• Hi, I am the owner and main administrator of Styleforum. If you find the forum useful and fun, please help support it by buying through the posted links on the forum. Our main, very popular sales thread, where the latest and best sales are listed, are posted HERE

    Purchases made through some of our links earns a commission for the forum and allows us to do the work of maintaining and improving it. Finally, thanks for being a part of this community. We realize that there are many choices today on the internet, and we have all of you to thank for making Styleforum the foremost destination for discussions of menswear.
  • This site contains affiliate links for which Styleforum may be compensated.
  • Epaulet x Styleforum Alpine Loden Collection

    Loden wool, woven in Tirol for centuries, is known for its resistance to cold and wetness. Our project in collaboration with Epaulet introduces Alpine Loden, a modern 18oz fabric blend of 75% merino wool and 25% nylon, woven in Italy. It's lighter, more durable, wind-resistant, and more comfortable than traditional Loden fabric. Partnering with Rochester Tailored Clothing, we offer custom garments like sportcoats, suits, and overcoats, made to your specifications. Learn more about the Loden collection here.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

    Styleforum is supported in part by commission earning affiliate links sitewide. Please support us by using them. You may learn more here.

Can you help me identify the construction of these old shoes...?

Wolfman101

Member
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
24
Reaction score
3
Attached are pics of my first "nice" work shoes I purchased on sale perhaps 12 years ago. They served me well, I love them to bits. The interior has help up incredibly well for such hard use, and the upper has aged and softened very nicely. Anyway, as you can see, a while back I realised the soles were shot, and mistakenly took them to a local "shoe guy" in Australia and said "can you please resole these". "Sure" he said. I come back the next day to find the old sole hacked off and horrible rubber bits stuck on. "Oh well" I thought, "guess I'll take them to someone else to get a leather sole put on at some point" and put it in the Too Hard Basket.

Today I finally got around to having them looked at by a proper cobbler (here in Japan). He basically said "I don't really know how they were done, they're quite strange. I don't know what the other guy took off, and so I wouldn't be confident re-soling them". As an aside - EVERYTHING in his shop was GW.

****. At this point I can't even remember what the original soles looked like. What do I have here? Is that a weird blake stitch? It looks like the original sole curved around the side and was directly stitched into the upper that way? I wonder who the hell Armani contracted to make these anyway?

Any advice appreciated. I know that if a fix is possible it will be pricey, but that's fine - I love these shoes.

As a consolation for looking at my ratty old workshoes, have some pics of the lovely suede city IIs I just bought as well!











 

Featured Sponsor

Invisible Socks: Convenience or Curse?

  • Convenience

  • Curse


Results are only viewable after voting.

Forum statistics

Threads
511,689
Messages
10,634,180
Members
225,725
Latest member
Frog_808
Top