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

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  1. apple3210

    apple3210 Well-Known Member

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    Brogues of Claremont, in the old theater lane.

    cheers, will give it a look.

    do you know if they carry the 1880 range? the simple, clean cut looking ones.

    i just want to try them on for size and then order off pediwear.

    lol parker and co does give off that vibe and they only carry the well known brands. i bet if you walked in without a perfect tailored suit, you'd get some weird stares [​IMG]
     
  2. meister

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    It's a pity they are doing away with their Rose line IMO. I have heard their Masterpieces are excellent - did you buy yours in store at Paul Stuart? How do they compare price / quality wise to e.g. C&J handgrades?

    I got mine here on SF. They are a crust type leather with that toning and get an exquisite high shine. As good as EG maybe better.
     
  3. meister

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    Interesting reading all the conversation about shoes, especially some of the comments about Loake.

    I have three pairs from the Shoemaker collection: a Kew in black, a Tweed in burnished calf and an Ayr 2 in black. I would have liked to step up to 1880 collection, but unfortunately I need a G fitting. Having said that, I'm very happy with the ones I have. They are made well enough and to my eyes at least, look great.

    I'm sure there are much better shoes, but these are good enough for me, and are great value at about $250 AUD each (delivered). I aim to make them last; I condition the leather regularly and have resoled the Ayr.

    But then again, I'm the sort of person who only has to reach a certain level of quality and is happy. I'm perfectly happy with buying tailored fit Charles Tyrwhitt dress shirts as well, even though I know there's far better shirts out there. I wash them carefully, iron them crisply and enjoy them.

    I say, appreciate, take care of and enjoy what you have :) Which I'm sure people with shoes higher up the food chain than Loake do!


    Yeah yeah they all say that when they come to SF and then a few years later.....[​IMG]
     
  4. The Ernesto

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    Yeah yeah they all say that when they come to SF and then a few years later.....[​IMG]

    lol. 'Where do I get C&J hand grades? What do you think of these Edward Green split toes? blah blah blah...
     
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    cheers, will give it a look.

    do you know if they carry the 1880 range? the simple, clean cut looking ones.

    I'm not sure but I am leaning towards yes.

    lol parker and co does give off that vibe and they only carry the well known brands. i bet if you walked in without a perfect tailored suit, you'd get some weird stares [​IMG]
    Honestly, there are dudes that walk in there and drop large numbers of money on clothes and still wear square toed shoes. Half of their clients suits don't even fit significantly better than the dudes wearing Pierre Cardin.

    Have you tried the Murray Street store? Sometimes there are decent things to be had there, and often the guy will give you an extra discount if you ask for a better price.
     
  6. meister

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    Are you sure this is arch related? The area I notice the rubbing it is on top of the knuckle(is that the right term?) of my big toe. If it is arch related then it confirms my suspicion that feet be crazy.

    Sorry I thought you were referring to rubbing on your forefoot. Rubbing on the toe joint probabbly is a fit issue. The captoe probably has too low a horizon for your foot/is not high enough/does not have enough volume for your particular foot.
     
  7. ryanohare

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    ^ Sounds like a positive experience. The 4 for $450, does that include Thomas Mason line of fabrics?

    Also, what do you mean by 'send it back to him'? Do you have to mail the shirts somewhere?

    (Pretty keen to get some new shirts, hence the ninja fast responses)


    He's based in Abbotsford from memory and yeah I have to post it back. I could have just handed it to him yesterday but I was wearing it and I don't think the Poert Melbournites were too interested in seeing me wander around topless.

    I'll pm you the deets.
     
  8. Jimbosaurus

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    Sorry I thought you were referring to rubbing on your forefoot. Rubbing on the toe joint probabbly is a fit issue. The captoe probably has too low a horizon for your foot/is not high enough/does not have enough volume for your particular foot.

    Ah right, either way it's something to avoid. Thanks for the help.
     
  9. Prince of Paisley

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    Has anyone seen the three page spread in the Sydney Magazine today? I thought the Andrew McDonald, well actually I would rather not say. They had a photo of the Chetwynd priced at $794 pointed this out to the wife and that at Herrings with shipping cost is $508 Australian.

    But the ones that grabbed me were the Grenson Dylan which got the pulse racing I must admit were $420 local and with shipping only $267. Does anyone were Grenson? If so would they recommend them? Any comments would be appreciated.

    I like spreads like these they make ordering shoes online such a pleasure.

    I saw this as well... Josephs shoes has featured in quite a few mags lately, perhaps in an attempt to win back some market share from the online retailers.

