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About mpukas

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  • Birthday 05/28/1969

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    rough trade
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  • biography:
    denim, boot & workwear obsessed
  • location:
    The ass-end of the Eagle River Valley, CO
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    Keira Knightley
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    making things taste good
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    size 34
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    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27

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  1. Iron Heart Jeans

    my 888-UHR's from 07/20/2018 atr about 8 months, 10 +/- washes. I wore them consistently through about mid-August like this. The high rolled mega cuff added much needed lower ventilation and air flow, and made it bearable to wear them in temps approaching 90F. Higher than that and it's shorts. I've lost quite a bit of weight (and never put back on the bulk/weight that I expected to), and these ran a bit bigger and didn't shrink as much as I expected. I could use a 33. They kinda hang off of me like a sack now. I've realized I prefer a mid rise, as on the 634, as opposed to this higher rise. And, I don't like the way this UHR denim responds to washing. It looses dye ridiculously quick and gets lots of white crocking marks. As Giles said somewhere on the IH Forum, this is a true enthusiast's denim, for someone who only rinses their jeans in the tub once or twice a year. So, I'm not sure how much more I'm gonna wear them... I'm eyeing other pairs... really bummed that I might be bailing on the DWC at less than a year...
  2. Iron Heart Jeans

    @bradl great to see updates from you again. What denim are your 888's - 21 or UHR? What do you think of the 888 model?
  3. Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I've lost weight o and my Memorial 34's are way too big. I could go down to a 32, but Roy doesn't have any currently. He does have 33's but they are prolly too big too. If anyone has a 32, DM me pls thx mpp
  4. The Flat Head

    +1 to the above comments. Denim looks great but cut is too skinny and too low rise, even considering how skinny I am currently.
  5. Shoes that look better with age...

    Oh, where do I start and not be proselytizing ... Footwear and proper sizing is a big issue for me. I have a wide foot, tall arch and high instep. "Normal" sized footwear doesn't work for me. In short, it really doesn't work for anyone, most people just don't know it. Although a "D" width is considered most common, modern footwear is not designed to accommodate the natural shape of a human foot. Modern people's feet have been unknowingly distorted since we were little kids by various forms of footwear that were put on us. Of course everyone has different shaped feet with differing proportions. Our feet should be widest at the ends of the toes, not at the outer toe knuckles. No one needs elevated heel, arch support, toe lift, rocker, cushioning, etc. Well, except for people who have worn shoes all of their lives and their feet are weak and therefore need all of those "benefits" that modern shoes offer... But, we live in a world were shoe design and sizing has been standardized, and unless you want to go with one of the few small companies that makes foot-shaped shoes and boots (and most of those offerings are cheap and ugly), you have to play the game. The biggest problem with shoe sizing advice is it's generally just about the length of the shoe compared to the foot. There are too many other variables to consider for proper fitting. As mentioned above, the Brannock device is a good place to start (if you haven't) as it measures total length, width as well as length from heel to ball of foot. It doesn't measure arch height and instep volume though. Shoes are sized by length first, but don't get attached to that number. The shoe needs to bend where the ball of your foot is for proper flex. The width at both the heel and forefoot needs to be proper so as to not allow slip or constriction. The volume over the instep needs to be sufficient for adequate lacing without hot-spots. Arch support is nonsense. No one needs it - everyone's feet are perfectly fine to support themselves. They are just weak from being supported their entire lives. If you think you need it, their your shoes. If you're not familiar with the Munson last, look into it (I didn't know about it until I started hanging out here). It was designed by a military doctor in the early 1900's to fit the most soldiers feet. It's wide at the forefoot to accommodate a natural foot shape and not cause blisters, fatigue, etc. with lots and lots of walking. There are a couple of companies that use the Munson last, and several that reference the Munson last when describing their own in-house last. After all that, my advice is to find footwear that's offered in wide sizes and don't be concerned about sizing up in length to get adequate width and volume. If you go with a brand like Russell, White's, Wesco, etc. that does semi-custom sizing, they have a wide catalog of sizes to choose from. See if you can get them to do an E width at the heel and a EEEE width at the ball, and extra high instep volume. For example, my foot measures a 9 in length, but to the ball of my foot it's a 10. EE width. To get modern, off the shelf footwear to work for me I usually have to get E or EE width and size up to a 9.5 or 10. I have a pair of White's SJ that I had rebuilt; they are 8.5 E with standard arch, and they KILL my feet now. I can't even wear them for a few hours. Someday I'd like to have them rebuilt again in a larger size with no arch (but primarily for better construction as the rebuild job they did was pretty bad). Russell Moccasin made me boots (after over a year of back and forth sizing issues), dead flat with no heel, Munson last, 7.5 E at heel and EEE at ball, extra high instep. they're probably the best fitting pair of boots I've ever had. I also have Grant Stone Diesel boots in a 9.5E, but their last runs large and I could have gone with a 9E. They have no arch, and were extremely comfortable out of the box for me. I've been sized for Redwing, and I need a 9.5EE for boots made on their No. 8 last (Beckman, Iron Ranger, etc.). Maybe look at White's Swing last, and Viberg's 2040 or 2045 last. Sorry for the long winded post. I hope that helps. Cheers! mpp
  6. railcar fine goods

    @Taylor_RFG +1 I was going to say/ask the same exact things!
  7. Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    How are those front pockets? They look really tight...
  8. iconic denim photos

    framed photo in the Pioneer Saloon, Ketchum, ID (pls excuse the reflection of the lighting fixture)
  9. Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    @Broark nice score! awesome pair. Fit pics? I'm curious to see what they look like worn IRL.
  10. W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    podcast interview w/ Ryan. https://player.fm/series/integrate-ignite-podcast/episode-202-the-romance-of-the-brand-with-ryan-martin-of-wh-ranch-dungarees I didn't know his brand is actually W. H. Ranch. Dungarees. ;-)
  11. Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    @Broark that seems a bit short for you, no?
  12. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    I've been out of town on a road trip ID for a couple weeks. Haven't looked at SuFu once. Lots of catching up to do!
  13. Samurai Jeans

    @Foxy2 - both jeans and jacket are gorgeous! Thanks for posting!!!
  14. railcar fine goods

    @Taylor_RFG - can you provide any further info on the denim, such as sanforized (I think you said somewhere it is), which mill produced it, how much further will it stretch/shrink, type of cotton, etc.? Do you use differetn thread on these than you other denims/fabrics due to the weight? I'm interested, especially at the new price, but I'm also interested in your 15oz denim too. Such tough decisions... and, I'm not sure which fit, as my my body weight has fluctuated at lot in the past several months. Right now, I could probably pull off the Spikes. But a year ago, no way, and a year from now, who knows. Thanks Taylor! mpp