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Purchasing a used pair of shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by solzhenitsyn, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    (Fabienne @ April 28 2005,07:53) Can you please comment on how the Aubercy and the Weston age?
    IMO, Westons crease more than, say, Crockett & Jones or Alden.
    And this has to do with the suppleness of the leather? I suppose Blake stitching would make a shoe more prone to creasing as well?
     
  2. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Sez you.
     
  3. Duke_of_Windsor

    Duke_of_Windsor Active Member

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    Well,

    for Fabienne the twos pairs of Aubercy are fine both. I bought it 14 years ago and they were more than 3-5 years old.
    Very nice Vintage look.

    The Weston is a pair of "Mocassin" (Penny Loafer) and they have 25 years plus the age when I bought it ...
    The skin is just superb... I shine it every month like cristal .....


    I recommand you to buy old used pair of shoes .
     
  4. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Would it be too much to ask for pictures?

    No creasing on the Aubercy?
     
  5. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    I have done it and lived to tell the tale. I would buy used again.
     
  6. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    I have heard so many contradictory opinions of shoe quality at this point...I don't know what to think.

    Weston creases. Weston doesn't crease.
    Aubercy good after 25 years. Aubercy bad after 1 year.
     
  7. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    John A.

    Mine did (I had 3 pairs in the '80s bought one year) and I don't think Duke of Windsor said his didn't crease. To most, though, creasing may not be a big deal or have that much to do with quality. Stiffer shoes crease less (for example, my corrected grain Church shoes creased less than any shoe I've ever owned and much less than the Westons, but no-one here including the shoe mavens say anything good about Church "Bookbinder" quality in comparison to Weston).
     
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  9. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Demi-chasse 20 ans d'age [​IMG]
     
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  11. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    John A-

    Half this forum wouldn't trade in your old(er) Westons for new. They're a classic shoe with character...bblah blah blah. If I saw you walking down the street in them, I'd agree. I wouldn't still own them myself, but that is a personal idiosyncrasy (and an expensive one)-I've never kept a car more than three years either.
     
  12. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Senior member

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    STYLESTUDENT, why is that idiosyncrasy "expensive"?

    btw John A -- love the first pair of shoes especially. very nice.
     
  13. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Patrick,

    If you see signs of age after, say, 7 years in a shoe, and then replace the shoe with a like shoe that costs $600, you'll spend $1,800 over a 21-year span for the same model, not considering inflation or price increases. John A will have kept the same pair over that period and have spent $600 once.
     
  14. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Senior member

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    Ah, okay. But certainly the cost of re-soling and other maintenance adds up over a 21 year span, so the one pair could end up costing quite a bit more than $600.
     

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