    Also, if you won't say it Geoff, I will. Those Andrew McDonald shoes are... ugly. I guess he has his niche though. He probably knows he can't compete with the likes of C&J etc. on traditional, classic shoes and still make a profit. So he's gone down the fashion-forward route, which is a legitimate business choice as there are plenty of trendies in Paddington that are money-rich and taste-poor.

    I do wonder though about his MTM service - do people really pay $1,000 down before work commences, when there seems to be no evidence he can actually produce a good-looking, classic shoe style? I mean, his RTW stuff does have it's charm I suppose, but they still look like David Jones house brand stuff with those ridiculous curled-up toes.

    I guess my question is, who spends $2,000 on shoes that ugly? Especially when you can pay a little more and get Lobb St James, not to mention Stefano Bemer and a few others well known on this forum that are closer to the $1,500 mark.
     
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    Damn. UPS is fast! Herring sent out my pair of Cheaney's Monday night and already clearing customs yesterday. Should be there when I get home tonight. [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry I thought you were referring to rubbing on your forefoot. Rubbing on the toe joint probabbly is a fit issue. The captoe probably has too low a horizon for your foot/is not high enough/does not have enough volume for your particular foot.

    What meister said.

    Shoes can be a little like something in the eye - it doesn't take much to irritate and there might not be huge issues. (otoh I'm amazed at how many people can wear shoes that do not fit in any approximate way at all)

    You might be surprised at how a small bit of softening up inside the shoe can relieve some rubbing or pain. Sometimes its just a seam or a bit of stiffness. Fortunately leather responds well to getting a good drink of conditioner. In addition a good cobbler can often stretch/adjust /fix a minor irritation.

    Don't underestimate going to a good podiatrist to get them to look at your feet - they will often tell you stuff about YOUR feet that you didn't know that can help with fit etc.
     
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    Damn. UPS is fast! Herring sent out my pair of Cheaney's Monday night and already clearing customs yesterday. Should be there when I get home tonight. [​IMG]

    From The Armoury? I am planning on popping in when I am in HK next month, but I don't want to commit to a purchase because my next stop after HK is London!
     
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    Damn. UPS is fast! Herring sent out my pair of Cheaney's Monday night and already clearing customs yesterday. Should be there when I get home tonight. [​IMG]

    And they have a wedding to worry about over there.

    I must say I am amazed at the UK postage /courier system. 3 days is not uncommon - from some village in the sticks (not that theres any real sticks over there) to the Oz doorstep.

    Compared with the USA system where even a "expedited" expensive shipment takes over a week and ordinary mail can be a fortnight.

    Books from UK for me always arrive within 7 days - books from USA always over 10 days.

    My experience from when I used to send a lot of stuff ( tapes, albums cds - bootlegs and rare recordings) its the USA system internally. To get something to a major city in say Texas or something could take 3 days from LA, but only a couple of days from here to LA. Getting something back the other way - from USA to here was always longer in time.
     
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    I believe the Yanks coined the term 'snail mail' - originally in response to the sluggishness of the USPS....
     
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    From The Armoury? I am planning on popping in when I am in HK next month, but I don't want to commit to a purchase because my next stop after HK is London!

    Keep in mind in UK shopping that the 20% VAT is subtracted when you buy online but its a pain in the arse to get your VAT refunded in UK at airport.

    You'll have the traditional British service culture, coupled with a condescending to Australians, plus cutbacks and understaffing or overstaffing.

    You'll have to queue for a refund (you have to queue for anything in UK) and they'll close the window for a tea break just as you get there. You'll realise Little Britain was a documentary not a comedy show.

    Mind you things are cheaper there and with the strong aud$ you can afford to forget the 20% refund.

    If you want to be popular take a bag of Cherry Ripes with you - they don't have them over there and most people seem to love them. Its cheap and they think they are exotic.
     
  17. blahman

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    I believe the Yanks coined the term 'snail mail' - originally in response to the sluggishness of the USPS....
    Package from US via USPS took nearly a whole month to arrive and I had to pick it up myself from the post office. It wasn't any cheaper either. Ridiculous.
     
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    If you want to be popular take a bag of Cherry Ripes with you - they don't have them over there and most people seem to love them. Its cheap and they think they are exotic.

    [​IMG] +1
     
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    Anyone know the fit and quality of Carmina, in particular the Inca Last Double Monkstrap?

    Check, would you mind checking them out for me when you visit HK??

    No shoe purchases in 3 months is a cause for celebration, right?
     
  20. CHECKstar

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    Anyone know the fit and quality of Carmina, in particular the Inca Last Double Monkstrap?

    Check, would you mind checking them out for me when you visit HK??

    No shoe purchases in 3 months is a cause for celebration, right?


    Already on the to-do list [​IMG]
     
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