Originally Posted by dah328
Italian shoes on sale more than English shoes? Perhaps at the mid-range. At the higher end, I find a lot more English shoes (C&J Handgrade, EG, Grenson Masterpiece) available at discount than Lattanzi, Santoni FAM, Kiton, etc.
I agree that we have good sources for discounted C&J Handgrades, Grenson seconds that Paul Stuart has returned, and EGs. But these discounts, with the exception of the Grenson sales at Bennies, are not what I would call spectacular (prices are generally >50% of full retail) and sales generally occur on the web so customers don't have the chance to try on the shoes before buying. But I can and have routinely found Ferragamo Tramezzas, which I consider slightly better made than C&J Handgrades or Grenson Masterpieces, in their outlet store and I sometimes find Testoni and Sutor Mantellassi shoes on sale at Neiman-Marcus and Neiman-Marcus Last Call stores. I would dearly love to find discounts on English shoes comparable to the 60-75% discounts I've seen on some Italian shoes in the brands mentioned above. For those of us who don't live in NYC, the sightings of deeply discounted English shoes can be very rare. Edit: I would rather not debate what constitutes mid-range vs. high-end English and Italian shoes, since we would probably eventually have to agree to disagree. I agree with you that I have never found Lattanzi, Santoni FAM, or Kiton shoes on sale.