Originally Posted by poorsod
Why were you interested in Marini? I visited them a couple years ago and didn't find them significantly compelling to make the effort.
Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley
^ @ dopey - you know Marini visits NYC to conduct bespoke fittings, right? You could just meet them then - I believe the next visit is over the summer.
Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy
How much do their shoes run?
Originally Posted by add911_11
Their price is pretty reasonable I have heard, will ask my cousin and get back to you.
Perhaps my post was vague, but I don't think so. I was talking about the shoemaker near
Marini, whose name I couldn't remember. Not about Marini. In any event, I am not dissing Marini, though they were rarely open and their windows were not inspiring. Still, I would caution against judging a shoemaker by their window displays. This is not RTW - you are really looking for someone who knows their craft as much as for inspired design and Marini has a reputation for being able to deliver. Certainly, Marini's stuff seemed well made, albeit conservative and not particularly in synch with my taste.
I seem to recall that someone responded to my post back when I made it with the name of the shoemaker I was thinking of (I think he opened last May or June) and had used him, though I can no longer find that post. A pity. I had been visiting Rome for the past few summers and staying nearby so I knew that spot pretty well and remember when the shop first appeared (it is also why I know the Marini windows so well - and they never changed in three years). It had a beautiful interior, including a shwroom space and a sitting room with a piano, and the shoemaker was very friendly and engaging. I walked by it nearly daily and wish I could recall the name. The shoes had a much more English sensibility than Marini, though they were also a bit flas (sort of like G&G).