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Campanile Shoe Review (Manufacturer for Canali)

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A poster was inquiring about Canali shoes last week, and someone mentioned that Campanile was the manufacturer. I stumbled upon a pair of Campanile's, the last pair available in the Yoox sample sale, and picked them up for about the retail price of some Steve Madden's. Here's a quick review with pics.

Packaging: Navy box for discount hunters. Two flannel cloth bags were included. I don't know the exact retail, but I find that "bags" don't appear until you reach the $250-300 price point.

Styling: Very Italian. I picked these up because I wanted a shoe for bar and club wear. More the former than the latter. My Anglo-American shoes just aren't the most graceful creations in the world. By the way, I like the slightly elongated chisel toe.

Construction: Odd wrap sole. Blake stiched. Minimal corking through the footbed, with a leather stacked combination heel. Stiching looks to be very good on the uppers. Nicer than Mezlan or the Loake Tyrwhitt's for example.

Materials/Leathers: Soft calfskin. Not as soft as Moreschi, but comparable to Bruno Magli/Ferragamo (mainline). Pretty easy to spit polish--much easier than my Allen Edmonds.

Overall: Another mid-range Italian shoe. Contemporary styling that reminds me of a fashion shoe, a la Dolce & Gabbana with a bit more restraint. Value-wise this particular pair was a lot cheaper than buying anything designer. I plan on using them in the same manner as a Tod's loafer; they are impossible to resole but durable enough to withstand weekends. Toe box will probably got out of style before they look seriously fatigued.

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Thanks for the review. Shoes look nice and I think that toe box will last longer than you think! They will serve you well for NYC nightlife, where you will be surrounded by Kenneth Coles and Steve Madden. Also, keep in mind that Campanile does different levels of manufacturing, some better constructed than those from yoox.
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I actually bought a pair from their store in the Via Condotti area in Rome this summer. I think they were about 150 Euro on sale. Mine are more classically styled whole cuts but I really like yours Norcal, great going out/weekend shoe. I'm slowly antiquing mine, I'll post a pic later. They are a nice Italian mid-range shoe. Too bad I saw a pair of A. Testoni's on special for 145 Euro not 10 minutes after I bought the Campaniles! A.
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