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post #50251 of 115115
The mystery shells could have been made by who-knows-whom for a men's store and had a heel pad with the store's logo on it. I've seen that a couple of times - I know Alden has done it for a long time, and I think Hanover may have done so too. I'm sure other makers did.
post #50252 of 115115
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

The mystery shells could have been made by who-knows-whom for a men's store and had a heel pad with the store's logo on it. I've seen that a couple of times - I know Alden has done it for a long time, and I think Hanover may have done so too. I'm sure other makers did.

I can confirm for Hanover - I have a pair of shells that they made for Scott's shoes back in the early 1980s.

And keeping the "grail" brand discussion going, I checked Turnbull & Asser off my list last night, so I think I'm down to Kiton and Luciano Barbera Sartorial from my original list. Wouldn't mind scoring something from each of the Savile Row tailors as well.
post #50253 of 115115

Yeah, I thought about that too, so I have been trying to focus on the other features of the shoe. 

 

Tongue: has the scalloped edge used by Florsheim, but not Hanover or Bostonian

Blucher Flap Stitching at the vamp: Consistent with Bostonian, Hanover's was similar but the top set didn't protrude so far. Florsheim used a double stitched box.

Stitching: The shoe in question uses single stitching almost everywhere. Hanover used  Florsheim used Double

Instep and Outstep seams (or lack thereof): Florsheim and Bostonian don't have it either, Hanover has a seam on both below the long brogue.

Toe Medallion: That bottom diamond is bothering me: The others have more of an elliptical diamond. 

Numbering: Is not consistent with either of the other three brands.

 

Based on all of that I think we can rule out that it was made by Florsheim, Hanover or Bostonian.

 

The O'Sullivan Heels were typical on Mason shoes, but the toe medallion isn't right there either, Mason had more of a Fleur De Lis.

 

They seem to be of slightly lesser quality than the main hitters, so I think we are looking for someone else. 

post #50254 of 115115
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He has the Bezerk Pack perpetually enabled.
Ok I feel super nerdy saying that!
For those not old enough to remember, it is a reference to that game Doom where the Bezerk pack allowed the said hero to become a nearly invincible punching machine lol8[1].gif.
Damn, Doom was a good game at the time albeit with a nigh on impossible difficulty!

Man, I wasted a lot of my mid-teens playing Doom, such a great game! On another note, now that I have good sunlight and I'm sober, there definitely appears to be either an O or a G next to the S. I still cant get a good picture though. The maker tag has been completely rubbed off of the other shoe, that that is no help. Everybody likes a good mystery though, right? Thank you all for your input too! I cant help but chuckle when I think of a bunch of grown men sitting around our computers trying to figure out the maker of a 30 year old pair of shoes. happy.gif




post #50255 of 115115
I've been at this for about a month now, and looking at that first month's worth of inventory, I have sold 42% of those items (a few on SF and 1 Sunday auction) and my Gross - Total Costs = $0.50 (total costs includes the purchase price of items that have not been sold yet, to-date profit on sold items = $379). I made the mistake of having 5 SC's dry cleaned from my first haul that probably didn't need dry cleaned, and purchasing some items that I should have left behind. I don't think this is too bad considering the learning curve, and the fact that I really didn't find any huge ticket items, other than an Isaia SC.

I've put more items at BIN or BO after doing some research, and I'm okay with waiting a while for someone to come along and pay a little more as opposed to selling it at what a 7 or 10 day auction would yield. While decreasing turnover, I think it will greatly benefit me when it comes to certain items (definitely true for unusually sized items). Thoughts?
Edited by suited - 10/18/12 at 7:50am
post #50256 of 115115
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Yeah, I thought about that too, so I have been trying to focus on the other features of the shoe. 

Tongue: has the scalloped edge used by Florsheim, but not Hanover or Bostonian
Blucher Flap Stitching at the vamp: Consistent with Bostonian, Hanover's was similar but the top set didn't protrude so far. Florsheim used a double stitched box.
Stitching: The shoe in question uses single stitching almost everywhere. Hanover used  Florsheim used Double
Instep and Outstep seams (or lack thereof): Florsheim and Bostonian don't have it either, Hanover has a seam on both below the long brogue.
Toe Medallion: That bottom diamond is bothering me: The others have more of an elliptical diamond. 
Numbering: Is not consistent with either of the other three brands.

