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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. Journeyman

    Journeyman Well-Known Member

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    In my very limited experience with Barker's, whilst their construction is perfectly acceptable (channelled (but not hidden), goodyear-welted shoes), the leather quality lets them down. They do have an "anniversary" range, which I have heard uses better leather, but their standard calf-leather shoes crease quite badly. The creases on my only pair of Barker shoes are quite large, which I understand indicates a lower quality of leather. In comparison, the leather on my Berluti, Edward Green, Santoni and even C&J Handgrade shoes has very fine creases/wrinkles.

    However, as I mentioned above, given that the area of the vamp that creases is made of suede on this style of spectator, I suppose that wouldn't be an issue for either the Loake or Barker shoes as suede doesn't show creases very much and they can be brushed after wearing.

    Anyway, if I were to compare my pairs of Loake 1880 and Barker's regular line of shoes, I'd give Loake the edge in terms of quality.
     
  2. The Ernesto

    The Ernesto Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of Barkers and they are a very solid construction and have not had any creasing issues. Though I agree that the 1880s are probably a better prospect.
     
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  3. deingesicht

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    Agree with the above, but the Barker's I was referring to were the Barker Black ones: http://www.barkerblack.com/product/M0042
     
  4. Prince of Paisley

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    I don't know what they are, but the risk of association with the chap who is wearing them would be enough to put me off!

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Journeyman

    Journeyman Well-Known Member

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    I just discovered that the Carmina calf/suede spectators that Skoaktiebolaget are going to have in a couple of month's time are actually available from the Carmina webstore here (at least, I assume that they are the same as the ones mentioned on the Skoaktiebolaget website).

    Unfortunately, they've only got a couple of smaller sizes left, a UK6 and a UK7.5.
     
  6. ColdEyedPugilist

    ColdEyedPugilist Well-Known Member

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    Yep.

    Dumbass at work thought he was pretty funny when he said to me: "What? Couldn't find matching trousers this morning?"

    Reluctantly decided not to leave him sipping through a straw in the ICU.

    True story.


    Got that one (wearing it in my avatar)!

    And for the record, too many dang things at Patch's Cave of Treasures catch the eye.
     
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  7. ColdEyedPugilist

    ColdEyedPugilist Well-Known Member

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    PSA - Herringbone having 50% off sale and this time... it includes some C&Js!!!

    Just picked up a pair of C&J Poole loafers in dark brown suede for $274.50; i.e. HALF PRICE!!

    Better check at your local HBone before the goodies run out...
     
  8. Romp

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    ive had that comment many a time ...

    Always a comment on a pocket square, no socks, knit tie or separates ...


    and yes CEP agreed on the Cave! I want everything there....
     
  9. ColdEyedPugilist

    ColdEyedPugilist Well-Known Member

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    What I've found:

    People think braces are cool... in a Romper Stomperish kind of way.

    Hot chicks love bow-ties and pocket squares.

    People notice good tailoring.
     
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  10. thebrownman

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    They look similar to the 'Riley' but my bet is that they're perhaps Anglo American '406'.
     
  11. Journeyman

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    Regrettably, no C&Js on sale in Brisbane - in fact, they'd cunningly removed them all from the shelves so that people wouldn't go in and say, "The sale ad said that everything in store is 50% off, so hand over those C&Js!".

    The staff did, however, mention that some C&J models were on sale in Sydney, but they said that they weren't sure why it was only Sydney and not anywhere else in Australia.
     
  12. Nicholas D C

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    Managed to pick up a fully canvassed, and virtually new (pockets still stitched closed) D'Urban wool suit in mid-grey today when I stumbled across a St. Vincents. In the jacket it said 'expressly made for Stewart's Gentlemen's Outfitters' and was Super 100s wool (nothing special of course). Not bad for 45 bucks I think.
     
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  13. The Ernesto

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    Such bullsh#t.

    I'm starting to have an irrational dislike for herringbone.
     
  14. jaypee

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    CJ Pooles and Sydneys on sale
     
  15. Romp

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    doh i was going to snap up some Belgraves

    Whats "Double Monks" phone number again? i need to place an order....
     
  16. TehBunny

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    Here u go Rob; have this saved as reference on chrome :p
     
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    Maybe it's rational...
     
  18. The Ernesto

    The Ernesto Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you could be on to something.
     
  19. Prince of Paisley

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    That's a good pickup. I'm not sure if Stewart's is a chain or there are just a few stores with the same name around Sydney; I know there's one in the MLC building and one on George St somewhere as well... D'Urban are good suits for the price. I know someone who swears by them, and they look well on him. Yours made in HK?
     
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    PoP - just a few stores that look quite tired..
     
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