Originally Posted by GQgeek
Sysdoc,I hadn't seen the Hanover before as it's not in the current catalogues. Is it still available? I'm also wondering if you have any pictures of shoes in the light tan to which you refer. Your pictures a lot better than the ones in the catalogue (and i'm going to be ordering from plal so i won't see them in person before I buy). Lastly, in what finish was the Hanover in your picture done, dark brown antique? Again, it looks a lot better than the catalogue scans (completely different, actually).
Anyway, the Hanovers were a great suggestion and I think they'll satisfy my wholecut needs (for the time-being), which will allow me to get the EG Ladbroke & the Inverness instead of the Newbury.
GT, regarding Vass... I had that exact same thought about a month ago, and I actually asked the following question on the AAAC forum, but never got a reply. Is their bespoke really only 700 euros if you fly to Budapest for them? How much is a RTW shoe there? I've also read somewhere that it's not true bespoke, but a MTM program. Either way, it's definitely something I'm considering for the future. I've thought about it though and I really want my Ladbrokes first, not to mention that the need for two trips to budapest adds considerably to the price of the shoes.
Regarding the Tony Gaziano suggestions... I will definitely be placing an order with him in the future, but right now I need to build-up a decent rotation and I can't do that at $2500 per pair ;p
So far my selection of definites, which has me up to ~3.5k, is looking as follows:
1)EG Ladbroke on 888 in chestnut or burnt pine
2)EG Inverness on 888 in burgundy
3)C&J Hanover on 337 in tan antique or dark brown antique
4)C&J Saville on 337 in dark brown antique
-Vass London 3 Eyelet U Last in dark brown or oxblood (will definitely get, but might skip for now and buy in europe next year)
-Santoni Handmade 6239
-Santoni Handmade Rubino
-Santoni Handmade Marro (I really like the burnished toe)
-Still looking for a sleek norwegian i really like.
And I second Roger's question, how does C&J handgrade leather compare to EG leather?
Thanks for all the help guys.
GQ - I bought two pair of cordovan ankle boots for less than $700 a piece. If they had been shoes, in calf, and I had paid cash, they would have been $500 a pair. these are the first shoes I have ever had made, so I really may not be the one to answer the bespoke/made to measure issue - but they took a dozen or so measurments of my foot, and the boots fit better than any other shoes I have ever had. I have to force myself to wear my other (pre-prada church) shoes, which were great up until now, and now seem to fit poorly, even though I bought them all with a great deal of care for the fit. so, whether or not these are "true bespoke" they fit fantstically.
also, one pair is a medalian "whole cut" (although I am not sure that really applies to an ankle boot) but not really a design that they normally do - I discribed what I wanted, and we discussed it, and they made it for me. I chose the leather and the color - I am not sure what more one could want from a bespoke experience.
the one problem is picking up the shoes - I had a friend in Budapest pick mine up. you should be able to find a solution - if nothing else get someone from Fedex or a hotel concierge to pick them up, and give him $100.
I am very very happy with my shoes. I simply can't imagine how they could get better, but I am also not in a position to get some bespoke british shoes - maybe the expereince is substantially better.
and budapest is a great place to visit - if you go let me know, I can give you some pointers.