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The official thrift/discount store bragging thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    How do you measure shoes like that? I didn't think outsole measurements were a very accurate indication of fit?
     
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    No, that's cool - they have a lovely handle on them due to the mohair...
     
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    Couple pairs of shoes not in my size up for trades. None are in mint condition, but all are really nice!
    Bally glove leather cap-toes. Softer than a baby's ass. Size 11 D made in Italy
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    Ferragamo tassel loafers. Stitching is coming undone on lining but looks like an easy fix. Size 11.5 B Made in Italy.
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    Churches "custom grade" tassel loafer 9 A I believe, size is hand written and hard to make out. Made in England in 01'[​IMG]
    Vintage W.C Russel Moccasin Co. "bird shoot" moccasin. These are fucking bad ass! Red quilted lining, I'm still debating weather to keep these but alas they are a half size too big...still... Size 11 and made in Berlin Wisconsin, not far from my hometown, Milwaukee.
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  4. grendel

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    I do not understand SWD at all [​IMG]
     
  5. Northampton Novice

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    Where's Dre....
     
  6. capnwes

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    It's a pain in the butt, but when I have the laces out for polishing, I measure the insole length with a tailor's tape. The width I usually measure on the outsole between the welt stitching at the widest point. I am not really convinced on the accuracy of the length, since everyones toes are different, and some shoes are much more pointed than others. However, It must work reasonably well, since I have very few shoe returns, and it generally matches up pretty close on the shoe size conversion chart.
    I have since discontinued the use of overall outsole measurements, since they are pointless. I provide them only if requested.
     
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    :laugh: Margiela GATs (or German Army Trainers) are replicas of a shoe Adidas made for Gemran troops in the 1970's. As opposed to regular sneakers, they have a nice, slim profile, and are made of ridiculous leather and lamb suede. They've retailed for as high as $800, can sometimes be found at Barney's for like $500, I think, which I find about as ridiculous as the $1,000 MC shoes. Still and all, they're really great, so it's nice to find them at a more reasonable price. :teach:
     
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    I know someone awhile back was looking for hats. Here's some I've picked up.
    L-R Pendleton wool, Adams 5th Ave beaver, Bollman natural wool, Stevens beaver.
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    L-R Stetson wool, Champ tweed, Stetson tweed, Goorin, bought new for $40 before I found out I could get hats at thrift stores!:fu:
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    L-R Vintage Greek fisherman's hat, Shandon houndstooth, Stetson newsboy, Country Gentleman plaid, Seifter wool, made in Italy, Kangol x 3
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  9. grendel

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    They just look like sneakers. And they're glued, not welted, so it's not like they're going to last for 30 years like a pair of quality MC shoes will if taken care of. [​IMG]

    I spent some time looking through the SWD WAYWT thread and I kept thinking "You spent $1000 to look like every hipster in my local coffee shop?"
     
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    No offense to the lover's of these shoes, but they look like they would be well suited for a velcro enclosure rather than laces. lol
     
  11. grendel

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    Yeah, no offense to anyone who loves them. Just not my thing, I guess. I spent more than this on a pair of blue suede boat shoes, so to each his own. [​IMG]
     
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    GATS are comfortable shoes and I think the white/cream/off-white color scheme looks nice.

    As for price, not unlike MC stuff, certain SW&D items have a good deal of brand equity, which in turns results in a higher purchase price. You can get original GATS for something like $95 shipped. MMM obviously is a designer brand, so they price for exclusivity. At the end of the day, no different than buying a Kiton tie or a Hermes jacket - mostly unnecessary consumerism fueled by both construction/quality concerns and concerns relating to one's social identity perceptions.
     
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  13. noob in 89

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    Just a sneaker! Good god, man! That's like saying all men in suits look the same. :laugh:

    I mean, I kind of used to think the same thing -- 'till I actually tried to find a comfortable, high-quality, attractive shoe with no branding. It should be noted that a lot of Italian-made tennis shoes, like Common Projects, have a sewn-on sole. I'm not sure exactly what that means for a sneaker, but I'm sure as heck going to try and have mine recrafted some day.


    Check it out:

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    I'm liking these for summer. Navy leather, clean look...sewn-on sole!
     
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    those Russell Mocs are sick, should flip nicely on Ebay if you end up not keeping them
     
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    http://www.endless.com/Mens-Shoes/s...e-rank&asin=B004T12R6Q&ref=sr_1_23&pageCode=d'

    $62.50
     
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    I used to be a religeous wearer of Adidas Shell Tops, but due to foot issues and the need to wear custom orthotics, I can no longer do so. Are there GATS made in extra wide sizes? This is the main reason I can't wear the Adidas anymore. The only time I have worn any in the last 10+ years was for my brother-in-law's wedding (see my avatar photo). My feet were killing me for days after that, although I felt no pain during the wedding or the reception[​IMG]
     
  18. noob in 89

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    Grendel, surely you'se trollin'....

    I can't believe you're not seeing the MC paralells here. One is clean, well-made and -- hee hee -- "timeless", the other is shoddy and muddled, with a big logo center stage so one can signal to their peeps whatever they wish to signal by wearing that logo.

    (Wes, I'm about the farthest thing from an expert, but I don't think the MMMs come in big widths).
     
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    "Forget it, Jake. It's SWD."

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    Comparing those lacoste to the Common Projects is laughter inducing.
     
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