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Skoaktiebolaget – Carmina, John Lobb, Enzo Bonafè, Carlos Santos, Saint Crispin’s, Rubinacci – Offi

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Leaves, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. lexxdeleon

    lexxdeleon Senior member

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    Is it possible to resole just half with a leather sole? Or are you referring to having topy or similar rubber on top of the leather sole?


    I received my black cap-toe GMTO's a few weeks ago (I was part of the December group). Very interested to learn more about the waist construction as others have mentioned. I'm mainly curious about how I address resoling these when the time comes. I'm very happy with my first Skoak and EB purchase thus far. I did fine one small imperfection in the leather, but its a pretty discreet place so I'm not too worried about it. As others have mentioned, once I was notified of shipping, the package was deliver just a few days afterwards, quicker than many other US based retailers!

    Gabriel was very helpful with the advice on sizing for my slightly wider feet. It fits well enough as its rather difficult for me to find shoes that fit like a glove. Here's a teaser shot of mine.


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  2. Faster

    Faster Senior member

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    Why can't you use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees?
     
  3. insy

    insy Senior member

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    Well, I don't really think that kind of credit card exists at all. I mean unless you are spending a milly every month with your credit card I doubt a bank will just give away their exchange rates for free?!

    What you usually do to avoid such exchange rates is having a credit card for each currency. Which would mean EUR, USD and potentially GBP. Because those are most common currencies I suppose.

    I wouldn't mind paying the exchange rate if I knew exactly that the shoes fit and I don't have to return them. Unfortunately, what happened when I had to return CS Boots, my bank actually charged me twice. First when I paid and secondly when Skoat refund me. Oh and once when the order was canceled because the skoat security system thought the order was a froud :D
     
  4. doorsncolours

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    There are a few cards with no forex fees that are very attainable in Canada at least. Rogers has one.
     
  5. Burzan

    Burzan Senior member

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    You still pay the current exchange rate, the CC company just doesn't charge you a fee on top of it. Many cards out there offer it.
     
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  6. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    Yes with a standard resole at a cobbler you only cut of the sole part that's been worn down, exchange that and do new sole stitches in that area, plus exchange the heel top piece. Here's a pic of a shoe which been fixed at a local cobbler here in Sweden, with a closed channel, you can see the edge of the new sole part in the front of the waist:

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    Off topic I know, but it's always nice to see the difference with a before pic (please note this pair wasn't mine, I take care of my shoes, I just did a blog post covering the job):
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    It's a different thing when you ship your shoes back to the factory for a resole, they exchange the whole sole (of course cobblers can do full resoles etc as well, if needed) and much more, IMO they often do too much (for example they often change the welt, which means they redo the Goodyear stitching and even if they try to match the existing holes it often get new ones and you do unnecessary holes in the upper leather), but it's easier for them to do it like that.
     
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  7. grc1

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    Have you tried transferwise? They are efficient, and much cheaper than PayPal or credit card.
     
  8. toblov

    toblov Well-Known Member

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  9. Skoaktiebolaget

    Skoaktiebolaget Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    REGARDING BONAFÈ SOLES AND CONSTRUCTION:
    We have now received some feedback from Bonafè regarding their soles and construction and below is the information about the difference about what they call Japanese construction internally and the bombè waist. I will quote their description of the differences.

    Goodyear 2C: This construction is composed by two different moments: 1. after the shoe is lasted, we have the hand welting in the front part of the shoe; 2. then the outer sole is applied and stitched by Blake machine in the waists. The result of this construction is that you will have the thickness and the width of a standard single leather sole in the front part of the shoe but very narrow and round waists. A perfect choice for a very elegant shoe.
    Bombè waist: The main difference with full hand welted (270 degrees welt) construction with this bombè waists is that the shoe is completely hand welted, and therefore the waists are the same thickness for the front part and waist. Bombè means that the sole edges near the waist are rounded and that can be done for both sides or only one side, depending on the customer's preferred choice.


    Please let us know if any further questions comes up.
    Gabriel
     
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  10. blueboy1967

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    Hi All - my first post:

    I ordered the Carlos Santos Suede Loafer from Skoak on Friday and they were delivered to me in Singapore on Wednesday. This was after an email exchange focused on fitting advice as I wasn't sure whether I should purchase a UK10 or a UK9.5 as I have other shoes in both sizes. I am very impressed with the service, the advice (I went for 9.5 and it was the correct decision) and the shoes themselves. I bought the lightweight shoe trees and some cleaning materials and everything was perfect and nicely packaged on arrival.

    To be honest, whilst I was hopeful, my expectations for the shoes weren't too high given that they are at the lower end of the pricing range. Although I have only owned them (and worn them) for one day and time will tell, they are much better quality than I had hoped for. The material is attractive and the work is good. The loafers will be a great summer wardrobe addition and will work nicely with chinos, denim and shorts alike. Given the pricing, I am not going to be too precious about them!

    I am attaching a picture I have taken using my phone in full daylight to help anyone that wants to see the colour.

    Not sure if it will help but I own a pair of G&G St. James II in 9.5 and C&J Teign also in 9.5 but buy sports shoes in 10 and have Timberland Boots in 10.5. All fit well.
     
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  11. peppercorn78

    peppercorn78 Senior member

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    Sounds fine to me. I think some of us (me) read the word "glue" and freaked out prematurely.

    Thanks for getting this clarification for us.
     
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  12. TtownMD

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    Late to kudu party. But Glenco Oak Kudu. Thank you for wonderful service Skoaktiebolag :slayer:
     
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  13. Leaves

    Leaves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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  14. heelguy

    heelguy Senior member

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    Just broke down and ordered the GG Balfour wholecuts in Vintage Cherry.
     
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  15. grc1

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    Fixed it for you. You're welcome. :lol:
     
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  16. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    FTFY x 2
     
  17. Leaves

    Leaves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Have been wearing GGs all week. Probably the most comfortable shoes I know of. Doesn't hurt they are sweet on the eye too!
     
  18. heelguy

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    Well done GRC.
     
  19. heelguy

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    could not have said it any better myself.
     
  20. patliean1

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    Tärnsjö Garveri Weekender in Natural/Nougat

    Pure sex.
     

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