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post #16 of 32
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(5thave @ April 23 2005,09:53) Sorry about not including a price range.  But I'm pretty flexible with price.  I guess anything under $1,000
Well, with that budget I'd go to one of the Edward Green trunk shows and get a custom order (not bespoke, but more MTM). I think they run in the $850 neighborhood and you get pretty much exactly what you want.
Yes agreed. There is a thread by Bic Pentameter posted on the 21st of this month which he describes how EG modified an 888 last to better model his foot.
post #17 of 32
How about Ferragamos?
post #18 of 32
If you're in the "penniless professional" category you might want to check these out: http://www.landsend.com/cd....3121540 There are probably 17 million things wrong with these from the well-heeled gents' point of view, but they look and feel good and didn't cost me two weeks' pay. Selah, Patrick
post #19 of 32
There's nothing wrong with Lands End, but if you shop on Ebay, sticking to new and reputable dealers, you can still get Allen Edmonds for lower than that and Alden for a little bit more than that.  Also can occasionally get benchmade (not handgrade) C&J's for Polo around that price to 50 dollars more as well.... Edit: On the hand, Lands End's overstocks include a couple of their older line of stitched shoes for below $100. Presumably corrected grain and stitched but non-welted.
post #20 of 32
Loake is an English company that makes both modern and traditional styles. I have heard good things - though no personal experience. Their top-end line is the same price as AE on the website www.plal.com . They also make a few lower-priced lines.
post #21 of 32
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Edward Green is the only one that I know of that offers a broad selection of widths. Allen Edmonds and Alden, as mentioned, have MANY width options.
J M Weston is an another option that offers multiple widths and excellent construction.
post #22 of 32
Loake are well constructed, the problem is that most of the shoes are grain corrected. (Grain corrected shoes don't age well).
post #23 of 32
I have seen some Loakes 2 days ago and agree that their leather sucks.
post #24 of 32
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How about Ferragamos?
I have been a Ferragamo customer for about five years but that is ending because my tastes have changed and my demand for quality has increased. The higher end Ferragamo (definitely not Studio) are nice, but for the price, you can do so much better. Ferragamo has lots of choices for widths, so that may be an advantage to their shoes. And they usually have a matching belt for every shoe that can be cut to size.
post #25 of 32
I just got my first pair of Ferragamos for $69 at Nordstrom Rack, black loafer. I'm thrilled with how they look, and absolutely a step up from my current brand (J & M).
post #26 of 32
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I just got my first pair of Ferragamos for $69 at Nordstrom Rack, black loafer.  I'm thrilled with how they look, and absolutely a step up from my current brand (J & M).
I stand corrected. For $69, Ferragamos are a steal.
post #27 of 32
anyone have thoughts on mephisto shoes? they are nothing at all like alden &c, not 'classic' by any stretch but very comfortable. I have picked up several pairs over the years at nordstrom rack for ~ 70 US each. I am considering getting a boat shoe that they make, runs about 300$ I think, anyone have experience with them?
post #28 of 32
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anyone have thoughts on mephisto shoes? they are nothing at all like alden &c, not 'classic' by any stretch but very comfortable.  I have picked up several pairs over the years at nordstrom rack for ~ 70 US each. I am considering getting a boat shoe that they make, runs about 300$ I think, anyone have experience with them?
Mephisto: French design (I think), made in Portugal (fact), high retail price (perception [$270 for a pair of sandals.), dull as stale popcorn (just my opinion).
post #29 of 32
Good Lord, is that what Mephistos are running these days? Hardly seem worth it. Comfortable, well-built, and all the style of a lump of mud.
post #30 of 32
Right they're all pretty ugly looking. I have gone through two pairs of what look like leather tennis shoes, i wear them jogging and hiking primarily... athletic shoes per se are much worse looking, in my opinion. All the same, the boat shoe they make does seem as though it would be very comfortable, and boat shoes arent all that dapper to begin with.
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