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post #106 of 116
As long as I can the Sutor Mantellassi/DiBiano high end lines for $300 to $600. I will add if you are patient, you can get most to the finest RTW shoes for less than $500. They may not come with the factory box,trees or bags, but they are new.
post #107 of 116

In one of the 1st posts in this thread I had said that Berluti was my favorite shoe maker. Well seems that Berluti is being overtaken by Antonio Meccariello! The quality of his work (lasts, leather, patina) is outstanding and in terms of choices and variations the sky is the limit

post #108 of 116
Thread Starter 

When I first posted this thread it was before I really had a chance to take a look at many of the brands mentioned here on SF in person. In fact I hadn't taken a look at most of them on the internet. But since then I've had a bit of chance to get some for myself. Anyway I thought I would take a look at this thread and review some of the comments made. I have to say my thoughts are more inline with what Jermyn said.

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Originally Posted by Jermyn View Post

My favourite pair of shoes are Saint Crispin's.

I bought them RTW but when purchasing MTO you can specify parts of the last which you would like modified and SC will accommodate your requests. A very big plus in my book.

They are finished to a superb standard and feel lighter and more comfortable than any other shoe I own.

For comparison:

Alfred Sargent - great Chelsea boots, the black calf leather almost glows. Perceivable as quality leather even from a distance. The leather has stretched to perfectly accommodate my feet (I sized my Chelseas down 1/2 a size as I'd do with loafers of any brand).

Crockett and Jones - Lindrick Cordovan boots, very heavy duty , excellent quality cordovan leather, great with jeans/ country wear.

Cleverley (semi bespoke) - made at Crockett's but to a much higher standard than handgrade, very fine calfskin and elegant lasts.

Edward green - beautiful crust leather which holds up well in the British rain, as do the soles. Reliably sized, the majority of my shoe collection.

JLP - wonderful misty calf leather, monk strap broke but was fixed quickly, leather soles seem very thin and wear more easily than the majority of my shoes. JL7000 last looks phenomenal.

Santoni Goodyear - remarkable last shape and sole finishing. The way the sole comes in at the waist is reminiscent of British bespoke shoes. The feel on my foot is almost as good as Saint C.

Church's - unremarkable sole finishing but very finely stitched uppers and excellent calf leather (avoid the shiny corrected grain offerings). Bought 2 pairs of custom grade at c. $190 a pair, fantastic value for the price.

Vass - excellent build quality, on a par with S.C. A more rugged look and feel though, perfect for budapesters.

Meermin - great price/quality ratio, I have only bought their suede shoes as the cordovan finishing was not to my liking and the suede quality seemed very high. Durability on the soles is a little questionable and the sizing can be strange. Once you have your size dialled in, they are great shoes to fill gaps in your collection with.The combination of suede and 'dainite' soles is great for rain and avoids the quality pitfalls of the brand.

Trickers - I only own a pair of opera pumps by Trickers, very different to their usual country wear. A very light a delicate shoe finished to a high standard. The firm's ability to produce such a different shoe is a testament to their quality, even if the majority of their designs are not to my liking.

I have also owned Jeffrey West, Loake and Barker shoes all of which are cheaper than most and offer a decent entry point into GW shoes. Barker are great if you have wide feet. Loake are very cheap. JW have some wild designs in corrected grain leather. If you're in your 20s and plan on drinking heavily in your shoes, I guess you could do worse. I once owned a pair of G&G but the TG73 last was just too narrow for my feet. The quality seemed a little higher than EG but not by a long way. Lovely shoes, was a shame to have to send them to B&S.

I have a couple of favorite pairs but I like a number of different brands for a number of different reasons.

 

Saint Crispins have to be some of my most cherished shoes. I currently have one SC boot and a SC shoe I just put on order. To me these are more like works of art and you can definitely tell when holding one that the shoe elves knew what they were doing when they made these shoes. I think I'm hooked.

 

This is the one I have:

 

 

This is the one I have on order:

 

 

 

 

John Lobb. This is a name known to me before even thinking about getting a pair of real nice shoes. Let me tell you, they don't disappoint. The leather is somehow just softer than anything else I have experienced. Besides when I think monks, I think John Lobb.

