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split-toe blucher recommendations needed

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I decided that I eventually want invest in a pair of split-toe bluchers for those less formal occasions. I really like the Carmina split-toe taylor as sold by epaulet.com but i'm curious what other options there are in the world of men's dress shoes? My budget is in the $500-600 range and while I may end up buying the Carmina split-toes i'd like to know if there are any other brands that offer a similar looking shoe at similar price points? I know Alden makes the NST blucher but I think it looks a little clunky and i'd like something more chiseled.

Any ideas?
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ok, found the AS Charleton.
post #3 of 12

The Allen Edmonds Delray model is a possibility: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1208_1_40000000001_-1

I don't think it looks as nice as the Carmina you posted above, though.

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I've had these for 3 years or so, and I still really enjoy them. And they can be had for much less than the retail.

Peal & Co.® Algonquin Split-Toes

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Originally Posted by gaseousclay View Post

500x1000px-LL-7ebc414a_Taylor_Burnished_Caramel_Pair_1024x1024.jpeg

I decided that I eventually want invest in a pair of split-toe bluchers for those less formal occasions. I really like the Carmina split-toe taylor as sold by epaulet.com but i'm curious what other options there are in the world of men's dress shoes? My budget is in the $500-600 range and while I may end up buying the Carmina split-toes i'd like to know if there are any other brands that offer a similar looking shoe at similar price points? I know Alden makes the NST blucher but I think it looks a little clunky and i'd like something more chiseled.

Any ideas?

Yep, I want these but in a Cognac shell.
post #6 of 12
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The Allen Edmonds Delray model is a possibility: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1208_1_40000000001_-1

I don't think it looks as nice as the Carmina you posted above, though.

i'm not a big fan of AE, unfortunately
post #7 of 12

Is there a reason you don't want the Carmina? I doubt you will find anything as nice anywhere close to the price. Maybe something from C&J?

post #8 of 12

Probably not a fair example as it is well in excess of the price range you mention but I would happily do without new shoes for a couple of years just to acquire these, the Edward Green Dover.

 

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Leffot have stocked them in a number of different makeups over the years but I believe the above is the classic RTW version that is most widely available. 1,225 bucks though.

 

http://leffot.com/2012/06/08/edward-green-dover-5/
 

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Maybe something from C&J?

 

C&J don't have a great selection of split toes, unless they do special makeups for Brooks Brothers, Barneys etc. They do have a shoe called Clarendon in their Handgrade Collection which according to the latest C&J Sterling price list I have is 545GBP. If you were to order from the UK mail order deparment I'd guess after Sterling to Dollar conversion and deduction of UK VAT it might fall within the 500 - 600 dollar price range, however there is something about the styling that pales in comparison to the EG Dover.

 

 

 

http://www.crockettandjones.com/Product/Clarendon-Darkbrown

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Is there a reason you don't want the Carmina? I doubt you will find anything as nice anywhere close to the price. Maybe something from C&J?

I do want the Carminas, I was just wondering if they were other options out there for split-toe bluchers. my choices seem to be limited. it's either get something I don't want at half the cost or pay $600 for the Carminas (or more for other brands like EG).

do any of you own the Taylor split-toe from Carmina? the epaulet.com site states that UK sizing is typically one size down from US sizing, so in my case I wear a US 9D on the Alden Hampton last, so i'm guessing a UK 8 would be my size. I hate to pull the trigger on a pair of $600 shoes if they don't fit me correctly
post #11 of 12

What about Meermin? They haven't come up yet. I will say that the Delray/Lasalle are some of the least "AE-ish" of AEs, and you might want to take a look at them in person.

 

http://www.meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1947

post #12 of 12

+1 on Meermin Linea Maestro, but in calf not in shell; their shell vender is not good.

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