I've received my very first SL, and here are some of my superficial comments on it.
I see some guys here said that they chose about half a size larger than usual and the last of the shoes I intended to buy is 174, which is sleeker than last 198, Thus, I decided to choose size 8UK (which is 0.5 size bigger than my usual size) and I realize that I made a mistake, the shoes runs true to size (at least for me, because I have about more than 10 pair of shoes and all of them are size 7.5UK, fit F) and it is roomy a little bit.
I have no intention to make any comparison in term of leather quality between SL and other brands like C&J, AS...because I don't own any of C&J or AS so far, but I think my SL shoes is as good as my Magnanni, To Boot New York shoes, but lesser in leather quality than my Antonio Maurizi and a.Testoni. As somebody pointed out, its quality is quite stiff, I think it need to be applied some leather conditioner before I wear it.
Generally, I'm satisfied with this shoes at this price and I think I will get another one with my own patina (but in season sales), there is only one point that make me frustrated a little bit is a defect on the velvet part,it is faded like scratched at some small areas, as in this picture:
Here are some other pictures:
Today, I'm wearing this shoes and after walking about 10minutes in total, I think it's quite good, I applied some conditioner and polish last night, so the shoes doesn't hurt my feet, but upper leather still is stiff a little bit, not as soft as Magnanni shoes, which I usually wear to work. And I have to spend more time to put my feet into this laced boots. It's not comfortable when driving either.
Sorry for my terrible English.
Edited by azumi - 10/30/12 at 1:31am