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Quote: Originally Posted by HappymaN Just wondering if anyone has asked Vass to trim the soles closer to the edge? I'm not sure that I like the way the sole sticks out the sides of the shoe. It seems to take away from the sleekness of the U-last. Is this the sort of request one can make? It's probably easier (in the sense of keeping things simpler for Vass and thus avoiding errors due to information overload) to just do it yourself. I've had...
Sorry if I missed it, but are these ties new?
I've been to a few of Harry's sales, and they've all been busts. The only stuff reduced has been crap I couldn't see anyone buying. In my opinion--based on a number of years shopping there--you'll seldom get a really good deal at Harry Rosen. I haven't set foot in either the Oakridge or Pacific Centre store for over a year now. Long-term forumers will perhaps remember my earlier posts decrying the slippage-into-mediocrity of this firm. Whether or not it is the...
Quote: Originally Posted by EL72 Nice shoes R! I agree that $750 with lasted trees isn't so bad considering the veritable shoe wasteland that is the Great White North with AE for $400, Ferragamo for $600...). Please post pics of your shoes in dark oak/suede; would love to see them. Perhaps I should have been a little more precise in describing the price. As Grimslade notes, the trees are extra. Specifically, the shoes were 470 GBP ($706 US at...
Quote: Originally Posted by Golf_Nerd The shoes are new. How many times did you wear them? Or is the good value for the money thing without wearing? Is this advertising? Or even GG spam??? This post puzzles me. It seems to me that the concept of "good value for the money" can stand independently of whether or not I have yet worn the shoes! Secondly, this is definitely neither advertising nor spam. It is a simple report of my experience with...
You did very well. They're lovely shoes. When I brought up the first picture, I thought that they were probably in the Lobb Plum Museum Calf. I have a pair of Chapels in that shade, and, believe me, the color is stunning. However, they may be in Lobb's Dark Brown Museum Calf--which is equally stunning. I really like the Museum Calf treatment that Lobb uses, with the antiquing effects occurring in the tanning process (as with the beautiful Radica Calf that Martegani...
I've just purchased my first pair of Gaziano & Girling MTO (made to order--not bespoke) shoes and wanted to report on my experience. I had waited a while for G&G to get the kinks out of their relatively-new operation before ordering, but placed my first order late last spring. I ordered the Astaire (shown below) with a few custom features. First, the shoes in the picture aren't mine; they're from the G&G catalog. Mine, however, are very similar except for the...
For any work on a leather jacket, I would seek out someone with more specialized training than a "leather-repairer." In Vancouver, we have a fully-trained leather tailor, to whom I've taken several jackets for sleeve-shortening, shoulder-width reduction, etc. The work has been professionally-done. I would never take a leather jacket or coat of any value to a shoe-repair person, just because s/he works with leather.
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Fascinating, Allen! You're absolutely right about the women in Montreal--undoubtedly the New World's version of Parisian style. And the men may be disappointing in comparison. But if you were to do a similar project in Vancouver, your disappointment would be raised to the power 10, and wouldn't be in the men in basic blue suits, but in the men in gawd-awful unpolished, rubber-soled clunker shoes, sports jackets and open collars (where suits would be appropriate), and,...
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