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post #15826 of 18908

Folks, i didn't want to upset anybody mentioning Paraboots. I don't think the "Michael" Paraboots are too off topic, as they exist since 1945, and have been worn by Jean Paul Belmondo in several films from the "Nouvelle vague" that were appreciated by mods. I've red somewhere that in 1968 and 1969, Mods wore different types of French and Italian shoes. And i know that J.Simons stock Paraboots for a very long time.

post #15827 of 18908
Interesting Posts on here.I will go through a couple,if I may:-

When I was 7 my eldest sister used to knock about withTeddy Boys.I spoke to them(as well as any spotty kid would do),I saw what they were wearing but no way could I be an expert on what they did etc.Only by the Papers.Fast forward that to `64.I(at14)went to Carnaby Street,saw the Boutiques,bought some Clothes but in no way was I an expert(then) on what Mods did,again only reading the Paper.Do you see where I am going with this?Lasttye was 16, earning so he was pretty much clued up with what was going on(his Mates were the same)but younger(12/13) and you were an observer.Yes you saw what Skinheads were wearing and yes you had an idea where they hung out but,apart from that,pure speculation and reading of Newspapers.I was not part of the ICF but I knew about them etc.

I know Mark puts on a good Do,I have been to a couple-and probably his knowledge of Reggae is good,but then any Collector should know what he is buying.I am not having a personal dig .


I still go into Next(not for myself) but to look for my step - Grandchildren .What I do notice is,a lot of 40/50 year olds are looking at the Stock-but Next cater for the throwaway Generation.If only the Management would go around and see who exactly is visiting their shops).


Royals or Brogues/I still like both and if I see a decent pair-I would buy it.
post #15828 of 18908
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post
 

Folks, i didn't want to upset anybody mentioning Paraboots. I don't think the "Michael" Paraboots are too off topic, as they exist since 1945, and have been worn by Jean Paul Belmondo in several films from the "Nouvelle vague" that were appreciated by mods. I've red somewhere that in 1968 and 1969, Mods wore different types of French and Italian shoes. And i know that J.Simons stock Paraboots for a very long time.

Clouseau.I have been meaning to ask about peoples experiences with shoe sizes,I find different shoe companies can be slightly different ( even different types of shoe from the same company sometimes ).

I have found that the Loakes I have tried on and bought so far that a 10  is perfect for me,are the Paraboot Michael true to size ? or do you have to buy smaller ?.

Also I think that there can be some confusion with the conversion from UK to European sizes,some firms advertise Euro 44 as a 10 but it should be 44.5 IMO.

post #15829 of 18908

Cerneabbas, i agree there can be some confusion. i'm a UK10 (i would say a "full 10", sometimes i've got to go for 10 and a half, in some brands) and in European size i'm 45.  The "Michael" are true to size, maybe just a little smaller. I've got them in 45 and there just good. I would go for 45 if i were you, otherwise 44,5 but i don't think Paraboot does half-sizes (they didn't in the past). Anyway, don't buy smaller IMO. 

post #15830 of 18908
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Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post
 

Cerneabbas, i agree there can be some confusion. i'm a UK10 (i would say a "full 10", sometimes i've got to go for 10 and a half, in some brands) and in European size i'm 45.  The "Michael" are true to size, maybe just a little smaller. I've got them in 45 and there just good. I would go for 45 if i were you, otherwise 44,5 but i don't think Paraboot does half-sizes (they didn't in the past). Anyway, don't buy smaller IMO.

Clouseau.Thanks for that information,I am guessing here but I think that the confusion with the Euro/UK size conversion is the reason why shoes are being sold on e bay as "only worn twice",probably they were a half size too small when they were bought.

post #15831 of 18908

Euro/UK shoe size conversion is a problem: one of the reason why i don't like to buy shoes on Internet.

 

Informative link about the "Michael":

 

http://www.theweejun.com/index.php/paraboot-michael-1945-to-2011/

 

Found this ad on the same blog: maybe Royals on the top left?

