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George, any chance of getting the trench oxfords with a different Vibram sole like the 2060 used for the SF exclusives last year?
post #1367 of 3002
I too am interested in a sole alternative, but for recrafting. I have a pair of trail oxfords, but the christy sole has worn thin after about a year and a half. Are there more durable options in a contrasting color?
post #1368 of 3002
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Chromexcel is a gamble with some shoemakers.  As far as I know, this sort of thing used to be exclusive to the likes of Wolverine, but it has apparently expanded to OSB.  I have three pairs of Oak Street shoes, and my most recent pair has some pretty foul creasing across the vamps.  Regardless of any added "character," this sort of thing really cheapens the product.

 

Unfortunately, shoes like these are destined for the back of the closet.  I guess it's just the cost of doing business.


Edited by digga - 7/2/13 at 7:58pm
post #1369 of 3002

Can anyone link me to a place I can find the cheapest pair of Vibram Sole Trail Oxford's? 
I'd prefer the Natural Chromexcel, if that matters. And if not that, either the dark brown or navy.

I think I read earlier in this thread someone got them down to 150? That'd be real nice... If there's a coupon code somewhere for a certain store lying around, I'd appreciate it if someone let me know what it is. Thanks guys.

300 is more than I have to spare right now. http://independence-chicago.com/oak-street-bootmakers-vibram-sole-trail-oxford-natural-chromexcel/

post #1370 of 3002

That was about 2 weeks ago, so sorry but you missed the boat.  It was HW Carter though if you'd like to try them.

 

http://www.hwcarterandsons.com/brand/oak-street-bootmakers-.html

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Originally Posted by digga View Post

Chromexcel is a gamble with some shoemakers.  As far as I know, this sort of thing used to be exclusive to the likes of Wolverine, but it has apparently expanded to OSB.  I have three pairs of Oak Street shoes, and my most recent pair has some pretty foul creasing across the vamps.  Regardless of any added "character," this sort of thing really cheapens the product.

Unfortunately, shoes like these are destined for the back of the closet.  I guess it's just the cost of doing business.

Going to email oak street tomorrow. It's not unheard of as meermins last big mto had a ton of creasing where there shouldn't be any. Clicking issue as well there
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Going to email oak street tomorrow. It's not unheard of as meermins last big mto had a ton of creasing where there shouldn't be any. Clicking issue as well there

 

Are you saying the clicking problem has caused the creasing, or is there something else you are pointing out?  I don't really follow.  My thought is that they cut out the pieces of leather (or clicked them) from spots that should have been avoided.

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I know there's lots of sizing advice in here, but I have a quick question.

I picked up a pair of the Natural CXL beefroll loafers from HW Carter. Went w/ same size as my Alden CXL LWBs (Leydon last). They fit great overall, but my toes (big & 2nd) are right up against the end. Not jammed in, but touching (barefoot). They are not uncomfortable, and seem like they would stretch a touch and be perfect, but I'm wondering how stretch people have experienced in the toe?

Many people say CXL stretches a lot, but often that's used in reference to width, as opposed to length. Any input is welcomed. Just don't want to wear them for a week and end up wishing I'd sized up .5.

Thanks a ton.

Anyone have anything to offer here?
post #1374 of 3002

Unless you never crouch or really live in your shoes, keeping those will be a bad idea. CXL stretches a ton in width, but won't likely budge much in length. Even if it did, the sole and welt aren't going to get any bigger.

 

Edit: Just noticed that you're referring to loafers. Might not be a problem then as you likely won't be doing much physical activity in them.

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Thread Starter 
Hey guys,
we're in Berlin for Bread & Butter, but I wanted to let you guys know that if you're not already following us on Instagram, you should definitely check it out. Photos of new product and collabs in the works. oakstreetbootmakers
post #1376 of 3002
The two-tone trench boots are lovely!

