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Posts by Bill Smith

I picked up a pair of 1880 Chesters from Woolridge Shoes in Toronto and I'm very happy with them. I like AE but with the recent deterioration of the Canadian dollar, the value proposition with them is not quite what it used to be when after shipping and taxes I'm looking at $500 Cad versus almost $600 for a pair of Loake 1880s tax in purchased locally and Loake is much nicer than AE.
If you can throw a decent pair of penny loafers into the mix something along the lines of Alden's Leisure Handsewn series, I would be really happy.
Hi Rick,I would be interested in some goodyear welted shoes for under $400 CAD provided they lean more towards classic and less fashion.
I Picked up a pair of thinsulite insulated Bludtsone boots two years ago and they were great dealing with the past two polar vortexes.
I remember that article, I think the bulk of the remaining footwear industry caters to the safety shoe/boot market with Viberg and Dayton also selling the streetwear crowd with their service boots and I think winter boot makers too out of Montreal as well. Otherwise we're getting ripped off every time we buy pair of Loake, Vass, Carminas, even Nike running shoes. It's bullshit.
The big question, will the tariffs and duties on shoes from the UK and EU drop once the free trade deal is phased in?
Finally grabbed a pair of Loake Chester short wings from Woolridge Shoes. Ivor is still working on getting Cheaney in but he's doing ok with Loake 1880. Again, he cares about fit and for that expertise I'm fine paying full price for that. My apologies for the crappy picture.
Just picked up a pair of mahogany Chesters at Woolridge Shoes downtown Toronto before dinner.
That's what drives me nuts with local pricing, what's mid market elsewhere becomes "luxury" here. Talking to Ivor at Woolridge Shoes a few months back, he plans to have Cheaney in around the $600 range when he starts carrying the line. Now truth of the matter it's probably a $500 and change shoe but you can thank currency fluctuations and whatever the tariff is on shoes made outside of North America ( I would not hold your breath with the EU free trade agreement,that's...
Cheaney isn't flashy enough for Holts. That's also a reason why as RogerP pointed out that Harry Rosen carries clown shoes. Well made classic footwear isn't popular with menswear retailers in Toronto and by extension Canada. There's very much equating brand name i.e. Canali, Boss etc. equals quality. Personally I rather take either Cheaney or Crockett and Jones if given access to it.
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