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

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  1. Selvaggio

    Selvaggio Senior member

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    Think it is. IIRC it was all the Penhaligon's.

    Actually, I am thinking of going back and getting some after shave balm. Was only 30 smackers. With the cooler months ahead, I don't mind a bit of balm.
     
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    Selvaggio Senior member

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    Yo

    You could have a look at the DJ's home brand, Milana. They're not too bad. Best bought during their clearance sales.

    Might be heresy 'round these here parts, but I don't get too hung up on buying the top name driving shoes. I wear them casually. They're not going to last forever, even the good ones. I'm sure the quality is there, but I'm with you, I just can't get my head around spending $400 on a pair of suede mocs.
    (Shock. I even have a pair of Zara ones in a wine colour which cost 50 bucks, in which I have enjoyed several fun, sock less excursions)

    If you want the real deal, patience will probably yield the opportunity to grab some at more reasonable prices. Eg in December, Luisa's in MEL had car shoe or Tod's (can't remember, maybe both?) for sub $200 in their sale.
     
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    http://www.mrporter.com/product/318209

    Will take some serious beating, and still come out on top. Note the "Fall/Winter sole" on these driving shoes. These are pictures after 2 weeks of cobblestone in a wet summer in Europe:

    http://weareallalright.tumblr.com/post/22833682080/these-driving-shoes-with-their-fall-winter-soles

    http://weareallalright.tumblr.com/post/23082194668/ive-been-asked-what-fall-winter-sole-meant-in
     
  4. Prince of Paisley

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    Personally I don't like watches that try to be "affordable" versions of other watches. This one looks like a poor man's IWC. I get the feeling that if I owned either of the watches you linked to it would be a constant reminder of how my life hasn't turned out quite as well as I planned, because if it had I'd be wearing an IWC.

    If you like the pilot style but can't stomach paying IWC's huge premiums (which seem to rise along with the size of their watches), then I might suggest you look at Oris. At least they aren't exact copies of something more expensive.
     
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    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    I'm not an expert in shoe contruction, but speaking from experience, that's not normal, especially for new shoes with a Topy. I've only ever had the outer sole start to seperate from the upper sole on one really old pair of goodyear shoes, and that was after several years of very hard wear, after I'd completely worn through the layer of stitching which held the outsole on to the top sole. I've never seen this happen on a Topy'd pair (actually the Topy protects the final set of stitching so it actually prevents one of the main causes of this type of separation). I would post your pics in one of the larger shoe damage or meerkat threads, as some of the blokes that post regularly there are very knowledgeable (e.g. fishball, DWFII etc.) and may be able to pinpoint exactly what's gone wrong with your pair.
     
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    So these £223.68 shoes are somewhat durable? Wow!

    :/

    Driving mocs are a racket.
     
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    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Maybe the value becomes apparent when you're doubling the clutch on your 356 as you climb an alpine pass, but that's not a situation most of us encounter everyday unfortunately.
     
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    If you're flush - how about one of these? More of satchel kind of thing but still has a shoulder strap if required.

    [​IMG]
     
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    this is a beautiful bag... such a soft hide. I was drooling over the one @ MLC

    For my needs I need a slimmer tote style rather than strapped so I decided not to pull the trigger
     
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    I'm very happy with my briefcase from Henry Tomkins.
    http://www.htleather.co.uk/
     
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    This pair, in particlar, is

    (a) 183 GBP (not 223 GBP), which makes them about 270 AUD, and which makes them respectably cheaper than 400 AUD; and

    (b) significantly more than 'somewhat' durable - which was something I tried to put across, but evidently wasn't successful in doing
     
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    Most of the expensive ones are about as durable as a pair of light slippers.
    Part of the attraction is the signal that you can afford to wear soft expensive shoes that wear out in a week or two and then buy a new pair!

    Depending what you want there are realistic alternatives:
    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/7063...attrValue_0=Chocolate Brown&productId=1179636
     
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    May I also suggest Archimede as a possible option?

    Quite affordable, and if I remember correctly, it was one of the first companies to manufacture the classic "B-Uhren" pilot watches, along with other companies such as Stowa (which you may also wish to consider). Stowa's Fleiger watch is a classic B-Uhren watch, and the "Antea" is a lovely dress watch with a sub-dial for seconds.

    Archimede have some lovely models and I think that if you pay an extra 20 Euro, you can get a "blank" face without any branding for a retro, WWII pilot-watch look (although that may only apply to certain models).
     
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    Not a fan. How big is the face of your Max Bill? They wear large, but I'm guessing somewhere in the range of 36-38mm, which leaves a bit step up to those Steinharts.
     
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    Which one did you get, aKula?
     
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