Originally Posted by Ilovelobbs
Avoid Oliver Sweeney. Period.
The Jeffery West shoes that normally retail for over £280+ are usually good quality contruction, being goodyear welted. And they are made in England by Barkers. The higher end JW from £300 use better quality calf leather, but please be aware JW is renown for using the lower quality
shiny patent leather for most of the their unique/sleek/pointy designs. Easy to resole at any cobblers...
Nowadays they have lower-end JW models retailing for less than £190 - these are cement or blake jobs either Made in Italy or "Elsewhere"...easy to throwaway after being worn....
Does this help.
BTW: If you want to be serious (and be taken seriously on this forum) start your leather collection...with C&J's; Barkers...etc..
Thank you, that is indeed very helpful. As far as OS goes I'm staying away from them.
The JW shoes that I was looking at are these:
It doesn't say if they are G-welted on the Selfridges website and J-W have not replied to several emails I have sent asking about this.
I like only a few J-W models of shoes and these particular ones have really caught my eye for being quite unusual (in my opinion anyway). I don't mind spending that amount of money as a one off on a unique pair of shoes but I don't want to spend that sum on shoes that can't be repaired and would have to be thrown away after a few years.
The shoe brands that I am looking at the moment are Church's, Cheaney's and Loake. The C&J's are a bit too much for me (as much as I love them) but I'm keeping an eye out for sales. I was considering Barker's too but according to quite a few threads I have read they seem to be using compressed cardboard rather than wood (?) on the heels (?) so have shyed away from them so far.