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

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  1. Petepan

    Petepan Senior member

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    It would never be cheaper. $600 upfront is more expensive than $60 per year for 10 years. The man on the street is not dumb, especially with simple maths, and the majority has voted with their wallets.

    You are just paying more for quality and looks. In the case of well maintained shoes, not that much more.
     
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  3. Geoffrey Firmin

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    IN 1981-2 I bought a couple of pairs of Aquila boots one pair lasted with resoling till about 90 the other pair I gave away to Vinnies in about 02, they had been resoled and were still in good nick, just never wore them any more, both were made in Italy.
     
  4. JimmyHoffa

    JimmyHoffa Senior member

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    How does it feel?
     
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    There you go. Thanks for that.
     
  6. Dusty Brogues

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    I was dreaming of the past
    and my heart was beating fast​
    I began to lose control​
    I began to lose control​
    I didn't mean to hurt foxy or any australian style forum member​
    I'm sorry that I made myself cry​
    Oh my I didn't want to hurt you​
    I'm just a jealous guy​


    My sad song Jimmy​
    PM me please [​IMG]
     
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  7. Oli2012

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    Most men probably drop $200 on their shoes.

    A Loake from Herring at $250-300 (minus VAT with a 10% discount) is probably a fair sell.

    A $500-600 is out of the imagination of most men, no amount of convincing them that its 'quality' is going to get them to stretch their wallets that far.

    This is from my general observations of other white collar blokes. Obviously SF members are a different kettle of fish.
     
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    It's a little bit Dusty, this feeling inside
    I'm not like Gerry, who can easily hide
    I don't have much money but boy if I do
    I'd buy a big house and plenty of shoes
    If I was a Shooman, but then again, no
    Or PoP who wear shells for shovelling snow
    I know it's not much but it's the best I can do
    My gift is my song and this one's for you
    And you can tell everybody this is our song
    It may be quite silly but now that it's done
    I hope you don't mind
    I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
    How wonderful life is while you're in the world
    I sat on the roof and kicked off the Vass
    Well a few polishes, well they're kinda crass
    But fxh's been quite kind while I wrote this song
    It's for people like Oli that keep it turned on
    So excuse me forgetting Romp but all these damn shoes
    You see I've forgotten if they're tan or they're blue
    Anyway the thing is what I really mean
    Lindricks are the sweetest shoes I've ever seen
     
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    Lotta soul in those lyrics.
     
  10. DartagnanRed

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    Quite an amazing set of photos about a bloke who has made his own alligator briefcase, courtesy of reddit:

    http://imgur.com/a/y4iUC
     
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    I imagine Aquila aren't usually $50 a pop. And high end shoes can be had at good discount too with some perseverance/luck .

    That said looking for some shoe advice. My brother had nothing to wear to my wedding and has ask for my advice on what to get. He is will to spend up to $250 for a pair of good dress shoes, I could maybe push him to 300 or pay part of it as a groomsman gift. Problem he is justifiably uncomfortable ordering off the net without trying on so he didn't like my meermin suggestion. I think here in Adelaide that basically leaves Florsheim and Aquila as options. I assume the department stores don't stick anything worthwhile? Any suggestions?
     
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    And the other one is giving the peace sign ​
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    - Alana M, hand in my pocket (circa 90's)
     
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    I actually had a crazy idea for a business based on that kind of thing a while back. Basically you would start a shoe fit database. People would put in details of shoes that they owned and that were a near perfect fit. Once the database got beyond a certain size, you could in theory come along and say "I am 10.5C (US) in AE last xyz, what's going to fit me from Alden?". Or whatever. And you'd get some logic in there so the system could extrapolate between sizes (and across brands) (e.g. the last example could have been answered by someone having a perfect fit in the relevant size 10's).
    Once the database started to give sensible answers I was going to flog it to online shoe sellers in exchange for whatever they save in returns.
     
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    When I first joined SF and was into AE there was a website for american shoe makers like the one you describe. Wasn't commercialised like you describe though. Haven't seen it linked in a long time so not sure it got the requisite numbers for a comprehensive DB
     
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    Won't work if you are approaching from the shoe angle. There is already a website (cannot remember where) that performs comparison fit between lasts of different makers.

    The most important variable here is foot shape, not last shape. And the second important variable is gait pattern.
     
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    The approach would have been fit. i.e. if you and I share an exact fit, in exactly the same shoe we can be pretty sure that whatever other shoes we know to perfectly fit will also fit the other.

    But this was a few years back and I the more I thought about it the more it sucked.
     
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    Er....isn't that what this website is all about?

    Funny, that. I was at American Tailors a couple of days after Foxy, and they had at least a dozen pairs of Carmina still on sale at half price. I kopped a pair of navy suede loafers in my size, and nearly bought a pair of black calf wholecut boots - magnificent they were too, but given the amount I have spent on clothes in the past few months, I just couldn't justify it.

    All I can say is, the first day I wore my new shell Carminas out, it bucketed with rain. They had spots all over them, which gradually disappeared completely over the next 48 hours.
     
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