(link to the original page, bigger size pic: http://www.theweejun.com/index.php/where-can-you-buy-the-best-american-clothes-in-england/) happy memories for the originals here!

 

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Edited by Clouseau - 11/1/13 at 10:05am
post #15832 of 18908
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Originally Posted by browniecj









I still go into Next(not for myself) but to look for my step - Grandchildren .What I do notice is,a lot of 40/50 year olds are looking at the Stock-but Next cater for the throwaway Generation.If only the Management would go around and see who exactly is visiting their shops).



 



I think that you have made a good point here,in the 60s/70s there were gents outfitters that provided for blokes in their 40s50s60s,now most of those shops are gone,or in the case of Burtons have changed to provide tatty stuff for a younger customer.



I think that shops are missing out here,because these days its the over 45s who have got more disposable income than the teenagers ( kids grown up,mortgage payed up ),plus its the older blokes ( us ) that want to look smart...we need a better quality "Next" not Peacocks or BHS.



I think the same about Lads magazines,all aimed at blokes in their 20s ?,surely theres a market for a magazine for older "lads".

post #15833 of 18908
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Originally Posted by davichan View Post

these are fantastic set of Royals.

http://britboot.co.uk/engine/shop/product/CL04/Loake+-+Royal+Brogue+with+Leather+Sole+%28Oxblood%29
They certainly look decent enough on the pic.

Where are they made?
post #15834 of 18908
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Originally Posted by Ed Vaughan View Post


They certainly look decent enough on the pic.

Where are they made?

If the information in this thread is right, then Kettering.

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/360292/my-visit-to-loake

 

John Simons told me a year or two ago that Royals were only assembled in the UK but things may have changed.

post #15835 of 18908
I'm a member of a Manchester - contemporary history - forum and enquired about whether any originals had skinhead pics that may be useful for 'the book'.

Still early days, but one poster sent me this: http://www.squidoo.com/mods-soul-mods

which may interest some of our (cough) more mature posters. happy.gif
post #15836 of 18908
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Originally Posted by Gsvs5 View Post

Just came across these Cheaney Boots.They are not on the Cheaney website,but are the same design as the Fiennes model,in a different leather.I'm thinking that they will look O.K. when broken in a bit.Has anyone had experience with them?


Talking of quality and variations in lines produced,I just returned these Cheaney boots to the vendor (Yoxx).i was hoping for a result,and that just maybe the leather quality would be better than I had anticipated on ordering,but it wasn't.After all these years I should know that there's no such thing as a free lunch when you buy quality footwear.
post #15837 of 18908

A young Cerneabbas,at a football match mid 70s..I found this picture in a box yesterday,I still have that scarf I bought it in the Chelsea shop.

post #15838 of 18908
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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post



A young Cerneabbas,at a football match mid 70s..I found this picture in a box yesterday,I still have that scarf I bought it in the Chelsea shop.
That Lone Ranger mask was never standard issue in '69 - go and stand in the corner! happy.gif
post #15839 of 18908
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Originally Posted by Ed Vaughan View Post


That Lone Ranger mask was never standard issue in '69 - go and stand in the cornerhappy.gif

I dont want to be identified as the bloke who had such dodgy turnups !

post #15840 of 18908
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Originally Posted by Mr Knightley View Post

If the information in this thread is right, then Kettering.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/360292/my-visit-to-loake

John Simons told me a year or two ago that Royals were only assembled in the UK but things may have changed.
Thank you - may give them a shuftie.

The missus brought home some shoes for me - I never shop - last weekend.

A par of Loake brogues - very average for £145 and another pair I never even took both shoes out of the box.

They were longwing style-ee, but with the current trend for a wooden-ish brown-type sole and heel... and £195. (Can't remeber the Name but they were from John Lewis and well-made, by all accounts.

I shall withhold my favours from her happy.gif - until she gets it right.

I'm sure she's gutted. satisfied.gif
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