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Your Best & Worst Purchases of 2011

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by APK, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. andrewgreg

    andrewgreg Senior member

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    You made me want to consolidate my all purchase in the last year. You shoeholic bitch. :violin:

    Florshiem for Duckie Brown Cordovan Boot. I won't look at this brand, even it's cordovan.

    check your PM
     
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  2. wurm

    wurm Senior member

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    That's a really good batting average from the looks of it.
     
  3. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    best:

    sns stark
    fillipa k desert boots
    alden no 8 captoes (thrifted even!)
    rrl slims

    worst:

    i bought a bunch of lands end t shirts that i've never worn. they were like $4 but still.
     
  4. meso

    meso Senior member

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    Not at all. I've never been particularly bugged by marks on my boots though. Prefer my boots to age gracefully and show their age -- the sheen of cordo doesn't really do it for me. And they are tough to break in with their heavy leather. I can't be the only person who thinks that shell is way overrated?
     
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  5. WhoKnewI

    WhoKnewI Senior member

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    Holy shit NAMOR.

    IALso meso, I think what NAMOR meant by his reaction is that cordo is much easier to take care of than calf.
     
  6. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    cordo is ok. i don't really see why you'd need 30 pairs of it.. all of the colors are pretty similar honestly. but this is SF.
     
  7. andrewgreg

    andrewgreg Senior member

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    This is SF. Correct.
     
  8. TheDroog

    TheDroog Senior member

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    Best:
    AE Macneil: Comfortable from day one and looks great
    Dockers Slim Soft D1: I've been looking for slim khakis with a relatively high waist forever -- most companies sell slim pants with very low waists (eg. Uniqlo). These pants happen to fit me near perfect, plus they are decently priced and have a huge range of colors. Love'em.

    Worst (so far):
    Gap Original Fit Jeans: Bought them because they were supposed to sit at the waist and go straight through the thigh. But the thighs are actually skinny as hell -- and they have resisted all attempts at stretching thus far. Doesn't look promising so far ...

    Regarding Happy Socks, I love the color and designs, but close up I can tell the quality is subpar. When it comes to socks, I only trust Smartwool, GoldToe, and Uniqlo.
     
  9. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

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    +1

    Quoted for posterity.

    GEEZ.
     
  10. CharlieAngel

    CharlieAngel Senior member

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    Didn't do a lot of copping this year, but:
    favorites:
    Wolverine 1000 Mile Wesleys in 2-tone brown
    Dockers Alphas in steelhead
    a J Crew windowpane button-down of some sort (navy on white field)

    least favorites:
    a few Gitman brothers shirts that didn't really do it for me, but also fit me like a tent that I got online

    Lessons learned: Online buying sucks ass if you don't know your sizing or if the label has inconsistent sizing. I'm sure most people are aware of this, but because I avoided most online ordering, I was able to pretty much only buy the things I wanted that fit well from the get-go. I can't recall making any impulse purchases this year and for the most part had a gameplan.
     
  11. andrewgreg

    andrewgreg Senior member

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    This is the problem of online purchase, but if something doesn't fit, or you don't like, you can just return it.
     
  12. Lionheart Biker

    Lionheart Biker Senior member

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    Best: Burberry Prorsum wool merino asymmetrical zipper sweater (my first runway item [​IMG]) and a pair of leather sandals, also from Prorsum. And dsquared2 painter biker jeans.

    Worst: I kinda regret buying a pair of white YSL high tops. I got them at 50% and they´re pretty cool, but one of the sneakers already has a couple of places a bit torned, and they ´re white, which makes them hard to keep clean. Also, months after buying them I saw those shiny blue YSL high tops and became infatuated with them. So maybe it doesn´t qualify as a bad purchase but it could have turned out better.
     
  13. husbands

    husbands Senior member

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    trading my Cabourn cameraman for one size up, in the ash/gray colorway... this one is perfect.
    Trickers boots from STP
    Roy jeans (RN03)

    Worst: APC tweed mac coat that I am returning. fits like shit.
    White Mountaineering hat - decent fit but not great quality. WM is overrated IMO

    Lukewarm:
    Golden Bear x Unionmade varsity jacket (light blue) - like this jacket a lot but haven't figured out what it looks best with
    suede CP lows in white - excellent deal but the fit is a little too snug, and I have to wait until spring to break them in
     
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  14. Beingjbot

    Beingjbot Well-Known Member

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    Best
    Anything Epaulet
    Anything Kent Wang
    Alden longwings
    Dayton Service boots
    Anything uniqlo

    Worst
    Topman shit
     
  15. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    worst purchase = shoto boots from barneys
     
  16. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    ^ Haaa. Didn't you just buy those?
     
  17. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

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    sadly yes
     
  18. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    geezus namor. you are the aportnoy of sw&d.
     
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  19. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    Best :slayer:

    • DH Power Blue MIJ 17.5cm jeans -- best fit, ever
    • Black MMM GATs -- I can be boring
    • Burberry London Treyforth dress shirts -- first slim-fit shirt that truly doesn't billow
    • Belstaff Navy Zip-up Sweater -- my go-to light outerwear piece (best for layering)
    • LL Bean Duck Boots (lined with Goretex, Made in Maine) -- I usually eschew the whole LL Bean, J Crew faux outdoors vibe but in this case they're extremely useful and so bubbly warm
    • Barneys Coop Black V-Neck Sweater -- on sale for $69. MIC so quality is questionable, but for price nice cut and cool feel


    Worst :embar:

    • DH Raw Denim about 12 sizes too large -- had to sell these at a loss
    • Random pair of Diesel sneakers -- although dirt cheap, dirt poor quality, questionable design, never felt right
    • Thomas Pink Wool Skinny Tie (Gray) -- never worn, sits in box, sadness
    • Black DH bifold wallet -- quality was on par with something you'd get at Macy's. Returned to Saks immediately. The perils of online shopping
     
  20. dernsaw

    dernsaw Active Member

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    This thread makes me regret not pulling the trigger on a Stark when I had a chance.
     

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