Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.
Great stuff - hadn't seen it before... God, I feel old.
I do like a bit of irreverence!
Allen Edmonds come in Five different widths, each width seem Narrow by comparison to UK sizes so up a width, also go up Half a size, So if you are 10 UK, get 10.5 USA.
Allen Edmonds Shipping is expensive, Also Import Duties, 20% VAT, + Import Duty, In the end you are talking £550 Sterling.
If you bought a pair of Church's Cordovan shoes in the UK cost about £550, So the Allen Edmonds are about the same cost. Its a lot of money to pay out...but they will last a lifetime, Make sure you get Shoe Trees, another £60.
A pair of Royals from the Ivy shop in 69 was £8, my wages back then was £11 per week. Regarding Loake back then hardly anyone would wear them as they was crap, You could tell a pair a mile off. In saying that I have seen Lads wearing them these days and they look ok, But not for me.
Roy, do you lot have to pay VAT on items shipped into the UK from outside europe???
Allen Edmond cordovans would be about 350 quid approx....shipping probably another 20-25 quid, so around 375 before any import duties. I've paid import duties on shoes from UK to USA, it's generally been around $40-80 depending on the shoe (about 27 - 55 quid). as for sizing they run very true to size so one of the easier shoes to buy sight unseen as far as fit. Alden is trickier to size.
Yes Jason they charge 20% Vat+ Import duty around 12% and i forgot a handling fee at customs, which is another £20,
It works out say something in the USA is $500, Then by the time you get it in the UK, it will be £500.
A few years ago when the exchange rate was over $2 to the £, you could fly over to NYC save so much on goods it would pay for the flight.
Whats worth considering is buying off Amazon USA, I bought a pair of Allen Edmonds Gibsons ...saved me £ 80 through Amazon, They add the VAT to the price so you know how much is the final cost, + no handling charge, fcuking love Amazon USA.
Yes. I've found out the hard way.
You may as well spray Loakes with furniture polish and buff em up. A lot cheaper
Hey there gents...
A few little questions. I see shoes are the current topic of discussion. I'm searching for a decent pair of long wing brogues, preferably in burgundy, but am on a serious budget right now. Like Alden or Allen Edmonds are distant, Holy Grail-like dreams for me. I've been lurking around on ebay and scouring local thrift shops and occasionally a decent looking pair pops up but it's either not my size, (I wear a 10 1/2 in most sneakers, and in Bass shoes-- Have a few pairs of those, but seem to need to size down to a 10 in many dress shoes. I should probably get my feet measured somewhere...) and am wondering if anyone has suggestions for some sharp looking brands to look out for in vintage shoe buying, or pitfalls to avoid?
I find a fair amount of Florsheims kicking around here and there, and know what to look for as far as which are made in the USA I think. Saw a pair at the goodwill for $5 but not my size, though I might snap them up if they are still there today, v-cleat and 5 nails, burgundy, excellent shape, size 12 E.... (Real cordo possibly??) Was hoping someone might be able to recommend other reasonably priced, quality brands as far as vintage brogues go.
Also, a question about jeans, (GetSmart, hoping you might see this!) I bought a pair of raw denim jeans on sale the other day for $30, (Cheap Mondays, yeah I know. I'm very broke.) and was wondering if I should soak them before sewing in my turn-ups? I bought them essentially TTS, as they are sanforized, have a reputation for stretching out a good bit and not shrinking much, and I plan on not washing them for as long as possible. Should I wait to sew the turn ups until I do and just roll them for now to avoid uneven shrinkage or anything?
Not being funny Chris ...but if you are broke you are fcuked mate, buying second hand shoes is not a good idea, Hygiene for one, also the shoe is moulded for someone else, I would wait until you get some money, If you read the thread all makes of Long Wing Brogues most have been mention, except Florsheims? which i think are now made in India and sub standard quality, than the USA made ones.
Regarding Jeans just read the thread back a little its all there mate.
So, I'm in my local - hanving had a good go at it (Scotland got beat - again - and I'm guttit! - and this fellah walks in at the death...
Obviously I'm the fat fuq!
Brill pic Ed,
Bless, he's just 40-something and, when I asked about the clobber he said he coudnae manage a Baracutta,,, but had decent Levis and proper dancers on his feet.
I'm gonnae try and get him to do the 'Wheel' thing with me.
An ally - and why not, eh?
No wonder the wife's trying to get me on a diet... there are reasons why I'm so lardy but, in truth... it's laziness. (Shame emotion.)
Guy on the right looks alot like Robin Williams
Don`t worry Mate,I am a bit on the rotund side myself.
Ever heard the one about the bad workman?........
original skinhead?? ?? really?? wondering if there were already skinheads in italy in 1969/70...
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