Shoe Damage Report & Porn Central - Part I

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by von Rothbart, May 12, 2006.

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  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    I guess without the tension provided by the spring, the 3-piece trees need to be more precise.

    It is just a guess.[​IMG]

    So the fit issue you speculated doesn't apply to spring-loaded ones. The store manager preferred the spring-loaded ones as she didn't think the 3-piece provided enough tension and it's a pain to put them into the shoes, like a 6-piece puzzle. However, she said the 3-piece did look better than spring-loaded ones.

    I have somewhat twenty three pieces trees. I bought them directly from this guy in the Vass book page 38, Kalman Berta. He does not produce any .5 sizes. Whether 3 piece nor spring loaded.

    He produces "raw" lasts for some bespoke makers throughout the world. He did one for Princess Di. and of course they produce bespoke shoe trees which are marked in full sizes.

    And it is not a pain to put them in.

    It seems to me that Vass prefers spring-loaded trees but will produce 3-piece ones for any retailers who request them. May be the 3-piece trees make the shoes look more expensive and "artisanal."

    As mentioned they are produced by the company Kalman Berta. Yes, they look more "artisanal" and they are quite heavier. I always say: spring loaded are for "lazy" people.

    Btw, did you plan to visit Maftei, while you are in Vienna?

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    EG famously for many years refused to work with shell. Have they changed their policy? If so, good news!
    I don't know, I found these on a Japanese web site, they are definitely shell cordovan and retail for around 150150 yen ($1245).
    Not yet [​IMG]. Firt I will need to save some money. Mike
     
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    Nothing too exotic, just some whiskey shell Aldens that arrived today

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    I hate the way those are laced. You could re-lace those in about two minutes and infinitely improve the way they look. See the way the EGs are laced just above.


    Nice shoes otherwise.
     
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    Further to my Sutor Mantellassi purchase ('Trip to Florence' thread) would a generic shoe tree be satisfactory, as I didn't buy for the shoe I got. I appreciate the identical shoe last form is best but further to a later enquiry is a generic tree better than none? Thanks.
     
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    Further to my Sutor Mantellassi purchase ('Trip to Florence' thread) would a generic shoe tree be satisfactory, as I didn't buy for the shoe I got. I appreciate the identical shoe last form is best but further to a later enquiry is a generic tree better than none? Thanks.

    Yep...a generic tree is better than none, and the styleforum group buy for the Epic shoe tree is even better:

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...=shoe+tree+buy
     
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    can you "bar" the laces of a blucher style shoe? didn't think that would work, since the two sides of throat are so far away from each other already.
     
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    I hate the way those are laced. You could re-lace those in about two minutes and infinitely improve the way they look. See the way the EGs are laced just above.


    Nice shoes otherwise.


    The lacing shown is the traditional (British) way of lacing bluchers, whereas the straight lacing shown on the EG is the traditional way of lacing oxfords.
     
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    can you "bar" the laces of a blucher style shoe? didn't think that would work, since the two sides of throat are so far away from each other already.

    Bull. I lace my Corthay bluchers in the bar manner and it looks exceedingly better than that criss-cross method without a loss in function.
     
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    The lacing shown is the traditional (British) way of lacing bluchers, whereas the straight lacing shown on the EG is the traditional way of lacing oxfords.

    I am in alignment with this.
     
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    The lacing shown is the traditional (British) way of lacing bluchers, whereas the straight lacing shown on the EG is the traditional way of lacing oxfords.
    I agree with this. Nevertheless, I do straight lacing on many of my non-oxfords. It depends on the model though, and what looks best to my eye.
     
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    How incredibly Materna and Alden look alike.

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    John Lobb Vintage 2004 Pepper 8000 last:

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    The lacing shown is the traditional (British) way of lacing bluchers, whereas the straight lacing shown on the EG is the traditional way of lacing oxfords.
    I usually lace my oxfords straight and bluchers either over under or saw toothe. GQ said not to do straight lacing because "They aren't Air Force Ones." psssht.

    Von those 2004s are gorgeous
     
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    VR those are seriously sleek Lobbs. Sublime [​IMG]
     
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