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Quote: Originally Posted by sebastophoros wood is the traditional material for rtw shanks. metal is used in low-cost shoes. metallic shanks break easier than wooden ones, but are cheaper. bespoke shoemakers make shanks of leather. So evidently nothing wrong with the shank--no poor materials there! Quote: Originally Posted by sebastophoros I used reiter's words : the "counter" is the hard piece of whatever, inserted between...
Quote: Originally Posted by Golgotha As it was commented on the dpec forum earlier today, we are of the opinion that while the craftsmanship is excellent, some of the underlying materials are unworthy of a traditional english shoe. Synthetic materials that yet may last for some ten years, are still much less noble in my nevrotic view. The only synthetic material that I saw in the translation (and perhaps other examples were missed in the...
Quote: Originally Posted by sebastophoros my technical english is a bit poor, but here's my summarised translation : As the tested shoe is a sub, the team did not mention the stains and irregularities of the upper calf. First part : the sole and the heel The heel was made of real layers of leather, and not a block of synthetic material like many shoes of the previous autopsies. Layers are put together with nails, and fixed to the sole with pegs. The...
Quote: Originally Posted by Geoff Gander If the price is closer to $336 (is that really what you paid??) then it's a no brainer and I'll be contacting Shyam straight away. They're listed as 1099 Malaysian Ringgits. This works out to about $336 US, or about $344 Cdn. Shipping might add another $25, but, of course, you'll pay that (or much more) from any online seller. So, about $369 Cdn. to your door. Now, if you get lucky on eBay and find a...
An interesting post, if for nothing other than the pictures. Geoff Gander, you do, of course, know of P Lal. There, you can buy this shoe for $336 US. You would be hard pressed to do any better price-wise. You might scout eBay for a few months and get lucky and find your size and color preference for a little less--like $285 or so from some seller like "Sausages," but with the greater shipping costs, you'll end up, at best, only $20-$25 ahead of P Lal. For $336, you...
On my MTM shirts, the shirtmaker gets it right, but on many RTW shirts, the shoulder seam is a little too far out for me. I quite like mafoofan's and Matt's sleeve/shoulder treatment and wonder whether a good RTW shirt can have the armholes brought in--narrowing the shoulder width and bringing the sleeves up onto the top outer edge of the shoulders. Suppose that the shirt is a little too large in the chest as well (often the case for me), so that there's extra material...
My experience with EG shoes is that they do stretch a little in time, with wear, but that doesn't help a lot while you're waiting for this to occur. My advice would be to take them to a good cobbler and have them gently stretched in the forefoot area that is tight. This is a very easy procedure and has always worked well for me. Good cobblers will put the shoes into a stretcher and leave them there for several days, gently increasing the tension at intervals along the...
We're talking about proper usage here, but, in fact, most shoe sellers in the US and Canada refer to almost any leather lace-up shoe as an "oxford." To my mind, the British usage is the more precise, referring to any close-facings lace-up as an oxford and open-facings lace-up as a derby. As noted earlier, the Brits have then created a special class of oxfords, balmorals, which have a seam running longitudinally under the lacing and along the quarters. As for wingtips,...
From a distance, kinda looks like a pocket full of flower petals. I can't see it working for me.
Quote: Originally Posted by Tarmac I did a casual search of SARB035 and I only see metal bracelets. Is there a leather strap version commonly available? SARB035 has a metal bracelet. I don't know whether the SARB series of 6R 15 watches has an equivalent with a leather strap. However, might the seller swap the bracelet for a high-end strap before shipping? At worst, I guess, you'd have to do it yourself, picking up a good leather strap from...
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