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post #34201 of 55016
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Originally Posted by wishiwasricher View Post

Did you use thesun a cobbler jase?

I've topied a couple just to prolong their life and have toe taps on others. I know some people are against them aesthetically but to be honest- I don't get too many comments about how good the soles of my shoes look.

I use Redpath Leather repairs @ Garema Place. They seem to have done a nice job on my C&J and Loakes.
post #34202 of 55016
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post


I recommend Coombs in the Strand, Evonne and Paul knows their shoe care, and its a family owned business.

Brice's is also owned by Paul's family.  His late father, Michelle, often used to work there on a weekend.  Highly recommended.  There really should be a sticky about shoe repairer's in Australia and Topy's.  Please see my "essay" at post #25611

post #34203 of 55016
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post


Correct me if I am wrong, isn't the whole point of topy is that one does not need to resole, just replace the topy that also lasts 2 to 3 times longer.

 

Yes, that is correct.  Some will say that the cork bed will eventually need replacing due to rot, but I think this will be largely avoided by using the Topy. The waist might also become badly damaged eventually, requiring a full re-sole.   Then there is the whole Gemming argument as well.  

 

I have spoken to local Cobblers and they usually don't replace the cork bed, just try to keep what's there in tact.  If its really far gone I'd imagine they'd carve a piece of leather in its place.  This is in contrast to the more optimal factory refurb, which is cost prohibitive for Aussies due to shipping overseas.  

 

Incidentally, there are JR bark soles available online that one could give to a local cobbler to work with.

post #34204 of 55016
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

I recommend Coombs in the Strand, Evonne and Paul knows their shoe care, and its a family owned business.
Brice's is also owned by Paul's family.  His late father, Michelle, often used to work there on a weekend.  Highly recommended.  There really should be a sticky about shoe repairer's in Australia and Topy's.  Please see my "essay" at post #
25611


Excellent post from that link. teacha.gif
post #34205 of 55016
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Originally Posted by FredAstaire1899 View Post

Brice's is also owned by Paul's family.  His late father, Michelle, often used to work there on a weekend.  Highly recommended.  There really should be a sticky about shoe repairer's in Australia and Topy's.  Please see my "essay" at post #25611

Great read, cheers.

 

I've got a pair of unworn black dress shoes, apparently 100% all leather and hand-made in Italy (Rolando Sturlini), that I might try the topy method.

 

At least I'll get a feel of them as I've never put rubber "protection" on the soles of my shoes. I just chuck on in-soles for extra cush.

 

This would be my test sample. It ain't a Loake or Church's, but its nice enough to wear on non-suit days.

 

 

post #34206 of 55016
Any Canberrians fancy a meet? Maybe Saturday the 20th for Coffee? 10:30AM couple of good places in Lonsdale St Civic?
post #34207 of 55016
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Originally Posted by ivormiric View Post

So I walked into Harold's today and they had a beautiful Dark brown PAL Zileri trench however.....it was $2300.

any thoughts on how to source it cheaper from the states or overseas?

Should i go back in there, find out the model number and just use an overseas proxy?
I'd wait a few weeks. Harrolds should have their mid-year sale soon
post #34208 of 55016
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Originally Posted by MiguelSF View Post

Great read, cheers.

 

At least I'll get a feel of them as I've never put rubber "protection" on the soles of my shoes. I just chuck on in-soles for extra cush.

 

 

Your welcome.  You might want to wear them a few times just so the soles take the shape of your foot a bit faster.  It's not really necessary as I think the inner and mid soles adjust to the bottom of your foot, not the out sole, so the Topy doesn't really affect it.  I'd also recommend a few coats of a good wax polish on the toes of those, it'll save you from scuffing toe box.

post #34209 of 55016
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Originally Posted by FredAstaire1899 View Post

 

Your welcome.  You might want to wear them a few times just so the soles take the shape of your foot a bit faster.  It's not really necessary as I think the inner and mid soles adjust to the bottom of your foot, not the out sole, so the Topy doesn't really affect it.  I'd also recommend a few coats of a good wax polish on the toes of those, it'll save you from scuffing toe box.

Thanks for the bolded tip. I would've strolled into the cobblers with brand new shoes! Makes sense now.

 

I did go to Henry Buck's/DJ's and sadly an F Last is slightly too wide. I'm not a big fan of thick socks with business shoes, so looks like an E last would suffice.

 

Shame as E fittings offer less lasts...

post #34210 of 55016

good news for guys in Sydney - a selection of Double Monk's shoes will be available at PJohnson in a few months time

 

remember.. you heard it here first lol8[1].gif

post #34211 of 55016
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Originally Posted by FredAstaire1899 View Post

 

Your welcome.  You might want to wear them a few times just so the soles take the shape of your foot a bit faster.  It's not really necessary as I think the inner and mid soles adjust to the bottom of your foot, not the out sole, so the Topy doesn't really affect it.  I'd also recommend a few coats of a good wax polish on the toes of those, it'll save you from scuffing toe box.

I gave them a few coats of leather conditioner, and about 3 coats of wax polish on the toe box and heel counter.

 

Not excessive so I can let the leather age a bit. I've been using Kiwi stuff until I read about Saphir stuff so I'm keen to try that product line too.

 

I've seriously learned a lot on SF within the last few weeks. Cheers guys. 

post #34212 of 55016
Yeah, that is why I lurked for 2 years before I decided to post, excellent community to be a part of.
post #34213 of 55016

Exactly. Even better that there is a dedicated Oz thread.

 

SF is just a dangerous place to lurk, as you blokes buy some seriously expensive threads! 

 

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post #34214 of 55016
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Originally Posted by ivormiric View Post

So I walked into Harold's today and they had a beautiful Dark brown PAL Zileri trench however.....it was $2300.

any thoughts on how to source it cheaper from the states or overseas?

Should i go back in there, find out the model number and just use an overseas proxy?

Maybe try Ialian Imports in Murrumbeena? They stock some PZ, although they may not have that particular one.
post #34215 of 55016
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Brice's is also owned by Paul's family.  His late father, Michelle, often used to work there on a weekend.  Highly recommended.  There really should be a sticky about shoe repairer's in Australia and Topy's.  Please see my "essay" at post #
25611
Great read, cheers.

I've got a pair of unworn black dress shoes, apparently 100% all leather and hand-made in Italy (Rolando Sturlini), that I might try the topy method.

At least I'll get a feel of them as I've never put rubber "protection" on the soles of my shoes. I just chuck on in-soles for extra cush.

This would be my test sample. It ain't a Loake or Church's, but its nice enough to wear on non-suit days.




Looking at those shoes, you sure have narrow feet!
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