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mpukas last won the day on January 16

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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 33
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    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27

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  1. mpukas

    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    Good point. I've seen him advertise his own sample/lightly worn pairs for around $200 +/-. I hadn't considered how that alone might affect resale value.
  2. mpukas

    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    There's nothing wrong with wanting to spend no more than $200 for a pair of boots, college-age or otherwise. Thursday is a good option in that price range. When I was in college, a pair of Doc's was expensive for me. As Dude said, the guy has no perspective.
  3. mpukas

    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    Yeah I have bought and sold many pairs over the past few years. Most of the pairs I've sold were due to not fitting. If those 634's you bought from me fit I'd still have them. And yeah I do get excited about new releases. Some models I know I have to have, and some I'm just curious about them due to hype/interest - whether from here or elsewhere. But I dont think that because I'm trying to sell 4 pairs ATM that has anything to do with the resale value of each pair.
  4. mpukas

    Tanuki Japan

    I really wanted to love them, but I cant quite put my finger on why I dont. I do think if I washed and hemmed them, they'd fit and look really good. The denim is certainly unique and interesting, and I've always wanted a pair of Oni's secret denim, just to see it. But @cander49's experience with Oni certainly turned me off. Maybe it's the whole package doesnt suit my taste/style. Dunno... I do think their whole initial marketing campaign was arrogant and in bad taste. That and the general consensus around here has certainly swayed my opinion. But so have @mikecch's reviews.
  5. mpukas

    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    I'm realizing the 2nd hand denim market has gone soft. I haven't been in this game as long as some folks here, but it wasn't that long ago that I was able to move several different brand's pairs for a decent price. I have IH, TFH, TSG and Tanuki - all quality pairs, brand-new or like-new - that I'm trying move with little interest I'm only willing to go so low before it's not worth it to me to sell them. I now know I won't get close to what I paid for them, but I'd rather keep them in my meager collection than sell them super cheap. I'm not trying to get rid of them just to get rid of them.
  6. mpukas

    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    The guy has a very superficial interest in boots. Sure, he has quite a few pairs which are fun to look it and see in detail without having to actually buy them or visit a shop. His knowledge of boot/shoe construction goes as far as GYW = the best. I wonder if he even knows what gemming is? (I didn't until a few years ago after spending time here and learning from folks that know more than I; that not a knock for not being informed, but for posing as an expert when he's not). He doesn't seem to have any grasp of the minor & major subtleties/differences that separate decent boots from really good boots. All of his vid reviews are from his own closet, and there's really only so much much you say about a pair of boots and so many ways you can compare and contrast them. Yet like most YT'ers he keep pumping out vids with a slightly different angle just to put out vids to get views & likes. He's just a fashionista that likes to talk. A lot. About nothing. For example, in the couple of vids I've tried to watch, he's stated that Thursday boots are his favorite. And he usually rags on Grant Stone for being made in China and therefore over priced. That's as far as it goes. He fails to mention Thursday are made in Mexico, which last time I checked, is outside of the US and - like China - has cheaper labor rates than the US, hence cheaper end product for US consumers. He doesn't seem to know that China and Mexico both have highly skilled craftsmen with a long history of making high quality leather goods and footwear, rivalling the best from US, Canada, and Europe. He's made no effort to look into how each boot in made in their respective factories. While I've never handled a pair of Thursday's, I do own a pair of Grant Stone's, and I can say affirmatively the GS are some of the best boots you'll find anywhere, at any price, from any maker. You'd have to go to the highest-end boot makers to get better, and you'd pay 2-4 times the price. Just by looking at Thursday's in his vids, on-line, IG, etc. it's immediately apparent that GS are far better quality in design and construction. GS are nearly twice the price of Thursday, so they should be better overall. I haven't watched any of his vids about Viberg. But if he said they are over priced, I have to agree, to a point. Viberg are spendy, and they sell quickly. They can get the prices they ask. If their product didn't sell, I'm sure they'd drop the price to where they did sell. Are they worth the price? The value is whatever someone is willing to pay. Can you get something comparable for less? Sure, but exactly like anything they make. If that's what you want, that's what you'll pay. Personally, I might someday pay $700 for a pair of Viberg's, but I'd never pay $200 for a pair of Thursday's.
  7. mpukas

    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    I agree on these points. I also think there's the bragging rights that his devout followers get from telling each other, and their friends that don't know anything about denim, how long they waited for their pair. Or, how they paid more and their pair faster. Maybe that makes some people feel special and buying from a shop or a used pair doesn't have any of that appeal.
  8. mpukas

    The Flat Head

    cold soaked for an hour; hot wash normal cycle about 1 1/2 hrs; 20 minute hot dryer. There should be no significant shrink left. I was very surprised they only shrank 1" in the waist. Fit pics in raw heavy denim are deceiving. The fit looks pretty good in pics but after washing I can just about pull them off of my hips when buttoned up
  9. mpukas

    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    I didn't realize resale value was so low.
  10. mpukas

    The Flat Head

    I finally picked up my first pair of TFH jeans - 3202 20oz slim tapered f/ SE. I still love heavy denim, and I'm currently into the slimmer cuts, just 'cuz I can actually wear them. I have heavy denim f/ IH and Samurai, and these TFH 20oz although lightly are probably stiffer and burly than anything else I've ever handled! It's super dark, very irregular, sort of loose weave. Soaked and washed once, and even still it's the stiffest denim. I think this cut nails it for a slim taper - medium rise, not too tight thighs and not too much taper. Double row stitching at front and rear pockets is a great touch. TFH pockets are kinda how I always feared - tight and shallow pocket bags. I first got a pair of 33's, but thought they'd be too tight. Exchanged for 34's hoping they'd shrink a lot. Buy they didn't - only about an 1" in the waist. The 34's are too big so I'm trying to move them and I'll get another pair of 33's.
  11. mpukas

    Tanuki Japan

    I picked up a pair of RAW Oni x Tanuki OTHT 21.5oz organic indigo shortly after they dropped late summer/early fall 2018. As stated in an earlier post, I tried on some Tanuiki Earth Denim High Taper a Canoe Club in boulder, and was rather intrigued. There was a ton of hype around this collab and they sold out quick everywhere that had them. Overall, they're very nice jeans. I generally concur w/ @mikecch's reviews of Tanuki that's he's done on his blog. Construction and details are solid. For this type of cut, it's well executed. The denim is indeed unique and has TONS of character. I really like their buttons! Given all that, I'm not really into them much. The rise is too high and the taper too aggressive for my taste. Moving them, if there's anyone interested hit me up...
  12. mpukas

    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    @ecsong187 I bought them new from Canoe Club in Boulder, and that was the tagged price. Totally hype-induced impulse buy on my part. He did a small run for the store when they opened. At the time, his on-line price was $375 (and still). The guys in the shop told me he had been "advised" that he should be charging more...
  13. mpukas

    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    yeah, thanks I'll need it... I'll consider reasonable offers from this crowd, just 'cuz I love ya' all.