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post #38221 of 53498
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

So how do I sneak a pair of camo driving loafers past the fiancee given I own no loafers and nothing in camo frown.gif might be tough..

Say you've had them for years. She didnt see them because were camouflaged
post #38222 of 53498
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

White trousers. Difficult territory. Rarely done well. White jeans are a better bet all round.

 

I'm having more than a little difficulty processing the logic of your argument here.

 
 
 
It could just be me, or the fact that there isn't any presented.
post #38223 of 53498

Has anyone had any experience with local shoemakers?

 

A friend of mine from Melbourne recently started  boasting about commissioning - amongst other things - a pair of boots from his "local cordwainer". I must say they look very nice leather, wing tip two tone (black/burgundy). They cost him about $900 apparently and made on his own last. It never occurred to me to look into bespoke shoemaking from someone other than C&J/EG/JL/etc. This seems insanely cheap for what he got. Anyone here had experience with local shoemakers and what if any pitfalls there are to commissioning something like this?

post #38224 of 53498
Ovlov, there are a few cordwainers around, a chap in Sydney by the name of Andrew MacDonald being probably the best known of them at present. There's also a made-to-order shoe business run out of "Beggar Man Thief" in Melbourne, although I'm not sure how far they go in terms of making a last to fit your foot and so on.

MacDonald (well, I think that's his name) in Sydney appears to be technically proficient but most of the examples of his work that I have seen fall very much into the fashion/streetwear category of footwear - weathered leather boots with straps and buckles and very bowed soles, for example.

Probably the most knowledgeable person in regard to Melbourne cordwainers is a former Styleforum member with the username "The Shooman".

He was banned from SF some years ago and he now posts over on the "Film Noir Buff" forum (or FNB forum), still with the Shooman username.

Shooman has gone to considerable effort to track down old cordwainers in Melbourne and had a last made for himself, before commissioning a couple of pairs of bespoke shoes from some of the old shoemakers.

If you have a look at his threads on the FNB forum documenting his experiences with Melbourne shoemakers, there are some interesting photographs and information.
post #38225 of 53498

It is cheaper than most white pointy shoes from Aquila. Herringbone also stock rebadged Cheaney shoes.

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post #38226 of 53498
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Originally Posted by patbuyonlin View Post

It is cheaper than most white pointy shoes from Aquila. Herringbone also stock rebadged Cheaney shoes.

Herringbone used to stock rebadged Cheaney shoes, but they stopped doing so four or five years ago, and started selling Crockett & Jones shoes.
post #38227 of 53498
There's a guy in Melbourne who trades as Wootton, in Prahran. Have never visited but was reading a write-up in Monocle not five minutes ago. The examples on the website aren't quite to my taste colour wise, and some are a bit 'distressed', but they are Blake-stitched and the quality looks okay as long as decent leathers are available.
post #38228 of 53498
Shanghai Tianzi Shoes. You'll get bespoke/MTM shoes for a heckuva lot less than McDonald and his like charge and it'll look a darn sight better too. None of those upturned pixy shoes there (unless you particularly want one of those monstrosities).
post #38229 of 53498
Unless you have foot problems I don't think there's great value in a bespoke shoe.
post #38230 of 53498
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Unless you have foot problems I don't think there's great value in a bespoke shoe.

 

I'd agree. But I do have pretty badly mismatched feet and at sub $1k that's not much more than I?'d be looking at for RTW C&J or Carminas.

post #38231 of 53498
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

I'd agree. But I do have pretty badly mismatched feet and at sub $1k that's not much more than I?'d be looking at for RTW C&J or Carminas.
It's about 50% more...
post #38232 of 53498

Aren't C&J Handgrade and Carminas about $700?

 

I don't have that much experience with shoe pricing being in Adelaide and buying everything on sale anyhow. I haven;t been yet but I was under the impression that pretty much everything stocked by Double Monk besides CJ bench was starting around the 800-900 mark.

 

Anyhow I'm just considering options atm. Getting married in a few months and trying to work out what a can justify squeezing out of the wedding budget. 

Speaking of which what do you guys think? Suit from Suit Shop and Shoes from DM? or get pimping with PJohnson and wear the shoes I already have?

post #38233 of 53498
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

Anyhow I'm just considering options atm. Getting married in a few months and trying to work out what a can justify squeezing out of the wedding budget. 

Speaking of which what do you guys think? Suit from Suit Shop and Shoes from DM? or get pimping with PJohnson and wear the shoes I already have?

 

What shoes do you already have?

post #38234 of 53498
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Originally Posted by ovlov View Post

Aren't C&J Handgrade and Carminas about $700?
Getting married in a few months and trying to work out what a can justify squeezing out of the wedding budget. 
Speaking of which what do you guys think? Suit from Suit Shop and Shoes from DM? or get pimping with PJohnson and wear the shoes I already have?

Get married on a beach...go barefoot and splurge on a suit...and ensure you invite fxh (with a no shoes, no socks dress code)...sorry could not resist.

Depending on what shoes you have already a suit from Suit Shop and some good shoes (maybe from DM) would be a good way to go. Bad shoes ruin even the best suits, great shoes elevate a whole outfit.
post #38235 of 53498

Well I already have a pair of black Edward Green Chelseas. I just want an excuse for more shoes... I only have them and a pair of Allen Edmonds black bluchers which seems to be the bare minimum of footwear. So I guess it comes down to whether PJ is worth the extra splurge to forgo a nice pair of new shoes. 

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