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The Ultimate Toronto Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by scatterbrain, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    I've used Novelty for topys on several pairs of dress shoes and they have always done a good job. I also had them replace a topy and heel on a pair of shoes that had had heavy use over the past 3.5 years. They did a good job on that as well. Some people have said they didn't like the staff there, but I'm okay with them (as long as they continue to do good work).

    Another thing worth pointing out is that Novelty carries Saphir and Colonil products, which can sometimes be difficult to find in Toronto.

    The one thing that always surprises me is the sign on the awning of their shop. It's so old and worn it's barely legible. You would think that's something worth replacing, especially given their prime location for walk-by business at Yonge and Adelaide.
     
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  2. Dwhitman

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    Recently I've had mixed experiences with Novelty. I feel like they're going on on their reputation. Last few repairs I got done fell appart quickly. They were fair and re-fixed my shoes at no extra cost though but still.
     


  3. UserNameToronto

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    I get the impression they have way, way more business than they can handle. Keeping a shabby shop and being curt with customers is a way of stemming the tide.

    I also wonder what their tenancy situation is. The shop itself has been there forever, but many shops on Yonge seem to be under threat of redevelopment. There are vast swathes of boarded-up shops further north on Yonge St that formerly housed business no less shabby than Novelty. It would be a shame if they were kicked out, but I wonder if it's imminent.
     


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    Can't say much about the price because I didn't pay, but the one time I went, there were numerous shells in the shrimp dumpling .... YMMV
     


  5. Firefox

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    I've thought about this as well. Sometimes these stores that have been around forever have extremely long-term lease agreements or even equity stakes in the building (although that may be less likely downtown). I seem to recall that the original founder of Novelty was also involved in the construction industry, so perhaps they do have some kind of ownership?
     


  6. TOstyle

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    I love how granular this thread is getting. We've got guys who care so much about menswear we're trying to parse down the details of the signage for a cobbler and whether or not they have equity stakes in their real estate. These are my kind of people.
     


  7. UserNameToronto

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    We're peas in a pod.
     


  8. kasper007

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    The issue with Novelty is that they don't do sunken metal toe plate and these are a must for me. I could be wrong, but I also don't think they use JR soles (which although they have quite increased in price, still last 2x+ longer than regular soles). I have had some minor things done and while I was ok with the work, I am not sure the capability / quality would be sufficient for a premium shoes (JL, EG, etc). So I still send my stuff to my cobbler in Montreal, which does everything according to traditional methods (ie. it takes longer than a week to resole because he lets the shoes settle at various point during the process) and is beyond excellent. Lot of Montreal based SF members use him too.

    I got to NYC at least twice a month so I have the option of B. Nelson too for smaller things that I want done immediately, but I understand that with the CAD where it is, it's not the best of option. It's crazy that there isn't a better option in Toronto.
     


  9. Firefox

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    Let's be honest; Styleforum without endless minutiae wouldn't really be Styleforum. [​IMG]
     


  10. borbor

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    name of said cobbler?

    do you take stuff up to him or you ship it there and then he ships it back?
     


  11. TOstyle

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    Ha. It's why we're all here.
     


  12. Allen Dreadmon

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    Heads up, my Toronto heads... I got hit with HST on two pairs of shoes this week through Canada Post. They were purchases through Grailed and SF. This is the first time I've had to pay taxes on purchases sent from regular people (not a store). One package was opened/inspected, the other wasn't. Luckily, they didn't charge duties even though both shoes were made in Europe.
     


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    How much, and what shoes?
     


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    need more info. What value was indicated?
     


  15. Allen Dreadmon

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    Full value was declared. About $600 USD for the Marlow's (inspected) and $400 USD for the Gucci bit loafers (not inspected). So, about $190 CAD in taxes total for both pairs.
     
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