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That is great!How about a collection of Shell with the variations in color? I need to try this again sometime in natural light.
From top left to right
Vintage Johnston Murphy Shell (almost #4)
NEW Alden Black Shell
1965 Florsheim 93605
NOS Allen Edmonds BLUE Shell MacNeil
NOS Florsheim 93605 (Cola Red)
Alden 975 #8
Meermin Cognac Shell
Allen Edmonds #8 Macneil
NOS Nettleton #8
NEW Alden # 8
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Never ask for the “consensus“, normally that means a bunch of idiots talking Nonsense and following what other people, also idiots, say.
Hi there:Slightly outside of the realm of ‘men’s vintage shoes’.... I’m looking to buy my partner some high quality dress shoes, preferably loafers but finding it pretty difficult!
Does anyone have any recommendations on vintage women’s shoes? Looking for slightly more masculine e.g not heels etc
Brands/eras anything! Would I be better looking for really small men’s shoes?
Forgive me if this is too off topic, I can delete if so!
What's the consensus about using Renomat on shell? There's some thick, dark brown wax on these that I can scrape off with my fingernail.
I also have used acetone to strip caked-on wax from shell many times. I've used it on new cordovan to remove the factory acrylic coating many times. Over the years, I tried many of the milder methods, but I find acetone gets it done quicker. Renomat is fine, but slower and $$$.It’s totally fine. I usually go with acetone if the shell has caked on wax. That works fine too. It will take off any acrylic coating which is fine with me too. Do condition afterwards of course.
Wow small world... glad to see they found a good home! I intend to do quite a bit more downsizing of my shoe collection over the coming weeks/months, DM me if you see something because eBay is up to almost 13% feesI have something arriving today that I didn’t know existed. BLUE shell Cordovan Allen Edmonds MacNeil. I didn’t know that these were offered in the past during the AE trunk show. I found these on eBay and they are NOS.
I’m very excited. The pics in the listing are pretty dark. I hope the blue is more obvious in person.
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Water buffalo in Canada? Better call the zoo and see if any went missing, though it'll be a cold case by now. Especially in January. Mrs. Oyaji and I always have fun when we visit Vietnam. These are from my eleventh trip there, in 2018. Here's a view from an upstairs balcony cafe, overlooking Dong Khoi Street and the Caravelle Hotel.What if I tell you it’s all been a lie? What if I’m a fraud? You see, I was just another guy paying little attention to footwear only months ago. One cloudy morning very much like today, I was informed that my real biological father is a Canadian, an archaeologist by day and a poet by night. He was a huge legend. People didn’t know three shoes were needed or possible until he showed up. His disappearance was as sudden & mysterious as his arrival. He was never seen in Vietnam again, only left with 3 trails on the beach. However, I did get a promising lead. He happens to be very invested in vintage Canadian, especially McHale and Dacks. Ever since, I have infiltrated many vintage shoes groups, and accumulated a decent collection. Yet, still have not found the legend himself. But I digress...
Presenting my much anticipated awesomeness water bison Dacks from the North. Dated 50s to early 60s, it shows incredible construction. I feel ready for a marathon having them on. The water bison leather is only short of bulletproof. The seam was actually hand sewn on for decoration. I felt silly that I didn’t get them sooner from Jim’s. Thank you for being ever so patient with me! I always feel so welcome and fatherly loved whenever we chat. You need to tell me more about your trip to Vietnam back in mid late 80s next time we talk, @Jiqea
I double checked with my source. It turns out my real dad is an American after all, most likely a globe trotter. Hi new dad, I mean @CWOyajiWater buffalo in Canada? Better call the zoo and see if any went missing, though it'll be a cold case by now. Especially in January. Mrs. Oyaji and I always have fun when we visit Vietnam. These are from my eleventh trip there, in 2018.
View from an upstairs cafe overlooking Dong Khoi Street, facing the Caravelle Hotel with the Opera House across the plaza.
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"Nha Hat Lon" translates as "House Sing Big" with little accent doohickies on the vowels and the right tone marks.
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This time we stayed at the Hotel Continental right next door. The place is a period classic; in fact Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American in the room down the hall from the one we stayed in this trip. A wonderful breakfast buffet is served and the courtyard has these beautiful frangipani trees with beautiful fragrant blossoms. This is the most traditional place for VN weddings in Saigon, with uncles belting out karaoke into the wee hours.
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They have a little Japan Town called Le Thanh Ton Sakaba, this restaurant is called 4Ps.
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They make their own cheeses and export them all over SE Asia
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And of course the Cu Chi Tunnels
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