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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Distinguished Member

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    Well......that's one way to handle it.

    I've taken a slightly different approach. When questioned, I raise an eyebrow and simply mutter. "If you wish to buy whatever shoes YOU wish to have you are free to return to the world of earning a living."

    Works like a charm.........................................

    Although this method does require that we live on only one income and thus has drawbacks all it's own.
     


  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    By the same token, shouldn’t you have the courage of your conviction, be consequent and reject all the applied decoration on cowboy boots. They too, obscure the natural beauty of a piece of leather and the honest craft of the shoemaker. I presume, people who commission cowboy boots are equally focused on superficialities (all too often to the point of obsession).

    What's good for the goose, is good for the gander!
     


  3. Christopher Essex

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    Indeed...such is not our present situation (although she says she'd like to retire in 10 or so years, leaving the responsibility to me to make up for the loss in her income - I fear I may never retire!).

    I usually get what I want in the end, and what I want is rarely too extravagant. Certainly there will be no more $8500 home entertainment systems purchased (which I bought before we met) without some serious negotiating!
     


  4. fritzl

    fritzl Stylish Dinosaur

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    i assume, you're glad you met her...
     


  5. Gdot

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    I hear you......I sometimes imagine I'll never retire. Although, compared to my peers I strive to live simply so as not to become a slave to a big house, extravagant cars, etc. etc.

    I don't think even I could survive a unilateral decision to buy an $8500 entertainment system. Now if I dropped that much on an unexpected vacation I'd be more than forgiven. But on 'guy things' I try to keep the bites a little smaller.

    In any case - I'd rather have 5 new pairs of G&Gs!
     


  6. Christopher Essex

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    Very much so...
     


  7. luk-cha

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    Damn!!
     


  8. Christopher Essex

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    Fortunately, I have most of what I want - except clothing and footwear. However, most of those pieces are much more manageable, and can be accumulated over years, rather than all at once.
     


  9. economiayocio

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    My Hoves...

    I made a review on my blog, but it's in spanish.

    I think that these are the best pair of Norwegians I have ever had.:

    [​IMG]
     


  10. isshinryu101

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    I've gotta say, any woman that would accept this kind of talk is probably not worth being with in the first place. Maybe in 1940, but in the 2000's, it's MUCH better to have a woman that "Don't Take No Shit" from ANYONE (including her husband).

    When the sh*t hits the fan, and You need real back-up, a woman without "balls" simply can't and won't be there to do what needs to be done...
     
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  11. isshinryu101

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    When the lady is worth it, SOME things become less important, replaced by "better & more important". Without my wife, I would've spent all my money on stupid crap a looooong time ago. Often she's the voice of reason.

    Of course, the logic above does NOT apply to Fine Shoe Purchases!!!
     


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    WOW - a fine, retro attitude - keeps 'em in thar place.
     


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    With respect to your experience in shoe making, you are in fact talking to users with their own experience and, if some, like fritzl, find that they've had suede shoes and boots that have held up to their expectations, who can gainsay them?

    The user's experience is a perfectly valid way to make his judgements on what he likes and how well his suede has held up, nicht wahr?
     


  14. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    one needs to make a certain amount of coin to get away with that.

    i recall an actor/comedian i think ray romano saying the following;

    "whenever my wife complains to me about kissing other women on screen i tell her to go cry in the giant sack money i made for her"
     


  15. isshinryu101

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    What you say is true to an extent. HOWEVER, DWF always brings a unique perspective to the table. To have held the leather in your hands, long before it becomes a pair of shoes is invaluable to help properly understand what is what.

    He's like a mechanic who tells you which car is "best" based on the inner workings, etc. When it comes to finish & style, obviously the end user/ consumer's opinion is what REALLY matters. The suede info is very useful, I think. He makes the point that "most" suede (in the modern shoe world) may well prove to be less long-lasting than, say, calf. Fritzl had a good experience. I have had some good ones as well. BUT, for aomeone who's looking to buy a pair with no experience, DWF's info is fabulous.
     


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