Shoe Damage Report & Shoe P0rn Central - Part II

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  1. Burton

    Burton Senior member

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    Slewfoot I like that pingrain as well, I think it works really well on that shoe and Vass are sweet!
     


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    Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Thanks, David, for your help with Vass sizing
     


  3. Slewfoot

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    My pleasure! Glad it paid off.
     


  4. Burton

    Burton Senior member

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    I will have to run against the grain of comments on these. I don't understand why anyone would purchase this shoe. Shell is not at all an elegant material. These are not rugged or foul weather shoes. Why pair shell with this design and why use this sole? I think there is tremendous group think going on when these are viewed as works of art and not, as I see them, a set of ugly glasses with funny nozes and a mustache. I don't mean to spoil the party but people really need to stop looking and the words shell cordovan and saying "amen."[/quote]


    I might stay. Someone needs to point out when the emporor isn't wearing any clothes, or, in this case, when he has no shoes. :)
     
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    I've been doing the same with a slightly different mix.
     


  6. Cuttingboard

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    This thread is going to be hell on my wallet, I have about 10 pairs of shoes on my list that I'm actively searching to find my size so I can order!!


    And this brings up an question that I've been curious about for sometime but have not found an answer...what is the advantage of shell over calf and is shell considered more formal? I've seen posts that indicates that shell does not crease as bad as calf...is this because horse hide is thicker and less supple?

    On another note, how do you guys keep creasing around the toes to a minimum? I always insert shoe trees after wearing and keep the leather conditioned. I believe I read that someone applies mink oil in the crease area before wearing.
     


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    I'm doing the same...except I'm keeping a pair of black & brown Cole Haan cap toes that look almost identical to the C&J Hallam for foul weather days since they have rubber soles.

    For Christmas, I'm buying myself a pair of black C&J Lownes and Drummonds for everyday business attire.

    This spring, I have my eyes on a couple pairs of Carmina's, the Tan Full Brogues and double monk.

    I would love to buy a pair of G&G Rothchild's in vintage chestnut but need to find a place near me so I can try them on before I spend that amount of dough on a pair of shoes.
     


  8. Burton

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    Shell is not more formal - it is less formal by a long shot. For many of us, even though we like shell, we believe shell inappropriate for shoes other than country or foul weather shoes. It wears warmer (breathes less) and is pretty close to waterproof. It does not last easily and tends to give back its shape and become blobby. It works well for boots, brogues, budapesters and norwegers. I think the Oundle is far too refined for Shell but that is just my opinion.

    I wouldn't touch shell with anything other than water, good quality polish and horsehair brushes--not much polish is needed ever.
     


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    Great information Burton...thanks!
     


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    I want get at the volume issue. My feet are or normal width, but they are flat. In your opinion, does this absolutely eliminate Vass as an option for me?
     


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    exactly. it's most important, period.
     


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    this is too funny...
     


  13. fritzl

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    actually, why buying shoes that don't fit in the first place? although i never had a strict concept in my shoe regiment, i cannot think of giving one away. there's been a reason why i got them and meanwhile almost all have inherited lots of stories...
     


  14. Burton

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    I know you aren't a fan of the Dover, Fritzl. I like it. I couldn't decide which color to get and saw them on his blog. Hey, the critic is always open to criticism, no? I can take it. :)
     


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    not a fan? you're kidding. imo, it's a disaster due to the number of stitching patterns. at the end of the day, nothing really to worry about. there are more fish in the sea, though. you're a good sport...
     


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