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Shoe Damage Report & Porn Central - Part I

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by von Rothbart, May 12, 2006.

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  1. sf_esq

    sf_esq Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah they were around. They were first mass-produced in the 1920s, during the rubber boom that went with the automobile boom, but had been around (animal intestine, linen, hand-dipped rubber) for like centuries before that.

    Funny, I don't know why I always thought they were a much later creation.
     
  2. bigbris1

    bigbris1 Well-Known Member

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    the reason i didn't attempt to join the No Purchase Club for march:

    Do tell
     
  3. Dewey

    Dewey Well-Known Member

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    Funny, I don't know why I always thought they were a much later creation.

    There's a Faulkner novel in which Benjy, the Great American Gelding, finds some condoms in the woods. That's how I learned they were around in the 1920s.
     
  4. HRoi

    HRoi Well-Known Member

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    specs of the shoes i posted:

    EG Dover in brown pingrain, E82 last
    EG Chelsea in chestnut, E202 last
     
  5. Saenek

    Saenek Well-Known Member

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    Lurker here [​IMG] My recent (past month or two) shoe damage, I did a renovation of my shoe collection and threw out a bunch of old junk, starting to build it from scratch pretty much except for sneakers and a few casual shoes. Browsing ebay and finding a couple good deals online. Very simple compared to most of the stuff I see on here, but I'm poor and we all started somewhere [​IMG]

    Church's Ryder III in midnight blue suede - very very dark, hope it lightens up a bit with some sun, off ebay for about 120 pounds.

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    Baxter "Henry Baxter" in mahogany, I was curious. Quality is pretty nice, just some small details in the finishing along the edge and where the leather is stitched to the sides could have been better - perhaps I had a bad example - in comparison the R M Williams isn't perfect in these areas either, and it's not like it's noticeable with pants on. Sole is nice, it's channeled, goodyear welted & wears like iron.

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    RM Williams Turnout in black yearling off ebay for about $85. The seller said he wore it about 10x in a carpeted office, which I believe. Very light creasing and the soles were still legible when I got them - one or two wears to work and that is not the case anymore.

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    Martegani Reggio in amber, bought these off Amazon on discount, a touch loose but I can live with it.

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    RL Stantons, off GVH for about $130, haven't worn these yet but I needed a pair of black shoes.

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    Most recent purchase off ebay, two pairs of Grenson Rose collections - the Radley and the Chertsey. Total was about $320 USD, and they arrived in *one* day through Fedex. I have small feet and the 7F on their 96 last fit me very well, can't wait to start wearing these things.

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    I think I want a pair of RMW Craftsmans in whiskey next, and then I'll probably dip into some C&J's. Hoorah for the exchange rates.

    Thanks for looking [​IMG]
     
  6. mr monty

    mr monty Well-Known Member

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    Nice collection[​IMG] You got alot for what you spent. I would love to get those Grenson chukka boots.
     
  7. william

    william Well-Known Member

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    Both those Grensons look great! Do they seem to be well made? Comfortable?
     
  8. Doral

    Doral Well-Known Member

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    Loake 758 dark brown, suede wingtips, goodyeart welt. I purchased these from Pediwear for 88.69 + 28.50 for shipping for a total of 117.19 GBP which came to $166.83 + $1.67 currency conversion fee for a total of $168.50. The purchase came with free shoe trees a silk tie and some black shoe polish. I would have prefered some suede conditioner or cleaner in place of the shoe polish, however, I am still satisfied with the purchase. Tie is a "Soprano Exclusive." I have never heard of them. Maybe Holdfast or another of our brothers from jolly old England can provide us with details about the quality etc. Pediwear shipped them on February 27 and I received them on March 12 about 14 days. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Dewey

    Dewey Well-Known Member

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    $320 for those two is an insane deal on the Grensons. I paid about $238 for my Radleys, shipped, and thought that was a great deal.
     
  10. Saenek

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    Nice collection[​IMG] You got alot for what you spent. I would love to get those Grenson chukka boots.

    Thanks, I've always liked shoes, it just took SF and alot of web browsing to start pointing me in the right direction.

