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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

Quad, They look swell. Amazing what a little polish can do.

agreed, and thanks
post #677 of 12380
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Originally Posted by iroh View Post

this thread has shown me that even lower priced shoes when polished properly can look as good as a pair of the most expensive gaziano & girling shoes.
there is no need to spend $1000 for a pair of shoes now, if i had told people i was considering paying $1000 for a pair of shoes they would have thought i was mad. goes to show a high quality $200 pair of allen edmonds will look better than a $2000 pair of bespoke shoes when polished up.
save your money folks, and the embarrassment, spending more money doesn't always mean more better in the end. sometimes we can all get caught up in the marketing hype and forget that a shoe is really just some pieces of leather stitched and dyed with color and we are giving thousands of dollars to these shoe companies and not asking if it makes sense. the next time you drop a thousand dollars for a pair of shoes ask yourself do you want to put a couple hundred dollars of pure profit into the pockets of the man who they named the shoe after?

Sort of.....but not really. Yes a well finished and maintained shoe can look much more expensive than one which isn't. And this is indeed actually to your advantage out there in the real world. For the vast majority will not see past the nice finish to actually determine the quality of the shoe. IMO this should be every young working man's strategy to sartorial success. For there is indeed no real reason to spend thousands of dollars on shoes if no one around you can really see the difference (unless you just like to pamper yourself, of course.)

Conversely there is a certain circle of the world that will know the difference. And if this is where you circulate you will not be fooling many of them with a pair of Allen Edmonds. Even those who know nothing about shoes other than to shop at the 'right' places are accustomed to a world full of upper end and bespoke shoes and thus their eye can see the difference, even if they couldn't begin to say why. They will simply know that your shoes don't look like those they are accustomed to. Then you also have a whole circle of businessmen who subscribe to the old school notion of 'you can tell everything you need to know about a man by checking out his shoes'. These men at the top of the ladder are quite accustomed to sizing up people in an instant and your appearance is exactly where they will start. They'll neve say anything about it - but they are looking I promise you.

Why even you were completely struck by the G&G St. James, but couldn't say exactly why. This is what I'm talking about. Your untrained eye was drawn to the shape and the quality. And you knew immediately that it was different than what you are accustomed to seeing.

Now, turn the tables and imagine what a person who is accustomed to upper end shoes everywhere he goes sees when he looks at a pair of AEs.

We'll not even talk about how much more comfortable a great pair of shoes is.

You are somewhat on a logical track here.....just think a little further.
post #678 of 12380
end result. There is some spotting that is apparent in the pics but I think its due to the flash. You don't see it in person really. I'm very pleased.

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Keep in mind these shoes were about $180
post #679 of 12380
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

For there is indeed no real reason to spend thousands of dollars on shoes if no one around you can really see the difference (unless you just like to pamper yourself, of course.)

Unless you consider yourself a person who is "around" you, I don't agree. For me personally, even if I'm the only person that can tell the difference between my nicely polished G&Gs and a nicely polished AE, it still is worth it to me to pay the extra money, as I derive pleasure from having them and seeing them and wearing them. I don't think that's irrational.
post #680 of 12380
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Unless you consider yourself a person who is "around" you, I don't agree. For me personally, even if I'm the only person that can tell the difference between my nicely polished G&Gs and a nicely polished AE, it still is worth it to me to pay the extra money, as I derive pleasure from having them and seeing them and wearing them. I don't think that's irrational.

Oh, not at all irrational. If you know exactly what you are getting out of them. I think considering yourself and your appreciation for things is a perfectly rational part of the equation.

I don't mean to imply that if you see the difference, appreciate the difference, and believe the style to be appropriate to your situation that you shouldn't wear them. Not at all.
post #681 of 12380
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

Oh, not at all irrational. If you know exactly what you are getting out of them. I think considering yourself and your appreciation for things is a perfectly rational part of the equation.

Gotcha, I inferred too much from what you wrote. Disagreement withdrawn thumbs-up.gif
post #682 of 12380
Not to worry - no disagreement here! biggrin.gif
post #683 of 12380
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

And the DC Lewis:
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I love these shoes, but I ordered them with antiquing, which I'm considering undoing if possible. Here are a couple of pics of the antiquing:
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at first glance, that welt looked ffffuuuu.gif

caused me to this of this:
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post #684 of 12380
Which shade of the saphir wax polish would be best for G&G vintage rioja, mahogoni or bordo?
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I use whatever is laying around. They are really similar but I think Bordeaux looks more like vintage rioja than mahogany. Mahogany is browner
post #686 of 12380
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

My drunken Friday night:http://lastedleather.com/Suedecare/Suedecare.html

happy.gif What did you use on them?
post #687 of 12380
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

I use whatever is laying around. They are really similar but I think Bordeaux looks more like vintage rioja than mahogany. Mahogany is browner

+1

Namor, You really should suppress yourself the next time you think you might like to poast some 'dental pictures'! I think I'm going to loose some sleep over that one!
post #688 of 12380
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at first glance, that welt looked ffffuuuu.gif
caused me to this of this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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yikes! sorry to cause anybody to think of that haha...anyway, it doesn't have that effect on me really, so I'm good with it. The shoes are well crafted to my eye...I'd purchase again, except for the antiquing.
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Huzzah, I have progress to report!

As previously reported, I've been slowly, steadily working on my shine skills - mostly with lackluster results. Tonight I think I finally made a breakthrough on my Lindricks: after a good cleaning, a reno base and buff, and about 8 light layers of wax and dabs of water I started to see the magic - faint, ghostly reflections of Sunday Night Football on the nose. At first I thought I was seeing things but as I prepare to call it quits for the night, a good close inspection and I can faintly see my peering face and blue shirt reflecting back.

Finally!!! I think I'm getting the groove! MNF tomorrow will be my next date with Reno and cordovan, can't wait!
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Any thoughts on where I can get 54" brown waxed laces? I've searched SF and the web with little luck. Went to two cobblers and local big box stores as well. Refurbing an old pair of RL boots (Coniston-like) that I found in the garage and want to ditch the hiking boot laces. Any thoughts on other types of laces that might look good for wool/chino/jeans? They last saw the light of day literally ~20 years ago when I was in middle school.
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