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

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  1. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    That's ridiculous! Where do they go after Diamond? Unobtanium?


    Very nice. Alden?
     


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    :)

    Ok fine, that was yesterday. Today I'm wearing navy Sperry Top Siders and showing some ankle.
     


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    Florsheim Imperial Kenmoor Shell Cordovan.
     


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    "sigh"
     


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    Speaking of Florsheim, the other day I was looking for a couple nice shoes for the corporate setting and I was checking out the Imperial/Royal Imperial line. They seem to make some decent brogues but they were very 'oldschool' and probably more suited to H/2E width feet than my narrow ones, so I gave them a pass. However on Styleforum I've noticed a lot of people disparaging the quality of Florsheim as an entry-level welted shoe. Is this objectively the case or are people more disappointed with their 'relative' fall from grace (i.e. the 'high' level that they used to produce all of their shoes at).
     


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    is there a dry cleaners in brisbane you guys like more than the rest? or do you take your clothes to your local one?
     


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    I don't have much dry cleaning done at all, but I know that higher-end men's clothing stores such as Richards & Richards typically tend to use Leon's dry cleaning at Woolloongabba. Apparently, they will also carefully press a suit if you ask them, instead of dry cleaning (if all you want is to have some shape/creases restored to the suit).
     


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    +1
     


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    They are definitely a wider shoe; the D width is perfect for my (widish) feet.

    As to the quality of non-vintage Florsheim, at entry level you can do far better: Loake; Herring; AE on discount, etc.
     


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    I think this is an interesting question. Whilst I haven't done any kind of proper comparison, I suspect that price points for Loake/AE are higher than for the equivalent shoes from Florsheim - might be wrong, but I think that is the case. And, given the reluctance of the average Aussie male to spend any real money on shoes (not to mention the paucity of options), then there is clearly a place for Florsheim.

    There is a lot of disdain for the current Florsheims here - perhaps it is warranted. Their cheaper shoes look pretty bad. I will say that, just on looks alone, if you were to wear shoes from the (Imperial) upper end/more conservative part of their range, you would be doing better than 90+% of men who wear business shoes for work. Then, if you don't wear the same pair every day and give them a regular polish, well, you'd be not too shabby at all.
     


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    Chrome FTW. I use it across all my devices. I like how it knows what i was looking at and loads it on my mobile when i leave the office:)
    ive got a diamond card ... they hand them out like free candy
     


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    This.
     


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    re browsers.

    I've tried them all - I started off on Archie and Gopher then Lynx and Mosaic then tried Netscape Navigator, whilst relying on Lynx for serious work.

    [wipes tear from eye thinking about the Good Old Days ]

    Nothing comes close to Opera - even at its worst.

    First to use proper tabbing - without opening a new browser each time. I've got 40 tabs open right now.

    Sticks to real HTML conventions - doesn't invent their own.

    Doesn't chew up memory/resources.

    Its honest.

    Like my motto: - its hip to be straight
     


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    I actually ended up buying a pair of Loakes as I managed to try a few on at DJs (I ordered from HerringShoes in the UK eventually, however) and the Loakes fit and felt a lot better for my narrower feet than the equivalents I could find in Florsheim's Royal Imperial line. That's not to say the Royal Imperials were shabbily constructed for the price point - the Royal Imperial brogues I saw were only 190 dollars on sale, and were hefty and seemingly well made. I think at that kind of price point it's hard to be too harsh on a fully goodyear welted shoe. The normal Imperials though, seem to have glued rather than welted construction (as far as I can tell). The stitching seems decorative, so to speak, in comparison to the Royal Imperials.

    Analogous to the relative scarcity of quality shoe establishments in Australia at a reasonable pricepoint (ordering things online aside) - I've found it almost impossible to find a decent briefcase locally, and I've been searching for a month now. I've very tempted to just give up and order a briefcase through Saddleback Leather, as everywhere else seems to offer horrendously made/corrected-grain/nylon-lined crap at ridiculous prices (see Marcs, Calibre, CK, Oroton, Coach etc). Anyone know of decent options at the sub $500 price point?
     


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