St. Crispin's Appreciation Thread

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  1. Tony Montana

    Tony Montana Senior member

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    They needed a resole after only a year? How many times did you wear them, roughly? I have never heard of Rendenbach soles getting worn out that quickly.
     


  2. RogerP

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    patrick, how often are you wearing those to go through soles in a year - x times per week / month?
     


  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    All of my shoes have JR soles. A year is standard for me. This is NYC. I walk a lot.
     


  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I walk about 15 miles a week average. Sometimes much more.
     
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  5. ezlau

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    Cool, would be interested to know the actual cost for resoling, but I'm fairly certain it will be much more reasonable than say JL/Hermes.
     


  6. VRaivio

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    Here's why Austro-Hungarian shoes get my vote: they usually have thicker leather soles than those used on fancy pairs elsewhere. Another way around the challenge is to have pairs made or resoled with HAF-soles, which have double thickness at the front and single thickness on the waist.
     


  7. Mr. Pink

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    As always the answer is, it depends. I wear an 11 UK in G&G, Anthony Cleverly, and C&J, but a 10.5 in St. C.
     


  8. DWFII

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    On concrete, Rendenbach outsoles can wear as fast or faster than many another...simply because they are so flinty/brittle. The Valona tannage (acorn caps) assures that. They'll certainly wear faster than a Baker outsole.

    The reason why rubber outsoles last longer than leather, esp. in wetter conditions, is that the rubber itself tend to yield and conform to irregularities in the pavement that would abrade a harder material. The same principle applies to flintier leathers.

    I like JR outsoles but they are not the end all/be all of leather outsoles...Baker is better IMO, and Masur Belgian chestnut outsoling is as good as or better than Baker, in my view.
     
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  9. sstomcat

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    Isn't StC Austro Hungarian?
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My Gaziano's, when I owned them, had Baker soles and they lasted me 2 years. That says a lot.
     


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    And Topyed you would not be going for that expense or having the shoes destroyed with expensive half soling.
     


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    I guess the only difference then would be that you would be cheaply destroying the shoes with a topy...
     


  13. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    sstomcat, I cannot really say. They are made in Romania but most pairs don't have the somewhat thicker leather soles or wider welts I've come to associate with the A-H school of shuumaking. I'm sure there are other details and methods, but soles and welts are easy to spot by anyone. One of the cordwainers at Calzoleria F&F, who I interviewed some months ago, was trained in Romania and he probably would know about Crispin's style. They are members on SF, do send a message.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'd also look like a douchebag wearing topied shoes. $2,000 shell shoes with a topy to avoid resoling expense... :rolleyes:

    Also, "having shoes destroyed with expensive half soling"? You have no clue what you're talking about.
     
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  15. RogerP

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    Quote:Topys make your feet rot and your shoes fall apart. Hey, it's an old joke, but it has staying power. :)
     


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