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post #46 of 55
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Why? What type do you prefer?


I don't like the thick stitching, clunky/extended welts, or the tasseled strings.
post #47 of 55
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Originally Posted by scnupe7
I don't like the thick stitching, clunky/extended welts, or the tasseled strings.
Agreed, its almost like the shoes are trying to hard...
post #48 of 55
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Originally Posted by whnay.
Agreed, its almost like the shoes are trying to hard...

In general, I agree with this sentiment, but I will say that Testoni, Lattanzi, Mantellassi and Lidfort make some genuine Norwegian welted shoes that I find stunning. Will they ever be the backbone of my shoe wardrobe, no. Do I like wearing them with heavy weight trousers like cords and moleskins, yup. That being said, none of these shoes fall into that category and I also wouldn't consider purchasing any of them.
post #49 of 55
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Originally Posted by whnay.
Agreed, its almost like the shoes are trying to hard...

I tend to agree with you guys. I like the look of these, but I'm not sure I'd wear them. I tend to be fairly conservative in my shoe choices.
post #50 of 55
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I have to admit to being torn on the topic of my shoe tendencies. All of what I currently own is Italian. That was my introduction to better shoes. However, I am experiencing a growing distaste for extended welts. It's something that I didn't used to notice, but the more I look at pics of EGs and Lobbs, the more I think that they're doing it right. Still, I really love some of the authentic norvegese that makers like Mantellassi, and once in a while Branchini produce (Lattanzi is just WAYYYYYYYY out of my price range so i won't even mention them heh). None of the shoes I posted really do it for me, and I suppose that's why I posted pics looking for other opinions. My inner-peacock likes fancy patinations, but the the conservative part of my brain wonders if i'm not going too far. However, I'm already far out-dressing almost everyone I meet on a day to day basis, and I'm thinking excessively artistic patinations will attract the wrong kind of attention.

I really like EGs on the 888, some the some of the Lobb Prestige (like the Jermyn II), and a couple of the C&J handgrades. However I also like some Berluti, Corthay, and some of the more fashion forward italian stuff. It makes it very difficult to chose when I'm dealing with such a limited budget (well, relatively speaking).

Anyway, I think I'm going to pass on all of these and just wait until June for my NY trip, which will hopefully still happen, despite the fact that the wedding I need to attend is going to require 4 days stay in toronto instead of the original 2. Thanks guys!
post #51 of 55
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Originally Posted by GQgeek

Anyway, I think I'm going to pass on all of these and just wait until June for my NY trip, which will hopefully still happen, despite the fact that the wedding I need to attend is going to require 4 days stay in toronto instead of the original 2. Thanks guys!


I thought you were contemplating MTO EGs. What happened to that?
post #52 of 55
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Originally Posted by whoopee
I don't get the heavy stitching, extended and "sturdy" soles, great preference for blucher lacing, combined with reasonably elegant lasts, that these (many, at least) Italian shoemakers seem to love. What's attractive about them?

I like blondes, brunettes and redheads as long as they are good looking. I don't like ugly versions of any of them. THe same goes for English, Italian and French shoes.

I don't like the pictures shoes becasue I thinl that they are not good examples of their type. Shoes like those need to be real artisanal products since that is the look that they try to convey. These just don't look like they have the care and handcrafting that takes to create an authentic look.
post #53 of 55
I agree. I've seen some gorgeous Lattanzis, which in my mind, are one of the very few shoemakers who can actually make a beautiful shoe in this vein. There is something so intrinsically correct with them, something that Santonis, Mantellassis, Moreschis, etc. so dearly lack. It's hard to say what it is. These shoes just seem to show off, when there's nothing beautiful to show in the first place.
post #54 of 55
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Originally Posted by whoopee
I agree. I've seen some gorgeous Lattanzis, which in my mind, are one of the very few shoemakers who can actually make a beautiful shoe in this vein. There is something so intrinsically correct with them, something that Santonis, Mantellassis, Moreschis, etc. so dearly lack. It's hard to say what it is. These shoes just seem to show off, when there's nothing beautiful to show in the first place.

Agree 100%. Even with Santoni, I do not get the hype.

Some of the other tiny handmakers in Italy like Bemer and Bestetti do a really good job too. One of the reasons that Lattanzi does a better job is that he really resurrected the style of shoe. Before him, Italian shoes were like Artioli loafers. Apperently he went back and tried to remake some of the Italian classics that hadn't been made in years. Most of the others are just trying to remake his remakes. There is a loss in translation with every copy.
post #55 of 55
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Originally Posted by scnupe7
I thought you were contemplating MTO EGs. What happened to that?

I was, but then in another later thread when weighing my options, I decided I'd make a trip to NYC during summer shoe sales and try my luck at all the places that sell high-end shoes. I was going to do this when I took time off work for the wedding, but I was only planing on being in toronto for 1.5 days while spending the rest of the time in NYC. It's an Indian wedding however, and I just recently received the invitations. To my surprise, there were 4 separate invitations (different events) in the envelope. It turns out that I have to be at the brides' house for lunch two days before the event, which essentially means that my stay in Toronto has been extended from 1.5 days to 4. Since I also have exams during that time, I'm not sure what's going to happen to my NY trip. I can't take too much time off of work either....

And speaking of the Uomo trunk show, I haven't received an invitation from them yet, although I did get another mailing advertising that their spring stock is now in, so I was put on the mailing list like I had asked.

The plan is to try NYC first, and then if I crap-out on the sales, I'll do the MTO during the fall show and get exactly what I want. Also financially, I can't really do the MTO right now because I have other priorites like shirts and pants where I am doing a complete closet replacement. I have 16 garments on order right now and I want to do more shirts because I am so sorely lacking in that area... I can get by without extra shoes for now, but I absolutely need the pants and shirts.

Anyway, the purchase of any of the shoes in this post would have been done on impulse and I'm glad you guys reigned me in! I'll wait till june and hopefully my schedule will work itself out nicely.
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