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post #1006 of 1014
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Originally Posted by SoGent View Post

   yowzer  I can see why you chose that

Yeah, it was really impressive in person. It must have been 4mm thick (Antonio said he was going to need to thin the leather out), but surprisingly soft, almost spongy.
post #1007 of 1014
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post


Since you cannot drop this, maybe someone can help me here:

Background:
EG sale in London
Malford of London proxies a few pairs and offers them for sale
EG Boots sold by Malford of London for 402 pounds shipped to US
Thinkderm offers boots in EG thread for cost plus shipping. I pm to purchase but back out when costs don't add up for me

My breakdown of costs:
End of July 2013 exchange rate of 1 GBP to 1.517 - 1.538 USD
So cost in USD before fees: $618 range at top of exchange rate for the end of July. I assume some fees involved but surprised by the cost price.


Thinkderm describes cost to me as:
Boots + shipping from UK ~670
Bank fees for foreign currency ~25
Shipping cost to me with USPS large flat rate ~17

So cost of boots at $695 per this explanation.

With this new explanation of paying 5% fee and 3% cc fee (Amex charges 2.7% for me but I'll assume it's different) then you have $30.9 in your 5% fee and $18.54 in CC fees (assuming top of exchange rate cost of $618). So total cost at top of exchange rate: $618 + $30.9 + $18.54 = $667.44. Then you have $25 bank fees on top? But if you are using Amex where does the bank fee come from?

 

Basically you pay a bank fee (25 in the case above), but also they build in another fee by giving you a rate far worse than the market rate. So the $670 is higher than 402 GBP should have been in USD because of this.

If you use a credit card for a wire you pay an additional fee because it is classed as a "cash advance" rather than a standard purchase I believe.

 

That is why Iiked Trasnfer Wise in the first place. They give you a rate close to the mid market and they are pretty open about the fees after you use your first free transfer.

post #1008 of 1014
That bison hide is the gnarliest I've seen, just right for a nice pair of roaming boots, chukkas would show off the texture best. If it moves and has a hide, Antonio can likely turn it into shuus.

By the by, where did A.M. apprentice back in the days? I've sent him two interview requests but have never heard back.
post #1009 of 1014
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

That bison hide is the gnarliest I've seen, just right for a nice pair of roaming boots, chukkas would show off the texture best. If it moves and has a hide, Antonio can likely turn it into shuus.

Haha, yes. Final tweak is that I asked for them as single monk strap chukkas - a new Aurum design. Can't wait to get them.
post #1010 of 1014
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Originally Posted by mw313 View Post
 

Thanks for the clarification. So the Standard is like EG/GG in quality and the Aurum is the closed to true bespoke that you will get. You can get a custom last on either line.

 

I also wonder if one can get a custom last in the Aurum style but use it on an otherwise standard shoe, with just some premium. Any thoughts?

Then one would be able to first try a trial shoe to get the last down followed by a standard line shoe on that last. Then later that person could get a shoe done in the Aurum line to directly compare to two shoes in quality/details. That would be a great study to do!

 

I don't own any GG, but I handled them extensively when I lived in London.

 

The finishing on the welts and sole tend to be amazing. Better than on my standard line, although not by much. Part of that is also the style. Antonio's default style has more heft and more handmade character.

My standard line, however, feel far more robust and comfortable than the GG I tried on, although they were by no means uncomfortable.

 

I did something similar to what you are suggesting. I ordered a standard line when Antonio was first mentioned on style forum. I'd place that shoe in between Carmina and GG, closer to the GG side. It looks very good and the fit was 90% there, although the sole details were not as refined as Antonio has more recently begun to churn out. Picture below.

 

 

 

My second pair was a standard but used an Aurum soft square last when Antonio was prototyping them. The fit and finish on that shoe are second to none, including the waist detailing. The styling is still more aggressive and chunkier than what you would find in British shoes, but that is really by choice more than a requirement. Antonio can do both.

 

 

 

The third pair are the best fitting shoes I've ever owned. Antonio used a modified standard line last based on feedback from the first two shoes. Like a glove for your feet.

 

 

 

IMG_7697.JPG

 

 

Now I have an Aurum coming based on the same last. Very excited to see how it turns out. All in all shoes aren't available with this level of quality or MTO comfort even close to this price point  leading Meccariellos to represent the entire top end of my shoe collection.

 

 

I know that was a very length post, excuse me for that.

post #1011 of 1014

I have always liked those monks of yours @MSchapiro

 

How long ago did you receive them?  Curious if Antonio continues to make slight changes to his offerings.  Here is a picture of the sole of the test shoe I just received and it feels more G&G:

Edit: my final shoe is a standard line order

 


Edited by europrep - Yesterday at 3:18 am
post #1012 of 1014
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Originally Posted by MSchapiro View Post
 

 

I don't own any GG, but I handled them extensively when I lived in London.

 

The finishing on the welts and sole tend to be amazing. Better than on my standard line, although not by much. Part of that is also the style. Antonio's default style has more heft and more handmade character.

My standard line, however, feel far more robust and comfortable than the GG I tried on, although they were by no means uncomfortable.

 

I did something similar to what you are suggesting. I ordered a standard line when Antonio was first mentioned on style forum. I'd place that shoe in between Carmina and GG, closer to the GG side. It looks very good and the fit was 90% there, although the sole details were not as refined as Antonio has more recently begun to churn out. Picture below.

 

 

 

My second pair was a standard but used an Aurum soft square last when Antonio was prototyping them. The fit and finish on that shoe are second to none, including the waist detailing. The styling is still more aggressive and chunkier than what you would find in British shoes, but that is really by choice more than a requirement. Antonio can do both.

 

 

 

The third pair are the best fitting shoes I've ever owned. Antonio used a modified standard line last based on feedback from the first two shoes. Like a glove for your feet.

 

 

 

IMG_7697.JPG

 

 

Now I have an Aurum coming based on the same last. Very excited to see how it turns out. All in all shoes aren't available with this level of quality or MTO comfort even close to this price point  leading Meccariellos to represent the entire top end of my shoe collection.

 

 

I know that was a very length post, excuse me for that.


Thanks for all of the info! I appreciate it and see what you mean about the differences from GG. They both are great but in different ways! They definitely are something that I would love to try in the future, but it is good to know the differences between the two different lines. 

 

Please post pictures when you aurum pair comes in!

post #1013 of 1014

His shoes is really amazing :slayer:  in both quality and style, can't find any shoes that has better value than his.
May be I should sell my Mercedes then I can order his shoes and walk with pride.Jk just need to wait for next paycheck:censored:

post #1014 of 1014
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Originally Posted by europrep View Post
 

I have always liked those monks of yours @MSchapiro

 

How long ago did you receive them?  Curious if Antonio continues to make slight changes to his offerings.  Here is a picture of the sole of the test shoe I just received and it feels more G&G:

Edit: my final shoe is a standard line order

Thank you! I had based them off a pair of Carminas I really liked.

 

The lastest pair was a over eight months ago.

 

Antonio has been constantly working on his detailing and it seems including a lot of the improved detailing in all the areas. 

 

I would say the sole finishing on his shoes is now more customizable than G&G and IMO better looking. The house style, which Antonio can and will alter on request, still has a much thicker welt than G&G's very thin edges. If you're curious you can look at my first pair and see the old sole finishing.

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