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Lasttye...About the pictures you put up of your Allen Edmonds and the Aldens,everyone will have their own preference for shoe shapes but to me the Aldens are too round in the toe and I like the Allen Edmonds shape better,all my opinion others will disagree. I thought that the Ralph Lauren brogues were a good shape too.

Some brogues have smaller/finer brogueing ( is that the word ?) than others in IMO that's fine with trousers,but if you are wearing jeans I think that the thicker pattern looks better.

I wonder what other people think about commando soles on brogues ?,I saw some Allen Edmonds with them and they looked good IMO, ( these are not the same as commando boot soles ).

post #14582 of 18914
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post

I bought my 3/4 length sheepskin in the winter 69/70 and it never left my back in public because at £35 from Harry Fentons it was like owning the Crown Jewels.  It was probably about £700 in todays money

I had 2 Mohair 2 tone tonik suits made in 1970 blue/gold and green/gold - very smart.  They were the only suits I have ever had made to measure.  I am sure they would be around £1000 to £2000 now days.  Back then it was normal to pay out for a quality m.o.m suit

That was the other combinations.Both very smart Ace and Eights.
post #14583 of 18914
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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post

Lasttye...About the pictures you put up of your Allen Edmonds and the Aldens,everyone will have their own preference for shoe shapes but to me the Aldens are too round in the toe and I like the Allen Edmonds shape better,all my opinion others will disagree. I thought that the Ralph Lauren brogues were a good shape too.
Some brogues have smaller/finer brogueing ( is that the word ?) than others in IMO that's fine with trousers,but if you are wearing jeans I think that the thicker pattern looks better.
I wonder what other people think about commando soles on brogues ?,I saw some Allen Edmonds with them and they looked good IMO, ( these are not the same as commando boot soles ).

I prefer Allen Edmonds shape,they were nearer to the "Royals" toe shape.I could compare them with the originals.
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post

I bought my 3/4 length sheepskin in the winter 69/70 and it never left my back in public because at £35 from Harry Fentons it was like owning the Crown Jewels.  It was probably about £700 in todays money

I had 2 Mohair 2 tone tonik suits made in 1970 blue/gold and green/gold - very smart.  They were the only suits I have ever had made to measure.  I am sure they would be around £1000 to £2000 now days.  Back then it was normal to pay out for a quality m.o.m suit

I paid about £25(`68 prices) from the Factory Shop,on the Stalls they were about £15.When the cheap copies came out you could pick one up for a tenner/maybe less. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post
 

 

I bought my 3/4 length sheepskin in the winter 69/70 and it never left my back in public because at £35 from Harry Fentons it was like owning the Crown Jewels.  It was probably about £700 in todays money

 

I had 2 Mohair 2 tone tonik suits made in 1970 blue/gold and green/gold - very smart.  They were the only suits I have ever had made to measure.  I am sure they would be around £1000 to £2000 now days.  Back then it was normal to pay out for a quality m.o.m suit

 

I have just realized that I had written m.o.m suit (Man of Mystery) instead of m.t.m suit (made to measure) - too many acronyms

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I do not think,from `68 until today,I have not been without a Sheepskin for too long.During the early 70s I had what was classed as a "Long Haired" Sheepskin-that lasted me bloody years.Today(courtesy of Shep)I have a dark fleeced one-beautiful coat.
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Originally Posted by Aces and Eights View Post

I have just realized that I had written m.o.m suit (Man of Mystery) instead of m.t.m suit (made to measure) - too many acronyms

Don`t worry Mate,we knew what you meant-I think!!!biggrin.gif
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I am interested in what you blokes have to say about made to measure suits,it does make me a bit depressed to think that every town centre and most main high streets would have had a tailor...now they seem to be an endangered species.

I remember having a pair of trousers made to measure,because i was so narrow in the waist compared to my height I found that trousers never fitted properly...I have never had a made to measure suit and now I don't even own a suit !,sad but true.

post #14589 of 18914
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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post

Lasttye...About the pictures you put up of your Allen Edmonds and the Aldens,everyone will have their own preference for shoe shapes but to me the Aldens are too round in the toe and I like the Allen Edmonds shape better,all my opinion others will disagree. I thought that the Ralph Lauren brogues were a good shape too.
Some brogues have smaller/finer brogueing ( is that the word ?) than others in IMO that's fine with trousers,but if you are wearing jeans I think that the thicker pattern looks better.
I wonder what other people think about commando soles on brogues ?,I saw some Allen Edmonds with them and they looked good IMO, ( these are not the same as commando boot soles ).

