail and celebs all around wear their shoes because they can be recognised as expensive, rare, designer goods. At least, that's what all women's mags tell us. We shoe nerds here on SF know that the most uppity ladies have their shoes made by Lobb&Co. and such -- with no logos on the surface. These women have no need to flaunt...
Jesper, how long did Shoji work at G&G? Do you know what areas of shoemaking he worked with? From what I've seen, he is the most talented cordwainer of our era. That is, I haven't seen finer finished pairs from any other maker out there.
Oh, there's definitely some fishy creasing going on with that black pair. They never should appear beyond the cap. Other than this, it's yet another beautiful pair from Romania. I wonder who trained their workforce about a decade ago...or if the country had talent and cordwainer schools all along.
J., I've been using Collonil's 1909 line since the jars arrived and won't be going back to Saphir as long as I can find the right shades from C. Saphir stinks like no other and I don't write this figuratively. The number one shoe addict can be found at Herrainpukimo, one Finnish clothing store, and he visited Paris to learn patina skills. The man also has more than a hundred cans of polish alone. Yes, I should visit the intriguing Shoegazing trunk...but I have some 27...
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