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post #16 of 35
I have 2 pairs, one Chelsea boot and one moc-toe oxford, both in brown. Comfort is OK, and they have worn pretty well over a couple of years. The only flaws are that the loop pulled out of the top of one boot, and the sole pinched away from the rest of the oxford just a bit at the widest point. Otherwise, decent. I'd buy again at the right price.
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by norcaltransplant
My winter boots for the past three/four years have been a pair of To Boot NY retailing for around $300 that I purchased for $125. I replaced them with a pair of BB/C&J black calvary calf chukka boots.

I have a pair of black austerity brogues from the hand-made line that I picked up on sale five or six years ago at BG (~$150) that I really like. They're probably the best-fitting pair of shoes I own, although my collection is nothing like what some of you guys have---in fact, these are actually my only pair of black (non-boot) shoes. I've had them reheeled once, and there's also a hole in the lining at the heel of the right shoe that I should probably get fixed, but otherwise, they're still doing fine.
post #18 of 35

Well many people have many different opinions on To Boot. One reviewer said you will find better quality at Alden or Allen Edmonds.....maybe but they are old man shoes and haven't come up with something creative in years. I sell all types of shoes and work in one of the best specialty shops in the country according to Esquire. I have worn these shoes and they are stylish, good quality and certainly cannot be readily found at a discount online. I cannot keep these shoes in my store and kick myself for not going deeper into the line every season. The other thing is, if you want to pay less for a shoe then don't complain about quality when buying from an unkown online retailer. Go to a good mens store if there is one in your area and support them for having the line there for you to see. Buy from them and stop trying to cheap out online. It always seems like people who can't afford the nicer things are the ones complaining. I applaude you Adam for continuing to bring style to the style-less and I am sorry that a few of your shoes end up online for bottom feeders to buy and wine about. For those of you are in fashion and enjoy good quality, buy this shoe with confidence and ignore negative reviews from those who should be shopping at Men's Warehouse anyway, since that appears to be thier pricepoint. There I said it.

post #19 of 35

TBNY is the best overall brand for cost/style/durability that I've found. I've owned Mezlans and Magnanni and destroyed them in 6-8 months. I have owned a pair of TBNY boots that I traded in a pair of Hugo Boss "Lex" boots for because they were made in China and the leather was HORRIBLE quality. They lasted 2 years of consistent wear, 4+ times weekly and just need the soles replaced. I now exclusively purchase TBNY shoes for this reason.  I have not owned a pair of AE shoes but know them to be an

excellent value and I like some of the styles, they're American-made and conservative. The TBNY boots with rubber sole and Gore-Tex slits are the best for work!

 

I consider TBNY a value brand that can pair nicely with work wear or jeans. People love them, always make a note to me, not Santoni quality, but not that price either.

 

'Mason' Double Monk Strap Slip-On: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/to-boot-new-york-mason-double-monk-strap-slip-on/3490434 for $199.99 is a steal.

6PM TBNY: http://www.6pm.com/to-boot-new-york-mens-shoes~9

post #20 of 35

Bought the TBNY Caine black wholecut for ~50% off to wear with my tuxedo for my wedding recently. 

 

Only wore them that one day, so the jury's still out on durability, but they're beautiful shoes IMO.

 

 

post #21 of 35

I like To Boot, but it never seems worth paying full retail when they're so easy to find on sale. 

 

I've also found that their sizing varies, sometimes by a wide margin. 

 

Finally, they don't come in wide which is a problem for some.

post #22 of 35

I like lots of nice things that I never pay full price for, that's a given, with www.amazon.com, google shopping and www.dealnews.com, www.slickdeals.net, www.6pm.com, www.beyondtherack.com, www.lastcall.com there is little reason to pay full price unless you really want something and can't wait for the next retail cycle! 

 

It's true they don't come in "wide" sizes, but the shoes are more "American" sized than anything truly Italian, so they are a little wider and longer to begin with. 

I wear a 13 but in TBNY I wear a size 12.  Love the design, very fresh and looks professional with a suit or great with jeans.  Versatile.

 

The Hadley in T.Moro finish are fantastic: http://www.6pm.com/to-boot-new-york-hadley-tmoro

 

A great "hack" for the TBNY Boots is to remove the flimsy half of the insole, and replace it with this: http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Scholls-Massaging-SlimSole-Packages/dp/B0033PSSIA/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1371613142&sr=8-12&keywords=dr+scholls+dress+shoe+insert

 

Way more comfortable!