I think my Allen Edmonds are just a tad narrow...and agree the Alden's are just to round...both are not like the shape of the Royals.
Take a look at my Cheanys Brogues...nice shape ..they only come in Black...although they did do a burnished Brown....but now discontinued i believe .



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Lasttye....Yes those Cheaneys look tidy too,i saw some Cheaney Romney longwings on that herring shoe website,not sure if they are the same shape as yours ( also they have a rubber sole ).

I have to say that its probably easier for you in London to get to see the actual shoes,theres not much choice down here,a lot of shops that were ok are now selling rubbish shoes IMO,ten years ago John Lewis used to sell some nice shoes but not now.

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Sheepskin coats...Going back in the 70s lads from Bristol used to go to Street and Glastonbury in Somerset for sheepskin coats,Morlands was there and there was quite a few shops selling sheepskins and leather coats and jackets.

I haven't been down there for a while so I don't know what its like now,but I did a quick search online and found this site www.ewenique.co.uk.  their sheepskin coats are £650.

I have had 2 sheepskins in the past,i remember that the Hide and Leather place near Avonmouth had a showroom/shop and I bought one in there.

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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post
 

Sheepskin coats...Going back in the 70s lads from Bristol used to go to Street and Glastonbury in Somerset for sheepskin coats,Morlands was there and there was quite a few shops selling sheepskins and leather coats and jackets.

I haven't been down there for a while so I don't know what its like now,but I did a quick search online and found this site www.ewenique.co.uk.  their sheepskin coats are £650.

I have had 2 sheepskins in the past,i remember that the Hide and Leather place near Avonmouth had a showroom/shop and I bought one in there.

 

Cerneabbas, you've just triggered a long forgotten memory for me going back to 1970!

 

I pestered the hell out of my Mum and Dad to buy me a Sheepskin & I remember there was a factory shop or outlet store of some sort in Somerset. Eventually we all piled in the car and took a drive down to Somerset. When we got to this place, Mum and Dad bought themselves a sheepskin each, but refused point blank to pay that kind of money on one for me (I seem to remember they were about £25) as they reckoned I'd ruin it inside a month.... I'm not sure I ever forgave them.:)

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Billy Whizz...Good story,that was the trouble for us young uns then, we had to rely on parents,birthday or Christmas presents or paper round money to get any clobber....I will say that it did make you appreciate something when you had saved up to buy it,taught you what money was worth IMO.

I read a book once set in South Africa and it mentioned people wearing sheepskin coats,are they popular over there ?,I remember when the world cup was on the radio some of the commentators were surprised how cold some venues were.

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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post
 

Billy Whizz...Good story,that was the trouble for us young uns then, we had to rely on parents,birthday or Christmas presents or paper round money to get any clobber....I will say that it did make you appreciate something when you had saved up to buy it,taught you what money was worth IMO.

I read a book once set in South Africa and it mentioned people wearing sheepskin coats,are they popular over there ?,I remember when the world cup was on the radio some of the commentators were surprised how cold some venues were.

 

Cerneabbas, It can get quite cold here during the winter months - June/July/August especially at night, but it's never really as cold as England gets. I've never seen anyone in a sheepskin here, but I'm sure you would find people wearing them up in the mountains of the Drakensburg where it snows in winter and down in the Cape which is far more of an 'English' climate... Some of the traditional Africans in the bush wear sheepskins. By that I mean an actual sheep's skin draped over their shoulders for warmth.

 

Right now we are going from winter to spring and it was 31 degrees Celsius in Jo'burg today. :D

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Billy Whizz...Well its definitely starting to get a bit colder here now...As for sheepskin coats if its just for keeping warm there are a lot better,lighter,more waterproof and cheaper coats available now I suppose....I wont be getting another one but I did like them back in the day.

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