Shoe horse (whore?)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by norcaltransplant, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Not really. Sometimes people just don't like being condescended to or to hear others being condescended to. Go figure.
     


  2. marc39

    marc39 Well-Known Member

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    In response to those criticizing the decadent amount of shoes I own, I more than balance such excess ("limited" excess, which might sound like an oxymoron) with humanitarian activities which, in my opinion (biased, granted) redeems me. For example, after graduating from law school, rather than head directly to Wall Street, I instead opted to work for various homeless organizations for a pittance. Since then, having moved on to more lucrative endeavors, I have, indeed, adhered to a philosophy of contributing a significant % of my income, and time, to various social causes of importance to me. My motivation for making money is to give most of it away, so spare me. Nobody is suffering as a result of the few dollars expended on my trifles. I also adhere to the Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Pay Retail. Several of my normally exhorbitantly-priced shoes, especially from JM Weston, were purchased at discounted "sale" prices, otherwise known as a "steal." I have good taste but also enjoy a good deal.
     


  3. mack

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    How about some details on those sales, especially the Westons.
     


  4. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    I second the details on the Weston sales info... hopefully I'm the only one who wears an 8.5C in Westons...
     


  5. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Senior member

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    Don't quite see how. To paraphrase the old saying, men need certain things in their life -- a good doctor, a good tailor and a good priest. Your comment seemed to fall rather close to the "priest" category. To say Marc is stupid for spending thousands of dollars on shoes for style reasons is a comment about fashion; to say he's gluttonous for doing so is not. Simply put, we are not Marc's priest(s).

    We are, at best, the guys who hang around his tailor (or based on Marc's comments, the guys who should be hanging around his tailor if we only had enough sense and money). Certainly you have a right to judge him and you arguably have a right to post that judgment on-line. Of course, we all have a right to judge your judgment or sense for posting it. That's what appears to have happened.
     


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    MPS Senior member

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    It is only fair to assess Grayson's character by his posts to this and to other forums (I think it's safe to say that he seems unclubable) - it is inappropriate to judge him by his shoe collection.
     


  7. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Not for nothing, but what does this mean? Is this English slang?
     


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    Sorry, I don't know how to use the quote format, so I'm responding to the previous post about JM Weston sales. A few times during the year, their Madison Ave., NYC, store has "discreet" sales (discounts) on "selected" shoes. Depending on how business is in general at Weston's, the variety of shoes discounted can increase or decrease. I don't recall the name of the salesperson I usually buy from at Weston's, but he is an Indian gentleman whom I highly recommend due to his expertise and excellent customer service. A few years ago, during one of their sales, billionaire Ron Perelman came in, while his chauffeur waited outside beside his Benz, and looked around asking specifically which shoes were on special: The motto of the story is everyone likes a good deal.
     


  9. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    I have the gentleman's card somewhere but can't seem to find it. If we're thinking of the same guy, he likes to be called "Wiggy". Bought a tie there last summer, but alas, no shoes. [​IMG]
     


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    Great topic. I have grown very fond of shoes and what I have learned on these boards has been very helpful.
    My collection cannot compare to most here, but here it is:

    4 pairs - To Boot New York - (all purchased at To Boot sample sales).

    2 pairs - Cole Haan

    2 pairs - Marni

    3 pairs - Hugo Boss - (all purchased at Hugo Boss sample sale).

    1 pair - Coach loafers (all creased in the front now, I guess all loafers do this???)

    2 Pairs - Kenneth Cole - junk, junk, junk...I wear them when it snows in NYC.
     


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    mistahlee Senior member

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    Now look what you've done Marc39. Â You've provoked God to sent this blizzard. Â She is punishing your excesses. [​IMG]
     


  12. T4phage

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    Brands that I have:
    Cleverley bespokes and RTW
    Lobb Paris bespokes and RTW
    Weston MTOs and RTW
    Lattanzi bespoke
    Filli Bollini bespoke
    Berluti bespoke (two months until I receive it)
    E.Green MTO and RTW
    Santoni Handmades
    Testoni handmade (norwegian)
    Bally Scribes (pre takeover, when the Scribe name still meant something)
    Mantellassi Handmades
    Church bookbinder
    Tod's chukka
    Paraboots
    Heschung hunt boot
    Cole Haan side elastic boots
    Faconnable (by Alden) pebble grain
    Timberland boat shoes
    Prada
    Various sneakers eg Nike Air Max, ACG, Oakley,Palladium

    Most comfortable shoe for walking: Nike Air Max, Cole Haan boots.
    Most comfortable bespoke: Lattanzi
    Coolest looking shoe: Cleverley
    Best value for the money: Filli Bollini bespokes,
    Most useless waste of money: Prade
    Second useless waste of money: Heschung boots
     


  13. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Could you give some insight into the Filli Bollini shoes? I've never heard of them.
     


  14. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

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    I forgot to add:
    One pair of Crockett and Jones.

    I got them when I was in Rome a few years ago. A small company, about 3 people, took about 9 months to make my shoe and took two fittings (I had to go to Rome for the fittings). Don't know if they are still around though. They made me a monk strap black shoe and used the Norwegian welting. It cost me about Euro 2500.
     


  15. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Originally posted by Thracozaag: Could you give some insight into the Filli Bollini shoes? Â I've never heard of them.
    I got them when I was in Rome a few years ago. Â A small company, about 3 people, took about 9 months to make my shoe and took two fittings (I had to go to Rome for the fittings). Â Don't know if they are still around though. Â They made me a monk strap black shoe and used the Norwegian welting. Â It cost me about Euro 2500.
    Thanks for the information...always nice to learn about these small clothing purveyors. I got such a huge thrill seeing this tiny cobbler shop in Florence and the lone shoemaker stitching the upper, glancing up at me, me giving him the "thumbs up" sign and him laughing.
     


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