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Originally Posted by loempiavreter View Post

Another one from Gerry from Newcastle, with a Leather Flight Jacket, should ring bells with Bunty and Brownie. Late mod, 1967, but already discarding the continential flavour.

When we were kids and the suede Levi with leather collar was just a thing of myth and legend, we used to go into the record shop in the town center and after thumbing through the reggae, always end up looking at the cover of that Blues Breakers LP. Swore I'd get one, one day.
I've got the bottle green one with green leather collar now - bought it off Gramps about 10-12 years ago (cheers mate - still appreciate getting first offer).
Can't find a picture of it but I've got the green one with suede collar as well.

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Lovely jacket Will smile.gif
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Some great 'new' pics, folks - nice.
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  It's nice to hear of somebody in retail who's that passionate about the gear.  About Allen Edmonds, maybe they was old stock, but I bought a pair of black AE longwings in Hamilton Ontario last year and they were most certainly made in the US.  Very nice brogues, double oak sole, etc, and maybe 3/5 the price of Alden.  
  So have AE gone fully Far East?  Too bad if so. Weren't they once known as the Great American Shoe Company? 
  So what loafers didja pick up in SF?  Almost picked up a pair of Alden loafers yesterday in Kansas City but passed. I dig beefroll/Cape Cod style loafers but tried out a pair of straight up penny loafers and they looked a bit "professorial" and defo not very "skinhead" or even very cool on me...

I know the bloke in Aldens is obviously going to say his shoes are better than the competition's, but he was saying AE (and Florsheim) are not using USA Horween shells anymore, so the quality was inferior and that's how they managed to offer a more favourable price.
I bought the Cape Cod pennies - much preferred the styling to their wide strap option.




I saw some Florsheim smooths in cordovan in Rome last year and they were very cheap (think about 220 quid). Not a bad shoe but compared to the Aldens, like a value sausage next to a rump steak!
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I know the bloke in Aldens is obviously going to say his shoes are better than the competition's, but he was saying AE (and Florsheim) are not using USA Horween shells anymore, so the quality was inferior and that's how they managed to offer a more favourable price.

I am under the impression that they still do use Horween on some models, but possibly not top quality. I've read of some skepticism regarding where the bulk of the work is done, which could also add to the price gap.
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Originally Posted by HughJ View Post

I am under the impression that they still do use Horween on some models, but possibly not top quality. I've read of some skepticism regarding where the bulk of the work is done, which could also add to the price gap.

That may well be the case. I'm sure you'll find all kinds of secrets if you dig down a bit.
Like the ready meals you buy that say made in England - half the time, they're made somewhere like Rumania, then they come to England, we add the salt and stir it a bit, then slap a UJ sticker on it.

The further you go back, the better the quality, I'm assuming, but where the boundaries lie would be very difficult to find.
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Back then,I would have killed for a Bottle Green Suede Levi(with Leather Collar)JacketNever mind!!!drool.gif

I had one Colin, but went to a better (fitting) home.

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Posted that before I'd read all the replies. Ooops

 

A George Best favourite by all accounts. ;)

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Originally Posted by Gramps View Post

Posted that before I'd read all the replies. Ooops

A George Best favourite by all accounts. wink.gif

ha ha - true though, mate.

As for Besty .... April '69.

AppleMark
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Originally Posted by buttons View Post


I know the bloke in Aldens is obviously going to say his shoes are better than the competition's, but he was saying AE (and Florsheim) are not using USA Horween shells anymore, so the quality was inferior and that's how they managed to offer a more favourable price.
I bought the Cape Cod pennies - much preferred the styling to their wide strap option.




I saw some Florsheim smooths in cordovan in Rome last year and they were very cheap (think about 220 quid). Not a bad shoe but compared to the Aldens, like a value sausage next to a rump steak!

 

 

 

  Very nice!  Exactly the style I was after in Kansas City but they didn't have them beefroll loafers.

  Of course an Alden dealer will champion his brand- but at least he was telling the truth, haha.  They blow the competition outta the water. 

 

There are so many facets and intricacies to the "look", so very interesting in its minutae.  It's incredible that there are over 700 pages of interesting stuff here. Kudos to all of you for your stories, reflections, and information.  Whenever the proposed book comes out, it's going to blow any of its predecessors away. 

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Originally Posted by Lasttye View Post

I got my Allen Edmonds Four years ago brill quality, The only problem with them they are to pointed...and the Aldens too round.

There is nothing in the UK to compare to the above..Church..Crocket & Jones , Trickers don't do longings,

Roy, I was in Jermyn St yesterday and noticed Tricker's had two pairs of very nice, chunky longwings in their window for £360. They were not cordovan, of course.
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Originally Posted by Brideshead View Post

Roy, I was in Jermyn St yesterday and noticed Tricker's had two pairs of very nice, chunky longwings in their window for £360. They were not cordovan, of course.

Thanks for the Info John ..do like Tricker's will pop in and have a look.
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Their is a shop just around the corner from J Simmons selling Alden Brogues ..I was not that impressed and they did not look Cordovan although they said on the inside??
Cordovan is made from Horse Hide..you can tell a mile off..also the care of the shoe is different than normal leather, i.e. you buff the Cordovan. rather that apply polish which ruins the look,...also when you first buy them they have a milky look which is natural over a few months of buffing this tends to disappear.

If you look at my Crockett & Jones Shoes You can tell the quality of the Cordovan leather.

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Loake 'Smooths' at http://www.oipolloi.com/loake-771-shoe-burgundy-polished-leather  Quality .

I have spoken about Loake on here before, I never wore them in the 60s....only Royals from the Ivy Shop ...Loake was the poor man Royals a lot cheaper and they looked it. Lads would get the piss taken out of them for wearing them...thats the way it was back then..you had to have the proper kit.
In saying that i like the shape of todays Loake brogues, still would not buy them though, just could not do it,biggrin.gif
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