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post #61 of 80
djkovner, these look similar to the Paul Stuarts I linked before in cut, but are very different in color. I thought, from looking at AEs in chili, it would be a dark brown akin to the paul stuarts, but this is most certainly cognac. I should note that I've never seen the PS shoes in person, so I'm going by the website pics. norcal is absolutely correct in saying the antiquing is neither as noticeable or as beautifully executed as that of Edward Green. Alas, EG is out of my price range, and as norcal mentioned, around $150 is great. I, too, figured Bennie's stock must be a couple years old, just because of the nature of the shipment and the price. I know nothing at all about different lasts or comparable lasts from other makers. Admittedly, there are unfortunate indentations in the leather where the laces had lain, and I don't lace my shoes in the same manner; these don't show much when they are laced and tied, and I am still quite happy with the shoes. I may try to manipulate those with some shoe cream and shine. Between this and the earlier cache of J&Ms, Bennie's has gotten some odd, great shipments of interesting shoes I can't really imagine finding anywhere else...
post #62 of 80
thanks to all of the mebers of the style forum for your patience and support, you all are wonderful customers to deal with and we thank you for all of the positive feedback. chris
post #63 of 80
new pics of available sizes now at Bennie's web page, updated somewhat.My Webpage
post #64 of 80
By the way, as you might be interested in anyone looking for expert shoe repair, the shoes below are from a long time customer, and as you might notice, they are John Lobb, all 3 pair, we offer fine craftsmanship in shoe repair for all brands. But, I really thought you might like to see the Lobbs.. Chris
post #65 of 80
Is this the "before" or "after" picture?
post #66 of 80
Clearly the "after" I think, as the shine is superb on these undoubtedly old shoes. Though it looks like the owner isn't as diligent about using shoe trees (if he uses them at all) as we are, given the deep creases in the vamp area. Thanks for the pix Chris. I'm looking forward to your updated pictures of size 13 Grensons.
post #67 of 80
Chris, If possible could you please provide pictures of the soles and heel? I had some Cole Haan loafers resoled last year and I wasn't very happy with the heel nor the channeling/stiching.
post #68 of 80
Gentlemen, our short awaited shipment of Grenson shoes has arrived, I will have them catalogued and photographed for all to view by Saturday morning around 11AM. Please feel free to call me after 11 Saturday morning if anyone is interested in the styles that will be available. Visit the new stock at the following address: http://www.benniesshoes.com/grenson.htm Please understand, the styles currently in place until Saturday are the old stock and do not represent a full in stock availability. I promise to do my best at having a full representation for each size, we did however not get anything new below an 8 1/2 US. My Webpage
post #69 of 80
Shoe trees.  Don't get me started.  Nightowl's Lobb guy may have been conscientious as the devil--to little avail.  (Or raking studio light may have distorted the photo image.  No matter.) 'Cause this is the place for my semi-annual rant on shoe preservation.  Simply said, most trees, even custom models, are not of sufficient amplitude to stave off unsightly creases. Want to save money and do your shoes a favor?  Stuff 'em with the op-ed page of a three-month-old New York Times.
post #70 of 80
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Shoe trees.  Don't get me started.  Nightowl's Lobb guy may have been conscientious as the devil--to little avail.  (Or raking studio light may have distorted the photo image.  No matter.) 'Cause this is the place for my semi-annual rant on shoe preservation.  Simply said, most trees, even custom models, are not of sufficient amplitude to stave off unsightly creases. Want to save money and do your shoes a favor?  Stuff 'em with the op-ed page of a three-month-old New York Times.
Do you mean that they don't properly fill the shoe?   My shoe trees are nothing special, but seem to do a respectable job at preventing deep creases. dan
post #71 of 80
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Can't agree with you more, kidkim2, about shoe trees, that is. The cheap cedar jobs you can get for less than $20 from the likes of Rochester are simply abominations. The toe shape is not even an approximation of a proper last and will not fill up the toe, thus failing to prevent creasing. The Times does seem to do a respectable job if properly stuffed. Not sure about tabloids... I had the sense to buy a few 'vintage' wooden tress from ebay, which look more like proper lasts. I stuff the front end into the shoe, while keeping the hinged back 'in the air'. That way, creasing is largely prevented, yet the shoes don't get too stretched.
post #72 of 80
I've recently seen some better Woodlore shoe trees at TJ Maxx. These have the full heel and the self handle, better shaped foot inserts. There are no fancy brass knobs, but for $10 much better than the low end Rochester ones without a full heel. Of course, Rochester also makes very nice trees, but they tend not to show up discounted.
post #73 of 80
First let me say, gentlemen, you have been great to deal with via the phone and e-mail, secondly, for those who missed out on certain styles, please check back daily starting at weeks end, for there will definitely be returns and i will post all of the styles that were returned each day. Again, thanks for making this successful.
post #74 of 80
I, too, have a number of vintage shoe trees. (Maybe those of us who have some ought to consider posting pics.) These items actually might be of better use to someone with smaller feet. Gunboats they just don't fill out. I have actually considered enhancing their amplitude by using socks. But, somehow. . . putting socks on my shoetrees. . . I just couldn't pull the trigger.
post #75 of 80
we are trying to get some more guys, just not sure about the price, or availability, but i will be posting some returns in the morning in some sizes that were returned this morning...not sure what, i was off, but there are a few...also of note, the postings will only be in the size part of the page accoring to number. i hope we can make a few more people satisfied by posting these.
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