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post #31 of 39
My grandfather left me lots of great old ballys that I love. Especially my cordovan ones that he never wore. I don't know how much he paid, but they are definitely high quality.
post #32 of 39
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Yup, they're made in switzerland. I think it's a great deal at $160. However, they're long my size 9d is 12.25 inches.
post #33 of 39
i think bally shoes can great; just go with your eyes and be picky. you owe nothing until you choose to buy.
post #34 of 39

I know it has been awhile since you posted, but since I'm shopping for new Bally's, I thought I'd give you my husband's perspective on these shoes.  He is a serious runner and has many toe issues. These are his favorite brand to wear, but he doesn't like it when they add gold or silver details, which makes it tough to find something he will wear.   Even though he doesn't like the hardware, he will wear the Bally's over Ferragamo, Testoni, Tod's - basically any other high end shoe that is not bespoke.

post #35 of 39

I also think my Ballys are remarkably comfortable, considering that they initially seem designed for optimal appearance rather than practicality. 

post #36 of 39

Just over three years ago I went to a Bally outlet store in Sydney, Australia and went large on four pairs of Bally's.

Two pairs of sued boots, nut brown brogues and a pair of black dress shoe to go with my tux.

Even with the discount, these shoes are very expensive here and I parted with just under $1500 for four pairs.

But, I figured that I keep my shoes in good order, have trees for all my good shoes and keep them in the original boxes. Slightly anal, maybe. As a result I have a pair of Church's that are now 30 years old, still look amazing, and a pair of Lobb's that are a touch younger.

All of my Bally's have been to my shoemaker for repairs (the whole sole fell clean off my brown boots whilst I was in the city, no warning, had to buy another pair just to get home).

None have been worn in the rain or gone cross country.

No way will I shell out on Bally's again as they are not a quality shoe. If you like the Scibes, buy a pair of Church's instead.

Disappointing.

post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by geepee View Post

Just over three years ago I went to a Bally outlet store in Sydney, Australia and went large on four pairs of Bally's.
Two pairs of sued boots, nut brown brogues and a pair of black dress shoe to go with my tux.
Even with the discount, these shoes are very expensive here and I parted with just under $1500 for four pairs.
But, I figured that I keep my shoes in good order, have trees for all my good shoes and keep them in the original boxes. Slightly anal, maybe. As a result I have a pair of Church's that are now 30 years old, still look amazing, and a pair of Lobb's that are a touch younger.
All of my Bally's have been to my shoemaker for repairs (the whole sole fell clean off my brown boots whilst I was in the city, no warning, had to buy another pair just to get home).
None have been worn in the rain or gone cross country.
No way will I shell out on Bally's again as they are not a quality shoe. If you like the Scibes, buy a pair of Church's instead.
Disappointing.

The quality of Church's today don't compare with their quality 10 years ago, let alone 30 years. Bally's Scribe is one of the top RTW shoes.
If you are lucky you can find them NIB on ebay and maybe their outlet stores for $350-$500.
post #38 of 39

True.

My old Church's are fully leather lined, just great.

I had a look and my brown brogues are scribes. In Australia they retail for about $1200. Maybe I'll look on ebay, but I like to try them on first.

The money isn't the issue, it's just that when I spend on quality there is an expectation that they will last. 

post #39 of 39

Indeed I do have an opinion on Bally shoes -- I disagree completely with most posters in this thread and would say they are the finest shoes I've ever worn.  In me Bally has a customer for life, while-ever they maintain the standards I have come to know and expect.

They are comfortable, classy, elegant and lady-like;  their construction is superb and that delicate sole is apparently extremely tough -- I've never yet had to replace a Bally sole.  As must the heels be strong for I am no feather-weight;  and when a four-and-a-quarter inch heel is actually comfortable I pay attention!  Another poster pointed out that they are not "vampy" and she's right - they're not - which is exactly why I like them ~ for they suit my personal style the way inordinately few other brands of women's shoes today can or do.  They go extremely well with my preppy/classic wardrobe and I look at Bally, and Robert Clergerie, before any other brands.

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