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

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  1. fxh

    fxh Well-Known Member

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    I watched one of Mundine's fights years ago and was appalled.

    I'm not sure its all his fault though - in general the fight game has been objectively going downhill for years.

    No boxers - all brawlers. Sadly I have this argument with an aboriginal mate of mine who reckons I don't like Mundine because he a mouthy black and prefer people like Lionel Rose because he was polite. Hes wrong as I tell him. It purely a technical (and dickhead) issue - Rose was a wonderful boxer. Truly deserving of the Worlds titles. One of my proudest moments was going to see Lionel sing at the Espy in his difficult years and getting his autograph. He sang a great version of Louise too - he understood it - a classic song -
     
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    Check out the Mecca store inside Myer. They'll have a very big range of quality cologne and will be happy to help you figure out what you like.

    I'm liking my Caron, Rochas, Guerlain and Rodriguez colognes for work, but everyone's different, so you need to try them on yourself.
     
  3. fxh

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    oi - don't start - my kids are better than yours - everyone knows that
     
  4. fxh

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    ha - one of my brothers is in a proper wedding/ceilidh band back in caledonia and I've even been to one gig up north.

     
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    fxh Well-Known Member

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    You need to be careful - it depends whose wife's name it is. And if it can be seen. Some blokes can get nasty over little things.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about the thickness of the sole with a genuine Topy added to it. The Topy Elysee is 1.8mm thick and with the edges beveled it has a seamless blend into the leather sole.

    I didn't want this discussion all over again, and now I've contributed. Idiot.
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up. I've been meaning to place an order with them anyway, so I got the shipping free as well. Good choice on the BB; it's a classic.
     
  8. fxh

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    I often wonder if people are really talking about TOPY?

    They are NOT some big clump of rubber or any other brand. We are not talking about a lump of tractor tyre cut off with a blunt axe and slapped on a glued with Aruladite and trimmed with a kitchen knife. TOPY are hard wearing, easy enough to put on can be trimmed/ angled /beveled in at sides and sloped and slightly cut into the sole at the end of the ball of foot. Done well most even most iGentts could not detect them even if they looked at the sole from more than a metre away.

    Its an important point but sadly subject to too much ideology based thought rather than reason and evidence based practice.

    Let me just say.

    You will not find in Australia anyone who will hand stitch a resole.

    You will find very few in other countries who will hand stitch a resole.

    All machine stitched resoles mash the shoe to a large extent.

    The maximum you will get off a machine restitch is 2 possibly 3 resoles due to mashing

    Most (possibly all) factory done resoles - even Northampton - use a Goodyear machine.

    There are possibly no more than 4 or 5 (or less) working Goodyear machines in Australia

    All Goodyear machines will eventually mash the shoe through stitching NOT on original holes.

    I learnt this from the (in) famous shooman (hooman)

    EVEN THE SHOOMAN gets his very expensive and extensive collection TOPYied. He has possibly more, and more expensive, and more bespoke and varied shoes than anyone on this or any other forum.

    A Topy allows you to take off the Topy and re Topy at low cost and no damages.

    You may not wear your shoes down badly enough to ever need a resole even on leather. every one is different with wear.

    You will at some stage slip arse over tit on non TOPYied shoes - sometimes in the marbled halls of power in front of those you wish to impress. You may even hurt yourself and fall down stairs.

    Other than the above its a personal preference and it doesn't matter.

    meister and gerry agree.

    You decide .

    [​IMG]
    TOPY ELYSEE
    96 x 60 cm
    1 mm / 1,5 mm / 1,8 mm / 2,5 mm / 3,5 mm
    F1 / F2 / H1 / H2 / H3 / H4
    W1 / W2 (Western)
    Thin, Reliable, Elegant, Comfortable.
    Excellent resistance to abrasion
    Rough or smooth design
    Black / togo / caramel / beige
    Available in sheets or in cutted soles

    Heres some of mine freshly TOPY-ied a long time ago. Looks even less conspicuous now worn a lot.
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. jmills

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    Browsing the internet for pocket squares - it seems that HC's web server has detonated again, currently having a look at Drake's and Exquisite Trimmings, any other suggestions/reccomendations?
     
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    With this wet weather lately I'm thinking about topying my business shoes, as I'll be walking around a reasonable amount and would prefer avoiding death by cobblestones. Tried using the 'search this thread' feature, but not much luck; where can I get a good topy job done in Sydney?
     
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    Nice post, fxh!

    If anyone in Melbourne knows where they use < 1.8mm thick Topy Elysee, please do let me know. That said, 1.8mm is fine. I've had it done on many pairs of shoes and have no qualms doing it again.

    Now, fxh don't go requoting that last line in a whole other context.
     
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    I'm nobly resisting silly double entendre comment.

    I'd like to get my cobbler to import a bunch of the thinest Topy.

    But as you say I think I have 1.8 on all mine and it really isn't noticeable at all. I only use light tan and black but I'd like to try the grey I think.
     
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    Vanda, Rubinacci direct (depending on the ET stock), ASW has few interesting reprint H&H designs by drakes, Charvet for the :foo: square, Sam hober if you can find nice designs, some of the new Kent Wangs are nice too.
     
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    Yes this has been informative and makes me wonder if I went to a dud shoe guy? Mine were definitely thicker than 1.8mm and not bevelled on the edge. I would be inclined to try it on a cheap pair of shoes if I could find a 1mm variant as I rather have thinner and pay twice as often. Water got between the topy and the old leather sole and I think channelled through.. I'll try to remember to take a photo in morning
     
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    Whoa wait a sec I found a really old pair in the back of my wardrobe from 4-5 years ago that I'd say is 1mm.. Got that at the strand in Sydney.

    The one I did last year was at the guy in the Hunter connection and its much thicker..
     
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    I never said it would be easy to find. I was reasonably sure I implied it would be difficult, actually.

    I agree with your position on Topy's, as well as the need for people to recognise the difference between brands. Not that Topy is the only choice, as I believe Vibram makes a similar range of sole guards. Unfortunately I have yet to find a cobbler in Adelaide who uses either of these. Apparently the brand 'Ausy' or somesuch is quite popular.
     
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    1.8mm once bevelled and if done properly is remarkably thin.
     
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    I have Delos make me a new pair of shoes when the sole wears out. No need for topy.

    /bigtimer :foo:
     
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    Thanks very much, plenty of ideas there to try. Vanda's ones are particularly nice.

    What's the foo square? I tried searching and I can't turn up anything, possibly a bit of SF history I've missed?
     
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