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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by NukeMeSlowly
I wore my CT semibrogues for the first time last night and I am pretty pleased with them. They were stiffer from the get go than my AEs typically are but after a short while they felt fine. I love the last shape and even if I was willing to pay more for the AE version, I can't since AE doesn't make a captoe brogue with medallions anymore. For the $85 I spent, they are fantastic. I think for $135 they are still pretty good.

This raises an interesting question. If AE did make such a shoe, and you didn't already own the CT, would you pay the premium for the AE? What price would convince you to buy one pair over the other?
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
This raises an interesting question. If AE did make such a shoe, and you didn't already own the CT, would you pay the premium for the AE? What price would convince you to buy one pair over the other?

If I had to do it over again, I would not buy the CT black semi brogue cap toe that was $135, and would buy these very similar looking Tramezzas instead for $350 (which I can't justify buying now because of how similar they are to the CTs):

post #33 of 44
If a typical A-E retails for $300, and can be bought at Nordstrom's on sale for $200, then I think the CT's are a similar value if they were to retail at $200 and sell for $135. In other words, at $135 vs $200, I think they're a toss-up.

I purchased two pair of the calf semi-brogues at the CT sale (2 for $170) and I've purchased a pair of A-E for $222 at Zappos.com and a pair on sale from Norstrom's for $195, all within the past 3 months.

If A-E were $300, then the CT at $135 is a no-brainer. At $85 each, the CT was a no-brainer no matter what.

For the naysayers, I just don't see a better - easily available - shoe for $85 than the recent CT sale. Not all of us have Norstrom Racks available, and not all of us have sizes that are regularly available on e-bay (10 EEE). At the CT sale, virtually all sizes were available, and I could call and order easily.
YMMV.
post #34 of 44
It comes down to the fact that CTs are available at "retail" - everyday, every size, every style - for $135.

Any other better shoe will be a very limited sale, one time chance type of deal. These you have to search for.

At retail "buy it now" prices I don't know if CT can be beat. I like my chelseas. I wish I knew and waited till they wouldve been $85, but I wanted them then not now.
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
This raises an interesting question. If AE did make such a shoe, and you didn't already own the CT, would you pay the premium for the AE? What price would convince you to buy one pair over the other?

Hmm, same style but CT at $85 and AE at $300? It would depend on how much ready cash was at hand and how into looking at the long term I was in at that moment. Shit. I like the CT last very much but they are not fully lined and the leather is somewhat below AE grade. The AE lasts are not as elegant but their shoes are fully lined and their recraft option means the shoes could last decades with proper care. I guess I need to see how these CT semibrogues wear over the next couple of months. If they start to fall apart, I would not repeat this purchase. If they hold up well, it would be a tougher call.
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by gdl203
eBay is full of Grenson, C&J and Tramezzas at this price level. All are better buys. For regular non-eBay stores, I'd say that the French makers are probably a better buy - I know my Emling shoes are far superior to the CT shoes I own (and do not wear)

Saddly not in 11e, atleast not new (I will not buy used shoes"”I usually do not mind second hand, but shoes are one of my limits). Also the selection at GVH in size 11 (much less 11e) is slim at best.
post #37 of 44
My brown calf leather semi brogue shoes and black Chelsea boots arrived today after picking them up for $85 per pair.

I find the calf leather shoes well made and definitely worth $135 and more. I would say they are on par with my Sanders Diplomats.

They are a step up from the Chelsea boots that, while quite nice, are good as the calf. I would pay no more than $150 for the Chelseas. Are they worth the $85 I paid for them? The answer is an unequivocal yes.

As for the sizing, I order the North American sizes and they are a tad too big but will fit just fine with a thin insole.

Regards,

LBW
post #38 of 44
Two things:

My fiancee just ordered me a pair of sued cherry brown chukkas from CT as a partial engagement gift. These, in fact. I'm looking forward to them.

Second is a question: what's GVH? It's been mentioned a few times and I am just clueless.

thanks,
bob
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
Two things:

My fiancee just ordered me a pair of sued cherry brown chukkas from CT as a partial engagement gift. These, in fact. I'm looking forward to them.

Second is a question: what's GVH? It's been mentioned a few times and I am just clueless.

thanks,
bob

http://stores.ebay.com/Grapevinehill
post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by skalogre

Oh duh, thanks Skalogre.

bob
post #41 of 44
I just received my cherry brown suede full brogue boots from CT. They are absolutely gorgeous. I tried them on quickly and they are a bit on the large side. Thick socks will be necessary but they're for the cooler weather anyway so that's fine. And some insoles which I would probably wear anyway will certainly fix them up a treat.

I'm very happy with them so far.

For what it's worth and all...

bob
post #42 of 44
I'm wearing them for the first time today. I think the overall quality is pretty good. The sole construction is clearly the weak point in my example. Where the two pieces of outer sole are tapered and joined is pretty sloppy when viewed from the side. However, I think they're well worth the $135 I paid.

The color is deeper and richer than the flat pasty color shown online. The edge dressing on the soles is also darker and more appropriate than shown online. They make quite a nice appearance, actually. FWIW, I am a pretty standard US 10 D. I ordered a UK9F/US9-1/2. The fit is perfect. I've had them on for 11 hours now and they are pretty comfortable. I imagine that another two wearings will have them fully broken in.
post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
My fiancee just ordered me a pair of sued cherry brown chukkas from CT as a partial engagement gift.
I take it, the two of you are partially engaged.
post #44 of 44
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
I take it, the two of you are partially engaged.
Cute. No, she's buying me two engagement items (she feels bad that I spent so much on her ring). There is a pocket watch waiting for me out there too. And since they just had Lynn Truss on the Today Show, I will note: had it been only half of an engagement, that would be a partial-engagement. In this case, by leaving out the hyphen the three words must be taken together and you get only part of a gift that is for our engagement. I'm very proud of myself. bob
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