 

 

Edward Green - I just like the style and the way they finish their shoes. Besides when I think country boot, I think Galway:

 

 

Gaziano and Girling - This was completely new to me and a marvelous surprise. A style something which I never envisioned that I might go.

 

 

 

 

Vass - kind of the same as Gaziano and Girling in regards to my thoughts. A style I would have never envisioned taking before. However I am still waiting on my first Vass shoe, but I expect it to be everything they say. A marvelous shoe at a very reasonable price.

 

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Ron Rider Boot Co - Just fabulous. I love this boot. Since the walnut cordovan is so much more difficult to get, I'm very happy I was able to get this pair.

 

 

Alfred Sargent - They have but a few options but the few I like I really like quite a bit although I only have one so far. The Radwell just came out and I'm glad I choose this chukka. Some say their Exclusive line is as good as C&J handgrade line but for a fraction of the cost. I have to agree that this one is fabulous. Sure wish I could get that MTO Miller that some have here as well.

 

 

Crockett and Jones - Great value in my opinion, and extremely well constructed.

 

 

 

 

 

Carmina - I can definitely recommend their shoes as well.

 

 

 

Alden - Cordovan finishing second to none. Well built shoe.

 

 

 

So I would say it's different brands for different reasons, and different brands depending on the type of shoe I am looking for.

post #109 of 116

Hello. This is my first post! I'm a young nut and dried fruit broker from Arizona. I make good money for 27 year old, but I have a wife and two kids to support, so fashion does not come first in my life. I do like to look good though. I'm a tall, thin guy, so I appreciate the Italian brands over stuff like AE, Lobb, etc. When I wear UK and American styles, I look like I'm wearing clown shoes.

 

My absolute favorite brand of shoe to wear is Santoni. I have very thin, bony feet that are sensitive and have been abused from running track and cross country at a high level. All of my toes are hammered, so my feet aren't very long anymore either. Santoni shoes feel like slippers, but still have the support I need.  I prefer the softer grain calf because the creases look more natural after regular wear as opposed to more firm skins. I don't have the money to rotate 50 pairs of shoes, so all of my shoes get a lot of use.

 

For my beater shoes, I have had good experiences with Ferragamo, Bruno Magli, and of course, To Boot New York. I never pay more than $150 for any of those brands either, and I would suggest the same to any other members on here. I find deals at Nordstrom Rack, Last Chance, plus Sacks and Neiman Marcus outlets on fresh styles that are still in department stores.

 

Disclaimer: I work in a business casual environment. I don't even have to wear a tie if I don't want to. When I'm visiting nut and dried fruit suppliers and customers, they are mostly old timers who make mega money, but don't know the first thing about style. They are usually wearing jeans, polo shirts or flannel, so I try to not overdo it on my end. I can tell they appreciate my style though. They say funny stuff like, "You look like a model right out of Esquire". I get a kick out of it as I'm usually just wearing some sharp fit Boss trousers and a slim fit button down.

 

As far as attire goes, Is anyone else in a similar work situation as me?

post #110 of 116
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Originally Posted by Jermyn View Post

Agreed. 1880 are still very basic shoes but they are made in England (for the most part).
For the most part? confused.gif

My understanding was that the 1880 shoes are entirely made in England, is this not actually true?
post #111 of 116
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Originally Posted by Nut Broker View Post
 

Hello. This is my first post! I'm a young nut and dried fruit broker from Arizona. I make good money for 27 year old, but I have a wife and two kids to support, so fashion does not come first in my life. I do like to look good though. I'm a tall, thin guy, so I appreciate the Italian brands over stuff like AE, Lobb, etc. When I wear UK and American styles, I look like I'm wearing clown shoes.

 

My absolute favorite brand of shoe to wear is Santoni. I have very thin, bony feet that are sensitive and have been abused from running track and cross country at a high level. All of my toes are hammered, so my feet aren't very long anymore either. Santoni shoes feel like slippers, but still have the support I need.  I prefer the softer grain calf because the creases look more natural after regular wear as opposed to more firm skins. I don't have the money to rotate 50 pairs of shoes, so all of my shoes get a lot of use.

 

For my beater shoes, I have had good experiences with Ferragamo, Bruno Magli, and of course, To Boot New York. I never pay more than $150 for any of those brands either, and I would suggest the same to any other members on here. I find deals at Nordstrom Rack, Last Chance, plus Sacks and Neiman Marcus outlets on fresh styles that are still in department stores.

