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post #16096 of 33197
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Originally Posted by SpiffEngineer View Post


Your reply has confounded me, fritzl; Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I am not sure if you mean to say that AE and Carmina are mid-level, or you are saying that Carmina is of a higher quality.  I received my first pair of Carmina shoes last week, and it appears to me that they are quite well made, as they have a number of details which my Strands do not.  I would very much like to know what you mean, could you please clarify?

no need to. tbh, i don't think i can clarify, i just can give you my personal opinion.

long story short. there are more ways to skin a cat hence everyone has his point of view on shoes.

mine:

AE - doesn't exist in my universe.
EG - better quality than AE but equally bland, uninspired etc., etc.
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point of departure - shoes already:

Carmina - self confident, stands out of the crowd
JL - good quality, unique
St. C. - as good as it gets
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the next step - my personal universe - spleen included.

everything with a soul...

imo, carmina and st. c. are already very close.
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i have no intention to discourage you or anyone else. a lot of what i feel about this has to do with access and availability. i'm in the blessed situation that i have fifty shoemakers, take or give, within a radius of 400 miles. this is a lot. i only have seen a fraction of this output in person, but i got the idea as i can imagine you get my idea how to think about it, when in my position.

i hope you don't mind to show you a picture of my old shoemaker, who left the stage last year. a picture tells more than a thousand words.

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dude takes care of my shoe trees, any questions?

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you think, i'm exaggerating? no way. i give you a view over the edge of a plate.

the good is the enemy of the best, remember?
post #16097 of 33197
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post


no need to. tbh, i don't think i can clarify, i just can give you my personal opinion.
long story short. there are more ways to skin a cat hence everyone has his point of view on shoes.
mine:
Warning: Thoughtful Insights! (Click to show)

AE - doesn't exist in my universe.
EG - better quality than AE but equally bland, uninspired etc., etc.
____________________________________________________
point of departure - shoes already:
Carmina - self confident, stands out of the crowd
JL - good quality, unique
St. C. - as good as it gets
____________________________________________________
the next step - my personal universe - spleen included.
everything with a soul...
imo, carmina and st. c. are already very close.
____________________________________________________
i have no intention to discourage you or anyone else. a lot of what i feel about this has to do with access and availability. i'm in the blessed situation that i have fifty shoemakers, take or give, within a radius of 400 miles. this is a lot. i only have seen a fraction of this output in person, but i got the idea as i can imagine you get my idea how to think about it, when in my position.
i hope you don't mind to show you a picture of my old shoemaker, who left the stage last year. a picture tells more than a thousand words.
Bild102.jpg
dude takes care of my shoe trees, any questions?
Bild078.jpg
you think, i'm exaggerating? no way. i give you a view over the edge of a plate.
the good is the enemy of the best, remember?

 

 

I see what you mean, and it makes a lot of sense.  I take no offence if people point out that my clothing is not bespoke and handcrafted.  I am just a young guy who is trying to figure out what I like; I will eventually move to bespoke suits and shoes.  

 

Thanks for the insight!

post #16098 of 33197
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

no need to. tbh, i don't think i can clarify, i just can give you my personal opinion.
long story short. there are more ways to skin a cat hence everyone has his point of view on shoes.
mine:
AE - doesn't exist in my universe.
EG - better quality than AE but equally bland, uninspired etc., etc.
____________________________________________________
point of departure - shoes already:
Carmina - self confident, stands out of the crowd
JL - good quality, unique
St. C. - as good as it gets
____________________________________________________
the next step - my personal universe - spleen included.
everything with a soul...
imo, carmina and st. c. are already very close.
____________________________________________________
i have no intention to discourage you or anyone else. a lot of what i feel about this has to do with access and availability. i'm in the blessed situation that i have fifty shoemakers, take or give, within a radius of 400 miles. this is a lot. i only have seen a fraction of this output in person, but i got the idea as i can imagine you get my idea how to think about it, when in my position.
i hope you don't mind to show you a picture of my old shoemaker, who left the stage last year. a picture tells more than a thousand words. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Bild102.jpg
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
dude takes care of my shoe trees, any questions?
Bild078.jpg
you think, i'm exaggerating? no way. i give you a view over the edge of a plate.
the good is the enemy of the best, remember?

Wien oder ungarn??
post #16099 of 33197
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Originally Posted by SpiffEngineer View Post

I see what you mean, and it makes a lot of sense.  I take no offence if people point out that my clothing is not bespoke and handcrafted.  I am just a young guy who is trying to figure out what I like; I will eventually move to bespoke suits and shoes.  

