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post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
posted this question in the ask question thread but not getting any replies

how is the quality of magnanni shoes? is it SF-approved?
i found a pair at nordstrom rack
fits me very well and is really comfortable
but if it's just another glued fashion shoes then maybe i will put that money toward a pair of better made shoes instead

magnanniespinosacaptoe.jpg
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and please don't just say "get AE"
i've tried on 3 or 4 different AE's and have not liked any of them and they did not fit properly
post #2 of 37
Magnanni are at a level consistent with lower end Bruno Magli and I would put them below AE generally. But, since you are getting them from the Rack, you are probably not going to be paying a whole lot, perhaps $170 - $230. I have bought many pairs in the past. You dont need to worry whether they are SF approved or not, for the price they are good "beater shoes" and will serve their purpose. Wear them, and when they start wearing down on the sole, just chuck em. For the record, they are not SF approved - they are only marginally higher end than the dubious category occupied by Cole Haan, Florsheim, Adams, Kenneth Cole, and the like... but I dont find Magnanni all that disagreeable.

Despite popular opinion, cheaper shoes do have a place for us high class fundies since they allow one to experiment without breaking the bank.

Buy them, they are not Vass or EG - but at the price, they could not possibly be. They are fine and fit for purpose, and the styles are not vomit inducing either.
post #3 of 37
Thread Starter 
funny you mention bruno magli... as my go-to work shoes is a pair of magli cap toe
and you're right on the dot on the price
the magnanni was $159+tax so right about $170 total

i see the stitching on the sole... but don't know if that's real or just for show...
how can i tell?

what other shoe brand would you recommend that is in the AE range in terms of quality and price?
i don't think AE is for me... just don't fit right and most of them look too clunky for me
post #4 of 37
Magnianni are not really hand made shoes, so any bells and whistles are for show. But they are good enough for the money. You could try Alden or cheaper C&J, Church, and various others. Price wise, more than AE, but better. But if your price range is under $350, and you dont like AE, then I doubt you are not going to get much better than Magli's lower end or Magnianni (not unless you do some serious bargain hunting).

With shoes, you get what you pay for, and a good pair of shoes is an investment that wont come cheap.
post #5 of 37
I'm wearing a pair of Magnanni's right now at work. I got them for about 150 after tax at neiman's last call. they fit me perfectly and break in well. Quality wise, I'd say go for the AE's because the leather has a nicer patina when broken in. I wouldn't pay more than 180 for the pair though. Any more than that I would just go for the AE.
post #6 of 37
Thread Starter 
see... everyone says get AE...
but AE just doesn't fit me
so i am still searching for a decently made shoe that can be had for under $250
and it's difficult to find it
i will keep looking
but in the mean time, i will wear the magnanni
post #7 of 37
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Originally Posted by Klobber View Post

...But if your price range is under $350, and you dont like AE, then I doubt you are not going to get much better than Magli's lower end or Magnianni (not unless you do some serious bargain hunting).
With shoes, you get what you pay for, and a good pair of shoes is an investment that wont come cheap.
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Originally Posted by XKxRome0ox View Post

what other shoe brand would you recommend that is in the AE range in terms of quality and price?
OP, per Klobber's post....if AE is not an option but your budget allows $350 below, I can recommend Herrings Cheaney line. I am not an expert but I find their shoes of good quality, leather is soft and easy to break in. I have AE and CJ(benchgrade) and I find Cheaney's better than AE but just below my CJ...
post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by Thanks SF (a new me) View Post

+1...

OP, per Klobber's post....if AE is not an option but your budget allows $350 below, I can recommend Herrings Cheaney line. I am not an expert but I find their shoes of good quality, leather is soft and easy to break in. I have AE and CJ(benchgrade) and I find Cheaney's better than AE but just below my CJ...



hmm
but who carries herrings in the states, specifically in the LA area?
someone just linked me to an online vendor with herrings and church's shoes... but i won't buy shoes without trying them on first
post #9 of 37
I like em. And the color is beautiful. Agreeing with what others have already stated. AE's are not for everyone and can understand that. For the price you paid, I'd say not bad. Keep eyes peeled at your local Rack for some Santoni's. Those are some beautiful shoes around $200. Saw two pairs today, gorgeous shoes, but both sized 11.5. Sigh.
post #10 of 37
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hmm
but who carries herrings in the states, specifically in the LA area?
someone just linked me to an online vendor with herrings and church's shoes... but i won't buy shoes without trying them on first

No one sells Herring in LA as Herring is a UK based company. While AE don't fit you, I applaud you for actually recognizing that fit is the most important thing and not just going for them and hoping for the best.

Curious so that we can assist - why don't AE fit you? Width?. Length? Instep? Etc.
post #11 of 37
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Originally Posted by XKxRome0ox View Post

but i won't buy shoes without trying them on first

Thats sensible.
post #12 of 37
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Originally Posted by Imhoff View Post

Keep eyes peeled at your local Rack for some Santoni's. Those are some beautiful shoes around $200. Saw two pairs today, gorgeous shoes, but both sized 11.5. Sigh.

I also recommend looking for Santoni at Nordstrom Rack. Styling is usually sleeker than AE, though some models are a bit over the top, and usually priced in the 175-225. Pass on the Santoni Nuvola line though.

You can also sometimes find main line Ferragamo at Nordstrom Rack as well for $200.
post #13 of 37
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Originally Posted by usctrojans31 View Post


Curious so that we can assist - why don't AE fit you? Width?. Length? Instep? Etc.

everything?
i dunno
i can tell you this though... the magnanni espinosa (the model i posted picture of) fits like a glove and feels great
i liked the look and color ... but trying it on is what made me want the shoes even though i didn't think that $160 was a great price at nordierack


i have not seen any santoni's... but i will keep an eye out now
and i have found that the selection at different nordstrom racks vary GREATLY
i will have to drive down to the Rack in the rich neighborhood ... like the one in costa mesa/irvine
post #14 of 37
Since you are in LA, why not go to Camarillo outlets, approx 1 hour drive from downtown LA. They have a Saks and a Neiman Marcus Last Call - you can pick up some decent shoes there as well. It just depends. I picked up some some Giorgio Armani Cap Toes for $200. Granted they are not much better constructed than a typical mid range shoe, but they were not bad a bad deal given the price.
post #15 of 37
Thread Starter 
i take that back about AE's not fitting

i went to the AE store in south coast plaza today and tried on several different shoes
although they didn't fit me like a glove
they also didn't NOT fit me as much as i had thought before

i think the "problem" is that AE's need to be broken in and molded to my feet before they become super comfortable
but when you just try them on in the store, they are much stiffer than the "fashion brands"



i'm still going to keep the magnanni espinosa
but my next purchase will most likely be a pair of AE's
i liked the AE Strand a lot ... now how to find a pair for cheap???
the AE boston was on sale but i did not like the fit... the 5 last? too high in the heel area
definitely preferred the 0 last that the Strand is made on
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