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


Oct 24, 2012
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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!


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