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help me reduce my Shoe Damage

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Tarmac, May 30, 2009.

  1. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    Dear reader, I know you can sympathize, I have too many shoes. In less than 2 months I will be moving to the East Coast for grad school and I don't want to pack heavily. No man of my means needs 30 pairs of shoes. However, I have accumulated these so slowly (and some so cheaply), I can justify each one. And that's why I still have them. Which would you get rid of first? Which ones are obviously redundant?

    I have already sold probably 25 other pairs of shoes over the last year and a half, shoes which I could decide on my own I wasn't attached to or seemed redundant. These are what are left, I am stuck on them. And I have about 10-15 pairs of sneakers not pictured.

    From a man-on-the-street standpoint, I should be able to make do with 10 pairs, obviously. But from the manwhore-on-the-forvm standpoint, I can't think of 20 pairs to part with.

    Other factors to consider - if I were staying in Cali I would get rid of a few rubber-soled shoes first. But thinking of the snowy winters ahead, I hesitate to get rid of them.

    Americana:
    AE Mora, Alden 911, Alden Shell 954, Nettleton Shell PTB, Nettleton Longwing, Florsheim White Longwing
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    Various made by Crockett & Jones:
    Polo Pebble Grain Double Leather, CJ Connaught, Polo Belgrave brown, Polo Belgrave black
    Polo Darlton Shell PTB, Polo Darlton Shell wing, CJ Mortimer for Ben Silver, Brooks Peal wholecut
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    Italiana including Paul Smith:
    Borgioli, Borgioli, PS Starr, PS Starr, PS Chen, PS Canada
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    other English:
    Brooks Peal Sargent Wholecut, Brooks Peal Sargent wing, Lands End Gibson, EG Geiger Sandringham
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    boots of all makes:
    CJ Cottesmore, Lands End Chukka, Grenson Chukka, Brooks Peal CJ Chukka, Paul Smith Sundance, Trickers Stow, Red Wing 9011
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    One other reason for this thread is I wanted to take some pics of my collection before they are broken up[​IMG]
     
  2. Avebury

    Avebury Senior member

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    Tis' a pity your collection is going. My pithy advice would be:

    Keep the best, ditch the rest!

    Prob no more than 10 - 12 pairs is practical.

    I'd definitely keep the EGs and the Tricker's "Stow".

    I like the look of the Alden semi-brogue.
     
  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Nice collection.
     
  4. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Get rid of all the PS ones as a start. After that, the wholecuts.

    That should eliminate about 7 pairs off the bat.
     
  5. Spatlese

    Spatlese Senior member

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    Tarmac, can't you put the ones you're not taking along in storage? It's a solid collection that imo will be just fine in two-three years when your return.

    Anyways my list to take along (based on a quick scan) would be: Alden 911, Nettleton longwing, Belgrave black, Peal wholecut, the left Borgioli, Brooks chukka, and Red Wing 9011.

    Btw, what are you studying?
     
  6. bc78

    bc78 Senior member

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    I like almost all of them. If forced to choose I'd keep:

    Mora
    Alden 911
    Connaught
    Both Belgraves
    Both Darltons
    CJ Mortimer
    Darker Brown Borgioli
    Brooks Sargent Wholecut
    CJ Cottestmores
    Brooks CJ Chukka
    Trickers Stow

    and maybe throw in another blucher or a light colored summer shoe
     
  7. Kingstonian

    Kingstonian Senior member

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    Get rid of :-

    Italian row (6 pairs)

    Suede shoes on other English below (2 pairs)

    All American apart from Nettleton shell and Mora (4 pairs)

    All boots apart from Lands End suede chukka and CJ chukka ( 5 pairs)

    From the CJ get rid of pebble grain double sole and suede connaught (2 pairs)

    That is 19 pairs gone. I could add another to make 20 if you want (Lands End Gibson).

    Sorted.

    By the way, you are younger than the avatar suggests. Unless you are the perpetual student type.
     
  8. randallr

    randallr Senior member

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    CJ Connaught, Polo Belgrave brown, Polo Belgrave black are 3 must keeps IMO.
     
  9. bc78

    bc78 Senior member

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    CJ Connaught, Polo Belgrave brown, Polo Belgrave black are 3 must keeps IMO.

    +1
     
  10. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Americana:
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    ^I'd get rid of the Alden Shell 954 keep the rest.

    Various made by Crockett & Jones:
    [​IMG]

    ^Keep: CJ Connaught, Polo Belgrave brown, Polo Belgrave black, Polo Darlton Shell wingtip.

    Italiana including Paul Smith:
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    ^Keep the 1st Borgioli on the left and maybe the PS Starrs.

    other English:
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    ^I like the Lands End 2 eyelet Gibson.

    boots of all makes:
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    ^Trickers Stow and Red Wing 9011 are all you need.
     
  11. element02

    element02 Senior member

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    Tarmac, can't you put the ones you're not taking along in storage? It's a solid collection that imo will be just fine in two-three years when your return.

    I agree with Spatlese. I imagine it's taken some time to gather such a collection. Why not put the pairs you don't take in storage or keep them at your parent's house?
     
  12. micbain

    micbain Senior member

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    I agree with Spatlese. I imagine it's taken some time to gather such a collection. Why not put the pairs you don't take in storage or keep them at your parent's house?

    +1 - You'll have to rebuild your collection after grad school anyways. Maybe just ditch the ones you really don't like.
     
  13. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

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    Sorry, but this is blasphemy. Why get rid of any? I just made the move for my summer clerkship & all 25 pairs came with me. I have bought 3 more since I've been here. It wasn't that bad moving my shoes. I bought a couple of those under the bed storage containers & some foam and crammed them all in.

    Granted, my in-laws thought I was crazy unloading that many shoes.


    BTW: Are you a 9 or a 9.5 US??? If a 9, let me know what you are getting rid of if you don't take my insane advice.
     
  14. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    stop being a bitch and keep them all. goddamn. what is wrong with people these days.

    you don't want to carry them to east? well throw them in a box, sans shoe trees, and ship em.

    also, with more shoes = less wear = they last longer = you save $$ in the long run.
     
  15. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    It really depends on your wardrobe, I can't answer it like that. I'd keep around 10 (not more) and sell the rest for play money. If you give me more information I'll tell you what to keep.
     
  16. dcg

    dcg Senior member

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    I've admired your collection in the past. There are a few I could do without, but I think you'd regret selling the majority of them.
     
  17. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    One factor to consider is replaceability. Some, like the Nettletons, won't be as easy to come by as the models that are still in production. If you like 'em, I wouldn't junk 'em.
     
  18. theorientalist

    theorientalist Senior member

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    I'm with the consensus here; the utility of the money gained from selling the shoes is far less than the amount you initially paid for them, and the cost of shipping them all to your new grad school location.

    Eventually, you'll be buying them again, so unless you're displeased with some of them then I really do not see the point of breaking it up.
     
  19. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

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    The Nettletons (both) and the white Florsheims are my favorites.
     
  20. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The Nettletons (both) and the white Florsheims are my favorites.

    Yeah, I agree. I'd definitely keep those.

    Americana:
    AE Mora, Alden 911, Alden Shell 954, Nettleton Shell PTB, Nettleton Longwing, Florsheim White Longwing
    [​IMG]


    I'd keep the last three for sure.

    Darlton shell wing is a keeper.

    Could let these go.

    The LE Gibson looks nice there. It was a good value, especially at the absurd clearance price some SFers snagged them at.

    I'd keep the first and third chukkas and probably the Stow. The Red Wing is a nice boot too.

    You have a nice collection, Tarmac. Shame to see them go.
     

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