Thanks for the insight!

you're welcome. i do not grew up with silver spoons in my mouth. i just took the chance and learned from the best(available). pb is a funny dude but he's a spoiled brat. i'm just a simple guy, who walks with open eyes...
post #16100 of 33197
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

Wien oder ungarn??

das ist ungarn, wo alles(für uns) begann. schau mer mal, wohin die reise geht...
post #16101 of 33197
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

das ist ungarn, wo alles(für uns) begann. schau mer mal, wohin die reise geht...

Not sure what etiquette says about language here, so...

I was last in Budapest in 2010. I loved the city and it's so close that we may go back for a long weekend in the fall. I may have to check out the shoes...estimate on bespoke Hungarian shoes (euro or HUF)?
post #16102 of 33197
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

Not sure what etiquette says about language here, so...
I was last in Budapest in 2010. I loved the city and it's so close that we may go back for a long weekend in the fall. I may have to check out the shoes...estimate on bespoke Hungarian shoes (euro or HUF)?

the etiquette says, you can, if you do not bother or offend somebody. can be tricky with the krauts. nvm.

i know of four places in budapest, i guess, there are more, which offer custom made/bespoke shoes.

-istvan toth - from € 300,-, no experience myself
-vass - from € 450,-
-buday shoes - from € 750,-, no experience myself
-koronya shoes - expect € 1k or more, dito

with the low forint, i would try to pay in HUF. they can only neglect your business but not your money. EURO is not officialy approved. it's an allowed grey zone.
post #16103 of 33197
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post

the etiquette says, you can, if you do not bother or offend somebody. can be tricky with the krauts. nvm.
i know of four places in budapest, i guess, there are more, which offer custom made/bespoke shoes.
-istvan toth - from € 300,-, no experience myself
-vass - from € 450,-
-buday shoes - from € 750,-, no experience myself
-koronya shoes - expect € 1k or more, dito
with the low forint, i would try to pay in HUF. they can only neglect your business but not your money. EURO is not officialy approved. it's an allowed grey zone.

Jo, i weiss, es ist empfindlich.

Anyway, those prices aren't so bad. I remember that everyone wanted €€€ when I asked about prices, but HUF was the way to go. Even in 2010, things were incredibly cheap. For some reason, we rented an apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies for the two of us.

I will check those out. I own no bespoke shoes and it's been a dream of mine for awhile, so I'd like to make it a reality. I've followed your thread and I can't imagine how many shoes you own (how many is it??). I do know that my wife loves shoes, but I've outgrown our schuhschrank and the dedicated areas in our bedroom. I can get rid of a few pairs to pick up something made for my feet.
post #16104 of 33197
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

I own no bespoke shoes and it's been a dream of mine for awhile, so I'd like to make it a reality. I've followed your thread and I can't imagine how many shoes you own (how many is it??).

you shouldn't miss out the opportunity. prices start to skyrocket. still a way to go to the english but it's becoming serious. the shoe circle is about a third. i started early. actually, i do not add more than one or two pairs per year these days.
post #16105 of 33197
Thanks for your reply, cptjeff! I just dropped some dough on a pair of Loake 1880 Aldwych shoes so I'll forego the cotton belt for now. Maybe next summer.
post #16106 of 33197

What's the gist of shoe care when you buy say a new pair of oxfords (aside from shoe horn/shoe trees)? without getting into details of products or procedures.

 

do you just condition it before you first wear it and then polish it from time to time?

 

Also - best way to get rid of minor scuff marks?

post #16107 of 33197
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

What's the gist of shoe care when you buy say a new pair of oxfords (aside from shoe horn/shoe trees)? without getting into details of products or procedures.

 

do you just condition it before you first wear it and then polish it from time to time?

 

Also - best way to get rid of minor scuff marks?

I don't like to do  too much to a new shoe. I'll rub some mink oil into the leather sole to keep it pliable and waterproof it a bit. And just use a little bit of  neutral paste and brush it on the uppers.

post #16108 of 33197
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Originally Posted by 3dials View Post

Thanks for your reply, cptjeff! I just dropped some dough on a pair of Loake 1880 Aldwych shoes so I'll forego the cotton belt for now. Maybe next summer.

you're getting into the game, congrats.
post #16109 of 33197
Where can I find a good quality tweed sports jacket?
post #16110 of 33197
I m looking for a dress shirt (hidden placket preferably) and the Ervell formal button down fits the bill perfectly. Unfortunately its out of stock everywhere. Does anyone know if there someone is still carrying it or a similar shirt with an ervell like club collar?

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