Still in a slump, but I actually found something to buy today to make the trip worthwhile. Not my size, but I've heard people talk good about Hanover shoes here and being in the condition they were in, I just had to grab them. I'm no shoe expert, but I'm pretty sure these are not shell due to the tiny creases in the leather. Still, looks like they were only worn once or twice. Sz 9 1/2 C
I have several pairs of Hanover LB Sheppards - best of their lines - and they're just a hair under Florsheim imperials in terms of overall quality and fit (for me). On the other hand, the flat, waxed laces are always a nice - much better than round, waxed in my experience .
I'm really trying to decide whether I should jump for re-crafting with these while the deal is still running this weekend. I already could use another pair of shoe trees and some polish... but then again, maybe that is just plain spending too much money on a used pair of shoes (it's not like re-crafting touches the insole).
That pair still looks like they have a ton of wear left on the soles. Just put some lexol on them the moisturize the skins and then polish them up. They will look great.[/quote]
I agree the soles are in great shape. It's amazing what some condtioner and polish will do. If you don't have some, I highly recommend the AE condtioner/cleaner.
I left a pair of RM Williams boots, worn once, size 12G, $90 in a Cary, NC GW, (Kildaire Farm Rd and TenTen). Not a bad deal if you can use them.
Unproductive trip to the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) today. I hit 5 independent stores and 5 GW's. Results are 1 pair of shoe trees, 1 paisley Polo RL shirt, 1 pair of Izod shorts, 1 pair of Filson chinos, 1 LL Bean wool sweater, and a Polo RL madras tie. Not one sport coat, suit or pair of shoes. This has been a productive trip in the past.
I attempted to match up 25+ orphan suit coats with no success. Brands included multiple Norman Hiltons, Southwicks, HS&M Gold Trumpeters, Britches of Georgetownes, etc. Thanks to Goodwill, the Triangle of North Carolina has to be a world leader in orphan suit coats. I know that some jackets will be donated as orphans and that some pants will be worn out and discarded, but not 95%. These stores have at least 95% of their suit coats orphaned.
When I go to small independent thrifts, about 90% of suit coats have their pants with them.