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Another thing I like is shoes been into TK Maxx today come out with these handmade Italian dark brown shoes a bargain at £13.00 Dino Draghi.Had to lace them up my way just like the way I do my doc martins.

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Another thing I like is shoes been into TK Maxx today come out with these handmade Italian dark brown shoes a bargain at £13.00 Dino Draghi.Had to lace them up my way just like the way I do my doc martins.

A woman I met told me how Allen Edmunds (US brand) were superior, could be customized, could be rebuilt when they wear out, etc. Treated myself to a couple of slipons from their local outlet store, one a pair of Italian made loafers. Still breaking them in a bit.

 

In the past I’ve bought marked down shoes at local stores like Saks Off 5th or Nordstrom Rack, no more. I’ve gotten a few that had some defect that ended up explaining why they were marked down so much.

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I used to work with someone who previously ran shoe shops.  He would berate us daily about our Next or M&S shoes.  So one lunchtime we all went to a local shop that specialised in seconds and all bought a pair of Loakes.

They were great!  He was right

Now I buy formal shoes from Loakes, Grenson, one pair of Churches boots and some Clark's  (again, recommended by my former colleague).  It is worth investing in a good pair of shoes, as men's shoes rarely change fashion and if they last 10+ years then it is only £10 a year for really comfortable, quality shoes.

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1 hour ago, scottswatches said:

then it is only £10 a year for really comfortable, quality shoes.

If only. I'm hard on shoes due to the amount of walking I do. Summer boots are these.

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Palladium Gore TeX, super comfy, but since Beckham and Brad Pit started wearing them, they've almost doubled in price. Last pair were £90 and they last me around 6 months. Tyres for my wife's car are cheaper and last longer.

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6 hours ago, bowie said:

Another thing I like is shoes been into TK Maxx today come out with these handmade Italian dark brown shoes a bargain at £13.00 Dino Draghi.Had to lace them up my way just like the way I do my doc martins.

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That's the correct way to lace shoes...never cross the laces...always parallel.

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At work I'm on my feet and walking around all day. I bought a pair of these recently. Best pair of boots I've had in years.

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https://www.arco.co.uk/products/6DM0200?s=1

Day to day out of work I mostly wear sort of dressy trainers and by far and away the best are Lacoste, proper ones not the cheap sports shop ones, supremely comfortable and they last forever. 

Proper shoes you still can't go wrong with Clark's and for really dressy Oliver Sweeney, not cheap but as always good things never are.

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Boots for me too! 

Daily wear are these Altbergs, army issue now and a great bit of kit, gone are the days of standing in a hot bath to try and soften and mold the old blister makers to your feet! 

Before we deployed, a team from Altberg measured our feet to make sure we were issued the right size! 

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my own boots are these Meindls, didn’t need to break them in or anything most comfortable walking boot I’ve had. About five year old now and still plenty life in them. 

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15 hours ago, WRENCH said:

Can't do with speed lacers. :(  Will some men come and take me away ?

Of course, I was talking about 'proper' shoes such as Oxfords, or Brogues, which are always laced in parallel...

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Hiking, or work boots can be laced diagonally, especially if the boots are equipped with speed lacing hooks. Personally, I have used Englebert Strauss boots and workwear for years now, and believe it is unsurpassed for comfort, style and quality.

My work boots...these are winter boots and have a fleece lining...

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Some have a 'twist to tighten' dial which does the boot up without normal laces...

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Ive used altberg, lowa, dickies and haix for work previousy. All great solid, comfortable, long lasting boots. Currently sporting some hoggs of Fife dealer boots for the bad weather (supposedly made by Loake) but once the weather improves I'll revert back to my Loake brogues - most comfortable shoes I've ever had.

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Just a small sample of footwear.

Row 1:  ASICS Meta Run, for abusing what I've got left.

Row 2: Casual driving and walking. Because one needs to look inconspicuous .

Row 3: Western for taming horses and line dancing.

Row 4: Moto Touring and Racing. Made of recycled knee pucks. Vegan friendly.

 

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1 hour ago, Littlelegs said:

Ive used altberg, lowa, dickies and haix for work previousy. All great solid, comfortable, long lasting boots. Currently sporting some hoggs of Fife dealer boots for the bad weather (supposedly made by Loake) but once the weather improves I'll revert back to my Loake brogues - most comfortable shoes I've ever had.

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I've got Loake Bedale, best pair of boots or shoes I've ever had. Also have a pair of Blenhiems in my effort to look like John Steed

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On 14/01/2018 at 22:24, WRENCH said:

If only. I'm hard on shoes due to the amount of walking I do. Summer boots are these.

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Palladium Gore TeX, super comfy, but since Beckham and Brad Pit started wearing them, they've almost doubled in price. Last pair were £90 and they last me around 6 months. Tyres for my wife's car are cheaper and last longer.

I had my summer boots on at the weekend but they're as waterproof as a tea bag. 

My two pair of winter boots by comparison are like clogs. 

On 14/01/2018 at 22:24, WRENCH said:

If only. I'm hard on shoes due to the amount of walking I do. Summer boots are these.

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Palladium Gore TeX, super comfy, but since Beckham and Brad Pit started wearing them, they've almost doubled in price. Last pair were £90 and they last me around 6 months. Tyres for my wife's car are cheaper and last longer.

Belstaff has gone up a bit since 1974 eh? :(

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Usually one of  couple of pairs of Barkers for work - as mentioned above, proper shoes which can be re-soled are significantly cheaper in the long run than something half decent with a rubber sole, as well as being significantly nicer of course!

Settled on the aforementioned Barkers for everyday use, but my faves are actually some Loake 1881s, although I have a few others from Grenson, Cheaney etc.

What's the old saying?  Don't skimp on things which go between you and the ground.

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1 hour ago, WRENCH said:

I've got two vintage jackets that I think will be going on evilbay soon.

They'll be worth a bomb. I have to hold my hand up and admit i bought a snide one off ebay, just for walking the dog even though I've got a modern wax jacket and several Barbours. 

The snide one is awful with a capital A and after re waxing it, it looks worse. 

When i was 16 i bought a Lewis leathers 69er jacket for £3 off a mate. When i was in Paris in 2015 they had them on sale........ €790!!!!! 

If you sell your Belstaffs let me know how you get on will you?? 

My wifes Roadmaster was £550 and theyre not as good as the old ones with them being 'boutique' 

 

1 hour ago, ziggy1024 said:

Usually one of  couple of pairs of Barkers for work - as mentioned above, proper shoes which can be re-soled are significantly cheaper in the long run than something half decent with a rubber sole, as well as being significantly nicer of course!

Settled on the aforementioned Barkers for everyday use, but my faves are actually some Loake 1881s, although I have a few others from Grenson, Cheaney etc.

What's the old saying?  Don't skimp on things which go between you and the ground.

I tried some Barkers but when i tried them on they didnt lace up properly as both sides didn't line up. 

I got both pairs of Loakes from a local cobblers which felt good. 

My missus has said she'll get me some Loak Caine Chelsea boots for my upcoming 60th.

I expect all 3 pairs to outlast me, and the Doc Martin brogues too

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