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Reggae Mike

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i inherited a couple of FPs from my brothers in the late seventies revival period. I don’t think I had any after that for over twenty years. I tended to go for Lacostes more than anything which could be had here in America for around $50 on sale.
I remember coming home in summer 2002 and got FPs in white, black and maroon. I still have the white one, the others faded badly and quickly and were soon binned off. I think there’s a broad variance in FP quality - perhaps related to where they’re made - and this includes dyes and longevity, especially darker colours. The same can be said of Lacostes now since they started offshoring their production many years ago.
I’ve since acquired quite a few FPs in short and long sleeves but I’m very careful to wash cold and line dry, not only to stop shrinkage but also to preserve the colours.
I love Lacoste for the vivid color selection. Ive been dealing with RL polos as the cut is more flattering for my big belly. My fave polos I own are long sleeve and made of cashmere, they've never even been in the same room as my washer or dryer.
 

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Has anyone got any experience of wearing Fred Perry polo shirts ?
I tried a small size which fits me like a glove but am normally between a small and medium.
Do they tend to shrink a little in the wash ?
I only ever buy the MiE FP polos, more expensive unless you can pick them up in a sale, but far better quality and fit wise, bought some more untipped ones recently in white, navy and black to wear with blazers etc.
 
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In my first post here I asked about any experiences with solovair and wide feet. Just wanted to report I finally gave it a try with the 8 eye derby boot, which apparently is a wider last than the astronauts that I liked better in appearance. Turned out they were wide enough in terms of the upper material but the design just didn't fit my foot shape, too much of the ball of the foot over the welt. Maybe that's how they're meant to fit. Anyway, it didn't work for me. Solovair kindly accepted the return - they have truly excellent customer service - and I kept the pair of made in England socks I ordered with the boots, which are very nice.

I recently went ahead and bought a pair of Red Wing 953 workboots from a local shop.

https://www.redwingshoes.com/work/mens/soft-toe/SuperSole-00953.html

They have hooked eyelets, the welt stitching isn't visible, and the toe isn't quite right. But the profile is pretty close to what I wanted. And they're union made, come in a wide size, and get great reviews as real work boots - not fashion boots. I am liking them a lot so far and considering dying them black one of these days, or just polishing with oxblood to change the brown color just slightly.

A question for originals, or anyone really: my understanding is that the Look adopted so much of American style - the ivy shirts, Levi's jeans, etc. - but never touched classic US boot brands like Red Wing. If that's correct, any idea why that is?
 

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In my first post here I asked about any experiences with solovair and wide feet. Just wanted to report I finally gave it a try with the 8 eye derby boot, which apparently is a wider last than the astronauts that I liked better in appearance. Turned out they were wide enough in terms of the upper material but the design just didn't fit my foot shape, too much of the ball of the foot over the welt. Maybe that's how they're meant to fit. Anyway, it didn't work for me. Solovair kindly accepted the return - they have truly excellent customer service - and I kept the pair of made in England socks I ordered with the boots, which are very nice.

I recently went ahead and bought a pair of Red Wing 953 workboots from a local shop.

https://www.redwingshoes.com/work/mens/soft-toe/SuperSole-00953.html

They have hooked eyelets, the welt stitching isn't visible, and the toe isn't quite right. But the profile is pretty close to what I wanted. And they're union made, come in a wide size, and get great reviews as real work boots - not fashion boots. I am liking them a lot so far and considering dying them black one of these days, or just polishing with oxblood to change the brown color just slightly.

A question for originals, or anyone really: my understanding is that the Look adopted so much of American style - the ivy shirts, Levi's jeans, etc. - but never touched classic US boot brands like Red Wing. If that's correct, any idea why that is?
I'm too young and American to know first hand, but I don't see how any Skinhead would reject those boots. It's my understanding the gear the OGs wore was based alot on accessibility.
 

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Growing up in the UK I can't say I ever heard of Red Wing until maybe 10 years ago, I suppose being originally workwear they were just overlooked by the Ivy League type shops.

Doc Martens have always been ubiquitous however, I had them at school and then as an apprentice mechanic in the 80s

Military style boots were always an option from the "Army & Navy" stores
 

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Yeh, in the 70's my parents weren’t part of any subculture I was aware of. They just considered (Dr Martens) Airwear boots to be comfy work/walking boots and in our case locally made.
 

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A few pre Xmas presents bought by myself but from parents, in laws, and missus etc.
Sanders Playboys

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Jamiesons Shetland knits

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Jaeger "Crombie"


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MiE FP's

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Watched the fillum Foxcatcher at the weekend. The story of the bollock-bereft and all-round dangerous heid-the-baw John DuPont. Found a photo of him and his frat at Penn :
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Bloke second from the end, bottom row left knows what's going on.
 

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