Shoe Damage Report & Shoe P0rn Central - Part II

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

  1. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In England, between the wars there were quite a few competitions, showing off that type ‘pin pointing’ work. I believe, they did not judge the shoes (which might have been made by someone else), just the decorative work on the sole. The Northampton shoe museum has various samples as has James Taylor (orthopaedic shoes) in Marylebone, London.

    http://www.taylormadeshoes.co.uk/

    The ones Taylor owns were all made by one man, who was based in the provinces (maybe Cardiff) and who lived from around 1880 – 1955. I cannot recall name, residency and dates, although Taylor displays them with the exhibits. Contact Taylor they might send you some pictures and could probably supply you with the name of a grindery which stocks the tacks. After all, lots of companies are still using those same pins to hammer initials into the waist of bespoke or made-to-order shoes (if requested). Alternatively contact the Northampton shoe museum; they should not only have samples of the shoes, but press-cuttings of the actual events and prize giving ceremonies.

    I think, I concur with Novice that these shoes were never meant to be worn (I think you would fall instantly on encountering a marble or tiled floor). It was just a means for fanatics to show off their skills, just like some people will build Brooklyn Bridge with matchsticks and string. There is presumably that same urge for ‘decoration for decoration’s sake’ that inspired the ‘Pearly Kings and Queens’ among London’s Eastend population. (Another movement that had its heydays before the war and is now a shadow of what it once was.)

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?tbm=...l=1624l11039l0l14578l9l9l0l2l2l0l16l101l7l7l0

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearly_Kings_and_Queens


    Are you certain, those samples are American and not English shoes which happened to end-up in the States?
     
  2. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    positive. I believe they are Regals.
     
  3. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    Harry Stone
     
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    nice- provenance?
     
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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    This is one of the most intellectual threads on all of StyleForum. Well done, gents.
     
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    mr. mr. moo, details on the jodhpurs. they look incredible
     
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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    never heard of them. how is the sizing? the leather looks nice in your photos
     
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    AFAIK, they are the default manufacturer for LVMH and makes shoes for Berluti and LV. Nice to see a non-blake constructed shoe from them.
     
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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    They make RTW for Berluti. The leather is exceptional, as is the construction/sole treatment, etc. etc. Sizing is TTS. At this price, it represents a very good value.

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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    lulz

    They make a lot of Blake stitched stuff (un-resolable?) and a lot of funky designs, but these (and a few others on Yoox) are an exception.
     
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    They also make above average Norvegese shoes.
     
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    how is the fit. i'm ready to cut my pinky toe.

    btw, what's the story about the ridiculous training shoes in your sig. you didn't intend to wear them?
     
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    what's not to like about blake?
     

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