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this was my point as you mentioned, you got them on discount and the quality is there. got it?

Yes i understand that but my point is that i was worried about even mentioning Kiton because of the high price point. got it?
post #47 of 117
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Originally Posted by jeff13007 View Post

Yes i understand that but my point is that i was worried about even mentioning Kiton because of the high price point. got it?

yes, sir
post #48 of 117
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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. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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.

 

Sounds like an absolutely marvelous collection, and thanks for taking the time for being so detailed and sharing these descriptions with us. I only wish I could see some pictures to match your descriptions.

 

Thanks again.

post #49 of 117
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This is not entirely true.....I can't speak for 2012 Cole Haan goodyear welted shoes, but i have seen (a few years back) a pair of English made goodyear welted Cole Haans, that were among the nicest shoes that I have seen, and not just aesthetically, but leather quality, pattern to last ratio, finishing etc....If were to guess, they were probably made by Tricker's, who can make a very nice dress shoe
Now, this might not be the case anymore, I am not sure, but I just wanted to dispel the idea that Cole Haan has never made a nice shoe.........and believe me, I am very hard critic.....
To participate in the actual post, I would have to say that Gaziano & Girling is my probably my personal favorite brand.....

 

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Knowing very little it is my understanding that Cole Haan did like you say make better shoes than they currently make. However I can see where the shoes they make now do fit quite a few people's needs quite nicely. I have a couple myself, but I am currently looking at broadening my horizons a bit.

post #50 of 117
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i dont think i would say i have a favorite. i have found shoes from various different makers, in various price points, that i really like, and fit me well. on top of that, there are many others that i would like to try out some time.

Great answer, it's great to be able to find the good qualities in a number of different brands. I do think rather often not one brand of anything does everything exactly right, but often many brands do at least one thing better than most.

post #51 of 117
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Originally Posted by jeff13007 View Post


Yes i understand that but my point is that i was worried about even mentioning Kiton because of the high price point. got it?

All good stuff, and I see your point.

 

I know very little yet, but I'm sure glad you brought Kiton up.

post #52 of 117
Allen-Edmonds (obviously to forum old-timers) for the quality-price-value relationship. I don't have much experience with higher-end shoe brands, but my observation is that you are going to have to spend at least $1,000+ to get a discernibly better-looking, more elegant shoe than A-E's better offerings, and even then the difference isn't going to be all that great.

Since I have started wearing A-Es, I have never, but never, seen a man and thought, "Wow, his shoes sure outclass mine." However, this may say more about "Slovenly California" and the social milieu I move in.
post #53 of 117
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

Allen-Edmonds (obviously to forum old-timers) for the quality-price-value relationship. I don't have much experience with higher-end shoe brands, but my observation is that you are going to have to spend at least $1,000+ to get a discernibly better-looking, more elegant shoe than A-E's better offerings, and even then the difference isn't going to be all that great.
Since I have started wearing A-Es, I have never, but never, seen a man and thought, "Wow, his shoes sure outclass mine." However, this may say more about "Slovenly California" and the social milieu I move in.

I don't think anyone can argue with this. Whatever works for you best just simply works for you. I think they make some really great shoes as well and I can't argue with any of the points you've made.

post #54 of 117
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

Sounds great, which shoes have you compared them against when chosing Berluti?

I own or have owned shoes from Lobb, Weston, Corthay, Aubercy, Santoni and Stefanobi but Berluti plays thé right chords for me
post #55 of 117
My favourite shoe brand will be C&J, great price point with nice lasts, easy to buy in London.

I haven't tried Vass yet but surely that will be also great, if not better.

In terms of anesthetics, I like corthay the best, once I put it on I feel like I am wearing a SLK car on my feet.
post #56 of 117
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

My favourite shoe brand will be C&J, great price point with nice lasts, easy to buy in London.
I haven't tried Vass yet but surely that will be also great, if not better.
In terms of anesthetics, I like corthay the best, once I put it on I feel like I am wearing a SLK car on my feet.

Interesting, I was aware of C&J but I wasn't even aware of Corthay or Vass until visiting this website.  I just finished looking at a website which has some of the Corthay shoes, and I visited the Vass website but it appears as part of their website is still under construction.

post #57 of 117
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Originally Posted by AlexG33 View Post


I own or have owned shoes from Lobb, Weston, Corthay, Aubercy, Santoni and Stefanobi but Berluti plays thé right chords for me

I think if I'm going to get serious about this I may just have to do some comparing for myself as well. Just doing some research right now.

post #58 of 117
Crockett & Jones!
post #59 of 117
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Originally Posted by ap10046 View Post

Crockett & Jones!

Any specific reasons, and have you compared their shoes to any others?

post #60 of 117
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

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My favourite shoe brand will be C&J, great price point with nice lasts, easy to buy in London.
I haven't tried Vass yet but surely that will be also great, if not better.
In terms of anesthetics,
I like corthay the best, once I put it on I feel like I am wearing a SLK car on my feet.

it's a lady's car?
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