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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Please help me choose my next shoe purchase - the best value for money and versatile dark brown plaint toe blucher. I walk a lot, live in a major city and plan on getting a lot of use out of these so please no unrealistic advice like G&G, EG, et cetera. These are the ones I am looking at so far:

 

1. Meermin (5 eyelet Rubber Sole) -- Never seen a real life picture of these (can't find a person that owns this color in this style)

http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1955

 

2. Allen Edmonds Kenilworth (3 eyelet Leather Sole) --- Possible bowing issue

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Edmonds-Kenilworth-Lace-Up-Brown/dp/B004TDJDKW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352186164&sr=8-1&keywords=allen+edmonds+Kenilworth

 

3. Markowski (5-Eyelet Double Leather Sole)

http://www.markowski-chausseur.fr/remy-p41550-fr.html

 

The top three are my preference but I am wondering if I should step up my game (as I have been doing lately via my purchases of Alden/Saint Crispin's) but I hope to get tons of wear out of this shoe, since it will be crazy versatile, and wonder if these below would not be prudent choices.

 

4. PTB RL Marlow by C&J

No link needed, we all know this one.

 

5. Carmina Pebble Grain PTB for Epaulet

http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-1897/Thompson-Plain-Toe-Blucher/Detail

 

 

Bestow your wisdom upon me!

post #2 of 15

Why are G&G/EG unrealistic?

 

How about Vass?

post #3 of 15
I'd go with the Meermins.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Its not that the G&G or EG, et cetera, are unrealistic; wrong choice of words. I would rather cough that kind of dough up for a elegant oxford for work that gets cared for a lot more. This will be a casual, and dressed up sometimes, shoe that is versatile that will see A LOT of walking around. I highly doubt you would want to do the amount of walking I do per day in precious EG's or G&G, thats why I take cabs/taxis when I wear those type of shoes. Beijing does not care about fancy shoes like we do.

 

Vass is a nice suggestion. Let me look into that, but I have heard the sizing can be hectic. confused.gif Suggestions for Vass or others would be nice.
 

post #5 of 15

Have you looked at this one from Alden?

 

Third one from left bottom row.

 

1000

post #6 of 15
If you are not limited by budget I don't see why you would necessarily choose a lower tier shoe just because you will be wearing it hard instead of wearing it sparingly like your SC. Wouldn't you want to buy a pair of shoes that fit and are made to exacting standards exactly for the reasons you state? IMHO shoes are meant to be worn and top tier makers provide a range of models from elegant to pedestrian to suit everyone's needs. But different strokes for different folks.
post #7 of 15
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dddres - Is that Alden 9001 model? I forgot the model number but I knew it not so long ago. Shell?

 

gsugsu - Fair point. I'm willing to go big but I will be traveling to Hong Kong early next year and would like to save up for my Janzten/Armoury run. Carmina captoe on the simpson last are looking mighty fine lately.

 

Appreciate all the advice. Specific discussion or experiences with the shoes above would be great as well. Anyone own or handled the Markowski Remy before?
 

post #8 of 15
I have the RL Marlow by C&J in shell cordovan. Great shoe, although I don't think I'd pick that shoe for doing a lot of walking. I actually think that AE looks pretty sleek, but for doing a lot of walking, I'd go rubber sole. I have about 35 pairs of shoes and most of them are leather soled. They are comfortable for regular use - but I wouldn't want to be walking all over NYC in them.

The Carmina Pebble Grain PTB for Epaulet looks like pebble grain on steroids - a bit much in my eyes.

The Meermins look very nice. As long as you are able to try them on prior to purchase - I'd recommend you get them.
post #9 of 15
Church's Stratton is another option but they're tough to find. These guys have 'em though:

http://www.kafka.co.uk/item/Churchs_StrattonEbony_12916_392_14528_0.html
post #10 of 15
Quote:Originally Posted by Cain View Post

dddres - Is that Alden 9001 model? I forgot the model number but I knew it not so long ago. Shell?

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

gsugsu - Fair point. I'm willing to go big but I will be traveling to Hong Kong early next year and would like to save up for my Janzten/Armoury run. Carmina captoe on the simpson last are looking mighty fine lately.

 

Appreciate all the advice. Specific discussion or experiences with the shoes above would be great as well. Anyone own or handled the Markowski Remy before?

 

The PTB isn't shell, it's the 9432S. I didn't buy it from TSM but that model can be found there. The picture on the website makes it look pretty bad I must say, but it looks a lot better in person. If I had seen their picture instead of seeing first in person I would not have bought it.

 

post #11 of 15
[gsugsu - Fair point. I'm willing to go big but I will be traveling to Hong Kong early next year and would like to save up for my Janzten/Armoury run. Carmina captoe on the simpson last are looking mighty fine lately.quote]

Fair enough. You have to spend where you want to spend.
post #12 of 15
That Carmina shoe would be MUCH better with a less pronounced pebble-grain, IMO.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm starting to agree that the Carmina is too much with the grain finish. Does anyone know where I can find a plain one? Armoury/Epaulet does not carry it. The Church is nice, not in my size however. Starting to think the Meermin is the winner ; wish someone had experience with Markowski. Also, I'm afraid that the Meermin will be too low quality once it arrives being from the Classic Collection.

post #14 of 15
I know you specified PTB, but I've always had a soft spot for this shoe from Brooks Brothers. Made by C&J and it's as versatile as you can get. You can catch it on sale.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-Co.-Algonquin-Pebble-Grain-Rubber-Soles/465H,default,pd.html?dwvar_465H_Color=BRWN&contentpos=21
post #15 of 15
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Gary, I had liked that shoe for some time as well! The thing is, when I saw pictures of them in real life they looked cordovan in color. Can you post pictures that you have up? I would really like a dark brown color going on.

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