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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by Wildsmith
no it doesnt mean that they were made in st. james's street, all it means that the inner sole that was used id from that era, not the whole shoe!





What the hell did you bump a 2 year old thread for?
post #17 of 34
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Originally Posted by zjpj83



What the hell did you bump a 2 year old thread for?
why not, the facts are still there, btw that pic is cool, i like the film its from.
post #18 of 34
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Originally Posted by Wildsmith
no it doesnt mean that they were made in st. james's street, all it means that the inner sole that was used id from that era, not the whole shoe!
I think that proves that our new member "˜wildsmith' is not descended from a long line of distinguished English shoemakers.

Nobody in England, who knows a little bit about shoes would confuse "inner sole", "insole" and "sock". The "˜Insole' is the inner sole and the foundation stone of the shoe. That little leather bit, bearing the manufacturer's or retailer's name is called the "˜Sock'. It usually covers the heel area (occasionally the entire insole, but that's not a very English) and it's main purpose is to hide the nails, that hold the heel in place. Any member of the Wildsmith family would have learned that, on his father's or grandfather's knees.

Please write one hundred times in your best hand writing:
"The sock is not the inner sole."
post #19 of 34
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
It usually covers the heel area (occasionally the entire insole, but that's not a very English)

If I'm not mistaken, all my JL and EG have a full sock that covers the entire insole
post #20 of 34
Crocodile leather is rather shatty, and only really suitable for luggage.
post #21 of 34
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Originally Posted by Ruprecht
Crocodile leather is rather shatty, and only really suitable for luggage.
I agree. Gator is much better for shoes.
post #22 of 34
There was a pair of bespoke crocodile John Lobb lace ups a while back in a size 7.5UK that later sold for $1,000.
post #23 of 34
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Originally Posted by Ruprecht
Crocodile leather is rather shatty, and only really suitable for luggage.
I like crocodile better because of its look.
post #24 of 34
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
I think that proves that our new member "˜wildsmith' is not descended from a long line of distinguished English shoemakers.

Nobody in England, who knows a little bit about shoes would confuse "inner sole", "insole" and "sock". The "˜Insole' is the inner sole and the foundation stone of the shoe. That little leather bit, bearing the manufacturer's or retailer's name is called the "˜Sock'. It usually covers the heel area (occasionally the entire insole, but that's not a very English) and it's main purpose is to hide the nails, that hold the heel in place. Any member of the Wildsmith family would have learned that, on his father's or grandfather's knees.

Please write one hundred times in your best hand writing:
"The sock is not the inner sole."
well...thats quite an acusation you have made there my friend, im not quite sure how to respond. But i have a life you knoe, i dont go around pretending to be part of a family that i am not part of, maybee thats one of your past-times but it certainly isnt mine. i apologise for my misuse of language in the related subject, remember however, i am unfortunate not to 'taking the reigns' of the business, and my dad stopped there when i was about five. so this would be why i didnt "sit on my dads knee" and talk about shoes.
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by Wildsmith
well...thats quite an acusation you have made there my friend, im not quite sure how to respond. But i have a life you knoe, i dont go around pretending to be part of a family that i am not part of, maybee thats one of your past-times but it certainly isnt mine. i apologise for my misuse of language in the related subject, remember however, i am unfortunate not to 'taking the reigns' of the business, and my dad stopped there when i was about five. so this would be why i didnt "sit on my dads knee" and talk about shoes.
How old are you?
post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by RJman
How old are you?

"dad left the company 13 years ago" + "I was five" = 18 years old
post #27 of 34
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post #28 of 34
Rjman, give young Wildsmith some slack!

Wildsmith junior, do you have an interest in shoes in general?
Would you like to become a shoemaker and continue the family name?

Have a look at the Austrian firm of Scheer, that business has been run since 1816 by members of the same family.
http://www.scheer.at/

Maybe you write a little history of Wildsmith and post it here. If you have access to old catalogues or other materials, scan it, we'd love to see them. Or interview your grandfather about the bespoke shoe business in London at the time he started working for the family firm.
post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by Ruprecht
Crocodile leather is rather shatty, and only really suitable for luggage.

My father's study had a desk set, a chair and a table, all in crocodile.
post #30 of 34
One of my uncles was a big Anglophile who liked to spend money he didn't have so I know about Wildsmith shoes.

I think it's really exiciting to have someone who is part of the family here if that's the case
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