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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    It seems kind of counter-intuitive to bull the toe of a pebble grain leather shoe.
     


  2. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    How very true.
     


  3. cbfn

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    Thanks for elaborating, Stirling, highly appreciate your detailed explanation of why Glenjay is wrong.


    I agree, but I still do it myself, both to increase the water repellent effect and because I like the look of a shined toe. However, I don't understand black longwings with pebbeled leather, or black derbys at all; to formal to be anything less formal than a half brogue IMO.
     
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  4. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Where did I say he was wrong????

    I thought learning english (including how to read it) was compulsory in Norway, did you miss your classes to bull your pebble grain shoes [​IMG]
     


  5. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    I probably should have stated that as a fact rather than an assumption.;)

    However I can see how someone could perceive your comment as reiterating a weakness in someone's knowledge, that they have already acknowledged, as being kind of dickish. But, your comment was correct.

    We have a number of people in this forum from shoe manufacturers, cordwainers, cobblers, and even from major tanneries. I do wish they would post more in these types of threads however.
     


  6. glenjay

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    I don't even remember where I picked mine up. Probably some department store like Target for $20.
     


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    Picked these up at a thrift. Cleaned with Renomat. 2 coats of Renovatuer. 1 coat of black creme. Neutral wax. They weren't in terrible condition but did have a lot of foot powder and a junk down in the creases.

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  9. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Black plain toe blucher is one of the most classic shoe design out there.
     


  10. cbfn

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    As said, it was my opinion. Black, round, blubby ptbs are also an oxymoron in my book, even though they are classic.
     
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  11. Stirling

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    Whilst there are no doubt several reasons why they don't post more often, one of them is certainly the reception they receive from a small minority of regulars here. Their experience, knowledge and wisdom is not always appreciated and is in some cases ridiculed and dismissed.

    There is little incentive in trying to explain the proper ways and techniques to some of the architects & mba students here who are busy re-inventing the wheel and basking in their own self appointed expert status.
     


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    You do know that Stirling has a background in one of the categories you mention?
     
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  13. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    Actually, I am not familiar with Stirling's background, but his posts do seem to be very well informed.

    I have a lot of respect for people in the shoe making business, as I find it fascinating. In my meetings with DWFII (a prominent cordwainer on this forum) he impressed me greatly with his depth of leather knowledge, craftsmanship, and dedication to the craft.
     


  14. SuitedDx

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    Out of curiosity, do any of you replace your brushes after X number of years? I assume it's not big deal but I thought about it because I took my old brush to work and had to buy a new one for home.
     


  15. patrick_b

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    Self censored. No need to stoop.
     
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