Edited by rbarnette - 6/18/13 at 8:42pm
post #23 of 35
I really like their frozen yogurt, especially chocolate with chocolate sprinkles.
post #24 of 35
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post

I own both, but I wear my AE to work, and the TBNY to bars. The AE are better made and more comfortable, but not by extreme measures...and they are very conservative. There is a dollar value associated w/ style, and I'd MUCH rather wear a pair of To Boot than Kenneth Cole, Donald J Pliner, or Gordon Rush. I think a better comparison for TBNY would be with John Varvatos, DSquared2, Mark Nason, Ted Baker, or Paul Smith. Does anyone have an opinion on TBNY vs. those brands?
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I would more or less agree with this comparison though all of those brands have quality variances. I have 2 pair of To Boot New York and enjoy them both. They are solid enough and I have no complaints .
post #25 of 35

I used to sell To Boots a while back at Nordstrom and when I was there they were all corrected grain leather. Never sat well with me. Is that still the case?

post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by cgrant9367 View Post

Well many people have many different opinions on To Boot. One reviewer said you will find better quality at Alden or Allen Edmonds.....maybe but they are old man shoes and haven't come up with something creative in years. I sell all types of shoes and work in one of the best specialty shops in the country according to Esquire. I have worn these shoes and they are stylish, good quality and certainly cannot be readily found at a discount online. I cannot keep these shoes in my store and kick myself for not going deeper into the line every season. The other thing is, if you want to pay less for a shoe then don't complain about quality when buying from an unkown online retailer. Go to a good mens store if there is one in your area and support them for having the line there for you to see. Buy from them and stop trying to cheap out online. It always seems like people who can't afford the nicer things are the ones complaining. I applaude you Adam for continuing to bring style to the style-less and I am sorry that a few of your shoes end up online for bottom feeders to buy and wine about. For those of you are in fashion and enjoy good quality, buy this shoe with confidence and ignore negative reviews from those who should be shopping at Men's Warehouse anyway, since that appears to be thier pricepoint. There I said it.

People who shop-around online are bottom-feeders?facepalm.gif
post #27 of 35
So the current incarnation (last 10 years or so) of To Boot leaves a lot to desire but there was a time when the shoes were made in England and they were comparable to Crockett and Jones, probably made by them. They had an outlet in Woodbury, where you could get good deals. At some point, not sure if Derrick sold the brand, they went to cheap construction/materials. To Boot was still the manager of the greatly missed Bergdorf shoe dept. when they still carried Lobb, Vass, Kiton etc. I remember being there when they were getting rid of the good stuff, picking up a pair of Vass and the salesman introduced me to the new manager of the shoe dept.. I asked him why he was getting rid of all those great shoe brands. His answer was that they had two types of customers. Those that come in and buy the big brands without care for price (Gucci, Prada etc. and as he was saying that, a guy was there with his wife picking out about 6 pairs of Gucci's for him and his attitude was, "just ring them up") and those that buy "classic" shoes without regard to brand. He told me that he could sell a lower priced shoe (Bontoni and BG house brand which I think he said was made by Bontoni) to that customer, keeping them happy, but almost double his margin. He said very few, if anyone, cared about welting, channeled soles etc. Flashy leathers and shapes is what he wanted to carry. He said for those that cared, he was going to bring in Corthay (and later they got rid of Corthay because they claimed Corthay never met any delivery deadlines). Haven't been there in years, not sure what they are carrying now.
post #28 of 35
Personally, I wine about whenever possible
post #29 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by cgrant9367 View Post

Well many people have many different opinions on To Boot. One reviewer said you will find better quality at Alden or Allen Edmonds.....maybe but they are old man shoes and haven't come up with something creative in years. I sell all types of shoes and work in one of the best specialty shops in the country according to Esquire. I have worn these shoes and they are stylish, good quality and certainly cannot be readily found at a discount online. I cannot keep these shoes in my store and kick myself for not going deeper into the line every season. The other thing is, if you want to pay less for a shoe then don't complain about quality when buying from an unkown online retailer. Go to a good mens store if there is one in your area and support them for having the line there for you to see. Buy from them and stop trying to cheap out online. It always seems like people who can't afford the nicer things are the ones complaining. I applaude you Adam for continuing to bring style to the style-less and I am sorry that a few of your shoes end up online for bottom feeders to buy and wine about. For those of you are in fashion and enjoy good quality, buy this shoe with confidence and ignore negative reviews from those who should be shopping at Men's Warehouse anyway, since that appears to be thier pricepoint. There I said it.

This is pure comedic gold. If it was allowed, I'd sig' the entire thing.

post #30 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbarnette View Post

I like lots of nice things that I never pay full price for, that's a given, with www.amazon.com, google shopping and www.dealnews.com, www.slickdeals.net, www.6pm.com, www.beyondtherack.com, www.lastcall.com there is little reason to pay full price unless you really want something and can't wait for the next retail cycle! 

 

It's true they don't come in "wide" sizes, but the shoes are more "American" sized than anything truly Italian, so they are a little wider and longer to begin with. 

I wear a 13 but in TBNY I wear a size 12.  Love the design, very fresh and looks professional with a suit or great with jeans.  Versatile.

 

The Hadley in T.Moro finish are fantastic: http://www.6pm.com/to-boot-new-york-hadley-tmoro

 

A great "hack" for the TBNY Boots is to remove the flimsy half of the insole, and replace it with this: http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Scholls-Massaging-SlimSole-Packages/dp/B0033PSSIA/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1371613142&sr=8-12&keywords=dr+scholls+dress+shoe+insert

 

Way more comfortable!


I just snagged a pair of the Kilburn boots at Nordstrom rack.

(The toe/heel on my pair isn't quite as pre-distressed as this photo... a really nice red-brown suede for me)

 

rbarnette: how did you remove the insole? The insole in mine seems fairly comfortable, but I can feel the forward edge starting to peel up.

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