Frilly's shoes are like a couple of beautifully burnished chestnuts in the autumn. It's a pity that in the UK we just don't have those shoe-shine setups that you get in the US. Must be great just sitting there reading the paper, getting your shoes expertly shined every day, perhaps a bit of chat with the shoe-shine guy, and one less onerous task to clog up your precious weekend.
Thanks, gents. Corthay also does a marvelous job with patination - should come as no surprise that Corthay spent time as a master shoemaker for both John Lobb and Berluti before starting his own shop.
And yes, I quite like the shoe shine options we have! You also want a place that knows how to care for good shoes. I like the place I frequent, partly because it's close to my office - but one morning I was having my Indys shined and the elderly gentleman beside me said "great shoes!" Floyd Gilmore, who's worked for Alden for longer than many of us have been alive (he's been with the company for almost 60 years), was having his gunboats shined beside me, and vouched for how good the cobbler was.
My preordered rubber strap for my Explorer II from Everest Bands came in yesterday. I opted for the buckle tang version over the one meant to go with the oyster clasp as I didn't want to deal with removing the clasp off the bracelet. While the band and buckle look very nice, I think this was a mistake. The buckle has a relatively sharp edge that was noticeable where it contacted the wrist. How a design that seems well thought out in every other regard could have overlooked the issue with having a hard exposed edge in direct context with the wearers wrist is somewhat mind boggling.
Now I'll admit that maybe I'm being a bit sensitive and I do have issues with bands that are not fitting right driving me nuts, but it just seems like an oversight. I'm going to give it a go for a couple more days and see if I can get used to it, but I think I'll end up passing it on. (Or I guess I could source a different buckle if I decide I like the look overall with the watch, just seems silly I should have to)
@pmeis - sorry to hear about this experience. I too tried out Everest Bands, but I did so for my SubC ND, even as I tried RubberB for my DSSD. I have to say that the RubberB, though pricier, felt like it was of greater quality, sturdier make, and was certainly exceptionally comfortable. The Everest Band wasn't as comfortable (though I didn't notice the buckle's sharp edge when I tried it) - and I ended up sticking with RubberB for my future options.