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Shoes With Character

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bigbris1, Mar 28, 2008.

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  1. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    IIRC I have a modernized version of those shoes from Jil Sander.
     
  2. The Deacon

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    Picked up these spade soled Johnston & Murphy Hand Mades at an estate sale, despite that fact that they had way to much wax polish built up and a bit of surface crazing along the sides. After several cleanings and numerous treatments with leather conditioner, they look pretty good. The crazing is much less serious than it looks in the pictures and none of it goes much beyond the surface. The sad part is that after all that work, they are too damned tight for my feet. Still, these are a tough shoe to come by so I didn't want to see them tossed. You'll probably see them in B&S fairly soon.

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    Would it have been possible to have purchased a pair like this in Marshall's in 1997? I could swear that I tried on and then passed up a chance to buy an identical pair for $120. They ran small, the 12D felt like a C and I chose a pair of near spade sole Cazoleria Harris pebble grain blucher wingtips instead for $140 and wore them for 10 years, selling them last year on ebay for $99. If I knew then what I know now, I'd of stretched those suckers! [​IMG] I just found a pair of JM captoe Handmades, 9D worn once. What a shoe!
     
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    My old pair of Loake "Badminton", Tan with a dab of brown shoe cream and regukar ppolishing with Med Brown and Maroon. My 'trainers' at the weekend. About two years old.
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  4. Avebury

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    Before beasting, after cleaning and polishing. Apologies for the poor quality mobile phone pic.
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    ^bigbris, the first pair is outstanding.
     
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    ^bigbris, the first pair is outstanding.

    Thanks. RL Stanton. One of the last RL made in Italy shoes welted with hidden channel soles.
     
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    I've had these allen edmonds 'halsted' model for around 6 years I think. I wore them every single day for 3 years in highschool (private school). no resoling or any work done on them. occasionally polished. I haven't worn them since I graduated but I might get them resoled at some point. they're a bit beaten up so I dont really know if I would want to wear them anymore unless you guys have any ideas for getting them back into good condition. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I would keep them for sentimental value, but it looks like they became unsuitable for wear a very long time ago.
     
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    I would keep them for sentimental value, but it looks like they became unsuitable for wear a very long time ago.

    +1. AE recraft is the way to go. I've seen proof that they can breathe new life into a pair of well loved shoes.
     
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    +1. AE recraft is the way to go. I've seen proof that they can breathe new life into a pair of well loved shoes.

    thanks! I'll check this out and will post results if I go through with it. I'll definitely be getting my moneys worth with this pair, haha.
     
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    thanks! I'll check this out and will post results if I go through with it. I'll definitely be getting my moneys worth with this pair, haha.

    [Before and] after pics are a must.
     
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    These are a pair of Alfred Sargents that is my brothers. He bought them 8 years ago and it was his first goodyear welted shoes. They are corrected grain, but has held up amazingly well. He has taken good care of them and always used shoe trees. The corrected grain finished have cracked, but not the leather. And the construction is rock solid:

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    Nice Clark. I like the blakeys which I thought I was buying when I pulled the trigger on the 4cm version which look more like heel tap. Oh well.
     
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    I've had these allen edmonds 'halsted' model for around 6 years I think. I wore them every single day for 3 years in highschool (private school). no resoling or any work done on them. occasionally polished. I haven't worn them since I graduated but I might get them resoled at some point. they're a bit beaten up so I dont really know if I would want to wear them anymore unless you guys have any ideas for getting them back into good condition.


    The fact that you were able to wear those into that condition is a testament to their quality. Those are some well-loved shoes. A lesser pair would have been in the trash long, long ago.
     
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    the black ones are receiving a fading by the sun on my balcony.
     
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    while holding up a private trunk show in vienna a few days ago, a friend of mine mentioned, that he owns a pair Mr. Kiss made for him in 1990.

    today, i received some pics. admittedly, they need some tlc. on the other hand, they never saw a repair shop. that speaks imo for their quality.

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    no need to say, that they have a lot of mileage taken in the two decades. [​IMG]
     

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