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whnay.'s good taste thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I agree Doc. I find I wear my shell penny loafers the most as I favor them to be on "beat-up" looking side.

    I've also found that the break-in time for shell (boots in particular) is intolerably long.
     
  2. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like shell :confused:

    Wearing some today.
     
  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My interest in shell has waned the longer I've had mine. The ripples are coarse and only get coarser, the blooming is ugly and requires removing, the shell itself is erratic, the potential for water marks is unfortunate and unpredictable, and, for some reason, my boots have required a lot of moisturizing. Too much hassle. I can see why shell was saved for the servants back in the day.
     
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  4. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I still wear a pair of BB shell loafers bought in college. They look ... well, not new, but not nearly as bad as it's being made out here.

    The water spotting, to the extent that happens, polishes out easily.
     
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  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    To be fair, I still like shell. Sometimes it's quite beautiful. Just not for me, at least for elegant shoes.
     
  6. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    @patrickBOOTH - those look terrific. I see no issue with shell in a dress shoe application, and find it to be an exceedingly durable and beautiful material. It does require more care than calf if you wear it in adverse conditions - which is the only real downside from my perspective.
     
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    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I lean toward DocH's position, but pB's shoes look fantastic.
     
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  8. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    if i was less of a lazy bum, i might have more shell. im sure pBs disinterest in most normal human activities, allows much more time for shoe care.
     
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  9. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I hate shoe care. Gives me so much anxiety.
     
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  10. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    but really, what doesn't give you anxiety?
     
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  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's a really good question... :confused:
     
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  12. burghler

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    Directed at me? I never made that claim. Trini posted that he finds blucher boots more comfortable. I felt the same, indicated that a suede shaft helps moderately, suggested the difference could come down to fit, and then qualified it based on my experience.

    Agree with most of your post. I have an extremely high instep and really bony ankles and feet, making bal boots extremely difficult to fit RTW. That obviously doesn't apply to everyone and I didn't intend the statement to sound as such.

    It doesn't really matter but I thought I should clarify
     
  13. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    + 1
     
  14. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    No. The post where I quoted both you and Trini was directed at the both you and Trini.

    Appreciate your clarification all the same.
     
  15. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Stumbled across this:

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  16. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    I know I'll get reamed for this, but Dr. Stanton is not all wrong, in my opinion. It depends on the medium, but often times I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle between his opinion and that of whomever wrote that piece.
     
  17. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    someone on the forum said something similar to this on the st.crispins thread, don't remember who though.......
     
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  18. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I address the question of "standards" in my book, Ch. 25 above all.
     
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    +1
     
  20. unbelragazzo

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    I'm kind of interested in talking about this, but this thread is, or at least was, supposed to be a "safe zone" where the concept that good taste exists and isn't defined as in the eye of beholder is already assumed. Maybe we should make a new thread for this exact topic and redirect to that thread every time this debate starts, which is often.

    Btw, @Claghorn, where did you find that quote?
     
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