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mpukas last won the day on August 21 2015

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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 head
  • location:
    Gypsum, CO
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    Keira Knightley
  • talents:
    making things taste good
  • denim
    size 33
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    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27

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  1. @mrsmiff - Those M-43 look great. What last are they made on? You guys are killin' it on the boot game lately! mpp
  2. Indeed! great pics and beautiful boots. Very tempting, but I'm afraid they wouldn't be wide enough for the way I prefer boots/shoes to fit. And the heel is too tall for my liking, but that could be altered. The price is very reasonable for this level of quality, when compared to other competing options. @mrsmiff - Is there a specific reason why you chose to do a full length Vibram outsole that extends into the heel stack vs a 1/2 sole? Personally I prefer the look of a 1/2, but a full length outsole that leaves no exposed sole leather on the bottom of the boot will be much more durable and last longer.
  3. @setterman - what do you think of the Cone denim on the 1976 model? And what's you're overall impression? I'm still very curious about this model, but not sure about that price tag. I missed out on the sale.
  4. erm... some fashion-denim nonsense among a bit of common knowledge. Crap like this is how urban myths spread
  5. @Megatron1505 - can you share any info about this? Is the collab pair going to be the new IH cut with some super-special unique denim?
  6. What's the deal with these two models? Specs?
  7. pre-distressed TFH? Really? why is this even being discussed...
  8. @binsentow - congrats on that purchase. S510 is one of my favorites. I have the 25oz GA 15th anniversary in size 34, and 16oz OG AK 16th anniversary in size 33. The sizing and cut is a little different on each, though. The 25oz ran a tad big, and the 16oz ran a tad small. I still love and wear both regularly. I just had the 25oz taperd to a 8.25" hem opening by RCFG, and as usual they did a superb job. I did it because it don't usually wear my jeans cuffed and I don't like the hem dragging on the ground. It took me some time to get used tot he new profile, but now I like it. I've been eyeing the S510XX 21oz for a long time. What size did you get, and can you post measurements? Pre- and Post- shrink if possible. Fit pics too if you get a chance. Thanks! mpp
  9. @JDelage - what are your thoughts on the fit? Overall I think it looks pretty good, but are the shoulders a bit big?
  10. From my limited knowledge of shoe/boot making, the original Goodyear welt was made by hand by cutting a rib into the midsole. The machine was created to make the process easier and quicker and get the same result. I think it's one of the coolest parts of boot construction. The glued-on ribbing was made to make the process even easier. Gemming/ribbing gets bagged on a lot, but I've personally not heard of any quality boot failing because the ribbing came unglued from the midsole. I've been told by fellas here, more in the know than I, thatmost high-end shoe/boot makers use some sort of glued-on ribbing for the GYW. It could be said that gemming/ribbing is the dirty little secret of GYW, and all the GYW-fan-boys are being duped. Youtube has many videos of various methods. If you search for Redwing, you can clearly see on their mass-produced work boots that they glue on a synthetic/plastic ply-rib to the midsole. If you search for Rios of Mercedes - AWESOME BOOTS! - you can see a good demo of them using their ribbing machine, as Viberg now has. In the meantime, check out these mad crazy welting skills. To really appreciate it you have to watch the whole thing.
  11. @kiya - you've probably answered this before and I've missed it, but will this film ever be in wider release? Everyone in this little niche world who wasn't able to attend a showing in person desperately wants to see it. Any insight as to hhy or why not? Cheers! mpp
  12. I suspect it's combination of marketing and branding, and a history of international economies. How many Portuguese or Spanish brands are we aware of? Not nearly as many as French, Italian, British, US, etc. Of the few brands we know of, is their quality any less than the better know brands? I don't know exactly, but I suspect none, if not significantly less. I intentionally exclude the JP brands we fawn over since this scene is such an anomaly, and it's it's part of the JP culture to be fanatically good at just one thing. I also think it's akin to manufacturing in China and Korea - years ago US co's outsourced because it was cheaper, and now they're at the point where they are often better as well cheaper than can be done locally.
  13. I agree with this sentiment, and have been thinking the same thing. Portugal is know for producing quality clothing, and especially shoes. Like other manufacturers, they can probably meet any level of price and quality desired by the client. Another reason for outsourcing to Portugal, besides cost, is the infrastructure, skill and labor force. That's not to say that Portugal is the only country that knows how to make quality clothes and shoes, they just know how to achieve a level of quality for a price that's more competitive than US or EU capabilities, which in turn makes for a more economical item for the consumer, which means more sales. Very likely. What you write contradicts yourself from one post to the next. Don't get defensive against other members for not "getting" what you mean, when what you say isn't said clearly.
  14. @JDelage - thnx for posting pics and measurements. Questions about your method - where are you measuring the waist? At the smallest width, and are you doing a second measurement at the bottom width/opening? My hunch has always been that I'd need a 44 in TFH, and your measurements confirm that. I find it interesting how much taper they have compared to shoulder width. Post some fit pics when u get a chance. Thnx!
  15. That 8050 oxford/derby is a really good looking shoe. Nice score. I assume that's from the Euro/JP market, not available in USA?