 

Disclaimer: I work in a business casual environment. I don't even have to wear a tie if I don't want to. When I'm visiting nut and dried fruit suppliers and customers, they are mostly old timers who make mega money, but don't know the first thing about style. They are usually wearing jeans, polo shirts or flannel, so I try to not overdo it on my end. I can tell they appreciate my style though. They say funny stuff like, "You look like a model right out of Esquire". I get a kick out of it as I'm usually just wearing some sharp fit Boss trousers and a slim fit button down.

 

As far as attire goes, Is anyone else in a similar work situation as me?

The best dressed nut dealer out there I bet.  

post #112 of 116
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Originally Posted by enofile View Post

I have been on a shoe buying spree lately, but since I live in the States, it does effect the availability and cost of footwear. However, I will still provide you with my observations.

1. For conservative tastes, comfort and price point, Allen Edmonds seems to lead the pack.

2. If you are careful with the specific line and can find a pair of shoes that are actually made in Northampton, Church's is a conservative, available, and some what reasonable British shoemaker.

3. For the Italian shoemakers, I have found that R. Martegani shoes are an excellent buy and produce an excellent shoe in more "edgy" styles then AE or the British manufacturers.

4. The Certo shoes made by Borgioli are incredible buys if you can find them.

5. The Spanish manufacturers can certainly be hit or miss unfortunately. The Magannini Speciale line is wonderful and under appreciated in my opinion. Meermin shoes are also coming into their own.

6. I love the French manufacturers and their aesthetics match my maverick style. I have had good luck with Septieme Legeure and with Emiling and have found definitive bargains on their websites.

7. I do think my Cheaney shoes from GB were a decent price for a quality shoe.

8. Although I may piss many SF folks off, I find the following grossly over priced:
Crockett & Jones
Alden
Sutor
Carmina
G & G
Corthay
etc. I see no reason to spend over $400.00 for a great pair of shoes.

9. You have to be very careful with any top end line of shoe because many of the companies are producing cheaper versions of their products in order to cater to a mass audience. The source of where you purchase the shoe is very important.

I hope this helps a bit.

So you consider today's Allen Edmonds to be great pairs of shoes? Interesting ...
post #113 of 116

dddrees - excellent post with pics and commentary.

 

My straight-up cost-no-object fave brand is St. Crispin's.  Take one of their shoes in hand and you instantly know you are holding something very special. I don't yet own a pair, but will one day.

 

The two brands most represented in my rotation are Vass and Carmina.  Both play a very strong hand in appealing designs; quality construction / finishing, and compelling value for money at their respective price points.  And it is the latter feature that seems to account for their strong representation.  I find Carmina much more appealing across the board than most AE, for not a lot more money.  And I find Vass every bit as appealing as EG and G&G for a good deal less money.

 

EG - I am really impressed with the depth and diversity of their lineup.  The Galway is the best rendition of a RTW country boot in existence.  There, I said it out loud.  And I don't think there is cooler pair of single monks on the market than the Hove.

 

G&G.  I love their crisp, angular lines - though their streamlined lasts don't fit my less-than-streamlined feet very well in standard widths.  But a wide fitting in any of their shoes still looks just as good.

 

Anthony Cleverley.  I don't love every shoe in their lineup, but the ones I do love I am positively mad about.  I have but one pair in my rotation and it might be my favourite pair overall.  I have no doubt that I will own more down the road.

post #114 of 116
I own quite a few pairs of Allen Edmonds, but my latest is Scarpe Di Bianco (see attached). This shoe is my current favorite.I love the scotch grain
post #115 of 116

^^^ That is really nice.

post #116 of 116
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^^^ That is really nice.

Thank you. They arrived last week and on Friday my wife had me escort her and her friends to the clubs in Tampa. Coming right from work I was wearing my suit, tie and these shoes. Long story short we ended the night at an outdoor club and it started raining. I was sober and wet the ladies were drunk and dancing on the rain on the dance floor. I am lucky I didn't ruin the suit and shoes (I was not very happy). Now usually drunk wife equates to good sex, but on the way home she vomited which equates to nothing. It was a lose lose scenario.
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