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  1. Shoes that look better with age...

    I've had good success in my locale finding a cobbler recognized for working on quality goodyear welted footwear, for one piece resoles. Work has been tidy, and held up well enough to warrant a return trip once the sole had worn down. Most cobblers working on footwear that is expensive enough to deserve being repaired these days need to be pretty competent, otherwise I don't think their business would stay open very long. Also in a personal opinion, the Vibram 2060 is one of the worst soles ever put on a boot. It may be long wearing and have that 'squishy' feel, but the grip is between awful and horrendous. I find more grip on my leather sole/stacked heel shoes than with the 2060. Not as long wearing, but the Christy (4014) sole, has proven to have better performance in varied conditions, with a pretty high level of comfort. It is heavier, though.
  2. Shoes that look better with age...

    If it was a resole with leather soles, I would wager most of that will go away with the break in. New leather soles tend to be rather stiff, so even a small amount of tension in the sole attachment/stitching will be noticeable at first, and go away quite quickly with a bit of wear. That's been my experience anyway, the first week is like 'oh I don't know if this went right' and after that everything evens out and you'll be back to where your comfort was before. I've had that experience with 2-3 resoles on different shoes/boots.
  3. Burgus Plus by Hinoya

    If my newish pair of Lot 770s are anything to go on, I would suggest not worrying about the price in correlation to quality. Probably best to make sure that the measurements are going to work for you and go for it. One of the better fits I've had in a while, in addition the most functional front pockets I have ever experienced in Japanese denim. I can actually fit like, stuff in there.
  4. Shoes that look better with age...

    I have to say, I have a very similar pair going on year 3 from Yuketen right now, they are the same colour (more or less), unlined rough out db style toe stitch, and they're the old 7 hole style (all eyelets, new 7 holes have speed hooks). After putting them through the paces a few times, I have to say, while I found them pretty comfortable out of the box (Yuketens fit me exceptionally well), they took a good 3+ months of regular wear to really start to wear in the mid sole, they are built for the long haul. The one major downside for me was the 2021 sole, which is between crap and awful on anything approaching snow or ice, and doesn't take particularly well to the field/hills in the summer either. It lasts damn near forever, and is springy the whole way through, but it is not the most functional piece for outdoor use. I strongly prefer a Cortina or Roccia style sole unit with these, makes them much more useful for a jaunt through the forest with the dogs. Overall, I think the style of boot takes a bit of getting used to, but they are perhaps under rated as really enjoyable boots to wear, and they wear in possibly more comfortably than anything else I have tried thus far. I got mine for a song ($260 CAD, shipped), but having said that, if I ever need another pair, I might strongly consider putting the full price down for a make up I'm really keen on. I'll try to get a pic up in a bit, but I don't own a quality camera, so it will be peasant quality.
  5. paulrose products

    Strange, My PR Heritage 17oz has a single chain stitch inseam. The fit isn't bad, but definitely not the favorite of anything I've ever had. The one thing that kills me is the front pockets, I went sort of .5 size down, pretty normal for me, in a somewhat more relaxed cut, but they are neigh impossible to get anything in or out of, due to the small width of the opening. Given that I scored them for about $100, they are pretty solid jeans.
  6. The Flat Head

    If I'm correct, those are Visvim Skagways, of some description or other.
  7. Shoes that look better with age...

    In addition to the Saphir reno, maybe try out some color appropriate paste polish (I use Saphir), it doesn't build quite the same way as hard polish does, but I find on my black and dark brown footwear, it really brings that deep shine, without looking glassy.
  8. Self Edge, SF/NY/LA/PDX - updates & info

    I gotta say, the whole reason I got into Japanese denim was the availability of a long inseam with a waist size (actually) below 32". I'm about 6'1, and manage to need a 34.75" inseam if I want to cover my socks while wearing low shoes (I basically don't have a torso). One of my friends who I turned on to Japanese denim happens to take the same inseam I do, except he's 6'11. The concept of a long inseam, especially somewhere like Self Edge who can put a proper hem on it, means that no matter what length you need or want can be made. You can always cut fabric, but you can't add it if its not there.
  9. Ande Whall Denim

    Would be neat, although perhaps a bit conspicuous if he did like, a western yolk on the grizzly jkt or something.
  10. Shoes that look better with age...

    From personal experience, Obenaufs is a far superior protector of work boots than the RW conditioner, especially when it comes to abrasive dusts (cement) and serious water/mud exposure. However, I would also state, that I have personally found the Obenaufs liquid to do a better job of sheer waterproofing than the HD, although, with the application schedule required for my work boots, I may just prefer the liquid because its faster.
  11. Shoes that look better with age...

    Recently acquired a pair of Yuketen Maine guide boots from Barney's Warehouse at well...substantial discount. Needed some new dog walking boots, and I have a rather fond spot for my dress mocs, but they weren't too hot for walking long distances in, as I can slip them on and off without touching the lacing, so blisters are possible. Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but they are my style, and definitely meet the highest standards of comfort. Olive rough out, with a vibram EVA type sole. I'm not totally convinced on the sole durability, but I'll just get a kletterlift thrown on when these wear out anyway. The only thing I'm not sure about is what I'll do to them when winter comes around, either dub them, or oil them, which will have different effects on the texture. Quick fit pic. They don't stand out as much as you might think. They do have some nifty shoe bags.
  12. Shoes that look better with age...

    All right Northern boys, time to get off your arse and go...more North. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-21588578
  13. Shoes that look better with age...

    If they were US bound they could have botched the size but not the width marking, and thus the width was an American D from the start, which would be 'standard' width at the time (although it seems E is the standard width now).
  14. state your beer, drinkers

    No pictures, but if anyone has the 2010 Brew Dog Tokyo Star cellaring, it is drinking VERY well right now, although, I suppose a few more years probably wont hurt anything...
  15. Skull Jeans by An Alchemist

    After what could be described as "a delay" here are some pics of my first Pima run 5507's, colors are fairly accurate, although there is a bit more contrast in real life. They are powerfully easy wearing, if not questionable in the stitching durability department. This is probably 1.5 years of wear in, just after their second crotch rebuild.