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post #16 of 28
The C&J are too fashion forward (Never thought I'd ever say this)
I like the SF they are more classic (Is this bizzaro world?)
post #17 of 28
Keep in mind that Tramezzas photograph a lor worse than they actually look in person. I do not own the Alton but I have two pairs of Tramezzas that look OK in pics but wonderful in person.
post #18 of 28
Here's another picture, albeit not a very good one, of the Gherardo and the Merald2, a monkstrap on the same last:

post #19 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by edmorel
Keep in mind that Tramezzas photograph a lor worse than they actually look in person. I do not own the Alton but I have two pairs of Tramezzas that look OK in pics but wonderful in person.

Yes, this is exactly what I was talking about. For some reason the picture just does not do the shape of the shoes justice - especially the toe area. I have a pair of the Merald2 monks, which are on the same last, and there is just something about the toe of those shoes that I love. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it, but it's the deal maker for me.
post #20 of 28
I have the Alton and I am impressed with the build quality, the materials, and the coloration. The sizing--for me at least--ran true to my 12D US foot. I am less enamored with the extended toe box. A bit too much fashion for my tastes, but given the low eBay purchase price I easily overlook this point.

If I had it to do over again and the prices were identical I would certianly opt for the Gherardo.

Best to you.
post #21 of 28
Agreed on the toe shape for me, it is somewhat reminiscent of the RLPL Mackay in my humble opinion.

I followed a GVH auction for the Alton's in my size that went for ~$85 over the Fourth of July weekend. I feel ashamed for not picking them up, but there is something.....off about that style for me.

How about belts to pair with these? Would everyone reach for a suede belt or would calf be acceptable?
post #22 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Henry Boogers
Agreed on the toe shape for me, it is somewhat reminiscent of the RLPL Mackay in my humble opinion.

I followed a GVH auction for the Alton's in my size that went for ~$85 over the Fourth of July weekend. I feel ashamed for not picking them up, but there is something.....off about that style for me.

How about belts to pair with these? Would everyone reach for a suede belt or would calf be acceptable?

I have a Robert Talbott suede belt that I bought from STP. Through good fortune, the color and nap of the suede are almost a perfect match for my Altons. It's a little wider than the usual dress belt, but not outrageously wide. I always wear the suede belt with suede shoes, but I have a pair of mixed calfskin/suede Grenson shoes from the last Bennies sale. It's not clear whether a calfskin or reverse calfskin (suede) belt is best, but I always wear a calfskin belt with them, primarily because I don't own a suede belt in the right width to be a true dress belt.
post #23 of 28
I've been looking at a Talbott myself, but I can't bring myself to pay retail. I'm having a really hard time finding a discounted suede belt....maybe it's the time of year.
post #24 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Henry Boogers
Agreed on the toe shape for me, it is somewhat reminiscent of the RLPL Mackay in my humble opinion.

I followed a GVH auction for the Alton's in my size that went for ~$85 over the Fourth of July weekend. I feel ashamed for not picking them up, but there is something.....off about that style for me.

How about belts to pair with these? Would everyone reach for a suede belt or would calf be acceptable?

If those were the size 10's, I was the winner. Don't feel bad though, GVH shipped me a fugly pair of RL boots instead and when I told them of the mix up, they told me that they no longer had the Alton which I won so I was SOL. They did refund my bid and the shipping and they paid the shipping back to them. I though would have preferred the $84 Altons
post #25 of 28
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Quote:
Originally Posted by edmorel
If those were the size 10's, I was the winner. Don't feel bad though, GVH shipped me a fugly pair of RL boots instead and when I told them of the mix up, they told me that they no longer had the Alton which I won so I was SOL. They did refund my bid and the shipping and they paid the shipping back to them. I though would have preferred the $84 Altons

Without wanting to unjustly impugne GVH, there are 2 pairs of size 10 Altons I bid on since, both selling for $200+:

http://cgi.ebay.com/POLO-RALPH-LAURE...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEBI%3AIT&rd=1
post #26 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by EL72
Without wanting to unjustly impugne GVH, there are 2 pairs of size 10 Altons I bid on since, both selling for $200+:

http://cgi.ebay.com/POLO-RALPH-LAURE...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEBI%3AIT&rd=1

Yes, but the one I won were from their "GVH" auction which according to them had some scuffs so they were selling them as used, although they looked as good as new and I even emailed them asking if the pic was a pic of the actual shoes they were selling. They said yes and the picture in my auction was different from the pic in all the other Alton auctions, so I believed them. They then told me that it was a mistake and that there are no more Altons. When I noticed they had more 10's, I told them I'd gladly take a new pair of 10's and pay more money assuming they gave me some price consideration. They said they'd gladly sell me a pair for $349.99 minus my $84 winning bid
post #27 of 28
Both shoes are built on rather narrow, elongated lasts, so please factor these considerations into your purchase. Pricewise, the Altons can probably be found for less than the Tramezzas--I'm guessing substantially less. Many forum members managed to pick up the Polo shoes for anywhere between $80-150. I paid somewhere between that figure, and find the shoes for an absolute steal compared to anything that retails in the vicinity or even twice the price.

The Tramezzas will probably go for around $200-300. The blucher style of the Polo shoe is better for individuals with high insteps. Once again, I would base your decision on fit rather than sheer aesthetics. Both are wonderful shoes.
post #28 of 28
It is very important to always buy both pairs you like.
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