This past weekend I happened to see a few of these shoes in a local shoe store and was able to see the cataloge. The website shows them fairly well, too. Any opinions? Experiences? They didn't look like bad quality, and didn't feel bad either. Just curious.
They are good quality, hand-made shoes. I own a few loafers and oxfords. I actually preferred the fit of their patent formal pumps to Ferragamo's. My oldest Mezlans are about two years old, and don't look appreciably aged. (I do take care of my shoes, though.) Why are they cheaper? Well, they're made in Spain, not Italy, so they lose the prestiege of the "Made in Italy" label. Both Spain and Italy have regions that are practically third-world in terms of infrastructure and labour costs. Are you getting something of John Lobb or Ludwig Reiter quality? Not exactly. But as far as the value for money thing goes, Mezlans are probably just about at the sweet spot. Peace, JG