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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

My new giant mofo coathangers. You call THAT a coathanger?"
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These are much bigger than the pics capture - I should have put others beside them for comparison.

Provenance?
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

My oldest most traveled (Beijing, Kaohsiung, Ballarat, Frankston, Thornbury, around the house) desert boots got a bit dirty. Sole is really worn out. I believe the young internet folk refer to them as beaters.
I researched all the forums. Emailed France. Ordered some cleaning elixir from France instead of a new pair of shoes. Complained by email about the delay and their inability to speak english. etc etc
Then I cleaned them
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You are not seriously going to call this a major shoe renovation project? Puullleaaase...
post #40472 of 48470
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post
 


You think cause it's in a spoiler that I won't read it.

 

Props for Foxxy's sense of humour, though.

 

It's gold!

post #40473 of 48470
Wootten's shoes look interesting but - whilst admitting that I know virtually nothing about his operation - it could be worth being a little cautious about leather quality.

From the pics on the website, the leather looks a bit coarse. Whilst full-grain, I don't think it's calf leather and so it the wrinkles that develop will probably be larger and coarser.

You can see a couple of examples of the coarser grain in the leather on this shoe, this shoe, too, and this bag.

I don't know if you can request that he use calf leather (probably for an upcharge) but, depending on what the sample or off-the-rack shoes look like when you get to handle them, it could be worth it.

Edit: I just noticed that on the FAQ section of the Wootten website, under "materials and construction", it mentions:

What leather do you use?

Depending on the application we use:

Kangaroo – for our high performance sports shoes. Kangaroo is one of the highest performance natural materials available for footwear.

Kid – for fine ladies shoes

Calf – all of our linings are generally made from calf, some of our uppers are made from calf also.

Bovine – Most commonly available and a good general all purpose leather for most applications.


So it does appear that most of the shoe uppers are made from "bovine" (ie cow) leather, but that some of the uppers are made from calf (ie younger, softer, more supple cow leather).

So, in conclusion, his shoes look nice, but it's probably worth seeing if you can get him to use calf leather instead of "bovine" leather on the uppers.
post #40474 of 48470
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

Wootten's shoes look interesting but - whilst admitting that I know virtually nothing about his operation - it could be worth being a little cautious about leather quality.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
From the pics on the website, the leather looks a bit coarse. Whilst full-grain, I don't think it's calf leather and so it the wrinkles that develop will probably be larger and coarser.

You can see a couple of examples of the coarser grain in the leather on this shoe, this shoe, too, and this bag.

I don't know if you can request that he use calf leather (probably for an upcharge) but, depending on what the sample or off-the-rack shoes look like when you get to handle them, it could be worth it.

Edit: I just noticed that on the FAQ section of the Wootten website, under "materials and construction", it mentions:

What leather do you use?

Depending on the application we use:

Kangaroo – for our high performance sports shoes. Kangaroo is one of the highest performance natural materials available for footwear.

Kid – for fine ladies shoes

Calf – all of our linings are generally made from calf, some of our uppers are made from calf also.

Bovine – Most commonly available and a good general all purpose leather for most applications.


So it does appear that most of the shoe uppers are made from "bovine" (ie cow) leather, but that some of the uppers are made from calf (ie younger, softer, more supple cow leather).

So, in conclusion, his shoes look nice, but it's probably worth seeing if you can get him to use calf leather instead of "bovine" leather on the uppers.
Could be he sources his leather locally from Australia, which has a dearth of fine grain calf leather. I recall RMW had some issues a few years back sourcing suitable calf skins from Aussie producers due to the impacts of the big drought - hence they started importing this type of leather from Europe (for the "French veal" calf Craftsman etc.)

edit: I see you can specify "Barramundi" leather! Crispy skin I hope...
post #40475 of 48470
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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

Hey mate - what did you want? ive got stacks at home

Just no time for O&J now with Suit Shop and PJohnson

NB don't worry about this Rob, found the photos in Google Archive. Perusing them now...
post #40476 of 48470
Where you been lachy?
post #40477 of 48470
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

Where you been lachy?

The Philippines/poor. So I avoided SF for a few weeks. Worked remarkably well, actually, in terms of not purchasing anything.

I'm about to go to Nauru, of all places. So in preparation I've got my first ever Fresco suit, and a bunch of linen or linen blend shirts.

Though looking at the weather forecast, I don't think that even those will save me....
post #40478 of 48470
Updates:

1. I received my OCBD from Lands End yesterday. The collar is too small and the fabric too heavy, otherwise I can't complain.