Based on all of that I think we can rule out that it was made by Florsheim, Hanover or Bostonian.

The O'Sullivan Heels were typical on Mason shoes, but the toe medallion isn't right there either, Mason had more of a Fleur De Lis.

They seem to be of slightly lesser quality than the main hitters, so I think we are looking for someone else. 

Your amount of knowledge in the shoe department never ceases to amaze me. teacha.gif
post #50257 of 115115
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

The mystery shells could have been made by who-knows-whom for a men's store and had a heel pad with the store's logo on it. I've seen that a couple of times - I know Alden has done it for a long time, and I think Hanover may have done so too. I'm sure other makers did.


Bostonian made exclusive shoes in shell as well as other style for Boyd's Philadelphia. That is where my guess originates.

post #50258 of 115115
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

I've been at this for about a month now, and looking at that first month's worth of inventory, I have sold 42% of those items (a few on SF and 1 Sunday auction) and my Gross - Total Costs = $0.50, which includes the mistake of having 5 SC's dry cleaned from my first haul that probably didn't need dry cleaned, and purchasing some items that I should have left behind. I don't think this is too bad considering the learning curve, and the fact that I really didn't find any huge ticket items, other than an Isaia SC.
I've put more items at BIN or BO after doing some research, and I'm okay with waiting a while for someone to come along and pay a little more as opposed to selling it at what a 7 or 10 day auction would yield. While decreasing turnover, I think it will greatly benefit me when it comes to certain items (definitely true for unusually sized items). Thoughts?

Wait...you made 50 cents in a month? 

post #50259 of 115115
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Wait...you made 50 cents in a month? 

Yes, because I had to wait 3 weeks before listing anything - needed mannequin, supplies, etc. Essentially, at this point I've sold less than half of my items and have covered all of my expenses (expenses include the amount I have paid for items that have not been sold yet).
post #50260 of 115115
Bunch of other companies did shells.
American gentleman in St Louis
Craddock and Terry in Virginia.
There should be more.
post #50261 of 115115
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Originally Posted by suited View Post


Yes, because I had to wait 3 weeks before listing anything - needed mannequin, supplies, etc. Essentially, at this point I've sold less than half of my items and have covered all of my expenses (expenses include the amount I have paid for items that have not been sold yet).

Ok....so with your startup expenses figured in, that's pretty good. Smooth sailing from here on out then.fing02[1].gif

post #50262 of 115115
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Originally Posted by suited View Post

I've been at this for about a month now, and looking at that first month's worth of inventory, I have sold 42% of those items (a few on SF and 1 Sunday auction) and my Gross - Total Costs = $0.50 (total costs includes the purchase price of items that have not been sold yet), which includes the mistake of having 5 SC's dry cleaned from my first haul that probably didn't need dry cleaned, and purchasing some items that I should have left behind. I don't think this is too bad considering the learning curve, and the fact that I really didn't find any huge ticket items, other than an Isaia SC.
I've put more items at BIN or BO after doing some research, and I'm okay with waiting a while for someone to come along and pay a little more as opposed to selling it at what a 7 or 10 day auction would yield. While decreasing turnover, I think it will greatly benefit me when it comes to certain items (definitely true for unusually sized items). Thoughts?

 

wrong thread, also if you have found anything Isaia and haven't made money, you are doing something wrong

post #50263 of 115115

 

So I thought I'd go all CSI, invert the colors, enhance the image....yeah didn't really do much. Guess that's why I am not investigating crimes....

 

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I cant help but chuckle when I think of a bunch of grown men sitting around our computers trying to figure out the maker of a 30 year old pair of shoes. happy.gif

 

post #50264 of 115115
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Ok....so with your startup expenses figured in, that's pretty good. Smooth sailing from here on out then.fing02%5B1%5D.gif

I hope so...I'm am hoping to make $600 - $750 from the first month's inventory. It's really just too hard to project, given the variances involved and the lack of historical data of my own to look at. I am also looking at expanding my search and driving to surrounding cities on weekends. My company gives everyone the week off between xmas and new years, so I'm working on planning a big thrifting trip then, too.
post #50265 of 115115
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Originally Posted by eazye View Post
I cant help but chuckle when I think of a bunch of grown men sitting around our computers trying to figure out the maker of a 30 year old pair of shoes. happy.gif
 

Hey man this is important! Much more pressing than the pile of work here on my desk.

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