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post #12886 of 19805
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post

I was once skeptical of Lobb but now realize the error of my ways. I love their shoes. It is a whole in my shoe collection I am desperate to fill. Thanks for the pics.

I'm a huge EG fan, but I agree that there are some Lobbs which are just fantastic - Phillip II, City II, Beckett, Jermyn are all great.
post #12887 of 19805
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post #12888 of 19805
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Euro downturn causes an uggly turn of events locally
Daniella Miletic and Nicole Hasham, THE AGE July 5, 2012

WHEN Judith Tratner started her online ugg boot business, European shoppers couldn't wait to get their feet into them.

Barely months into starting the website from her Cheltenham living room in 2006, Ms Tratner and her business partner, Vicki Panagiotoulias, could not keep up with demand.

''Our printer was printing the orders and it was like, every second we'd print an order,'' Ms Tratner recalls. ''We had to stop accepting orders because we couldn't provide the stock.''

The pair had to beg friends to help pack boots into the early hours of the morning to keep up. From the living room, stock spilled into two bedrooms before their business, Australian Ugg Boots, was moved to a storage centre in Mordialloc.

Today Ms Tratner describes a vastly different picture - one in which demand from her main customer base, Europeans, has dropped by about 60 per cent.

Overseas, the slump in sales of the classic Australian ugg boot has triggered a collapse in global sheepskin prices and left farmers with a pittance for their once highly prized hide.

US footwear giant Deckers, the predominant player in the international ugg boot market, has reported a sharp decline in sales growth, prompted by a mild northern winter and Europe's economic woes.

Sales of the company's Ugg brand boots slowed markedly in the three months to March this year, spurring a fall in sheepskin prices of up to 70 per cent and signalling a change in fortunes for the global juggernaut, whose sales of Ugg shoes last year was more than $1.2 billion.

Even the best-quality skins - until recently a lucrative byproduct for sheep farmers - now fetch as low as $10, down from $30 during last year's peak, Meat & Livestock Australia sheep meat analyst Robert Barker says. He says an increase in Australian lambs to the slaughter after years of drought has also deflated prices.

The director of the Victorian-based Australian Lamb Skin Processors, Darren Vinton, says stockpiles of skins and finished boots mean orders from overseas buyers, mostly from China, have dropped substantially.

Ms Tratner believes cheap ugg boots made from inferior skins or synthetic materials abroad have flooded the market, causing Australian suppliers and manufacturers to suffer. Ugg boots unleashed international sales pandemonium eight years ago after being embraced by celebrities such as US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who famously bought 350 pairs for her staff. The editor of Vogue Australia, Edwina McCann, believes the dip in sales is cyclical and does not indicate the boot's popularity is waning. ''They are stocked in places like Le Bon Marche, the best department store in Paris, sitting there next to Christian Louboutin and Chanel,'' she says.

Adds Ms Tratner: ''Although we have a slump, they are still selling … and that is because it will always be the most comfortable, warmest little snuggle thing. That outlasts fashion.''
post #12889 of 19805

Yes, why do we never see Ugg Boots in this thread?

post #12890 of 19805

I recently received a pair of Vass shoes and noticed a manufacturing error. 

I was wondering if you guys had any experience in this kind damages, e.g. is it possible to

repair in any way. I should say that I've already been to my local cobbler and according to him it is more expensive to repair this than the cost for a brand new shoe.

 

 

 

So, if it not possible to "fix" what is possible to do in order to "hide" the damage. 

 

Best regards,


Edited by 13g411 - 7/5/12 at 8:04am
post #12891 of 19805
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Originally Posted by 13g411 View Post


I recently received a pair of Vass shoes and noticed a manufacturing error. 
I was wondering if you guys had any experience in this kind damages, e.g. is it possible to
repair in any way. I should say that I've already been to my local cobbler and according to him it is more expensive to repair this than the cost for a brand new shoe.


So, if it not possible to "fix" what is possible to do in order to "hide" the damage. 

Best regards,

I'd leave it alone. I doubt anyone can see the damage.
post #12892 of 19805
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350x468px-LL-304dfc07_s46wyf.jpegHi, 

I recently received a pair of Vass shoes and noticed a manufacturing error.  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I was wondering if you guys had any experience in this kind damages, e.g. is it possible to
repair in any way. I should say that I've already been to my local cobbler and according to him it is more expensive to repair this than the cost for a brand new shoe.

http://tinypic.com/r/s46wyf/6

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So, if it not possible to "fix" what is possible to do in order to "hide" the damage. 

Best regards,

that's not an manufacturing error, imo.
post #12893 of 19805

It looks like some kind of leather imperfection, which sometimes happens with full grain... I'd just polish it out.

post #12894 of 19805

It may not be visible in the picture but there is a hole through the upper, so it is not possible to polish it out. 

post #12895 of 19805
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Originally Posted by 13g411 View Post

It may not be visible in the picture but there is a hole through the upper, so it is not possible to polish it out. 

I had a pair of shoes (benchmade shoes nowhere close to Vass standards) that had a small cut that looked similar to your picture; didn't notice it when I bought the shoes but I decided to keep them anyway. Shoes lasted almost a decade and the small cut on the shoe did not grow or affect the durability. Unless the hole you describe goes all the way through, it might just be something superficial. You are the customer and they are your shoes but I just want to share that leather is more durable than we sometimes think.
post #12896 of 19805
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Originally Posted by 13g411 View Post

It may not be visible in the picture but there is a hole through the upper, so it is not possible to polish it out. 

what does the seller say?
post #12897 of 19805
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Originally Posted by Schweino View Post

Managed to get a hold of some NOS Grenson shoes in my size:
Unknown Grenson Masterpiece semi-brogue oxford in dark brown:


Grenson Kent (Rose collection) in burnt pine:

Grenbson Chertsey unlined (Rose collection) in cognac:

Grenson Maltby (Rose collection) in snuff suede:
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Like this pair!

post #12898 of 19805
Malford-

I love your keepers. I can't recall your size, but those City II or Phillips would fill a void for me icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #12899 of 19805
Veyr nice MoL. You like captoes?
post #12900 of 19805
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Veyr nice MoL. You like captoes?

Love 'em.
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