2. I tried on my CR D-ring belt today - it stretched beyond recognition. Is this normal?
post #40479 of 48470
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

The Philippines/poor. So I avoided SF for a few weeks. Worked remarkably well, actually, in terms of not purchasing anything.

I'm about to go to Nauru, of all places. So in preparation I've got my first ever Fresco suit, and a bunch of linen or linen blend shirts.

Though looking at the weather forecast, I don't think that even those will save me....

Where did you get the shirts from? I think linen and linen blends are going to be big among SF dudes this summer.

I just checked Nauru weather!

Tue
Mostly sunny 28 29
Wed
Sunny 28 29
Thu
Sunny 28 29
Fri
Sunny 28 29
post #40480 of 48470
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

Wootten's shoes look interesting but - whilst admitting that I know virtually nothing about his operation - it could be worth being a little cautious about leather quality.

From the pics on the website, the leather looks a bit coarse. Whilst full-grain, I don't think it's calf leather and so it the wrinkles that develop will probably be larger and coarser.

You can see a couple of examples of the coarser grain in the leather on this shoe, this shoe, too, and this bag.

I don't know if you can request that he use calf leather (probably for an upcharge) but, depending on what the sample or off-the-rack shoes look like when you get to handle them, it could be worth it.

Edit: I just noticed that on the FAQ section of the Wootten website, under "materials and construction", it mentions:

What leather do you use?

Depending on the application we use:

Kangaroo – for our high performance sports shoes. Kangaroo is one of the highest performance natural materials available for footwear.

Kid – for fine ladies shoes

Calf – all of our linings are generally made from calf, some of our uppers are made from calf also.

Bovine – Most commonly available and a good general all purpose leather for most applications.


So it does appear that most of the shoe uppers are made from "bovine" (ie cow) leather, but that some of the uppers are made from calf (ie younger, softer, more supple cow leather).

So, in conclusion, his shoes look nice, but it's probably worth seeing if you can get him to use calf leather instead of "bovine" leather on the uppers.

I've actually been asking around about this on SF but haven't had any luck with answers. If you delve a bit more there's options for pretty much any kind of leather including "French calf" and "English calf" and a few other nationalities. Is there much/any difference in price and quality between calf leather from different countries? Also if you can tell me wth museum calf is I'd also like to know. Wootten seem pretty experienced and capable with a wide variety of leathers so I'm sure he can tell me himself but i always prefer to get my info from someone who isn't trying to sell me a product if I can.
post #40481 of 48470
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post

Where did you get the shirts from? I think linen and linen blends are going to be big among SF dudes this summer.

I just checked Nauru weather!

Tue
Mostly sunny 28 29
Wed
Sunny 28 29
Thu
Sunny 28 29
Fri
Sunny 28 29

They are all Luxire.

I like the look of those Kamakura ones too, though.

More than the temperature, the problem is going to be the humidity I think. And the apparently frequenty brown outs and air conditioning failures.
post #40482 of 48470
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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

hrmm well that's disappointing to hear.  Can't win with belts, they are either the wrong leather or have a cheap buckle or just not the style im looking for.


One option is to wait till Boxing Day and go online to BB the prices are dramatically reduced so it would cover shipping costs and still be good value Oz at 95 to greenback at present. Something to consider.
post #40483 of 48470
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Updates:

1. I received my OCBD from Lands End yesterday. The collar is too small and the fabric too heavy, otherwise I can't complain.

That's unfortunate, but it sadly echoes the comment that I made here when you first mentioned that you'd ordered the shirt:
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

That's from LE's "Canvas" line. It will be interesting to see what the collar is like. I've got several pairs of LE Canvas chino shorts and chino pants, but I sent the LE Canvas shirts back as the collars were too small and the collar points were too short.

Nowadays, I just stick to ordering the mainline LE shirts, in their "tailored" fit.

Edit: The good thing about LE is that they have an Australian return address in Sydney, so if you order something and don't like it, it's quite inexpensive to return it for a full refund, as opposed to having to post it back to the US.
Edited by Journeyman - 10/28/13 at 5:56pm
post #40484 of 48470
Journeyman, He has a huge collection of skins in stock in all types of animal type, texture, colour and quality. i can confirm to you that he will make the shoe in whatever leather you like, including the finest calf, which i chose for mine.

PrinceOfPaisley, you beat me too it. i have actually seen the barramundi skin in the shop. its actually very soft, so you wont like it.
post #40485 of 48470

Looking at his site, I really like the look of his laptop sleeve.

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