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Yuketen vs Quoddy vs Oak Street bootmakers. The Ultimate Showdown

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by miran, Apr 19, 2011.

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    Some of you guys sound like teenage girls arguing over Twilight characters. I like all three - my vote goes to Yuketen in a showdown. I have no problem with the pairs I have from any brand.
    Whatever123 might just be a twilight character. With his domination of any thread related to moccasins I don't think he sleeps much if at all. Otherwise, I'm sure he's out chasing rabbits.
     


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    Whatever123 might just be a twilight character. With his domination of any thread related to moccasins I don't think he sleeps much if at all. Otherwise, I'm sure he's out chasing rabbits.
    Look, Whatever123 doesn't own any moccasins, period. I have yet to see any photos. He wasn't born into money either, and given his current economic condition....well, he has to watch his spending at Target as well... Famished from the single Taco Bell taco he had all day, and tired from panhandling outside The Temple, he returns home tired and wearing Target Made in China shoes....and vents his spleen in the Quoddy thread. Does anyone know if he was foreclosed?
     


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    Can you please explain why your preference goes to Yuketen....you seem to be one of the very, extremely, small number of people here who actually knows the history...
    vivete a Milano? voi italiano o lo straniero?


    ah, It's nothing I can properly articulate, I just have a look at what they offer and think that overall they have more models that I actually like (well, Quoddy has the ring boot to be fair).

    Concerning the history, I guess many people here know more about it than myself, I merely read some interview a while ago, back when Yuketen was becoming the 'It' brand that now is.

    Generally speaking, behind the brand story (which is meant to highlight the passion/authenticity that go into making it), each brand has to deal with the nitty-gritty of the actual production. It's all about negotiations, dealing with factory managers and a lot of stuff which is a lot less 'sexy' that recounting how a japanese man fell in love with the shoes of the Indians or something like that...

    ...and yes, I'm based in Milano and Italian also in nationality :)
     


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    ah, It's nothing I can properly articulate, I just have a look at what they offer and think that overall they have more models that I actually like (well, Quoddy has the ring boot to be fair).

    Concerning the history, I guess many people here know more about it than myself, I merely read some interview a while ago, back when Yuketen was becoming the 'It' brand that now is.

    Generally speaking, behind the brand story (which is meant to highlight the passion/authenticity that go into making it), each brand has to deal with the nitty-gritty of the actual production. It's all about negotiations, dealing with factory managers and a lot of stuff which is a lot less 'sexy' that recounting how a japanese man fell in love with the shoes of the Indians or something like that...

    ...and yes, I'm based in Milano and Italian also in nationality :)


    It is always interesting to see how American shoes are considered in Italy. I know Italians love English shoes, like Church's, Crockett and Jones, John Lobb, etc.

    But Italy has some good moccasins also, like Tods....so I would think it is harder for American moccasins to compete in this market...
     


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    that was our secret! i love the tb uniform ... its a perk of the job, you know. hey alz, i had daniel pull your interview results with goldman (i only have them for 3 interviewers). let me know if you want them and ill fax em over to you. it clearly states why you did not get the job. [​IMG]
    Again, I call your bluff, whatever123.... Fax away: +1 212 902 1000 I'm waiting....
     


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    Again, I call your bluff, whatever123....

    Fax away: +1 212 902 1000

    I'm waiting....


    call my bluff for what?
     


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    call my bluff for what?

    I'm waiting, whatever123....

    where's this alleged "interview notes" you have?

    Just like your alleged Quoddys and Yuketens....

    Save face, whatever123! At least post the photos of the Oak Street boots you got gratis....
     


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    It is always interesting to see how American shoes are considered in Italy. I know Italians love English shoes, like Church's, Crockett and Jones, John Lobb, etc.

    But Italy has some good moccasins also, like Tods....so I would think it is harder for American moccasins to compete in this market...


    like most non-US markets, Italians are now crazy about Alden. Yes, Church's and possibly Tricker's are also enjoying a revival among the affluent/edgy crowd (disclaimer: I'm maybe taking this for granted but please consider that everything that I'm writing applies to the 0.something% of the population who has both the money and the will to go after high-end non-mainstream brands).

    This is all about the big-sole shoe coming back in fashion (which is quite striking because Italians usually go for cleaner/lighter stuff)

    Tod's are more or less in the same price-bracket here (well, perhaps slightly cheaper) but they would be seen as too mainstream by most people who buy Alden.
    Having said this Hogan (also owned by Tod's) is pulling out some very nice hi-top with a street-chic vibe. Too bad the micro-niche above still sees the brand as 'untouchable' as it's basically the uniform of the rich with no taste.

    Another nice brand (but again tainted by being too mainstream) is Car Shoe, owned by Prada. They are extremely well constructed.
     


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    like most non-US markets, Italians are now crazy about Alden. Yes, Church's and possibly Tricker's are also enjoying a revival among the affluent/edgy crowd (disclaimer: I'm maybe taking this for granted but please consider that everything that I'm writing applies to the 0.something% of the population who has both the money and the will to go after high-end non-mainstream brands).

    This is all about the big-sole shoe coming back in fashion (which is quite striking because Italians usually go for cleaner/lighter stuff)

    Tod's are more or less in the same price-bracket here (well, perhaps slightly cheaper) but they would be seen as too mainstream by most people who buy Alden.
    Having said this Hogan (also owned by Tod's) is pulling out some very nice hi-top with a street-chic vibe. Too bad the micro-niche above still sees the brand as 'untouchable' as it's basically the uniform of the rich with no taste.

    Another nice brand (but again tainted by being too mainstream) is Car Shoe, owned by Prada. They are extremely well constructed.


    Yes, much of what is coming out of Italian big names this year--Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada--are copies of Alden styles or even American popular styles like loafers and boatshoes....I noticed that too...

    What is considered "mainstream" in Milano among the upper middle class? not the 0.X% who can afford Alden, but the rest....
     


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    what interview notes? i thought you said i work at taco bell? i posted the pics i have on pb in the other forum (some of those shoes have been sold).
    Okay, whatever123. you win. i give up. you seem to have every shoe i want...you are probably my clone out west. if i knew you in real life, i would probably be your bestest friend evah!!!! why are we fighting! It's the like the fighting between two brothahs! Stop this now. BBF whatever!!!
     


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    Yes, much of what is coming out of Italian big names this year--Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada--are copies of Alden styles or even American popular styles like loafers and boatshoes....I noticed that too...

    What is considered "mainstream" in Milano among the upper middle class? not the 0.X% who can afford Alden, but the rest....


    are aldens popular in italy?

    you would think with the options they have they would be as popular as they are in the states.
     


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