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Church's new 'Shanghai' like? or not?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nutcracker, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What do you guys think of Church's new Shanghai? I've seen this shoes being propped up in several Japanese publications....

    From what I read, its made in Italy. Blake-rapid / cemented heel construction. Intentionally distressed Calf/nubuck upper, and the soles are in fact RUBBER made to look like old leather....

    Supposedly a faithful reconstruction of an old 'Shanghai' model from 1929 in Church's archive: Retails GBP 530...
     
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    I think that looks awful. And bad.
     
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    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that "faithful reconstruction" is a VERY generous statement. Either that or this line was originally designed by Ed Hardy's great, great grandfather.
     
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    ...and it's not even made in China, yet it's called Shanghai... go figure.

    "Intentionally distressed".. no thanks, I'd rather distress my own shoes with natural wear and tear.
     
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    Those are the least attractive shoes I've seen posted on this site.
     
  9. sprout

    sprout Senior member

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    Don't be so sure.
     
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    I almost puked my dinner but then again, I think it would still look better.
     
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    Brilliant for getting publicity, which is doubtless the aim, so a successful product in that regard. Looks awful. And £530...? [​IMG]
     
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    Intentionally distressed? Looks more like they were dug out of the ruins of Shanghai after the war... really, really horrible.

    I hate what Prada is doing to Church's...
     
  13. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    but for 530 GBP? I think this pair is a good nominee for the year
     
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  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    More views from the Shanghai collection (from a Japanese store website)

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    Apparently the collection also includes oxfords, derbies etc... and also women's shoes




    If you're looking to buy one, you must act quick. Fashionistas in Italy (and apparently in Japan) are jumping up and down. They're selling out quick! :crackup:

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    FYI, 115,500 JPY is $1500 USD / 950 GBP :facepalm:
     
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    I hate people.
     
  16. SimonC

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    I hate them mostly for having that banana shape that betrays a poorly-maintained shoe which has never seen shoe trees.

    My appetite for faux-distressed goes this far and no further, and even then I'm hesitant:

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    Wrong on so many levels - and I can think of better ways to 'blow' 500 Quid.....just sayin'
     
  18. VelvetGreen

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    Total shit. They should be ashamed of themselves.
     
  19. Panos

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    Well, I bought those on this colour last month from Barneys NY on 70% off. The quality of the leather is really good [​IMG] but I guess it doesn't make any difference.

    They do have really bad fit and are not comfortable for walking long distances. The soles are really hard and they do make a lot of noise when you walk.

    That said I like them and I do wear them, on weekends. I wouldn't have paid £530 though.
     
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    So distressed leathers are bad but intentionally created 'patinas' are great.

    Hypocrites.

    EDIT: Its Blake rapid construction is superior to the Goodyear welted EG/JL/G&G...
     
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