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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Mike68

    Mike68 New Member

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    on my For Life's i've been doing the usual rotation of oxblood (I use Cherry Blossom, or Timpsons or Carr & Daily which all make great oxblood polish) and black (kiwi). I also threw into the rotation Trickers neutral, which really gave the boots an extra kick as far as deepening the leather and shine. The boots are kinda dull when new (as most DMs are), but after about a week and half of polishing nearly daily, they look great now, as far as getting that deep color and a proper shine.

    Ive been following this thread for a while, and thought i should add some kind of comments.
    As for Boots for Life, its worth mentioning that there is a £25 admin charge when you get them replaced. Which i know, more than covers the cost of a new pair.

    And hello Jason (get smart), you seem to get everywhere.

    Anyway, interesting thread and is there another subculture that so many urban myths (bullshit) repeated about it ?
     
  2. Ikouja

    Ikouja Well-Known Member

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    What's everyone's consensus on DM's Adrian Tassel loafer? It's on sale for $100 now and it looks pretty nice but I'm afraid afterwards I'll start to hate the airwair sole. [​IMG]
     
  3. Mike68

    Mike68 New Member

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    Its basically a Loake Brighton, with a DM sole. Loake are one of the only factories with the machinery to finish the Loafer vamp/kiltie. With the "pork pie" stringed edging.
    So 90% of shoe makers use the Loake factory finishers.
    I guess they are ok, but only ok. But they are comfortable.
    Not even close to the Goodyear welted sole.
     
  4. Mike68

    Mike68 New Member

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    And i know what you mean by getting to hate the sole. They do wellies, high heels etc etc

    Plenty of reasons to hate them.
     
  5. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    What's everyone's consensus on DM's Adrian Tassel loafer?

    if it's going to be your first loafer, I wouldnt get the DMs, better to get some proper leather sole loafers first. The DM ones are a real love it/hate it shoe. They look far better when worn then they ever will in just product photos.
     
  6. Man-of-Mystery

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    yes this is an important point. SOCIETY at the time was generally racist, so any racialist attitudes among original skinheads was a by-product of the day's social mores, not any ideological stance because they were skins.

    M-o-M do you ever, or are you tempted, to go to any traditional skinhead 'dos? When I've gone to a few clubs in London I always see older guys who have gotten back into the fold so to speak, enjoying the music and still getting out on the dance floor.


    Re racism - couldn't have put it better myself.

    Re the "dos", no - I'm old and knackered. [​IMG]
     
  7. Big Muscle

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    ^^ they're not that different. Strike Gold is exactly 8" across at the hem. Levis are about 7.75" across the hem. Neither look wide as both are slim fitting cuts.

    Yeah, that's ok. All jeans in my size have 8.5"-9" across hem. I just don't care too much about it, but when it's cold weather, I feel wintriness under turnups.

    EDIT: and when I was talking about cold weather - crombie or donkey leaves unprotected neck, V-neck pullover the same, so do you wear scarf or something special to keep your neck in warm?
     
  8. Ikouja

    Ikouja Well-Known Member

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    if it's going to be your first loafer, I wouldnt get the DMs, better to get some proper leather sole loafers first. The DM ones are a real love it/hate it shoe. They look far better when worn then they ever will in just product photos.

    Good to know, I'll try to find a place to try them on to see if I like them in person, until then I'll probably try to find a nice tassel loafer. Any suggestions GS? (And on a budget too [​IMG] )
     
  9. AntiHero84

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    Nice to see that this thread is still alive.

    GS, I want to say thanks for the recommendation for Booted and Suited. I'm in the middle of reading it, and was also surprised at the numerous mention of Motown and Soul being just as popular as Reggae.
     
  10. Get Smart

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    Good to know, I'll try to find a place to try them on to see if I like them in person, until then I'll probably try to find a nice tassel loafer. Any suggestions GS? (And on a budget too [​IMG] )

    what size shoe do you wear?
     
  11. Ikouja

    Ikouja Well-Known Member

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    what size shoe do you wear?

    11.5US but In Doc Martens I'm a 10UK.

    I feel like I might have just bought some fake doc's on ebay. They're cherry red 3i's MIE, but I noticed they have some oddities. The sole does not go straight down it tapers to the bottom. The stitching is spaced much larger than my MIC DM's. The "odd place" on the stitching where it doubles over and has the split in the welt (I think that's what it is) is on the outside of the shoe. The sole is very heavy, the shoes weigh probably twice what my 10i boots do. And lastly, the ridges that run around the sole aren't uniform, they look like they were ground in, like rough looking. Are these traits something that they just used to do on doc's back when they were made in England or do I have some fakes that I need to return?

    PS. I might take some pictures and put them up tomorrow. I only have a camera on my phone but it should still show the "flaws".
     
  12. C3PLOS

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    Just curious, but does anyone know of any threads relating to Mod clothing in general? Everytime I do mod searches, I get results pertaining to moderators.

    Just want to get ideas or see topics on more Mod-centric subjects. (Nothing against trad-skinheads, mind you!)

    -C
     
  13. Get Smart

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    11.5US but In Doc Martens I'm a 10UK.

    I feel like I might have just bought some fake doc's on ebay.

    PS. I might take some pictures and put them up tomorrow. I only have a camera on my phone but it should still show the "flaws".


    post pics. i dont see why anyone would fake DMs, not like they are a hot commodity. Who knows you might have some killer vintage shoes. or fakes.
     
  14. kmarriner

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    My forlife oxbloods came in today..

    [​IMG]

    Yeah, I know the turnup/cuff isn't straight, I usually wear it down one roll with sneakers and shoes.. Only rolled it up for the boots..
    I don't think I can sew it down because while the high cuff looks good with the DMs, it won't look so good with other shoes (however, my girlfriend doesn't like the high cuff at all, she likes it better when it sits lower and she'd prefer me leave it like that)..
     
  15. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    I'd love to have a pair of Oxblood DMs or Solovairs, but neither of them make a UK13/US14.
     
  16. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    Scratch that, I'm wrong - they make a For Life Oxblood in UK13. Sweet.
     
  17. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    Just curious, but does anyone know of any threads relating to Mod clothing in general? Everytime I do mod searches, I get results pertaining to moderators.

    Just want to get ideas or see topics on more Mod-centric subjects. (Nothing against trad-skinheads, mind you!)

    -C


    Try putting in a reference to 1960s, or using a search topic with quotation marks around it, such as "mod fashion" or "mod suit".
     
  18. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    My forlife oxbloods came in today..

    [​IMG]
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    nice. The boot leather is kinda matte when new, but after a few good polishings in front of the tv they start to take on a really good shine.
     
  19. iwhelan

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    Those ForLife oxbloods are very pretty. Looks like they got the color just right.
     
  20. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    M-o-M, I may have asked this already?...but what did you do once the 1970s hit?

    did you do the suedehead-smoothie transition (perhaps even into glam?), stay a skinhead even tho it was technically out of style, or just move on to "normal"?
     

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