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Here's a few interesting things for Sydneysiders:
 

1) There's a couple of pairs of Loake 1880 for under $300 in Enrico Santi in Pitt St. One was a brown size 8 monkstrap, the other a tan brogue, can't remember the size, but bigger than 8. Good value.

 

2) The guy at Eastpoint Shoes in the Edgecliff Centre said he can replace a goodyear welted sole. He has the equipment, he's an authorised RMW repairer and it costs $120 for a full sole.

 

3) In the course of the last year or so, I've had 3 suit jackets altered. In all 3 cases, the sleeves had to be taken off, the shoulders taken in and sleeves replaced, a difficult (and expensive) job. I tried 3 different tailors. They all cost about the same ($150). The best was Con Varnavas in Town Hall Square.


Edited by eightace - 8/1/14 at 10:00pm
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I would be wary of getting full re-soles done at a local cobbler, event the better ones in Sydney; at least not on a really high end pair of shoes. Quite often they will mash the midsole when attaching the new outer sole. Really the only way not to is to do by hand, or on the same machine that made the shoes, set to the same SPI. Higher end shoes with tight welt stitches and soles closely bevelled to the uppers can't really be replaced that well with the type of equipment your cobber will have. I know as I've had a few pairs resoled - including by the bloke at Edgecliff.

Don't get me wrong, he is a good cobbler. I had a pair of really old RM's resoled by him and the result was effective for a pair of shit kicker boots, but let's say a bit 'rugged' to be replicated on my C&J handgrades.

This is why, and fxh will probably disagree with me here, it's just better to Topy your best shoes. Always.*

*unless you can afford/could be bothered to have them refurbed at the factory on the other side of the world.
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Have any of you guys bought any S.N.S Herning stuff? Too warm for Aussie land? Decent knitwear?

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Beautiful day in Canberra. Just packed up and signed out of TCH, now awaiting flight back to melbs. Hit up a few cool places: Hippo Bar for end of term drinks, and Lonsdale Street Roasters this am. Have to say they have matched up to Ona beans. Well done. Gonna miss Canberra.

Your photographs and comments here have made me reconsider my opinion of Canberra (only informed by the opinion of others, not been yet). Still very happy to remain in Melbourne and be good to see when you are back in town.
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Does anyone have any experience of Michelangelo, the Isaia diffusion line (I believe)? Any opinions one way or another?

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Beautiful day in Canberra. Just packed up and signed out of TCH, now awaiting flight back to melbs. Hit up a few cool places: Hippo Bar for end of term drinks, and Lonsdale Street Roasters this am. Have to say they have matched up to Ona beans. Well done. Gonna miss Canberra.

Glad you liked your time here and was good to catch up before you left.
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Your photographs and comments here have made me reconsider my opinion of Canberra (only informed by the opinion of others, not been yet). Still very happy to remain in Melbourne and be good to see when you are back in town.

I took this pic on my phone while out riding this morning at about 7.20 (was -4 at the time). These are the Brindabella's only about 20km out of town, had a nice dusting of snow overnight. You can't say there are any other major cities in Australia with snow on the door step like that!



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Have any of you guys bought any S.N.S Herning stuff? Too warm for Aussie land? Decent knitwear?
If you mean too hot for Sydney then most probably. Perfect for Canberra, South Highlands, Snowies and most of Vic through winter I'd imagine. Though of course there are different weights available. Excellent quality.
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Thanks, Pink. Looking forward to future beverages with conversation. I leave you with my vantage point from the airport where I am tethered to one of the few powerpoints.



Thanks, Jason. Hippo Bar for your next CBR members meetup. They have way too many good single malts.
Edited by iSurg - 8/1/14 at 11:00pm
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If you mean too hot for Sydney then most probably. Perfect for Canberra, South Highlands, Snowies and most of Vic through winter I'd imagine. Though of course there are different weights available. Excellent quality.

 

Thanks for letting me know. The quality does indeed look good. I was thinking of picking up a scarf from them.

 

I'm having great difficulty locating a pair of soft and durable gloves that I can use with my smartphone in the morning. Were you the only supplier that you knew of?

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Only person I've seen in Aus with cashmere ones that work with smartphones. I've seen cheaper acrylic ones around various places, but pretty crappy quality.
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Not so new leather gloves. Small hole worn in top of finger allows discreet smart phone use. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I would be wary of getting full re-soles done at a local cobbler, event the better ones in Sydney; at least not on a really high end pair of shoes. Quite often they will mash the midsole when attaching the new outer sole. Really the only way not to is to do by hand, or on the same machine that made the shoes, set to the same SPI. Higher end shoes with tight welt stitches and soles closely bevelled to the uppers can't really be replaced that well with the type of equipment your cobber will have. I know as I've had a few pairs resoled - including by the bloke at Edgecliff.

Don't get me wrong, he is a good cobbler. I had a pair of really old RM's resoled by him and the result was effective for a pair of shit kicker boots, but let's say a bit 'rugged' to be replicated on my C&J handgrades.

This is why, and fxh will probably disagree with me here, it's just better to Topy your best shoes. Always.*

*unless you can afford/could be bothered to have them refurbed at the factory on the other side of the world.

I agree with Topy for reasons stated. But topy cannot substitute for refurb forever, since the sole can only be sanded away that many times for reapplication of topy before it gets too thin and the outsole stitching begins to give way. I am starting to ponder the eventual future of my shells and the higher quality calfs. Any ideas apart from an inevitable refurb? I suppose my feet shape may change....
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The sole doesn't get sanded away to any real extent when replacing Topy. Could go on forever. Not only that - my Topys seem to last for years and years.
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Super Rugby Final tonight and I have to ask is this the year that hell freezes over? Have a couple of bottles of Tasmanian Pinot Noir and a few rugger buggers coming round to watch the game. Should be a great match and good lead into the Bledisloe Cup next month.

Found an old CR shirt circa 2000, there a couple of others I found from the mid 90's, in a size L which is now slightly large on me.
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Super Rugby Final tonight and I have to ask is this the year that hell freezes over?

Canberra freezes over every winter doesn't it?
post #52620 of 58021
My RMWs all have rubber soles so there's no need to topy.
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