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I have more John Lobb than any others. Good styles, great fit, and high quality.
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I have more John Lobb than any others. Good styles, great fit, and high quality.

transition from alden finished, congrats.
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I have more John Lobb than any others. Good styles, great fit, and high quality.

If you get a chance please post some pictures, I would love to see which ones you've chosen.

post #79 of 116
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My favourite maker is Gaziano&Girling. Not because of their materials, finishing or details, because these all are well done by all makers among this very high-end RTW niche. They have the most beautiful RTW lasts ever made. I've seen thousands of pairs by dozens of makers and G&G stands peerless.

Dosent "well done" mean it has good materials, finishing, and beautiful lasts and details lol?
post #80 of 116
I purchased three pairs of Crockett and Jones when I was in London ten years ago. They have held up remarkably well and are comfortable all day long. I have walked city block miles in my Chelsea boots and never felt pain or soreness. The C & J still get complements from the TSA folks at airports.

My Italian shoes, Artoli, Beltrami, Moreschi, look great but do not hold up well and are often uncomfortable.

A good compromise may be To Boot-New York, which are made in Italy but have a down to earth sensibility. For a relatively inexpensive shoe, I have had great luck with them.

My "funky" shoes made by Trippen, J shoes etc., are occasion shoes and never seem to be worth the financial outlay.

After living in Wisconsin, I have purchased Allen Edmond shoes many times. While I like their business shoes such as the Park Avenue and the Fifth Avenue, their leisure shoes seem rather stodgy and even though they can withstand the Wisconsin winter elements, I don't feel cool wearing them. I guess I feel that way about all my AE shoes. They don't give me the "rush" that my Crockett and Jones do.

That's my measly take on things......................
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I purchased three pairs of Crockett and Jones when I was in London ten years ago. They have held up remarkably well and are comfortable all day long. I have walked city block miles in my Chelsea boots and never felt pain or soreness. The C & J still get complements from the TSA folks at airports.
My Italian shoes, Artoli, Beltrami, Moreschi, look great but do not hold up well and are often uncomfortable.
A good compromise may be To Boot-New York, which are made in Italy but have a down to earth sensibility. For a relatively inexpensive shoe, I have had great luck with them.
My "funky" shoes made by Trippen, J shoes etc., are occasion shoes and never seem to be worth the financial outlay.
After living in Wisconsin, I have purchased Allen Edmond shoes many times. While I like their business shoes such as the Park Avenue and the Fifth Avenue, their leisure shoes seem rather stodgy and even though they can withstand the Wisconsin winter elements, I don't feel cool wearing them. I guess I feel that way about all my AE shoes. They don't give me the "rush" that my Crockett and Jones do.
That's my measly take on things......................

Great comments, thanks for providing you take on your experiences.

post #82 of 116
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The C & J still get complements from the TSA folks at airports

Never considered TSA to be good sources for style advise ... but in case of C&Js they are right.
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Never considered TSA to be good sources for style advise ... but in case of C&Js they are right.

A compliment is a compliment is a compliment.

 

No matter who gives it, I would be more than willing to take it.

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A compliment is a compliment is a compliment.

No matter who gives it, I would be more than willing to take it.

Disagree. If you get a lot of compliments on something, it means it's being noticed. You only get compliments from the people who like it. It's possible everyone else is noticing it in a negative way.
post #85 of 116
Hey, I would have preferred a complement after the TSA female officer frisked me, but that didn't happen. Thus, I'll accept their praise of my C & Js. By the way, with both the pricing and the exchange rate, my 3 pairs of Crockett & Jones were a STEAL 10 years ago. I wish I bought ten pairs! I also bought coats, jackets and suits at Crombie that were also a bargain. I still wear all of the garments and they look brand new. In the long run, it is always best to buy quality. I would have saved a fortune if I always "bought the best" rather then purchasing cheap or trendy items. I have given away thousands of dollars of clothes and shoes that "fell out of favor" or simply fell apart. Live and learn.........
post #86 of 116

I don't have enough shoes from enough different makers to have a 'favourite'. I also don't have the disposable income to be able to buy at the high end. So I tend to look for sales and ebay (for very good condition only second-hand / NWOT etc.) from reputable makers. As a result I do have a number of shoes from different mid-range RTW manufacturers: Bally, Crockett & Jones, Emling, Loake 1880, Moreschi, Paul Smith and Testoni. I do have some vintage pairs of Florsheim from back when they were good, but they are a bit heavy compared to contemporary shoes. If I was forced to make a choice, actually the Bally shoes are perhaps surprisingly the ones I enjoying wearing most right now.

post #87 of 116

I'd say Loakes, I've got a about 6 pairs at the moment. They are a stylish mid range brand which fit and wear well. They range from about £100 to £200 maybe more that's about $150-300 US.

post #88 of 116
I just can't imagine how one can have a 'favorite' maker. There are so many different makers, so many different types of shoes. No single maker does everything in every makeup better than all others.
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I just can't imagine how one can have a 'favorite' maker. There are so many different makers, so many different types of shoes. No single maker does everything in every makeup better than all others.

Good point.

 

 

Maybe I should have rephrased my intial question.


Edited by dddrees - 9/8/12 at 7:37pm
post #90 of 116
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transition from alden finished, congrats.
Yeah, my taste changed over the years. I still have a few pairs of Alden shells for casual wear, and only for casual wear, but most have been donated.
Edited by JayJay - 9/9/12 at 4:28am
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