Wore my #8 loafers for the first time today, very nice indeed!
post #1377 of 3002
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Originally Posted by digga View Post

Are you saying the clicking problem has caused the creasing, or is there something else you are pointing out?  I don't really follow.  My thought is that they cut out the pieces of leather (or clicked them) from spots that should have been avoided.

Yes that is what I'm saying. Thinking they are using more of the hide than other makers hence the poor creasing not seen in other shoes
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Thread Starter 
Hey Stevent,
That sort of things happens periodically - as I'm sure you noticed, the shoe probably didn't have that creasing until after you wore it - the fibers that compose the leather broke down in a way that's not to your liking - something that we obviously couldn't see. We're not using any 'more' leather than other makers - and quite frankly, I would attest to the exact opposite. As a small shop, with no investment team or share holders, we have every reason to use only the best. Moreover, being here in Chicago we're incredibly close to the Horweens - in fact, we (independence) are one of only a few stockists worldwide of Ashland Leather. Being so close allows us to be selective in our leathers, something that other makers simply don't have the capacity to do.

In any case, have you sent us a note via email? Please do if you're unhappy with anything. As I'm sure you've seen, our customer service is second to none

Thank you Stevent
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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post

Hey Stevent,
That sort of things happens periodically - as I'm sure you noticed, the shoe probably didn't have that creasing until after you wore it - the fibers that compose the leather broke down in a way that's not to your liking - something that we obviously couldn't see. We're not using any 'more' leather than other makers - and quite frankly, I would attest to the exact opposite. As a small shop, with no investment team or share holders, we have every reason to use only the best. Moreover, being here in Chicago we're incredibly close to the Horweens - in fact, we (independence) are one of only a few stockists worldwide of Ashland Leather. Being so close allows us to be selective in our leathers, something that other makers simply don't have the capacity to do.

In any case, have you sent us a note via email? Please do if you're unhappy with anything. As I'm sure you've seen, our customer service is second to none

Thank you Stevent

Well said George. I think everyone who has dealt directly with Oak Street Bootmakers is aware of the great customer service and help you provide. Personally I think it's bad form to come on a forum and start making accusations of how a product is made without knowing the facts. I own two pairs of Oakies and no doubt I'll be back for more in the future, the customer service being one of the reasons why I'll return.

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Originally Posted by OakStreetBootmakers View Post

Hey Stevent,
That sort of things happens periodically - as I'm sure you noticed, the shoe probably didn't have that creasing until after you wore it - the fibers that compose the leather broke down in a way that's not to your liking - something that we obviously couldn't see. We're not using any 'more' leather than other makers - and quite frankly, I would attest to the exact opposite. As a small shop, with no investment team or share holders, we have every reason to use only the best. Moreover, being here in Chicago we're incredibly close to the Horweens - in fact, we (independence) are one of only a few stockists worldwide of Ashland Leather. Being so close allows us to be selective in our leathers, something that other makers simply don't have the capacity to do.

In any case, have you sent us a note via email? Please do if you're unhappy with anything. As I'm sure you've seen, our customer service is second to none

Thank you Stevent

Thanks for the info, I sent the shoes back today after talking with Tony
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Originally Posted by Zorba View Post

Well said George. I think everyone who has dealt directly with Oak Street Bootmakers is aware of the great customer service and help you provide. Personally I think it's bad form to come on a forum and start making accusations of how a product is made without knowing the facts. I own two pairs of Oakies and no doubt I'll be back for more in the future, the customer service being one of the reasons why I'll return.
I've had probably 15 pairs of CXL shoes, nothing creased anything close to this even in areas of wear. This creasing is an issue that has been discussed quite a bit on this forum and for all kinds of leathers. The creased area definitely felt thinner and is quite a large area. If it was a small section that would be understandable but I feel this should have been noticed when the leather was cut for the shoe. Maybe I'm just overly picky.

Service has been great so far, but one shouldn't have to deal with the service if shoes didn't have an issue in the first place. I'm sure this is an isolated issue as most other shoes in this thread look amazing but it's an issue nevertheless.

A recent post with some good info:
http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/6100_100#post_6451623
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