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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    no need to. tbh, i don't think i can clarify, i just can give you my personal opinion.

    long story short. there are more ways to skin a cat hence everyone has his point of view on shoes.

    mine:

    AE - doesn't exist in my universe.
    EG - better quality than AE but equally bland, uninspired etc., etc.
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    point of departure - shoes already:

    Carmina - self confident, stands out of the crowd
    JL - good quality, unique
    St. C. - as good as it gets
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    the next step - my personal universe - spleen included.

    everything with a soul...

    imo, carmina and st. c. are already very close.
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    i have no intention to discourage you or anyone else. a lot of what i feel about this has to do with access and availability. i'm in the blessed situation that i have fifty shoemakers, take or give, within a radius of 400 miles. this is a lot. i only have seen a fraction of this output in person, but i got the idea as i can imagine you get my idea how to think about it, when in my position.

    i hope you don't mind to show you a picture of my old shoemaker, who left the stage last year. a picture tells more than a thousand words.

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    dude takes care of my shoe trees, any questions?

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    you think, i'm exaggerating? no way. i give you a view over the edge of a plate.

    the good is the enemy of the best, remember?
     


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    SpiffEngineer Senior member

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    I see what you mean, and it makes a lot of sense. I take no offence if people point out that my clothing is not bespoke and handcrafted. I am just a young guy who is trying to figure out what I like; I will eventually move to bespoke suits and shoes.

    Thanks for the insight!
     


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    Wien oder ungarn??
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    you're welcome. i do not grew up with silver spoons in my mouth. i just took the chance and learned from the best(available). pb is a funny dude but he's a spoiled brat. i'm just a simple guy, who walks with open eyes...
     


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    fritzl Senior member

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    das ist ungarn, wo alles(für uns) begann. schau mer mal, wohin die reise geht...
     


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    Not sure what etiquette says about language here, so...

    I was last in Budapest in 2010. I loved the city and it's so close that we may go back for a long weekend in the fall. I may have to check out the shoes...estimate on bespoke Hungarian shoes (euro or HUF)?
     


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    fritzl Senior member

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    the etiquette says, you can, if you do not bother or offend somebody. can be tricky with the krauts. nvm.

    i know of four places in budapest, i guess, there are more, which offer custom made/bespoke shoes.

    -istvan toth - from € 300,-, no experience myself
    -vass - from € 450,-
    -buday shoes - from € 750,-, no experience myself
    -koronya shoes - expect € 1k or more, dito

    with the low forint, i would try to pay in HUF. they can only neglect your business but not your money. EURO is not officialy approved. it's an allowed grey zone.
     


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    HansderHund Senior member

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    Jo, i weiss, es ist empfindlich.

    Anyway, those prices aren't so bad. I remember that everyone wanted €€€ when I asked about prices, but HUF was the way to go. Even in 2010, things were incredibly cheap. For some reason, we rented an apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies for the two of us.

    I will check those out. I own no bespoke shoes and it's been a dream of mine for awhile, so I'd like to make it a reality. I've followed your thread and I can't imagine how many shoes you own (how many is it??). I do know that my wife loves shoes, but I've outgrown our schuhschrank and the dedicated areas in our bedroom. I can get rid of a few pairs to pick up something made for my feet.
     


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    you shouldn't miss out the opportunity. prices start to skyrocket. still a way to go to the english but it's becoming serious. the shoe circle is about a third. i started early. actually, i do not add more than one or two pairs per year these days.
     


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    Thanks for your reply, cptjeff! I just dropped some dough on a pair of Loake 1880 Aldwych shoes so I'll forego the cotton belt for now. Maybe next summer.
     
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    What's the gist of shoe care when you buy say a new pair of oxfords (aside from shoe horn/shoe trees)? without getting into details of products or procedures.

    do you just condition it before you first wear it and then polish it from time to time?

    Also - best way to get rid of minor scuff marks?
     


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    I don't like to do too much to a new shoe. I'll rub some mink oil into the leather sole to keep it pliable and waterproof it a bit. And just use a little bit of neutral paste and brush it on the uppers.
     


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    you're getting into the game, congrats.
     


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    Where can I find a good quality tweed sports jacket?
     


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    I m looking for a dress shirt (hidden placket preferably) and the Ervell formal button down fits the bill perfectly. Unfortunately its out of stock everywhere. Does anyone know if there someone is still carrying it or a similar shirt with an ervell like club collar?

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