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

  1. wurger

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    Wow, luckily scatterbrain didn't pay full price for those :wow: Guess can't just rely on brand names....
     


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    Corrected grain is a very broad term; crappy leather is very often corrected grain, but corrected grain is not always crappy leather. I'm personally no fan of the high shine of corrected grain, but the BBs aren't necessarily bad quality shoes, probably the contrary.
     
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    Fuuuuuuuuck.

    Thanks for letting me know, at least.
     


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    I'm still curious how to care for them, if anyone has any advice.

    [insert defenestration joke here]
     


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    This makes me feel slightly better.
     


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    The whole point of corrected grain, bookbinder finish is that there is minimum care required.

    Its shiny property will remain, so you just need to brush off dust and wipe off stains and dust with a slightly damp cloth, and lastly some polish.

    However, once it's scuffed, hm, it's very hard to cover up, due to the high shine of surrounding areas.
     
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    That's an interesting link, cbfn. So even Church's shoes can be corrected grain. Are there any other well known companies that use cg?
     


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    Hey guys,

    This is a picture of my Carmina's after their first wear. Is it too much creasing? I'm a bit nervous.

    If it is, what can I do to help, and stop in the future. Really appreciated!

    [​IMG]
     


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    Define your 'first wear'. Try on at home? Walking around carpeted room? Suburb commute? Hiking a few Las Vegas blocks?

    Condition and shoe tree helps.
     


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    Wearing them for a day. Walking to and from work (3-4 blocks).

    Is it typical for there to be that much creasing?

    Thanks for the tips!
     


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    Great use of the term "defenestration". You just don't get many chances to use it.
     


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    it really depends on the leather. but that look pronounced (if there're trees inside)
     


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    Not any that is as prevalent as Church's, while their Custom Grade also has bookbinder finish as a choice, their entry level City Line is entirely bookbinder finish, and since Church's got the Brand name, they want to charge 50% more compare to Loake 1880 line, which IMO, is actually better made with full grain leather, and has better lasts.

    I really don't like the last of the CIty line, where the toes bend upwards like a duckbill.

    Looking at their marketing strategy, Prada and Church's probably wanted to leverage the brand name to sell the City line to young upstarters in their late 20s. And Once they started on Church's, hopefully they move onto higher grades within the same brand as they move into an older age.

    Since I am in that age bracket

    We are generally

    - lazy and a weekly shoe polish routine is nearly impossible to carry out ( tick for bookbinder finish)

    - want perceived nice things, but different, and limited funds (tick for Church's brand name, different bendy last, cheapest line)

    My girlfriend reckons most of my shoes look like old man/grandpa shoes... :embar:
     


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    Cross post from the AE thread. These boots are a few years old and have seen more than city use - they are a frequent choice for light hiking and a got-to winter boot as well. Just gave them a quick sprucing up and thought, damn, they look quite nice. [​IMG]


     


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