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    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    I’m from Seattle and have only owned cotton and wool jackets... unless i was outside for hours I never got fully soaked through; at least up until the past few years it never rained hard enough to warrant anything more specialized! I do think there are a variety of opinions on the topic, but friends growing up used to joke you could tell whether someone was from out of town by whether they carried an umbrella In London, however, I did get well and truly soaked as a result of inadequate rainwear - I get the sense there that cotton won’t fly; you’ve really got to be prepared!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    @Duke Mantee gotcha, okay thanks! I guess I’ve been overthinking it a bit lol
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Right, Maynard’s suggestion didn’t work, and actually upset me quite a bit, and Brownmetallic’s alternative reminded me of an investigative piece I read about certain TSA checkpoints, so I’m going to try and entertain the more well-intentioned ideas from the rest of you. @beautiful_FrEaK thank you! I tried using some saphir insoles but they didn’t seem to make a difference. A tongue pad might, though! @persco_ I reckon you’re right; I’m leaning towards them being too long generally but am also wondering whether my thin-ish foot is just not the right shape for a boot with such a wide shaft. Here’s a quick drawing of where I feel my foot is in the boot: The problem is mainly the frontmost blue region; my foot slips up into that area when taking a step. Is that a sensation others have with this sort of boot? Should most of the “grab” come from the toe and heel, or is there supposed to be additional support to the top of the foot that I’m not getting? I’m interested in finding a pair a size down and seeing if it makes a difference, but now am having doubts as to whether this sort of shoe would ever work for me.
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Thanks for that one also @BrownMetallic!! I’ll have to keep that one in mind next time I try to wear my tcb’s at their proper height, just below the nipples — which councidentally is another spot that I’ve heard stands to benefit from a bit of electricity!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Maynard, always with the sage advice! Come to think of it, I’ve got an old car battery in the garage that should be just the ticket. I owe you one!
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    Tender Co. Denim

    I went back here looking for photos of my old 132s, which are sadly lost to the pixel-sands of time, and needed to bring these back with me. The people need to know!!!
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I like the fit on you honestly! in my experience a proper hem can make or break a pair of oversized pants. I used to have a pair of size 2 Tender 132s back in 2014 that fit me just like this; totally unwieldy without a belt, hanging off me from the waist down more or less. I never hemmed them so they kept their factory inseam, meaning 3” double cuffs at least lol. I wore them for about 6 months before giving them to a friend who fit them better. Last I saw they’re still going strong! But now in hindsight I think had I just cut those huge cuffs I would have made them work. Although sometimes I felt stupid wearing them out at the time, it’s now an experience that I look back on really fondly, and definitely paved the way for more experimentation with looser clothing — it really disillusioned me out of our era’s orthodoxy of what ‘proper’ fitting pants should be like. All that’s to say there’s a place for oversized pants if you’re committed! That said, hemming them is a commitment in itself if you might end up selling them down the line. And there’s always that size down (which I’m not affiliated with at all to be clear!) if you decide to go in that direction. Either way you end up with a pair of the nicest jeans in the world, truly, so from that perspective you can’t go wrong!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    Sorry I’m not using the right terminology lol. I looked at a few diagrams and realized what I meant is that the instep is too spacious for my foot. I imagine the width of the shaft is also a contributor, I’ve only really worn lace up sneakers and boots before this so the amount of space I have from my ankle up is unexpected. An insole helped a bit but didn’t keep my foot from feeling like the boot was hanging off it each time I took a step.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    @cause4pause there’s a pair of size 31 peanut pants on Grailed if you want to try going a size down!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    After three months of searching, I finally found a pair of Lone Wolf Farmer boots in black, size 8, which I thought would be perfect. They came in yesterday and I’m a bit gutted because they just don’t fit properly. The length feels good, maybe a touch long; the width feels alright also, but it’s the vertical height from the sole to the top of the arch that’s making these difficult to wear. I’m going to put these up for sale and look for a smaller size, but in the meantime wonder if this is a problem others have had and (hopefully) been able to solve. As mentioned these are extremely hard to come by nowadays so I’d love to be able to make them work if at all possible!
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    Superdenim community sale thread

    I’m selling some gently used Lone Wolf Farmer boots, size 8, in a black tea core chromexcel. Bought them from Yahoo Japan, the previous owner indicated they’d been worn maybe a dozen times. I’m a size 8.5D and they are just slightly too big. $225 obo, free shipping from the united snakes to anywhere in this big beautiful world.
  12. I was really in a funk today over the stagnation and loneliness of this past year, was up late drawing and listening to the radio and this came on, put me in a different kind of funk if you catch my drift
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Here’s a quick update, kind of lost track of washes but I think I’m at around 10. Ive got one very prominent whisker, undoubtedly from all the frottage I don’t usually get much roping on my jeans so that’s a nice surprise! It wasnt til I flipped to the back that I realized I’ve covered my jeans in dust by partaking in this little photo shoot. Oh well!
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    If anyone’s looking, there’s a brand new pair of 66’s, size 34, up on Grailed right now for a very good price. Not affiliated with the seller, just thought I’d pass it along!
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Took my jeans hikin’, admired some lichen
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Happy birthday!! Have you read Ralph Ellison‘s novel Invisible Man? As a music lover and, now I see, sloe gin aficionado, I think it’d be right up your alley. I’ll happily send you my copy if you’d like! “Now I have one radio-phonograph; I plan to have five. There is a certain acoustical deadness in my hole, and when I have music I want to feel its vibration, not only with my ear but with my whole body. I'd like to hear five recordings of Louis Armstrong playing and singing "What Did I Do to Be so Black and Blue" -- all at the same time. Sometimes now I listen to Louis while I have my favorite dessert of vanilla ice cream and sloe gin. I pour the red liquid over the white mound, watching it glisten and the vapor rising as Louis bends that military instrument into a beam of lyrical sound.”
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    Nice Things

    I haven’t been able to share anything here as I’m still slowly making my way over to my new place in albuquerque, but here’s one of my most loved possessions: a Leica III, handed down to me by my grandfather. He bought it in 1930 near where it was manufactured in Germany. I’ve had to restitch most of the leather case as the cotton thread has been disintegrating along with the leather. My grandfather was an avid photographer and used this camera throughout WWII. At one point he was commissioned by the US Army to take reconnaissance photos in Nazi territory, as a kid I remember seeing a couple of negatives he showed me from those rolls but not sure where they are now. When I got it it would only shoot at 100, so most of my early shots came out quite poorly unless the lighting was just right and nobody was moving very much. I was very lucky to have it serviced by a man in Vancouver in 2016, I forget his name but he was the only surviving camera repair person on the west coast working on cameras of this era. (Edit: his name is Horst Wenzel - here’s a nice profile of him I found while trying to guess his name!) He was in his mid 90s and his shop was full of old Leica and Hasselblad bodies and tools. Since getting it from him it’s fully operational and very gratifying to use. I haven’t taken many photos this year but here are some I took with it on a trip to New York in 2017.
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    WAYWT 2021 [denim edition]

    All vintage except for the roy shirt which I haven’t taken off in a couple weeks and some novesta sneakers.
  • Alan Crocetti Silver Nose Plaster
    $US 342

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