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Advice time gents.
I've been slowly upgrading my wardrobe over the past few years. I'm looking to get a pair o dark brown shoes to add to my rotation. I've lusting after a pair of the carmina brown captors from the armoury. The only thing holding me back is that I do a lot of walking around for work in the shoes. I'm note sure I want to spend that amount if the walking will ruin them. ( I'm a teacher so will walk anywhere between 5 and 7km a day)
Anyone with carmina know how they will hold up? Or should I get a second pair of less expensive shoes to prevent th carmina's getting wrecked.
I wouldn't be worried. I gave my father a pair of Loake's last year and he's been wearing them every day almost after he wore out the pair he was wearing at the time. He doesn't take care of them, shoe trees them only on weekends, etc. He's only halfway through the sole, and the shoes are easily revived with a brush and a polish. I'd say you'd be fine with the Carmina's.
I stay away from contacts now, even the ones with reportedly better corneal oxygenation. You can tell when someone has worn contacts for a while (ghost vessels) and the dreaded complications are numerous (microbial keratitis, corneal endothelial cell loss). I am a vain individual but draw the line at the need to keep my vision in tip top shape. Scraping people's corneas puts you off anything but spectacles. as a rule, everyone should have some contact-free days...
I have been using nikon lite lenses for yars, costly but woth it. BTW i am myopic and wonder are the Zeiss better in terms of value.
Matt, I like named lenses because of the quality control and the options available (UV and anti glare coatings, high index, etc.), but don't stress if you don't know what you've got in the frames. Chances are they already have the technology in them, coatings, etc.
An aside, you can get excellent lenses in India at a ridiculous price point (Zeiss for like $60), but I'm not going there anytime soon...
After about 17 months of wear, I took my Weymouths into Rekaris today to ask his opinion on the condition of the sole. He said I can still Topy them now, for $35. Which means that the sole still has a bit of life left in it (enough to put a Topy on). A half re-sole is $45, and a full re-sole is $120-ish (can't quite remember the exact detail).
Of course, the devil is in the details. He's not sure if the guy in charge of re-stitching (who used to work for RM Williams) can do a channeled-sole shoe.
Nor is he confident that he can hide the stitching from above, so the sole will be a fraction wider (it will look like a standard Loake or Church sole).
And of course, he can't get water-resistant oak-bark leather in this country anymore (because the guy who used to make it has gone out of business).
Other options : http://www.goodyearwelted.co.uk - charge 90 pounds for a full resole. I haven't yet dug into the details regarding this operation.
American Tailors will take care of the entire process for me for between $250-$280 which is on par with what C&J New York charge for a full return-to-factory process. Other posts on the forum say the London stores charge about 100 pounds, not including postage.
As I'm not exactly flush with cash at the moment (and I'm hoping to buy a new pair of Chukkas sometime this year) I might just Topy them now, and get them resoled in a few more years.
I've also read (on other threads in this forum) that C&J can only resole your show a finite number of times. They won't offer the service for a shoe that has already had two resoles.
Any other thoughts on the matter are appreciated
Hey PG, did you happen to go any further with the American Tailors service? i've just had a pair of Audleys reach the point where the cobbler can't help.
Lenses are stupidly, and often, suspiciously cheap, in India. Never known why. Part of it, of course, is the strength of the AUD against the INR. Anyone have a detailed reason?
Lenses are hugely marked up in Australia.
My friend's girlfriend is an Optometrist. She works for Optical Superstore.
She mentioned that the Nikon lenses they sell for 180 Dollars, are bought for less than 20 Dollars.
Always knew they were marked up - didn't realise it was to this extent!
(Even cheaper in Pakistan)
Briefly - One word. Luxotica.
Another word or two - near monopoly or oligopoly. Some more words. No real competition. Collusion.
Not uncommon for markups of 1000% in Australia on frames (largely plastic from Chinese factories that cost just a $1 or $2, even those "Made In Italy") and similar for lenses.
More analysis can be provided if needed.
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