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Does anyone have experience with the Kiton brand shoes sold at the Kiton store in NYC? They sell at Lattanzi prices--$1500 and up. I know that there are a lot of shoe connoisseurs/experts on this board, and I would be interested in their opinions. One of the Kiton salesmen told me that the shoes were not outsourced--that within the past year Kiton had dedicated a part of its Naples facility to creating the hand made shoes. For what it's worth, I did try on a pair of suede tassel loafers. I have a very difficult time finding loafers that fit--narrow ankles, somewhat wider than average foot. These loafers fit very well--no sliding, my ankles were clamped in. More comfortable than the bespoke Cleverly loafers I recently purchased. I was tempted to purchase, and may yet.
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They're beautiful...I'll try and snap some pics and post them at some point.
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Thracozaag, Just out of interest, what exactly is that picture that is under your name?  (And let me apologize for interrupting the thread with such a stupid question)
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Thracozaag, Just out of interest, what exactly is that picture that is under your name? (And let me apologize for interrupting the thread with such a stupid question)
Looks like Juilliard.
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One of the Kiton salesmen told me that the shoes were not outsourced--that within the past year Kiton had dedicated a part of its Naples facility to creating the hand made shoes.
I've heard that they simply bought out an existing shoemaker. I may be wrong though, but it seems unlikely that they just start making high-end shoes. I'd be interested in pics and opinions from the shoe cognoscenti as well.
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Timelessrider, I'm sure you're correct--that Kiton did not just start making high end shoes. Last summer when I visited their facility in Naples I was told they were working with local artisans to make shoes. I assumed that whatever product they planned to come out with would be out-sourced. Apparently, they may have just bought out another operation, or perhaps more than one existing company, and brought everything in-house. I do hope one of the shoe cognoscenti on this board has examined the end product and can comment (or, if Kiton just bought out another company, perhaps our experts know whom Kiton bought, their reputation, etc). Thracozaag--as I mentioned in another forum, I hope you do get a chance to take pics and post them. I'd love to see what Bergdorf is carrying.
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Thracozaag, Just out of interest, what exactly is that picture that is under your name?  (And let me apologize for interrupting the thread with such a stupid question)
Looks like Juilliard.
bingo, it is indeed, the Jailyard
post #7 of 10
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Timelessrider, I'm sure you're correct--that Kiton did not just start making high end shoes.  Last summer when I visited their facility in Naples I was told they were working with local artisans to make shoes.  I assumed that whatever product they planned to come out with would be out-sourced.  Apparently, they may have just bought out another operation, or perhaps more than one existing company, and brought everything in-house. I do hope one of the shoe cognoscenti on this board has examined the end product and can comment (or, if Kiton just bought out another company, perhaps our experts know whom Kiton bought, their reputation, etc).   Thracozaag--as I mentioned in another forum, I hope you do get a chance to take pics and post them.  I'd love to see what Bergdorf is carrying.
Well, from what Marcello told me earlier in the year, they were going to ask Lattanzi, but ended up using another Neapolitan maker instead.  I'll try and pry the name out of him when he gets back from Italy.
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According to DNR, they bought an existing artisinal shoemaking company, and moved it in-house. Thracozaag, how would you compare the Kiton shoes with Vass?
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Without having had the benefit of seeing the Kiton's "gutted", I'm not sure how the handwork inside measures up to Vass (which is probably the best I've ever seen).  Styling wise, they're along the lines of Lattanzi, but for me, much less garish.  Leather is soft, but not as supple as say, Mantellassi.  The antique finish on several of the loafers is truly exquisite, I've got to take some pictures to show this.
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The antique finish on several of the loafers is truly exquisite, I've got to take some pictures to show this.
I just ran over to BG take a peek. The finish is absolutely stunning. Lots of variation in the color that would give Edward Green a run for their money. No visible stitching on the sole. Goodyear welted according to the salesman. That's all my untrained eye could pick out.
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