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post #76 of 949
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I don't know if it would be possible to make a shoe in the USA for 79 bucks...

Or, were you hoping for China?

O'Connell's used to sell Quoddy camp moc's for $140 (within the last year) so with L.L. Bean's volume/muscle, I was hoping for made in USA for $120ish. They do still make their Bean boots here for less than that...
post #77 of 949
Can't say I like the quality of the Made in USA Bean boots though not another MIU discussion again....
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post #79 of 949
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I don't know if it would be possible to make a shoe in the USA for 79 bucks...

Or, were you hoping for China?

+100000000000

the obsession over "made in USA" gets a little ridiculous
Just because something is made in the USA does not by any means guarantee that its made well / of good quality and just because something is made in china/el salvador/wherever the fuck doesn't mean that its a piece of shit.
post #80 of 949
materials and quality control
post #81 of 949
pretty geeked. 14 days oh man i want every pair of those shoes
post #82 of 949
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Originally Posted by Meis View Post
+100000000000

the obsession over "made in USA" gets a little ridiculous
Just because something is made in the USA does not by any means guarantee that its made well / of good quality and just because something is made in china/el salvador/wherever the fuck doesn't mean that its a piece of shit.

thank you.
post #83 of 949
I am looking forward to this immensely.
post #84 of 949
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Originally Posted by Meis View Post
the obsession over "made in USA" gets a little ridiculous
Just because something is made in the USA does not by any means guarantee that its made well / of good quality and just because something is made in china/el salvador/wherever the fuck doesn't mean that its a piece of shit.

+1
post #85 of 949
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Originally Posted by Meis View Post
+100000000000

the obsession over "made in USA" gets a little ridiculous
Just because something is made in the USA does not by any means guarantee that its made well / of good quality and just because something is made in china/el salvador/wherever the fuck doesn't mean that its a piece of shit.

It certainly doesn't, as the many Gucci and Prada shoe customers should be able to attest. However, manufacturers are not going to places like El Salvador for their long traditions of hand-lasting and stitching, or when they want to use the finest materials to match the highest grade of workmanship. If L.L. Bean made their bluchers with the same quality of leather, stitching and lasting that they once did in America, I'd be happy to by them again, be they made in El Salvador or Antarctica. Since their current range of El Salvador made mocassins are not the same quality, I won't be buying these.

For those that never wore the old ones, they will probably consider them good value and feel good that they are wearing a heritage product.

Oh and by the way, having visited shoe factories in China and Vietnam (never been to El Salvador) having a bunch of 15 year old girls who are locked in and sometimes made to work 24 hour shifts, whatever your political inclinations, is not the best way to get well-made merch...
post #86 of 949
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Originally Posted by dport86 View Post
It certainly doesn't, as the many Gucci and Prada shoe customers should be able to attest. However, manufacturers are not going to places like El Salvador for their long traditions of hand-lasting and stitching, or when they want to use the finest materials to match the highest grade of workmanship. If L.L. Bean made their bluchers with the same quality of leather, stitching and lasting that they once did in America, I'd be happy to by them again, be they made in El Salvador or Antarctica. Since their current range of El Salvador made mocassins are not the same quality, I won't be buying these.

For those that never wore the old ones, they will probably consider them good value and feel good that they are wearing a heritage product.

Oh and by the way, having visited shoe factories in China and Vietnam (never been to El Salvador) having a bunch of 15 year old girls who are locked in and sometimes made to work 24 hour shifts, whatever your political inclinations, is not the best way to get well-made merch...

I have a pair of the new ones and some vintage ones that I paid $4 for at a thrift store, and this is correct. The old ones are waaaaaay sturdier and more durable, and the leather actually looks better with age as opposed to worse like the new ones.
post #87 of 949
I'm still looking forward to the red/navy flannel shirt. I know it's nothing too original, but I really like the proportions on this one.
post #88 of 949
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I'm still looking forward to the red/navy flannel shirt. I know it's nothing too original, but I really like the proportions on this one.

although my only concern is these are beginning to become somewhat ubiquitous...
post #89 of 949
Down with the WTO!!!
post #90 of 949
Just got the Ranger Mocs in the mail. For $80, they are a really great deal. The leather is nice and thick, fit is comfortable, and the stitching looks good considering they're made in El Salvador. They aren't Quoddy but they look to be a pretty good deal at that price point.
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