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Edward green crocodile size 7-1/2 (uk) on ebay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kabert, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Crocodile leather is rather shatty, and only really suitable for luggage.
    I agree. Gator is much better for shoes.
     
  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    There was a pair of bespoke crocodile John Lobb lace ups a while back in a size 7.5UK that later sold for $1,000.
     
  3. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Crocodile leather is rather shatty, and only really suitable for luggage.
    I like crocodile better because of its look.
     
  4. Wildsmith

    Wildsmith Well-Known Member

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    I think that proves that our new member "˜wildsmith' is not descended from a long line of distinguished English shoemakers.

    Nobody in England, who knows a little bit about shoes would confuse "inner sole", "insole" and "sock". The "˜Insole' is the inner sole and the foundation stone of the shoe. That little leather bit, bearing the manufacturer's or retailer's name is called the "˜Sock'. It usually covers the heel area (occasionally the entire insole, but that's not a very English) and it's main purpose is to hide the nails, that hold the heel in place. Any member of the Wildsmith family would have learned that, on his father's or grandfather's knees.

    Please write one hundred times in your best hand writing:
    "The sock is not the inner sole."

    well...thats quite an acusation you have made there my friend, im not quite sure how to respond. But i have a life you knoe, i dont go around pretending to be part of a family that i am not part of, maybee thats one of your past-times but it certainly isnt mine. i apologise for my misuse of language in the related subject, remember however, i am unfortunate not to 'taking the reigns' of the business, and my dad stopped there when i was about five. so this would be why i didnt "sit on my dads knee" and talk about shoes.
     
  5. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    well...thats quite an acusation you have made there my friend, im not quite sure how to respond. But i have a life you knoe, i dont go around pretending to be part of a family that i am not part of, maybee thats one of your past-times but it certainly isnt mine. i apologise for my misuse of language in the related subject, remember however, i am unfortunate not to 'taking the reigns' of the business, and my dad stopped there when i was about five. so this would be why i didnt "sit on my dads knee" and talk about shoes.
    How old are you?
     
  6. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    How old are you?

    "dad left the company 13 years ago" + "I was five" = 18 years old
     
  7. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    [deleted due to curmudgeonliness]
     
  8. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Rjman, give young Wildsmith some slack!

    Wildsmith junior, do you have an interest in shoes in general?
    Would you like to become a shoemaker and continue the family name?

    Have a look at the Austrian firm of Scheer, that business has been run since 1816 by members of the same family.
    http://www.scheer.at/

    Maybe you write a little history of Wildsmith and post it here. If you have access to old catalogues or other materials, scan it, we'd love to see them. Or interview your grandfather about the bespoke shoe business in London at the time he started working for the family firm.
     
  9. Tomasso

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    Crocodile leather is rather shatty, and only really suitable for luggage.

    My father's study had a desk set, a chair and a table, all in crocodile.
     
  10. Catchcall

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    One of my uncles was a big Anglophile who liked to spend money he didn't have so I know about Wildsmith shoes.

    I think it's really exiciting to have someone who is part of the family here if that's the case [​IMG]
     
  11. Wildsmith

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    Rjman, give young Wildsmith some slack!

    Wildsmith junior, do you have an interest in shoes in general?
    Would you like to become a shoemaker and continue the family name?

    Have a look at the Austrian firm of Scheer, that business has been run since 1816 by members of the same family.
    http://www.scheer.at/

    Maybe you write a little history of Wildsmith and post it here. If you have access to old catalogues or other materials, scan it, we'd love to see them. Or interview your grandfather about the bespoke shoe business in London at the time he started working for the family firm.


    yes i would, i think its very sad how things have turned out, like most things it boils down to not doing business with famly. My dad and Grandpa fell out and so my dad left, well he didnt feel that he was welcome to stay. i think it boils down to my grandpa being tight fisted, unless im mistaked there was a depression amungst bespoke businesses a few years ago. I am not as up to scratch on shoes as most of you gentlemen in hear, but i would love to carry on the family name. Can you understand that my dad feels hard done by? i think this is a very interesting site, and thank you for all the feedback im getting, i have a love for 'expensive quality' cloths and shoes, unfortunantly unlike most Wildsmiths before me, my bankbalance is trying to keep up with me, hehe. The only thing that i need to start up a company like that though is capital. I am a very keen businessman 'wannabe' i am studying applied business at 6th formand hope to be sucsessful in the future.as i said before iv learnt a little bit about how a shoe business is run, and how reputation and keeping up with competition is important, and along the lines as someone suggested, i think if i wrote a book about my family history, it would take me a long time to write.
     
  12. RJman

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    Well, sorry if I've been a bit harsh on you. Good luck. It would be interesting if someone brought back the Wildsmith name. As the shop's closed, it's now just the shoes your grandfather-- whom I originally too you for -- sells on the bespoke trips to the US with John DeBoise and Hilditch & Key.

    I think there's a room for directional elegant British shoes, like an English Aubercy or Berluti, but it would be hard to do without falling into being a Johnny Moke or Jeffrey-West.
     
  13. Wildsmith

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    Rjman, give young Wildsmith some slack!

    Wildsmith junior, do you have an interest in shoes in general?
    Would you like to become a shoemaker and continue the family name?

    Have a look at the Austrian firm of Scheer, that business has been run since 1816 by members of the same family.
    http://www.scheer.at/

    Maybe you write a little history of Wildsmith and post it here. If you have access to old catalogues or other materials, scan it, we'd love to see them. Or interview your grandfather about the bespoke shoe business in London at the time he started working for the family firm.

    well my dad is in the process of obtaining a lot of the old wildsmith material, along the lines of designs etc, as my Grandpa is old and has no use for them. When my dad gets the mi would happily scan them for you all to look at, hopefuly in the near future. i think my family history is interesting and i love looking back at all the misshaps and happenings that occured in the past, for example, aparantly two wildsmiths fell out, much like my dad and grandpa, and a son went and opened another Wildsmiths shop at the other end of the street.
     
  14. LabelKing

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    You should post some archival pictures like Nina for her father, R.Meledandri at the FNB site.
     

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