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post #151 of 238
Here's the Blake in Bordeaux. It's slightly better, but it's definitely not perfect:

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One of the brogues isn't punched out.

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There's a nick in the leather. You can also see the flawed brogue.

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Same as above.

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Leather is rippling/rippled. I suspect this is due to the leather not being glued together properly. Thoughts?

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Another angle of the rippled leather.

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Random scratch to leather.

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Indent-scratch in the leather with sloppy brogues on top.

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A stitch is loose on the welt. I imagine it's a functional stitch, so that's worrisome.

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On the other boot, there is another broken stitch - this might not be an error because of that divide in the welt.

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The leather's sole is cracked. Part of the joy of getting leather soled shoes is to see a fresh clean piece of leather on the sole. It'll eventually be worn-down, so this isn't the end of the world.

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Sloppy brogues.

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Sloppy brogues. with the broken stitch.

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Sloppy brogues.

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Same as above.

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Thankfully, that funky marking isn't present.

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Don't get me wrong, it's a handsome boot. If there were no defects, I'd be a happy camper.

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The Bordeaux looks good, but the imperfections are killing me.

So this is boot #3. It's closer to being good. My hope was to get a perfect boot after I talked to the customer service rep last time about my two lemons. I thought they'd make some note on my shipment for the packagers to do an extra inspection to ensure the quality is there. Clearly, there are several flaws to this boot. I know most of you are thinking to not bother since they're Aldo, but I think it's important for them to fix this problem because Mr. B's reputation is on the line. They were just released this fall, and they shouldn't let their quality and reputation fall mid-season. If anything, I hope to inform the fellow forumite and consumer to tread carefully when ordering a Mr. B's boot.

I'll give them one more chance before writing them off completely.
post #152 of 238
bummer. The brogue not being punched out is easy to remove, it just pops out. Those have a few defects that are certainly not on my pair, which are quite nice in my opinion.
post #153 of 238
Anyone else have any comments on these boots. I wanted to get a pair in each color, but now I am having second thoughts.
post #154 of 238
My Brown boots are fine. They aren't perfect, but lets face it, its a triple leather soled calf boot...for $150 with discount. What the hell do you expect? If you want higher quality, you can pay more for trickers or grenson or whatever.
post #155 of 238
Seems like the folks that have gotten these recently are getting lower quality
post #156 of 238
For anyone who's interested, Aldo has a what appears to be the exact same upper but with a rubber sole model by the name of "SMYSER" on sale for $104.99 USD vs orig. price of $175.00, (on the US website the Cognac color is excluded while all colors are on sale for the Canadian counterpart).

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I have compare the pair in question with Mr. B's Blake model and the upper appeared to be exact same, I've purchased a pair for shiz and giggles (which would never happen on any other occasion when it comes to Aldo), will provide pictures later.
post #157 of 238

I got the bordeaux in size 43.

 

I noticed slight rippling in the leather on one of the shoes, and a faint scratch or two. No funny markings, and the stitching isn't great but not noticeably bad either. 

 

I wasn't expecting perfection, and they look really good. 

 

Since I know someone who works at Aldo, I was able to get them for $85, so under $100 with sales tax included. Great deal. 

 

post #158 of 238
that is crazy cheap. These are definitely worth 100
post #159 of 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by CTfunk View Post

For anyone who's interested, Aldo has a what appears to be the exact same upper but with a rubber sole model by the name of "SMYSER" on sale for $104.99 USD vs orig. price of $175.00, (on the US website the Cognac color is excluded while all colors are on sale for the Canadian counterpart).

I have compare the pair in question with Mr. B's Blake model and the upper appeared to be exact same, I've purchased a pair for shiz and giggles (which would never happen on any other occasion when it comes to Aldo), will provide pictures later.

The sole/heel seems very odd.
post #160 of 238

Anyone have any more info on the Mr B's Blake model and the Aldo Smyser model above? Are they really the same upper? I've emailed customer service for some more info, but I have a feeling it will be a few days before they get back with me.

 

I had expected to get a pair of tan Grenson Fred Vs for Christmas today, but I ended up with a pair of Sperry x Penfield Shipyard Riggers, Heritage Research Ivy Oxford shirt, and a pair of Epaulet Rivet Chino Bedford Cords instead of the boots - so I'm definitely NOT complaining. lol  But I still need a pair of full brogue boots, and it just so happens that I have an Amazon gift card, and they sell the Smysers in the Aldo Amazon shop. It would be an easy purchase, really; I have no other use for this gift card, but I don't want to just waste it.

post #161 of 238

I ordered the Blake in the Bordeaux colour online yesterday. the store near my house didnt sell them.  so i hope they have some in stock they will ship soon.

 

all the other Aldo shoes look like shit.  this boot seems like a rare exception.

post #162 of 238
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

The sole/heel seems very odd.


+1. These look hideous !! I went to aldo store in Sydney they had up to 70% off sale. Unfortunately that excludes Mr b's. Sydney store sell them for $219. Asked the sales assistant if any sale on the Mr B range. .... this guy started a lecture....these are limited editions... only 4000 units worldwide...

Anyway had a good look at them nothing special .... leather looks rather ordinary.Few different shades all around the uppers. The toe box is wide and bulky.
Bottom line under $150 I would buy them without thinking twice but at $220 .... better choices out there.
Anyway I am looking at these (hoping for a sale )
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http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-Dalton-Lace-Up-Walnut/dp/B004TDUXLA/ref=sr_1_7?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1324894850&sr=1-7
post #163 of 238
I must apologize for not supplying pictures as promised, but given the same original price point and after comparing the two models in person, I have reasons to believe that the uppers are almost if not completely identical. The two models are both stamped as "Made In Romania" if that means anything. Like I said before, I'm absolutely against buying Aldo's; however, at the sale price (and the quality presented) I wasn't really going to complain, and for "sheez and giggles" these are perfect! For the pairs that I had examined in store, I didn't find a pair with the flaws as described. As far as the sole is concerned, I am not really sure how to describe it.

Happy Holidays!
post #164 of 238
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Originally Posted by CTfunk View Post
I have reasons to believe that the uppers are almost if not completely identical.

 

Thanks for the info. I suppose I'll go ahead and pull the trigger on the rubber sole version from Amazon. What the "hey" - $200 Amazon gift card and sub $200 price point; I might as well. I can always return them, too, if I feel so inclined.
 

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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post
The sole/heel seems very odd.


Really? How so, and as compared to what, exactly? IMO, they look pretty much exactly the same as the Vibram sole Grenson Freds.

 

 

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post #165 of 238
I think the difference between those and an ordinary design is pretty obvious. There's no distinction between the sole and the heel, just tapers right into it. Looks all thick and blobby, especially in white rubber. It's like something you're find on a Goretex snowboot, not a leather boot.

And I think the Grenson is ugly too, so it's not just Aldo hate.
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