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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
just curious, i see a lot of people discussing and showing pix of english shoes, just curious if this board is from the UK and most are British? nobody really talks about mantellassi or lattanzi, more of the C&J and Lobb and EG. i highly prefer mantellassi, so i was just curious about this "lean" towards the others
post #2 of 16
I actually prefer Italian, and French shoes rather than the more blucher, etc. shaped English shoes. But still Edward Green manages to have a few beautiful items.
post #3 of 16
Though few people seem fill the 'Location' field in their profile, my impression is that most people here are from the USA. It is also my impression that a good chunk of the posting population wears a suit and tie for work. Although both Lattanzi and Mantellassi make beautiful shoes, I believe the British manufacturers make a larger variety of models suited for the work environment. Also, for casual style, the double/triple stitching and extended soles on Italian shoes may just not be attractive to everyone.
post #4 of 16
You'll get some comment about Lattanzi from time to time, though you're right about Mantellassi. Lattanzi just isn't very accessible to me. I don't get to see many Lattanzi shoes, and a significant portion of the ones that I do see are those gunboat-welted things that I could never wear. Even if I could wear them, I'm not going to spend more than $2000 on a calfskin pair of RTW shoes (although I did think long and hard about those tan Lattanzi wholecuts that you had a while back). Mantellassi is more reasonable, but I haven't seen many of them and the ones that I have seen haven't spoken to me. I talk about EG shoes a lot because I love them, because they're reasonably priced (well, sort of), and because they're a challenge to get but not too much of one. When I'm looking for Italian flair, I go with Gravati -- certainly not the equal of either Lattanzi or Mantellassi, but not priced like them, either.
post #5 of 16
The focus here is on English shoes because most of the guys are not collectors - they are just looking for a few pairs of conservative, versatile, high quality and affordable shoes. The English shoes are more conservative and are much easier to find on sale, thus they get most of the attention. Personally, I love any shoe that is of high quality and superior design. That includes most Mantellassi and Lattanzi of course. Absolutely wonderful shoes. Besides Lance, we should be happy that everybody is chasing Edward Green, that just means more Mantellassi for us
post #6 of 16
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i figured andrew's response was the answer i thought. hey andrew, did you see those mantellassis i posted? AWESOME. i've pointed my sales guy to 5 other pair that if they make it to sale, they're mine.
post #7 of 16
Lance, are these posted on the web site you sent me a link to earlier today?
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
which ones, the mantellassis or the lattanzis? the mantellassis aren't b/c they're mine personally. the lattanzis are in there though
post #9 of 16
Which website are you guys talking about? http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com ?
post #10 of 16
I agree with the earlier comments. I would love to add some Lattanzi's to the collection. However, we all also love the bargain, and it is easier to find English shoes at palatable prices than better Italian makes. If any one knows of a Plal equivalant for Mantellassi's please share.
post #11 of 16
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Which website are you guys talking about? http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com ?
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Which website are you guys talking about? http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com ?
yes that's the one i'm going to open for business either tomorrow or Wednesday. just preparing the "clearance" area and some other small things. would love for you guys to give opinions. keep in mind it "is what it is" i.e. i don't have unlimited funds to do all kinds of bells and whistles. it cost me way more than expected as it is and i'm very pleased with it. thx
post #12 of 16
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would love for you guys to give opinions.
Just a couple of small things: The 'find my size' button is a really great idea, but it seems to work only sporadically - it worked for me the other day, but now it'll just say, for example '7 items found', but display nothing. Also, that opening graphic made my eyes explode. Perhaps if you could move the text off the graphic...
post #13 of 16
I have mostly Italian and Vass as well. One pair Ed Greens (Stowes) on order, and a pair of RLPLs I'm still trying to wear (need a tongue pad and/or insole)or sell. I don't spose those Lattanzis are sized like British shoes???
post #14 of 16
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would love for you guys to give opinions.
Just a couple of small things: The 'find my size' button is a really great idea, but it seems to work only sporadically - it worked for me the other day, but now it'll just say, for example '7 items found', but display nothing. Also, that opening graphic made my eyes explode. Perhaps if you could move the text off the graphic...
nick, what do you mean exactly re: move it off? make it above/below or something? m webguy actually did that on his own, and i liked it, but there are always changes to be made. re: find my size, i'll check it out. eariler it was working so i'll see if something has gone haywire. thanks.
post #15 of 16
Stu, I would like to congratulate you on the site. E-commerce, paired with targeting a niche market, can be a scary thing to get into, and you are doing it quite well. I am looking to make a few purchases from your store, as some items have really caught my eye. Suggestions I might have: The site is very "˜sloppy', not necessarily bad, but has a number of inconsistencies, such as alignment the logo and "˜splash' image are "˜right' but the copyright/contact the designer ["˜center'] and search/shopping bag ["˜left'] are not. -\tThe navbar [men's womens's.. etc] on the top does not extend the span of the splash image. This looks choppy, especially when you are viewing the items, it looks like something was left out after FAQ -\tDEF: A CONSPICUOUSLY DRESSY PERSON Links to the home page. This is not obvious to a user, thus creates confusion. If you what a constant "home" link, link the image and not the definition. [or make a distinct "home" link/button. Def: makes it seem as it is an actual link to a definition [which would be useless and would only clutter up the page anyways] -\tBrowse - >Women's [and men's] bar extends the width of the page and does not react to the length of the image. -\tThe vertical selection bar is good, but the blue outline, that changes with the amount of options selected, makes the page look "disorganized" -\tThe "˜size' dropdown menu is too big for the horizontal divider it is placed in. [easiest way to fix this is to enlarge the width of the gray bar]. These blunders are all easily fixed, so don't worry about "˜design' time expenditures, in fact the guy should fix the alignment for free [that's just sloppiness]. Another suggestion would be deciding on the width of the page [smaller is better, to accommodate those with average monitors] and sticking with it through out the site. This will give consistency and make the site more appealing and professional. [constant location of "˜things'] the other, more professional way to remedy the problem is to use CSS [cascading style sheets] but that may be a little advanced, more expensive and not quite necessary. The logo does not offer much on "˜branding' or brand association. A logo must be: simple, be easily reproduced in black and white, and unique. [Not to mention, identify with the company.] If you what I would suggest visiting a local college and posting a "˜design competition', for your logo [Explain the company's nutshell purpose, what you what the logo to convey and offer the winner a reward]. Final "˜quarrel'.. Once selecting "men's" from the navbar along the top, I think it is redundant having the "women's" link in the vertical menu. [the same happens when you select "˜women's'.]Although arguably it is a convenience feature, I think is might be cluttering the page [you gave bigger pictorial link just above]. Play around on the site and see what you can come up with.... Once again these are suggestions, and opinions. I think you are well on the way to a successful venture. Good luck and be gentle with our hard earned money.
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