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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.
Jeez, how much business are we giving to Herring? I am also waiting for mine to arrive!
Go bespoke for only 20pound extra first time charge, the price is very reasonable inc. delivery and you can pick whichever lining you like. I posted some pictures of their swatches a while back. Many good experiences with them on SF.
Nice one, thanks for the tip!
Haha, I plan to order another if these ones work out.
Met Scott Lewis the owner of Beggar Man Thief yesterday, outside Henry Bucks. Nice guy
So many options though!
Don't take this the wrong way, but that's the least of your worries if your thinking about buying a blazer with python skin lapels isn't it?
Jas, you in CBR over the weekend?
Nah mate off to Bundy at 6.35am tomorrow morning I'm afraid.
I have used it on some brown leather work boots and I always use it on the soles of old shoes that need a drink. That or Dubbin. I warm them up with a hairdryer and also warm up the polish . On the soles it gives a good waterproofing action.
So far I can see no harm done - but I don't know how it might affect the colour of some spiffy, delicate shoes.
I have nothing against Saphir - I have about 12 tins of Saphir - free from my mate who travels to France! (cough - wink)
I don't use the Saphir hardly ever.
I don't like a highly polished look - it just seems too fussy/military to me. I don't like shoes looking too new.
I mainly use Collinol paste - it nourishes and gives a nice matte finish that I like.
Plenty of people I know use only KIWI on good shoes - it wont hurt them. You have to try really hard to hurt shoes.
Kiwi is not something bad. It just doesn't have a fancy schmancy name that no one has ever heard of.
The only thing about Kiwi is that I think that it doesn’t contain beeswax, which in my experience, can really help you get that mirror shine.
I think they are more correctly Desert Boots.
Last time I looked the Rivers DBs were just a bit off in their looks.
Such a pity as basic desert boots should not be expensive and with a bit of thought Rivers could get them right.
It might be worth having a look in the flesh in case they have improved the look a bit.
Rivers has so much potential to be doing cheap basic clothes, T shirts,basic blue or white oxfords button downs, desert boots, socks, jeans, chinos, polos. Its very hit and miss these days but with a little tweaking they could have some lines of classics. Of course the big question is to what extent there is a market out there beyond a few clothes nerds.
I've said it before, but thats never stopped me from saying it again - MOUNTFORDS has a few lines of OK suede shoes and chukkas now in ok colours and "reasonable" prices. You can try them on! - a novel experience for some.
Worth a squiz. Not all lines at all stores.
Not sure - but I'm pretty sure KIWI is what most military people use for spit polish
I managed this using KIWI. I don't use it anymore, but I wouldn't be so quick to discount it. It doesn't cost much, and it does work
Sigh...this may sound like a rant...well no, it is a rant, a big rant.
Firstly, I have Kiwi, Dubbin, Angelus, Collonil etc etc and all the rest.
No one is saying any of these products are BAD. Each has their plus and minuses.
Some say Kiwi polish contains too much alcohol (fast evaporation aids wax setting, which aids shine), and over a long period of time the leather MIGHT dry out. You may counter with using more conditioner...but heck, who has the time and energy...but time spent on maintenance is time well spent and money saved...but my shoe will not live forever, and I sure won't live forever...but the therapy from shoe maintenance may prolong life...but...and so on and so forth.
Similarly, some people complain about Dubbin coloration and attracting dust, others love it, but...and so on and so forth.
And I dont know that Saphir is any more fancy schmancy than Collonil or any other brand. New unknown stuff usually, by definition, sounds exotic.
The irritating feature of this Australian forum has been alluded to by another poster, a mean/stingy streak, and to me, even worse, a touch of condescension and the tall poppy syndrome. Yeah, she'll be right, mate...
Why dont you people enjoy things for what they are, rather than trying to show how clever and contrarian you are? I mean, for fecks sakes, some forum members' shoes such as G & G costs an arm and a leg. You reckon the owner will rock over to Bunnings to grab cheap furniture polish to slather on them?? What is the point of enjoying luxury goods in the first place? Is it really about using the lowest common denominator product that won't hurt your shoes, or is it something more?
And really, who gives a flying rats arse if your Saphir are free gifts from friends, which you are so proud to be a non-user of? I am sure some members have caviar brought to them regularly by beautiful blonde hostesses, but I dont see them gloating about it on forums. Your apparent thrift in advocating furniture polish sounds hypocritical in comparison to twelve tins of Saphir which you hardly use (and yet proud to mention on a forum).
Get over it, get a life, move on.
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