Since it is friday, afternoon here in Shanghai, i remembered that post..
The shoes look very nice, as did the sample in shop...but more importantly they proved to be very comfortable from day one (didnt walk much that day obviously), no blisters, which is quite a sign...i remember day one were i bought Zara shoes out of desperation...(look ok, poor quality, horrible comfort, i knew it, but Shanghai is tough when you are a tall men). I wear them with pleasure, and confidence, that's what i was looking for.
"seems like advertisements to me lol..3-4k RMB in china better bring a nice shoe"
Haha i am not advertising, i am just an ignorant in bespoke shoes, and since i was relieved to see the quality and comfort were great, i may had been a bit enthusiastic. Shopping as a man i quite an issue in Shanghai. (especially if you are above 43 and 1.80).
But when i was looking for shoes i heard so many people saying they paid something like 1600 /2000 to have shoes that look ok but can't wear...or who had to struggle and loose a lot of time to have them corrected..Especially when i can only get there during weekends..
To me this is waisting time and money.
My friend an other converging opinions were enthusiastic about Jack Peng, he told me it was exactly what i wanted: upscale, with a good value and no surprises..And that what i got..
About the price, 4k which is by no mean cheap but it is an entry price, the next pair i ordered (Italian/french leather/goodyear craft) was 2800rmb.
They also have measure to order for 2800rmb which are supposed to be good too especially when you dont have "weird feet', but i wanted to try bespoke so i dont know about it...
Anyway as i said to me it is worth it and of a great value and a nice overall experience. I am not saying i am not going to try another one tho, i'd post a feedback then...
4K first pair, bespoke, 2800 next pair, is still to me quite a good value. When i was looking to remplace my lost shoes, i checked Ferragamo (shanghai): horrible HORRIBLE design (compared to europe), prices from 8 to 12k in ready to wear, cannot judge quality but i'd say mines could be better..Weston & John Lobb obvioulsy have good shoes but they are only measure to order here, and 8 to 13k+ as well (20% importations taxes), Tom Ford has good design shoes but are also..Louis Vuitton is there too, but i didnt bother to check, Church isnt.
And also i didnt bargain, shame on me, i will next time.
"And if he has been in Italy for ten years, he can only do Goodyear shoes?"
I apologize in advance for my ignorance, but i thought goodyear leather soles were the best? What process are better then? And what are the advantages?
Also the "10 years in Italy" thing may be a kind of "personal legend" it is often part of the folklore here in China...
"I think their clientele should be mainly foreigners and locals probably can get a better price"
I think the customers are mostly western people too. I have seen many pics of Japonese customers too over the walls, but that's probably also because chinese men don't seem to care (much/at all) about shoes...
Shoes are the most neglected element of a chinese men wardrobe, even a (super) wealthy ones: how many Porshe / Rolex / short / crocs combo didnt i see? or the same insane and twisted variant with obvisously expensive and ok look suits paired with demoniac loafers..?
Fascinating visions, especially when they have a beautiful and (sometimes) truly stylish girl with them...
If someone has an idea of why btw, i am be curious!
I remember i wrote i'll to post a pic, i should have my second pair this weekend or so.
I was wondering, the leather sole they have look very good, but my first pair is quite slippery, would it be a sin to add rubber on the front part?