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Cool-looking pair of derby shoes!

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Hi all Newbie here, great forum. Learnt loads, had hours of fun trawling through the archives reading old posts and stuff. Am trying to work my way around the business wardrobe; got into slightly more expensive shirts and bought myself a nice watch, now it's on to shoes. Have my eyes on a pair of Crockett & Jones's Whitehalls, but I'm at that stage where I can definitely afford them but wouldn't be able to bring myself to wear a pair of shoes costing that much... Other reason is that I haven't quite mastered the art of polishing shoes yet so didn't want to risk ruining an expensive pair. Hey, at least I didn't make the mistake of buying a pair of Church's - thanks to you guys. Having said all that, what do you guys think of this pair of shoes? http://www.solelyshoes.com/acatalog/1350b.htm I seem to remember bengal-stripe saying that Loake are okay but nothing special, and comparing prices to C&J we're clearly looking at apples and oranges. There's just something about this pair of shoes though which makes me think... wow. So, any thoughts? I normally dress quite conservatively at work so this looks nothing like what I'd normally wear with my suits, but I think it'd work... Cheap if nothing else though so I suppose I could get them for dress down Fridays. Comments - even negative ones on how bad my taste in shoes is - would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Welcome to the site. Those shoes don't really do anything for me - they look like something Kenneth Cole might come up with if they tried to design a nice shoe. But to each his own. And I would trust bengal-stripe's opinion of Loake's construction.
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Of course I trust bengal-stripe's opinion when it comes to shoes. Thanks for your comments - was getting worried that my first post in the forum would go without a reply...
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You might be better off, staying clear of "corrected grain" leather, i.e. the very shiny, highly polished stuff and stick to proper calf leather. (It's like processed cheese to real cheese.) Have a look at Loake's "calf collection": Exeter, Wells, Canterbury, Durham; they might be a few quid more expensive, but they are nice looking shoes. It is Loake's take at a premium shoes, and for GBP 115.00 they are really good value. Polishing shoes is really not difficult; it's like tying one's shoelaces. Once you've got the knack, it's easy.
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To be honest, I don't think I would've ever bought those shoes - I think I just needed someone to tell me that they suck, whether it's the way they look or because they're made of corrected grain, so that I can forget about them. Thanks for the tip on the Loake calf shoes though. I've had a quick look and found a few photos (same site in fact, dunno how I missed them before). I think the Wells model is more like what I normally wear to work, and GBP 115 for a pair of calf shoes does sound like a bit of a bargain. Have to say though, I don't really see Loake shoes in shoe shops that often...? The ones that I've seen were made of corrected grain (pretty sure), and I remember seeing some shoes they made for Austin Reed (GBP 165 - more of a premium shoe than their calf collection?.?), but that's about it. I'll keep practicing on the polishing.
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Popped into the Gordon Scott near where I work (Old Broad Street branch) and saw that pair of derbies - yep, they suck in real life. However, they're having a "transfer of business" sale there at the moment; I asked what's going on and was told that the shop's gonna change to a Jones Bootmaker and they need to get rid of some shoe ranges that they're not gonna stock at the new shop. So I found myself with a pair of Oundles from the Grenson Masterpieces range for a bargain GBP 162.50. (50% off, they tell me, but I don't think it's as much as this from the prices online.) Thought I'd try my luck and popped over to the New Bond Street branch to see if they've got any C&J Handgrade bargains, but alas, they're not in the sale. (Also no mention of this branch changing to a Jones Bootmaker, but they had the Grensons there, just not in my size.) Never mind - am still very happy with my shoes. Am also very very tempted to get another pair (if they have any left at Old Broad Street).
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