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post #886 of 1240

I've got a pair of green boots on the way from Justin. I'm assuming greys and browns should be fairly easy and then some dark blues, as well. I'm also in academia, so I may be speaking more from the benefit of not having to be in any way CBD?

post #887 of 1240
The Saddle Brogue aka the Phinney

http://blog.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/2016/04/the-saddle-brogue-returns/



post #888 of 1240

The Magnolias from the Massdrop deal arrived. To my surprise these are Oxfords have absolutely no issues lacing up without an ugly "V" even with my high arches. Super comfy too, which is not often found in dress shoes, nice cushioning and a supportive insole. Please ignore the pants and the socks, clearly these shoes are not meant to be worn with these. They appear dark brown in the pics but in reality they are a varying "museum brown" finish with a very subtle burgundy-ish hint. I am gonna wax and polish the living crap out of these :)

 

post #889 of 1240
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Originally Posted by Igor01 View Post

The Magnolias from the Massdrop deal arrived. To my surprise these are Oxfords have absolutely no issues lacing up without an ugly "V" even with my high arches. Super comfy too, which is not often found in dress shoes, nice cushioning and a supportive insole. Please ignore the pants and the socks, clearly these shoes are not meant to be worn with these. They appear dark brown in the pics but in reality they are a varying "museum brown" finish with a very subtle burgundy-ish hint. I am gonna wax and polish the living crap out of these smile.gif



I got mine is as well but I also ordered a pair a few weeks ago based on my suspicion that I originally ordered them a half size too big on Massdrop. Turns out I was correct. I put the Massdrop ones on Ebay just now but I am wearing the ones I got from J Fitzpatrick online store and they have become my favorite pair of shoes. The Dark Brown Museum Calf is just beautiful.
post #890 of 1240
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I got mine is as well but I also ordered a pair a few weeks ago based on my suspicion that I originally ordered them a half size too big on Massdrop. Turns out I was correct. I put the Massdrop ones on Ebay just now but I am wearing the ones I got from J Fitzpatrick online store and they have become my favorite pair of shoes. The Dark Brown Museum Calf is just beautiful.

 

I thought that I had ordered half a size too big on Massdrop too and was ready to offer them for sale but after having tried them I find that they actually fit pretty well.  I am normally US size 7.5 in most shoes but the Magnolias in UK size 7 somehow work for me.  Could be the combination of my high arches and a great fit in that area.  Well whatever it is - I am happy. 

 

I have to say - comfort-wise they are awesome.  Not like a pair of sneakers of course, but much more comfortable than any pair of proper dress shoes with leather soles that I've ever tried.  This definitely won't be my last pair of JPF shoes!

 

Question to the collective wisdom of the board - should I have these topy'd?  I have only one pair of shoes that I've had Topy soles put on and they seem to have stiffened the overal feel of the soles, but that could be just in my head as I didn't really get a chance to wear them before this was done.  If it's a good idea to add Topy's, do these rubber protective sheets ever get applied to the heel as well or just the soles?

post #891 of 1240
@Igor01 I'm a firm believer that if you want a shoe with a rubber sole, you should buy a shoe with a rubber sole.
post #892 of 1240

These are my Magnolias that just arrived from the Massdrop deal.  I had to promptly put them on and give them a walk around the office.  This is my second pair of J.Fitzpatrick shoes and I have a feeling they won't be my last.

post #893 of 1240
I will echo atia2 and say that I do not understand the purpose of a topy on a goodyear welted shoe. I have sunken metal toe plates put in to all my shoes and these definitely increase the life of the sole (how much does depend on your gait, but for me it's a lot) so I would advise to get these, but don't ruin the shoe with a topy.

I have been out of town since my shoes arrived last weekend so excited for tomorrow, they look quite good on those photos!!
post #894 of 1240
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I will echo atia2 and say that I do not understand the purpose of a topy on a goodyear welted shoe. I have sunken metal toe plates put in to all my shoes and these definitely increase the life of the sole (how much does depend on your gait, but for me it's a lot) so I would advise to get these, but don't ruin the shoe with a topy.

