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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. LonerMatt

    LonerMatt Senior member

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    To continue the discussion about footwear. I've been interested in many of the Australian shoemakers: Andrew McDonald, Emma the Shoemaker, Roberts and Hassett. Despite the pessism (or realism, who knows?) of the earlier posts in this thread, all three of these makers are thriving, some prices are quite high ($1200-$2000 for bespoke shoes), others are 'more affordable (500-600). In any case, I think there is room in Australia for higher quality, higher priced goods.

    I know my current shoes are cheap and uncomfortable, when they fall apart I'm definitely upgrading.
     
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    ^ Let me save you some time there.

    They are all shithouse.

    Peace.
     
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    LonerMatt Senior member

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    Could you explain, I'm not presently interested in purchasing shoes, but knowledge is power and all that.
     
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    quar Senior member

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    Relative to mid- to high-tier English makers such as EG / JL / C&J / G&G, materials and workmanship are poor. In a subjective sense, the lasts are horrible too.
     
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    I don't know about the others but i'd say A Mcdonald workmanship is not too bad; as far as i'm aware it's all hand made, good year or otherwise. And the leather would be locally sourced.

    I live around the corner from his studio so i'll pop in to confirm. regarding the styles, i personally like my toes touching the ground but I do have blue suede hiking boots from Italy so each to their own.
     
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    +1

    EDIT: I think quar is being nice. Many of the lasts I've seen look shithouse. Genuinely ugly. But, as elvish just said, 'each to their own'.
     
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    Matt, if I was in Mildura, and I'm not, as you may gather, I'd be quietly and respectfully poking around town looking for old Italian or other shoemakers and tailors. Talking to people - checking them out - seeing what they do - drinking grappa .......sitting in sheds ... sniffing ........... interesting town Mildura - despite the yob factor.
     
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    How could you possible compare this

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    This forum really needs some sort of "ok fellas, take it outside" feature.

    Anyway, back onto the minutiae of mens clothing -

    A while back we had a very in depth discussion on the subject of popovers. Material, collar, pleats, cuffs, placket length etc. etc. - everyone had a different idea of what it should look like. I just had a try on of my one from Luxire so I thought I'd put it on display. Top is an old J-Crew one that I bought the Luxire one to replace, bottom is the new one.

    I think all in all I prefer the shorter placket look. I think it looks a bit smarter: it's very similar to a long sleeved polo shirt/rugby really. I also like the longer placket though, and being able to undo it a bit further makes it a bit more casual to my eye. I'm considering ordering one with a longer placket in 100% white linen as a beach house shirt.It's probably not a fair competition since the J-Crew one is so wrinkled.
    My one criticism of the luxire model is that I think the pocket is a bit too big - it starts to curve round my chest, I'll probably get a new one cut to stitch on.

    Looking forward to seeing and quite possibly purchasing the O&J linen/cotton models in the near future!

    Apologies in advance fxh - you're going to hate the shorter placket/fitted look...

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    Take what outside? My channelled soles never touch the ground. No. Fucking. Way. LOL :D

    Lachyzee, does the collar on the Luxire roll nicely?
     
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    It's completely fine, some people are more passionate and involved than others.

    :stirpot:
     
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    Yeah I think it will - it has been flat packed too long hence it's a bit flat in the picture. Needs a good wash. I just sent them measurements from a collar from an Epaulet OCBD shirt. You can always ask for them not to attach the collar buttons and put them on yourself, I suppose.
     
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    PS Anytime I hear this song, I think of fxh and Gerry Nelson:

     
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    game recognise game

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