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post #91 of 116
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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.

"Favorite" does not mean that it is the one doing everything perfectly. "Favorite" implies it is the one you like best considering the pros and cons.
post #92 of 116

Another vote for AE - quality shoes at a price I can occasionally afford.  I currently wear my pair of Fifth Avenue's in Walnut as a kind of loafer replacement.  Sans socks, I don't think I could do much better.

post #93 of 116

AE.

 

AE is like a Mercedes Turbo Diesel, safe, stylish without being flashy, reliable, reasonably priced for the workmanship.

post #94 of 116
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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.

zoing, i would have taken a pair out of your hands. a real vintage with the old quality. it can be beaten. i have good cobblers at hand. fingers crossed.
post #95 of 116
I like Alden. They are rugged and suit my build and style of dress.

They are also the only guys who offer 5 (standard) shades of Shell Cordovan for under $750.

No the most sexy lasts ever, but still a decent range to sind one that fits you best.
post #96 of 116
I like mother chunky 360° welts. I am serious. I don't much care who makes them. I really don't have a single favourite maker. There is just something nostalgic about them that I enjoy.
post #97 of 116
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Originally Posted by markdudley View Post

Another vote for AE - quality shoes at a price I can occasionally afford.  I currently wear my pair of Fifth Avenue's in Walnut as a kind of loafer replacement.  Sans socks, I don't think I could do much better.

 

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Originally Posted by Apollotrader View Post

AE.

 

AE is like a Mercedes Turbo Diesel, safe, stylish without being flashy, reliable, reasonably priced for the workmanship.

 

Gemmed.  Even with a conscious decision to give up construction for lower price, its not the best choice.  Now if you argue that they have very nice looking lasts or special details that you adore, sure.  But I don't see any of those qualities in AE. 

 

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I like Alden. They are rugged and suit my build and style of dress.
They are also the only guys who offer 5 (standard) shades of Shell Cordovan for under $750.
No the most sexy lasts ever, but still a decent range to sind one that fits you best.

 

The other option would be Vass for that price range ($830 proxy, below $700 direct), just FYI.

post #98 of 116

My favourites shoes are Fabi and Todds. I know this might seem odd to SF!

 

Fabi is very fashion forward and stylish. They are a bit narrow and different in style than other brands I have 3 pairs. I have some pairs of Todds and 1 from affiliate brand Hogan. They are stylish and very comfortable.

 

I tried other brands which I also believe are nice, including Prada, Bally, Mario Magli, Gravati, Zegna, Dsquard2, Lloyed, Bothecilli, Boggi, Valentino and John Spencer. All I regard as good ones.

 

When I was teenager, I used to love a german brand named Promika which I really loved but it seems that this brand is gone.

 

I like the styles of Aubercy, Corthay, Vass, Berluti but I never owned any, may be in future! 

post #99 of 116

I prefer AE over all others for a couple of reasons. I like the look and feel of most AE shoes, tradition is big part of it to me. They are the only quality shoe maker to deal directly with the US Military Exchange and support the Military. And very high at the top of the list to me is customer service. 

 

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Originally Posted by blue collar View Post

I like Alden. They are rugged and suit my build and style of dress.
They are also the only guys who offer 5 (standard) shades of Shell Cordovan for under $750.
No the most sexy lasts ever, but still a decent range to sind one that fits you best.

 

I also like AE because they are rugged and suit my build and style. AE does have 5 colors of shell also, the brown other than dark brown are usually a rare custom offering so not really standard however. #8 is standard as is black. Dark brown is offered as standard for some shoes and boots. The 3 brown colors of AE shell are:

 

 

Truffle is also known as Cappuccino. 

 

I have 5 pair of Dundee's coming in all 5 colors. The #8 I have already received.

 

 

 

I expect the others will take awhile but I am sure they will be worth the wait. 

post #100 of 116
I seem to be the only Grenson lover here in this thread. I find the masterpiece and rose lines to be of nice quality with a great fit. It's a shame they aren't being made any more and the current Grenson lines have dissapointed me quality and style wise so I am looking for a new brand to turn to.
post #101 of 116
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.
post #102 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.

Is this just because you see no reason to spend over $400 for a shoe, or is it because you have experiences with these brands where you don't believe them to be trully worth that price?

post #103 of 116
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

Is this just because you see no reason to spend over $400 for a shoe, or is it because you have experiences with these brands where you don't believe them to be trully worth that price?

+1. Why is $400 is the line and not $500? What about $300?
post #104 of 116
I almost exclusively wear John Lobb Prestige and Pierre Corthay. I own one pair of C&J which I just don't like wearing.
post #105 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.



I'll just make one comment. NO WAY is my one pair of Septieme Larguer shoes even close in quality to my Alden, Carmina, C&J, or G&G shoes. Not even close - partcularly in terms of leather quality/flexibility. This is not to say that I don't enjoy them.
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