I have been out of town since my shoes arrived last weekend so excited for tomorrow, they look quite good on those photos!!

Putting a topy certainly won't "ruin" the shoe. Walking with a leather sole on a salty slush will ruin the sole much more than a topy will. A topy gives much better grip, rejects water much better than leather, and is much easier and cheaper to replace (only the rubber as opposed to the whole sole). It just needs to be done properly, such that the rubber sits flush with the sole. 

 

It just doesn't make sense for folks like myself that deal with adverse weather and salted roads frequently. 

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Disagree.    Topy provides better traction in many office environments.  Tile, hardwood, smooth concrete floors.  I find leather soles slippery at the best of times.  Fine for beating up the pavement.  Metal toe plates are great, but aren''t for the same reasons as a topy IMO.  

 

I am a rubber sole guy and prefer it over leather.  But if the shoe you are looking for isn't offered in rubber, a topy is perfectly fine to apply without ruining anything.

 

 

Have you seen how @andrel42 has his done?   Far from ruining anything.  Now I will concede his cobbler is far better than most.

post #896 of 1240
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Putting a topy certainly won't "ruin" the shoe. Walking with a leather sole on a salty slush will ruin the sole much more than a topy will. A topy gives much better grip, rejects water much better than leather, and is much easier and cheaper to replace (only the rubber as opposed to the whole sole). It just needs to be done properly, such that the rubber sits flush with the sole. 

It just doesn't make sense for folks like myself that deal with adverse weather and salted roads frequently. 

Perhaps ruin is too strong a word, but I still see putting a topy on a nice pair of leather shoes as the equivalent to buying a designer couch and putting plastic covers to protect the leather. I get the traction thing (leather sole are really slippery) though.

Wearing normal leather shoes in the snow / slush on the other hand will without a doubt damage your shoes, topy or no topy. Water will get in (unless they are storm welted) and the salt will ruin the upper . And having a topy will prevent the shoes from breathing so drying will be much longer creating potential mold issues. I am Canadian so very used to winter weather, but it's boots or shoe covers for me.
post #897 of 1240

I don't have strong feelings about Topy or no Topy, but the cases for and against are pretty much all laid out here.

If I'm going to be walking in wet/snow/slush, I tend to wear shoes or boots that are made for that both in terms of the sole (some sort of rubber sole) and upper (a grain of some kind). Having said that, I have a lot of shoes/boots so I have ones for different situations like that. I don't think a slim rubber sole, whether Topy or just a straight rubber sole, will be that noticeable, really. I would say that if you are pretty sure you are going to need to wear these in inclement weather, it might be good to get a rubber sole on them.

post #898 of 1240
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Disagree.    Topy provides better traction in many office environments.  Tile, hardwood, smooth concrete floors.  I find leather soles slippery at the best of times.  Fine for beating up the pavement.  Metal toe plates are great, but aren''t for the same reasons as a topy IMO.  

I am a rubber sole guy and prefer it over leather.  But if the shoe you are looking for isn't offered in rubber, a topy is perfectly fine to apply without ruining anything.


Have you seen how @andrel42
 has his done?   Far from ruining anything.  Now I will concede his cobbler is far better than most.

This is the way my cobbler does it and if the soles already have metal toe taps he has to remove them to add the topy and then add new toe taps. Hope this helps!

post #899 of 1240

Had some free time today so I took some photos of my MTO boots and shoes from MassDrop! 

 

David MTO Boot (Gold Museum Calf with Weinheimer Scotch Grain)

 


 

Boots! (Click to show)

 

 

 

Burgundy Magnolia

 

 

Burgundy! (Click to show)

 

 

Dark Brown Museum Magnolia

 

post #900 of 1240

A lovely shoe in progress; the Corliss lll in Burgundy Calf / Burgundy Scotch Grain; can't wait !

 

 

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