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Australian Members - Page 1032post #15466 of 622967/16/12 at 2:05am
Styleforum Top Pickspost #15467 of 622967/16/12 at 2:13ampost #15468 of 622967/16/12 at 3:29ampost #15469 of 622967/16/12 at 4:11ampost #15470 of 622967/16/12 at 5:00amQuote:
Thanks, might pop in for a look. I did find a pair of Lanvins like that from a store from Italy that ships int'l last year, but didn't end up buying them. The C&J Wembleys do look great but price range is really pushing it let alone EGs and and JLs. Some day, but not now. Does it not a tad funny that it seems only the upper end of the makers provide such styles?post #15471 of 622967/16/12 at 5:26amQuote:Quote:Originally Posted by Petepan
Yeah, I would also be interested.
To overcome the communications barrier, someone should be managing orders for this old man. I dont mind paying a small commission.
I am just interested to see whether SF members is able to collectively put this man back into full time employ (and hopefully pass on his valuable skills to a younger generation).
A good manager should also be creative and see whether he can source good quality leathers from say, Indonesia/Japan. After all, Ed Et Al in Singapore is able to source good leather.Quote:Originally Posted by quar
To me, watching a few of you guys jump onto the band-wagon of some "bargain" product just signifies what is wrong with our mentality here in the Australian Members Thread.
Save that $150 for your first pair of excellent bench-made English shoes. Don't waste your time looking for any intermediate products.
The AU is killing it at the moment. Especially against the Euro. Buy a pair of Carmina shoes. Or buy a pair of C&J. Invest in something worthwhile, rather than a number of disposable temporary pieces.
I bought my first pair of Vass shoes whilst still a University Student. I still wear them today. Be patient, save up money, and buy right the first time.
I don't mean to be an arsehole, but I just think too many people favour quantity over quality. The better options out there aren't that much more expensive if you are patient, and avoid wasting your money on the intermediate products.
I currently rotate 3 pairs of shoes at work, and they suit me just fine - John Lobb City II (Brown Museum Calf), Carmina Penny Loafer (Brown Suede) and Vass U-Last Whole-Cut (Black Calf). Granted, I have a few other pairs of high-end shoes, but I rarely wear them. My point is, men don't need many clothes at all. So make it count when you do purchase something. Make it something worthwhile.
I agree with both quar and Ernesto on the majority of this. For all we know the old bugger may not want too much work and may well make a very good living fixing high heels and topying soles already. So I think everyone should take a step back and wait until it's confirmed he is happy to take on enquiries before you go writing the guys new business plan for him and researching which tanneries will ship to Australia. At the end of the day the reality is that it's his business to organise not ours, it'd be like me asking you guys to find me some silk weavers in Como....
I'm in a fairly close situation to Quar too, not quite as high end but I mainly rotate, 2 pair of Carmina, 2 pair of Loake 1880 and a pair of CJ's plus a pair of MTO Meermins for my wedding in Sept (which will also replace 1 x Loake). It's not about qty now but quality. I'd rather now buy 1 x pair of Carmina per year than 2-3 Cheaper shoes.post #15472 of 622967/16/12 at 5:58amI've been reading this fantastic old Fly Fishing book wrote in the 60's of a man names John Hedge, a very respected fly fisherman of his era and his quest on his 60th birthday to take 6 months off and spend a season fishing the Monaro streams. The book is called "Trout Fishing - A Season on Monaro". I came across it at a coast house in Tuross Heads earlier this year and have searched loing and hard for a copy under $200, when I finally snagged a good version on ebay for $50.
Anyway theres this great story of a retired Colonel that visits from England to fish with him for a few weeks and a pic of him after catching a cracking Brown on the Maclaughlin River which I had to scan. Here is the colonel dressed for fishing in tweed, a cravat, pocket square, cap and monocle and yet he doesn't look at all costumey.post #15473 of 622967/16/12 at 6:01ampost #15474 of 622967/16/12 at 6:56amMy Meermin's arrived today!!!
Black double monks on the Hiro Last.
Weird last shape IMO. Heel is quite wide and toe box is quite narrow.
I'm finding that my heal slipping a fair bit but the toe box is tight.
And very stiff on first wear.
Great looking last though.
I also have suede boots coming which im looking forward to getting.
pics to comepost #15475 of 622967/16/12 at 12:44pmQuote:Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe
I've been reading this fantastic old Fly Fishing book wrote in the 60's of a man names John Hedge, Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)a very respected fly fisherman of his era and his quest on his 60th birthday to take 6 months off and spend a season fishing the Monaro streams. The book is called "Trout Fishing - A Season on Monaro". I came across it at a coast house in Tuross Heads earlier this year and have searched loing and hard for a copy under $200, when I finally snagged a good version on ebay for $50.
Anyway theres this great story of a retired Colonel that visits from England to fish with him for a few weeks and a pic of him after catching a cracking Brown on the Maclaughlin River which I had to scan. Here is the colonel dressed for fishing in tweed, a cravat, pocket square, cap and monocle and yet he doesn't look at all costumey.
are you familiar with Hans Gebetsroither? he was the trainer of Charles Ritz on his yearly trips to the Traunsee.
"Albert Goddart was born in the town Bouillon (south of Belgium - Ardennes) just before World War one. After World War II he became a well know caster and fished a lot of times together with Hans Gebetsroiter and Charles Ritz (so he could learn the Gebetsroither style). At that time Goddart was one of the best flycasters in the world and was more or less sponsored by Hardy. I never met him because he died in the early sixties but met a lot of people who knew him. In the early fifties the first international (official) casting championships (CIPS) started and the world championships in Brussels in 1958 was his moment of glory where he won a silver medal. During this period he met a lot of Americans and visited also the USA. There he demonstrated the Gebetsroither Style, that's why the Americans call it the Belgian Style."
rumours are out that Mr. Hemingway joined Ritz on one of his trips...
Edited by fritzl - 7/16/12 at 1:30pmpost #15476 of 622967/16/12 at 3:51pmVery interesting.. No I am not aware of him though. The main reading I've done is all about our own streams here in Australia & New Zealand but I have also done some research in to the clear bright blue streams of Slovenia as well. I'll have to do some googling later today. Thanks for sharing.post #15477 of 622967/16/12 at 3:58pmpost #15478 of 622967/16/12 at 4:26pmpost #15479 of 622967/16/12 at 4:30pmQuote:
If Zara brought out a MTM service for a good price I would 100% try it
You should spend more time worrying about things that matter rather than internet friends shoe preferencespost #15480 of 622967/16/12 at 4:39pmI don't consider myself some superior being with superior taste, but if someone who has experience with EG / Vass / C&J decides that they want to try some poorly made shoes for a laugh, then so be it. If the pseudo-small-batch-artisan-made-for-me vibe gets you excited, then go ahead. I'd rather spend the money on a resole for a proper pair of shoes. And if you want to populate your wardrobe with fused-suiting, with 3rd world fabric, then so be it.
Having said that, if you usual dress shoe budget is $150, then I'd completely understand you guys giving this chap some business.
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