Shoe Damage Report & Shoe P0rn Central - Part II

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    Some F.U. shoes that just arrived a coupla weeks ago.

    1960's British Walkers Alligator v-cleat Saddles

    Think Alden saddles, but go back 50+ years (and add around a pound and a half to total weight) & in Gator. I really like the Large Tile Gator skin on these.

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    greekgeek Senior member

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    ^Those look fantastic.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Isshin, I really want to see what you wear with some of these shoes.
     
  5. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    For years I wore suits & ties to work. Now, however, I favor wool pants (the occasional pair of jeans), vintage sweatshirts/ sweaters & sport jackets.

    In the summer, I've been known to wear some shorts, vintage t-shirt or polo & dress shoes.
     
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  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Good to hear that the company stands behind their work.

    Another perspective is that older, traditional US shoe companies tended to focus their quality standards on durability rather than slight cosmetics as in your case. In exchange for that you got a pair of shoes that lasted for years and years. That was typical of most brands worn by old school preppies and ivy leaguers as well as traditional mid-westerners who were seeking value and not fashion.


     
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    This would be gentlemen such as my father and his 'cronies'. Solid midwestern businessmen who believed it when they said, 'Take good care of your shoes and they will last you a lifetime'. I'm sure he actually did expect a good 20 years of wear of his Florsheims and Johnston and Murphys. Almost always in black. To this day I cannot stand the sight of these shoes nor their brethren.
     
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    This is a very good point. It could be the case. Forgetting to dot I's and cross T's but chiseling in rock, and there is something to be said for that.
     
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    Some of the best shoes I've seen in awhile.
     
  10. isshinryu101

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    Sadly, the remaining US shoemakers are not very good in the grand scheme of things. Much of the work is neither beautiful nor long-lasting, In my opinion.
     
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    British Walkers... a great vintage shoe...any of them I see on evilBay are great. The mix of saddle and gator is sublime.
     
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  12. isshinryu101

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    Many thanks to all who commented on the last pair. As my old friend Derm noted, many of my shoes are OTT & not appropriate for office / work wear.

    I figured I'd change that.

    1940's Stan West Spade Sole Captoe Oxfords. A more mild spade shape, but the top welt still pops, i think.

    The near 70 year old leather is so nice.

    They say they are "corrective shoes". I'm not sure exactly what that means, but they are actually the most comfortable pair of shoes I own.

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  13. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Thomas heels...supposed to correct pronation.
     
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    Can't ones legs and knees have that affect rather than the gait, or feet?

    For example, I have really knocked knees so my feet to compensate are bent outwards.
     
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  15. isshinryu101

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    Thanks for this tidbit. I should have suspected you'd know. Experience certainly counts, apparently.
     

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