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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    I'm in a good natured argument with @in stitches, who contends that the Marlow WT would be somewhere between 0 and 2 on the "sleekness" scale. He puts it on par with the Adidas Samba.


    How would you all rate the Marlow's sleekness scale of 0 to 10, zero being the Samba and 10 being a Corthay Arca

    I'd personally rank the Marlow at 5, 6 or 7


     


  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    By sleekness do you mean just shape of the last or overall styling of the shoe and how chic it is? Either way, I wouldn't say Arca is a 10. Really though, in either case, the Marlow is closer to a 2 than a 5. And I like that shoe.
     


  3. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    If looking for summer, what about a beige/off-white sport coat? Either in linen or cotton.
     


  4. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    ^ I'm talking about shape of the last,

    What shoe would you put at number 10?

    The Samba is a 0 to me.

    This Trickers is a 2 to me

    edit: this pic is better

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  5. kulata

    kulata Distinguished Member

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    Somewhere in between the moccasin and the Adidas around 1.5
     


  6. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Well the cardinal numbers on the scales are kind of meaningless, so I don't even know how to argue about it. G&G Decos are sleeker than Arcas I would say.
     


  7. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    This is a dumb argument. The Marlow is not by any standards a sleek shoe. Even a crack whore knows that.

    In summation, regarding understanding shoe lasts:

    Crack whore > jrd
     


  8. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    What do you mean cardinal numbers? I guess they should be 1-10 instead of 0-10.

    decos are pretty darn sleek. let's say a scale from Samba to Deco then. 1-10.

    Stitchy places the Marlow at 1 then

    I'd still say around 5

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  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    oh no you didn't...
     
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  10. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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  11. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    I don't get the big deal about Marlows. They're nothing special looks wise or construction wise (self branded C&J benchgrade is cheaper).

    It basically looks like an AE shoe, but triple the price.
     


  13. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Marlow is MUCH nicer last than the AE Macalister or Macneil (the two closet shoes they offer)

    Also, much nicer than the Alden equivalent. Just has great lines, can't explain it if you haven't handled the shoe
     


  14. Mr. Six

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    I'd like someone to define sleekness with regard to shoe lasts. I genuinely don't know what people are referring to when they use that term, in part because I think that different people use it to mean different things. Which maybe means that no one can offer a useful definition. #selfdefeat
     


  15. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I mean cardinal as opposed to ordinal. It makes sense to talk about one shoe being sleeker than another, but what does it mean for one shoe to be two points sleeker than another? I have no idea.
     


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