    Both those Grensons look great! Do they seem to be well made? Comfortable?

    I haven't worn them yet, it's been cold/rainy in Houston since I got em, but they look very well made. We'll see how they age after a few wearing/polishings, but I have high hopes. I don't have any other comparable shoes to give you a judgement but for the price I'm very satisfied, it's like one pair of AE's at retail.
     
  11. Saenek

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    $320 for those two is an insane deal on the Grensons. I paid about $238 for my Radleys, shipped, and thought that was a great deal. I'd love to learn how you managed so well.

    Ebay seller, retailtherapy4all I believe, had them for about 109-110 pounds each. She deduced VAT for me, and then combined shipping, it came out to about 220-230 GBP in total. I have the current exchange rate to thank for that, I couldn't have gone on this shoe binge without it.
     
  12. SoCal2NYC

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    Rick Owens black snakeskin boots [​IMG]
     
  13. Fuuma

    Fuuma Well-Known Member

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    You should have gotten the black snakeskin heels...
     
  14. SoCal2NYC

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    You should have gotten the black snakeskin heels...

    Mdme. Fumma you know that at 6'2" I need no more height.
    And since I'm already tall it just looks more drag/tranny.

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  15. GoSurface

    GoSurface Well-Known Member

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    Is the little butterfly on the sole just a Bottega thing?

    Bottega Veneta shoesies:
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  16. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    Is the little butterfly on the sole just a Bottega thing?


    They did it JUST for you since you're a big ole Mary.
     
  17. GoSurface

    GoSurface Well-Known Member

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    They did it JUST for you since you're a big ole Mary.

    That's rich, coming from the Duchess of Ghey!
     
  18. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    That's rich, coming from the Duchess of Ghey!

    For every king a crown.
     
  19. R.O. Thornhill

    R.O. Thornhill Well-Known Member

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    As today was shoe polishing day I thought I'd post some pictures of my shoe collection

    First, the "browns". Left-to-right, starting with the back row: A pair of ten-year old Church's Brisbane, for walking through muddy fields in; Berluti TatouÃ[​IMG]s monkstrap in a mid-tan; Berluti TatouÃ[​IMG] wholecut brogued oxfords in a light antique tan; EG Beaulieu on the 606 last in dark oak; EG Lommond on the 82 last in burgundy; Berluti TatouÃ[​IMG]s wholecut oxfords in a dark tan; Vass Budapest Oxford on the U-last in oxblood; Berluti TatouÃ[​IMG]s wholecut oxfords in dark purple.

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    Some close-ups of the Vass (amazing shoes and amazing value):

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    As I know there are a lot of people on this forum who disparage Berluti (I agree that they are overpriced, but at the same time I get more pure joy from wearing many of their shoes than from any others) I thought I'd post a few close-ups.

    First of all some seven-year-old brogued oxfords (amazing condition - certainly these have lasted better than more recent pairs):

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    Next, some four-year-old dark oxford wholecuts (a lot of wear):

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    I also wanted to share these burgundy EG Lommond boots, on the 82 last:

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    Next, the black shoes (I only wear black shoes during the week so these see a lot of wear). From left-to-right, starting with the back row: Foster & Son monkstrap; Foster & Son oxford punched cap; New & Lingwood oxford punched cap; New & Lingwood oxford plain cap; G&G Hayes on MH71 last, with added diamond punched cap; EG Elmsley on the 888 last; Vass Old English oxford on the U-last; EG Berkeley on the 202 last:

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    Some shots of the GGs (easily my favourite work shoes):
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    The Vass oxfords:
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    The Berkeleys (showing wear):
    http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/w...n/DSC_1668.jpg

    Sorry for the long post
     
  20. Fuuma

    Fuuma Well-Known Member

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    Mdme. Fumma you know that at 6'2" I need no more height.
    And since I'm already tall it just looks more drag/tranny.


    I dunno, on a short guy it looks like "Hi, I need all the help I can get" and on a tall one it's more "Fuck you I'm wearing heels". I like the later better.
     
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