I've read superlative reports about the quality of Scafora's bespoke, but have seen little about his RTW shoes. Shop the Finest has a number of lines. The classic line appears to be Goodyear welted. There is also a "blake and rapid" line. Has anyone had any experience with either or both of these RTWs?
Paolo Scafora RTW
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I should say they fit true to size. I'm generally a 8 UK, *sometimes* 9 1/2 US depending on the maker (all of my 9 1/2s are bought in the US), and I bought size 9 US. It's snug, but I think will stretch out a little where it counts. It's nice that STF has this fairly popular size.
Looks like a solid option for an Italian RTW, especially now that Tramezzas have jumped to 900+ retail and 500 is the best sale price you can get on them most of the time. In addition, Santoni has a lot of nice models.
I've had my eye for some time on a gorgeous Santoni black captoe balmoral on STF, chiseled toe but not extremely so, but I'm concerned about sizing. I wear 11.5 in AE and 11 in Ferragamo. These are 11.5 and I fear they run large. And he has a no-refund policy, unfortunately.
I can't find them for under 300. Where did you see this?
Scafora makes superb MTO/Bespoke. There is thread buried somewhere with examples.
A store in Sydney that has a main store in Naples had some of his shoes including a pointy triple monk!