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post #121 of 323
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Originally Posted by Fycus View Post

Those plaintoe lows are one of the more common fakes, I would avoid at all costs:

-plaintoe low
-fbt mastermind or 73 7 hole mastermind
-patrician perf with fabric laces (real ones come with leather laces)
-suede virgils with striped fabric tag at tongue and vibram christy sole
-serra boots
-virgil crepe

All the above models have been heavily faked, and if they are still for sale and in new condition are likely fake. use your resources to verify any purchases. I cannot verify those plaintoes, but play it safe...

I think you are in the clear if you have the box and all the accessories (holograms, etc) though. Or have they started faking those too? All of the fake stuff I've seen doesn't come with a box.
post #122 of 323

My bad for the coffee induced neurotic sizing discussion.  So, here's a video about virgils I just came across...

 

 

post #123 of 323
They have faked box and holos, just check taobao
post #124 of 323
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Originally Posted by Dbear View Post

My bad for the coffee induced neurotic sizing discussion.  So, here's a video about virgils I just came across...
 

That video is such drivel. The guy is sewing poundmaker boots not virgils. They dressed him in a visvim shirt ($400 retail) and he's in a quiet space handmaking the boots. I can guarantee that is the polar opposite of the Chinese factories that these are made in, but they are trying to portray their goods in a specific light. Let it be known that while visvim is awesome their marketing puts the brand in a very specific light, don't let the technical terminology or imagery fool you
post #125 of 323
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.172.9Se6dD&id=21848023677&ns=1#detail

Wow... Fuck :/ Any pics I can provide so you guys can check if they are legit? The box has a sticker saying it was bought at F.I.L Tokyo. Attendant: K. Fujikawa. Date: 2012/7/27. Serial number: 419880.

Then there's another sticker beneath that: VIRGIL PLAIN TOE-FOLK SAND M8 0112302002009
post #126 of 323
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Originally Posted by Lendo View Post

Having slightly wider feet, tts on Virgils works perfectly for me. I actually got rid of a pair in kangaroo leather as they were too narrow for me. My suede ones are tts and work both with and without socks.

I have to agree : KNGR are very narrow, I suggest going TTS
post #127 of 323
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Originally Posted by ambyance View Post

sucks being a 12 since theres no half sizes to go up or down on hah. got a 12 skagway though so ill see how it fits. on that skag bandwagon

I believe skagway have a removable insole just like the Kiefer, so you will be fine
post #128 of 323
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That video is such drivel. The guy is sewing poundmaker boots not virgils. They dressed him in a visvim shirt ($400 retail) and he's in a quiet space handmaking the boots. I can guarantee that is the polar opposite of the Chinese factories that these are made in, but they are trying to portray their goods in a specific light. Let it be known that while visvim is awesome their marketing puts the brand in a very specific light, don't let the technical terminology or imagery fool you

There is this quote from Hiroki in a GQ interview that I came across while I was looking for reasons as to why Vis manufactures lots of footwear in China.

GQ: What are some of your favorite pieces from the women's collection, designed by your wife Kelsi?
Nakamura: I love the Handsewn Goodyear shoes. It's expensive, but we work with manufacturers in China who do it by hand. It's going to be more difficult to do a handsewn Goodyear welt. It's the Goodyear construction, but the upper, mid-sole, and welt are sewn by hand instead of using a machine. It's time consuming, and I don't even know if we can make something like this in a few years. There are no factories like that in Japan anymore, and it might happen to America too.

But I am not sure I buy it. He is a businessman after all, and the brand is very good with marketing. That said, I liked the video because it's very... Visvim-y. Very characteristic of the atmosphere they outwardly portray



I just did a quick search and didn't see anything with holos or the real visvim boxes. Lots of things will give it away, especially on the boxes there are lots of small details like Visvim branded stickers that seal the box, lettering, etc. I know people who have bought vis knock offs from Taobao before and in all honesty I was very impressed with the quality of the fakes, but they didn't come with a vis box or any of the dressings. Though I wouldn't be surprised if they did start doing it, considering they hopped onto the colored TPU train too. I remember reading on fuk and sufu that someone has bought legit stuff from taobao through HK resellers, but then again it's their word on authenticity so I can't be sure.
post #129 of 323
I might be over thinking this but what do you guys wear with FBT's? Just jeans, cuffed/uncuffed, maybe something a bit more drapey than denim. I'm at a bit of a loss for some reason. Have always wanted a pair and quite fancy these ones. Price doesn't seem as insane as usual either.

post #130 of 323
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Originally Posted by Jagger_On View Post

I might be over thinking this but what do you guys wear with FBT's? Just jeans, cuffed/uncuffed, maybe something a bit more drapey than denim. I'm at a bit of a loss for some reason. Have always wanted a pair and quite fancy these ones. Price doesn't seem as insane as usual either.

Your really overthinking it. I wear my fbts with whatever I want shorts, jeans, chinos, but personally I wouldn't recommend extremely drapey pants as the pant leg opening may eat up the shoes they are very slender
post #131 of 323
Anyone know where I can find Christo sandals, not too familiar with visim, but those sandals look perfec.
post #132 of 323

strongly considering copping a pair of used kangaroo virgils, only thing I'm scared away by is the soles, these are pretty worn right? If so how hard is it to get them resoled in the US? Thanks.

 

post #133 of 323
its as easy as getting any boot resoled.
post #134 of 323

Anyone know where I might find a pair of Skagway Folk Los in Navy size 10?  Thanks.

post #135 of 323
these soles could still last 2 more years with heavy wear
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