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post #63016 of 113225
So, guys, some of you may have read my blog and remember the How to Thrift series I did a few months ago. The one missing piece in that series I always meant to do is on shoes. I thought about it several times, but always got a bit stumped. I mean, I can list brands to look for, but part of the value in what I did with suits was helping folks learn to look past the label and recognize quality. But I feel like quality in shoes is kind of hard to define and hard to give easy things to look for. Quality leather is just something you sort of learn to recognize with time, and quality construction is difficult too - glued crap can be made to look like a Goodyear welt, at least well enough to fool noobs.

So, help me out: aside from brands/makers, how would you tell a beginning thrifter how to look for quality shoes?
post #63017 of 113225
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Great finds everybody.

Pretty crappy day here, my cat passed away when I got home. At least I was there for the end.


frown.gif As a cat lover, you have my deepest condolences. I think the thrift gods will grant you a pick-me-up find soon enough!

post #63018 of 113225
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Hit up the thrift before classes. What do you think? I need a watch.
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I think they are out of their freaking mind!

 

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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Pittsburgh+thrift+shops

 

lol8[1].gifclassic thrift thread response!

 

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Anybody want a proxy on APC 33w new cure h denim? They have an odd stain on a cuff, but they are super long, so you could hem them. $20. Send pm
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post #63019 of 113225
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post #63020 of 113225
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Originally Posted by ATLjon View Post

Out of the box thrift fit. Thanks again Cotton Dockers.

 

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It's small, yes, due to my gut, which is an ongoing project. It's obvious that it's too small when I button the jacket.

 

But unbuttoned, is it "too small" (passable) or "TOO small" (lose some damn weight)? Since it's going to be cold here tomorrow, I was thinking it might make the perfect V-Day ensemble, paired with a Drakes black grenadine and brown AE Sanfords. But perhaps not.

 

 

 

 

 

Although it's hard to see the pants to determine the fit but the jacket looks fine with me. But I'm into slim fit...I really dig the 3 piece tweed suit! I wish I had one. That's so baller!

 

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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

Two interesting finds:


John Varvatos denim. 32L (available and in damn good condition)

And APC Rescue denim. 35. Might be available if I don't keep them.

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Very nice! Your first pair of thrifted selvedge?

 

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Originally Posted by DanM View Post

Great finds everybody.

Pretty crappy day here, my cat passed away when I got home. At least I was there for the end.

 

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So something like this?

 

 

 

 

Dig the look! How about a pocket square and how about unbuttoning the last button on your waist coat...nest.gif

 

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lol, no worries, all yours!

post #63021 of 113225
Yep, popped that cherry... Good timing, considering yesterday's discussion!
post #63022 of 113225
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So something like this?



Better, but don't forget to unbutton the bottom vest button.
post #63023 of 113225
Came away with a good amount of stuff today. Nothing mind blowing but some solid finds. Everything is available.


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Santoni (9 D) and Alden wing tips (12 EE).





RLPL corduroy shirt. Sz M. Great details like epaulets, double button cuffs and "v shape" pocket flaps.



Vintage Notre Dame/N.Dak varsity cardigan. I'd guess late 50's? Size 42





Lands End Tiroler Loden wool jacket. Suede collar. Size L.


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Recent Samuelsohn flat front khaki trousers. Super 110s. 36 (+ 2 3/4") x 34 (+ 2 1/2")





Pendleton duck embroidery sweater. Made in the USA. Size L


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LL Bean Norwegian sweater. Size L





Levis Big E denim trucker jacket. Great patina. Didn't even realize it was Big E until I got home. Red tab was hiding. Tagged 46 but fits like a 42.







Vintage BB braces. Made in England. Pattern is hard to make out, but it looks like a bull charging at one of The Wild Things (from Where the Wild Things Are).





I was thrilled to find some decent LPs at a store that never has any good records (they get them, but they rarely make it out past the vultures). Makes me think some crazy stuff was sucked up before I got there.




Edited by Nataku - 2/13/13 at 7:04pm
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I JUST FOUND OUT THE PEACOAT I THRIFTED IS FROM 1952!!! thank you website http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?35824-PEACOAT-DATING

post #63025 of 113225
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Last find of the day was a sweet pair of ALDEN wing-tips in the Return bin, who would return ALDEN's?

Starting to regret the purchase. Size 12 EE. cry.gif
post #63026 of 113225
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

RLPL corduroy shirt. Sz M. Great details like epaulets, double button cuffs and "v shape" pocket flaps.



Levis Big E denim trucker jacket. Great patina. Didn't even realize it was Big E until I got home. Red tab was hiding. Tagged 46 but fits like a 42.


 

 

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post #63027 of 113225
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

So, help me out: aside from brands/makers, how would you tell a beginning thrifter how to look for quality shoes?

A few things to look for: leather lining throughout, leather insoles, tight stitching (more stitches per inch=better), closed channel stitching on the soles, look for pores in the leather of the uppers.
post #63028 of 113225
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Originally Posted by ATLjon View Post

Out of the box thrift fit. Thanks again Cotton Dockers.

 

It's small, yes, due to my gut, which is an ongoing project. It's obvious that it's too small when I button the jacket.

 

But unbuttoned, is it "too small" (passable) or "TOO small" (lose some damn weight)? Since it's going to be cold here tomorrow, I was thinking it might make the perfect V-Day ensemble, paired with a Drakes black grenadine and brown AE Sanfords. But perhaps not.

 

 

 

I think this looks great except for letting the sleeves out a touch... Your shirt sleeves also look a touch short but they may just need a tug.

post #63029 of 113225
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Came away with a good amount of stuff today. Nothing mind blowing but some solid finds. Everything is available.


Vintage BB braces. Made in England. Pattern is hard to make out, but it looks like a bull charging at one of The Wild Things (from Where the Wild Things Are).
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I think its a bull and bear - pretty neat.
post #63030 of 113225
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Originally Posted by Ian Erickson View Post

I JUST FOUND OUT THE PEACOAT I THRIFTED IS FROM 1952!!! thank you website http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?35824-PEACOAT-DATING

 

Nice.  I picked up one from an estate sale a few months ago, from the early 70s if I recall.  It's so heavy!

 

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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Vintage BB braces. Made in England. Pattern is hard to make out, but it looks like a bull charging at one of The Wild Things (from Where the Wild Things Are).





 

Bull and bear (markets), probably.

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