A Tale of Two Shoes: Fixing a pair of Bruno Maglis Photoessay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Demeter, May 21, 2006.

  1. von Rothbart

    von Rothbart Senior member

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    Wow! Bravo! This is one Herculean post, thanks for sharing. The irony is that Meaculpa put more labor and love into the restoration than the original construction and the restored shoes ended up better than the original. Bravo again to a real artisan!
     
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    philosophe Senior member

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    Bravo, Dmitri! Thanks a fantastic post!
     
  3. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not only is this a great thread, I can personally attest to the quality of Dimitri's work. He gallantly ressurected a pair of burgundy EG Malverns for me. They are now one of my favorite shoes. Send this man your shoes, sit back, and watch genious at work.
     
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    Absolutely brilliant.
     
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    LabelKing Senior member

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    I think this is somewhat similar to those car restoration photo essays where the owner spent about $60,000 restoring an automobile that is really only worth $20,000 at most.

    A labor love, which is really much more commendable.
     
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    That was one amazing thread of an artist or artists at work. I have never enjoyed reading a thread so much in my life. I have never encountered the first thread before the crash but this is truly amazing - very substantial.

    You definitely fit the old definition of art in Latin where it reads: "Ars est recta ratio factibilium" and it is in your hands that the "factibilium" is realised and perfected. Truly amazing my friend - creme de la creme of threads.
     
  7. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Senior member

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    Not only is this a great thread, I can personally attest to the quality of Dimitri's work. He gallantly ressurected a pair of burgundy EG Malverns for me. They are now one of my favorite shoes. Send this man your shoes, sit back, and watch genious at work.

    Andrew, by any chance do you have photos?
     
  8. The False Prophet

    The False Prophet Senior member

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    An inspirational apotheosis. They actually look better, I think, than off the shelf shoes ever do: more character, more life.

    And while I know that your motivations in putting this up were didactic rather than commercial, I shall PM you with a view to perhaps having some work done.

    Cheers,

    Eden
     
  9. Demeter

    Demeter Senior member

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    Thank you all for your very kind words. I'm very happy that you all found the essay worthwhile and that you liked the results. Andrew, I can't thank you enough for your vote of confidence, as well as patronage and kindness. kcgreg, you give me too much credit! I'm practically blushing here! For those that were wondering about the cost - typically the cost of resoling a pair of shoes ranges from $95-125CDN, depending on whether the sole is stitched or cemented and some other minor details. If the refinishing is as intensive as what the pictured Maglis called for, then that is extra, since it is quite time consuming. Again, thank you all very much. Also, thank you to nerdykarim for putting this up on the wiki (I'm glad you found it worthy! [​IMG]) and of course to j, for creating and maintaining this wonderful sartorial bazaar.
     
  10. Artisan Fan

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    That is an amazing renovation. Incredible. I've added Norris to my Rolodex.

    Many thanks Meaculpa. [​IMG]
     
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    Do you believe in magic??[​IMG] That work was truly amazing!!
     
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    acidboy Senior member

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    i'm very glad this thread was resurrected. these are the kind of threads that makes this forum and its senior members inspirational to the "noobs". thanks meaculpa!
     
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    paper clip Senior member

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    Great thread and beautiful work, meaculpa. eBay should give you a commission due to the number of people who will buy used shoes and give them to their local cobbler to 'resurrect'.

    Query: I bought a bottle of edge dressing, but after one use, the swab/stick applicator turned into a rock. It looks like the onbe you pictured in this thread. There is no hole in the lid so I cannot keep the swab immersed and soft, so what can I do? Thanks!

    Best wishes,
     
  14. tweedlesinpink

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    one year on bump!

    some of the photos are down, at least on my computer, is it just me? does anyone have a saved copy?
     
  15. nerdykarim

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    one year on bump!

    some of the photos are down, at least on my computer, is it just me? does anyone have a saved copy?


    There should be a copy on the Styleforum Wiki page. I also have a pdf of the original post (before the great SF crash).
     

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