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post #451 of 532
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I am very much enjoying the Kolhapuri chappals that my gf brought back from india 12 months ago. I will try to take photos later.

also, today was the first time someone took my request for new underwear for my birthday seriously. I know I said that I prefer we talk about "worn in" clothing, but old undies is where I draw the line.
post #452 of 532
This will probably be a two-parter. For now, I have some well-traveled shoes to share.

I've come to realize that I really like footwear that's not made out of "traditional" leather. I know suede boots aren't uncommon, but it really does make these boots stand out. They're a pair of the Robert Geller x Common Projects collaboration from who knows when, and they popped up on good ol' Yoox. I remember really wanting the black version when they came out (especially because of the spats, which this pair sadly doesn't have), but the color looked interesting and alluring, and I generally avoid buying black when I can. These are a surprisingly lustrous leaded grey, and I find that it gives them a softer, worn appearance than you might get with a black boot. They have barely any nap, but they're still obviously suede, and they've really molded to my feet and broken in wonderfully as they've aged. They have a slim vibram sole on them, and they've taken me through frozen moors, wet hikes, and snowstorms - and, as of last night, a 2AM sledding adventure - without complaint. I've never treated them, but somehow they manage to keep my feet dry all the same. They don't have high-end construction, no old-world welts, no crazy leather treatments or artisanal aging processes, but they're sleek and beautiful.

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I currently own three pairs of Maison Martin Margiela sidezips that I wear regularly, but these ones have become my go-to pair. They're canvas, and again, it really adds something special to the character. They're crumpled and faded in spots, but I still feel happy wearing them with everything from jeans and a tee to trousers and a jacket. They're comfortable, and they take up no space at all in a suitcase, which means that they've been with me all over the place - beaches, cobblestones, castles, grassy hills, dance parties - and since that's usually how I measure the worth of my belongings, I count these among my essentials. They've got a great shape, and look equally good with tapered denim or with looser, layabout bottoms. These are the boots you're wearing when people come up to compliment you on your boots. They're just really, really cool. I love the exposed stitching and the slightly blunted toe, but I actually think my favorite detail might be the black zipper. When you're wearing jeans, the inseam sort of lines of with the boot zip and makes this long, continuous curved line down from the back of your calf that I think looks really, really slick.

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I love, love, love vans. But I destroy them in a matter of months. These CP knock-offs - another fortuitous Yoox find - have already outlived the equivalent of three pairs of their canvas ancestors, and they're practically bulletproof. I'm not saying they totally replace a good pair of Authentics (because what can?), but they're really impressively put together. They're a good summer shoe, and look good with shorts, but they're also a wonderful hang-out pair of kicks, happy with tees, leather jackets, and worn-out jeans. Going to the supermarket? I put these on. Coffee in the morning? Put these on. Walking the dog? Generally, it's nice to feel that I don't need another white leather sneaker, that that base is well and truly covered. They are supremely comforting - and comfortable, mostly due to the fact that I actually bought the proper size for the first time.

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What's nice about all of this is going through what I own and remembering, or re-realizing, all the really great stuff that I have managed - almost through blind luck, I think - to accumulate. Shoes sort of exist within a similar emotional sphere (for me) as denim: I look at all the creases and frayed bits and worn-down heels and think back on all the really kick-ass miles I've walked in all of them. That's a good feeling.
post #453 of 532
what brand are the side-zips?
nice post
post #454 of 532
Didn't love it enough to read it thoroughly. They are Margiela.
post #455 of 532
I need a pair of those Geller x CPs nod[1].gif
post #456 of 532
Semi-cosspost from the shoe thread

These boots have taken me all across Asia in the past 2 1/2 years. Lightweight yet durable, I can roll them in a ball and stuff them in the outside of my backpack and they come out looking fine. I've worn them in a monsoon in India wearing a shirt and trousers and trekking through jungles wearing shorts and a tank-top - they survived both and looked good in the process. I don't believe in babying expensive purchases - clothes are meant to be worn, and I think these look better for the fact. They're due for a resoling and a couple minor repairs but they're holding up beautifully.

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*warning, lots of boring pictures of me standing in front of things*

edit: you'll also see most of the summer shots are in uni-qlo dry color shirts, I think I have three that I only wear on vacation. It's amazing how many travel pictures that purple one seems to pop up in
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Japan
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Korea
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Taiwan
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India
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Vietnam - pre-rain, you can still see original gold color
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The rain that washed the color out, completely black after this
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Cambodia
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Singapore
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Malaysia
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Macau
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Hong Kong
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Laos
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...and last week, again in Laos. Still looking good
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Edited by nicelynice - 1/26/13 at 9:55pm
post #457 of 532
Guidi?
post #458 of 532
Yeah Guidi lambskin boots from a bit ago.

In kind of the same spirit of this thread, I've decided to quit my job and move to Tokyo by the end of this year, so I'm in the process of unloading a good portion of my wardrobe on Yahoo Auctions. After three years of accumulating, it's quite a liberating feeling to pare down my wardrobe to the absolute essentials knowing that if I find myself naked one morning with nothing to wear, there's always Uni-Qlo to keep me warm. I find myself enjoying too many clothes in my closet as objects, but not wearing them out of the house. It's a bit sad letting go of Rick leathers and Poell shoes, but my puffy white Patagonia fleece that makes me look like a lost polar bear still seems a bit more important for how I live.

post #459 of 532
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Semi-cosspost from the shoe thread

These boots have taken me all across Asia in the past 2 1/2 years. Lightweight yet durable, I can roll them in a ball and stuff them in the outside of my backpack and they come out looking fine. I've worn them in a monsoon in India wearing a shirt and trousers and trekking through jungles wearing shorts and a tank-top - they survived both and looked good in the process. I don't believe in babying expensive purchases - clothes are meant to be worn, and I think these look better for the fact. They're due for a resoling and a couple minor repairs but they're holding up beautifully.
this on so many levels
post #460 of 532
Stop posting photos of yourself you narcissist!
post #461 of 532
SELL ME YOUR JUNHASHIMOTO HOOK SHIRT AHHH
post #462 of 532
Sounds like you found the one

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post #463 of 532
edit
Edited by mike868y - 1/27/13 at 6:43am
post #464 of 532

you drunk, mikey?

post #465 of 532
lol @ mikey
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