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Shoes With Character

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bigbris1, Mar 28, 2008.

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    bigbris1 Senior member

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    I'll start it off: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I salute thee, Bigbris.

    I can tell that you actually WEAR your shoes. Just like scratches on a watch, creases on a pair of shoe are signs of character.

    Why purchase something only to sit in the closet, taken out for the occasional photo shoot? And nothing more funny and sad than to see the valiant attempts at warding off creases on shoes.
     
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    Thanks!

    I must admit, I too dislike excessive creases in shoes, but they are inevitable. The flash on my camera seemingly accentuated them. The great thing is when the shoes are on my feet the creasing is barely visible (see group shot). Signs of quality leather. But I buy shoes to wear--alot.
     
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    How about these...........bespoke Peter Limmer hiking boots circa 1978, on the second pair of soles, easily 5,000 miles, trod on 3 continents......still going strong.
     
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    http://www.coherentgraphics.co.uk/kempton1.jpg

    http://www.coherentgraphics.co.uk/kempton2.jpg

    Loake 1880 Kempton second in chestnut calf, 60GBP, 3rd sole, nth heel). Water damaged again today...

    My favourite shoes. Wear 'em about 3 times a week.


    Those are nice, nice coloration.

    How about these...........bespoke Peter Limmer hiking boots circa 1978, on the second pair of soles, easily 5,000 miles, trod on 3 continents......still going strong.

    You, sir, are overqualified for the position [​IMG]
     
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    bigbris from one big foot brother to another, there's a whole of dead cows in that photo. Are you a size 13 or 14? Nice selection and I can tell you don't mind keeping a nice polish on your shoes.
     
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    All 13 except the AE Strand (black semi, latest aquisition against all odds, 12D #5 combo last, great fit!)

    Thanks, brother.
     
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    Are those some EGs in the middle?
     
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    I'm sorry... but creases on the cap toe portion is not character... it's a shoe that doesn't fit/wasn't cared for properly...

    I don't see character... I see a wounded shoe.

    Specifically front left black shoe.. top middle brown shoe... the rest look good.
     
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    Are those some EGs in the middle?

    They're Barney's house brand, made in Italy.

    I'm sorry... but creases on the cap toe portion is not character... it's a shoe that doesn't fit/wasn't cared for properly...

    I don't see character... I see a wounded shoe.

    Specifically front left black shoe.. top middle brown shoe... the rest look good.


    I agree, cap creases are unfortunate. However, not all instances are due to poor fit, some are due to cap location & size.
     
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    The reason I keep the black ones:

    [​IMG]

    For the rain (which is probably why they look so bad [​IMG]

    How the Polos looked when I got them:

    [​IMG]

    How the Aldens looked when I got them:

    [​IMG]

    How the Barney's looked when I got them:

    [​IMG]

    After trees:

    [​IMG]

    Some shoes that have moved on:

    Vintage J&M Aristocraft Shells:

    [​IMG]

    Vintage Ferregamo:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    For Brian [​IMG] :

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm sorry... but creases on the cap toe portion is not character... it's a shoe that doesn't fit/wasn't cared for properly...

    I don't see character... I see a wounded shoe.

    Specifically front left black shoe.. top middle brown shoe... the rest look good.


    i dunno, he's got pretty large feet and the cap section on the blacks are especially large...
     
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    How about these...........bespoke Peter Limmer hiking boots circa 1978, on the second pair of soles, easily 5,000 miles, trod on 3 continents......still going strong.
    Those are fantastic! I think I saw that pic before, maybe on another forum? Limmer has been in the back of my mind for a while. I like the idea of hardcore boots that with proper care will outlast the owner. Lifetime boots!
     
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    How the Polos looked when I got them:
    [​IMG]


    Wow, you bought shoes that already looked like that? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Wow, you bought shoes that already looked like that? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Yup & I'm glad I did. Paid $10 & it turns out they are Edward Green for RLP. Super vintage. Worn like once.

    They really look like this (after about 40 all-day-wearings by me):

    [​IMG]

    An ever earlier version of the ones in my avatar (which go for $1,600)
     
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    I think ig go for different laces though ...

    Never liked flats for dress, they belong to cassuals & sneakers imo.

    (l post some shoes ive just had resoled by the weekend)
     
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    ^what a great looking pattern in the toe!!!
     
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    I think ig go for different laces though ...

    That was my first thought, but look at how big the lace holes are, any other laces just won't do.


    ^what a great looking pattern in the toe!!!

    It's a thistle [​IMG]
     
  20. GusW

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    Do they still have the thistle pattern available?

    BTW, I like the side detail as well. It really kicks it up a few notches in a subtle way.
     

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