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post #136 of 155

I think St.C makes plenty of lovely and classic options, but Christ those are heinous.

post #137 of 155
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I think St.C makes plenty of lovely and classic options, but Christ those are heinous.

That's my precise problem with them. They will do anything you ask as long as they can make money. My opinion anyway.
post #138 of 155
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That's my precise problem with them. They will do anything you ask as long as they can make money. My opinion anyway.

Totally fair, but I have a tough time faulting a producer for a consumer's lack of taste. As long as the quality and workmanship doesn't suffer, its good in my book.

Still, those things are seriously horrendous. Easily the worst MTO I've seen from them.
post #139 of 155

Well, the shoes highlighted above are but one example. 

There certainly are others. 

But yes, if I have offended the sensibilities of anyone by my earlier post, I do apologise and will edit my earlier post accordingly. This is, after all a ZB appreciation thread. And I won't want to mud sling any further. 

To be fair, the construction / quality of St C are ok generally, and most of the designs are alright as well. 

But I think, as a maker who takes pride in what you make / produce, there must be certain limits to what is executed and what isn't. 

post #140 of 155
beautiful
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post #141 of 155

Specifications:

 

Model: Art. ZB 154 

Leather: Navy Elephant

Last: Parachute last in H width

Welt: Chain Norvegese

Sole: St Moritz sole

Eyelets: Antique Brass

 

 

Ordered slightly before @ThunderMarch but had a slight delay which ZB informed me about. We both were eyeing something in Elephant for a while. Elephant leather does have a peculiar nutty(?) smell to it which isn't unpleasant.

 

Despite being in a wider H width, the proportions of the pair still look quite good but the Parachute last is on the more casual side for sure. Only thing I wish for is a true bellows tongue on this model. Tongue and shoe collar is padded hence comfort level is very good!

 

P.S. boot trees from Herrstil and not ZB. No lasted shoe trees for this particular last.

 

 

 

 

 

post #142 of 155
Strictly speaking not Zonkey boots, but made by the very same people: Calzaturificio Walles in the Veneto region of Italy.

Just bought the famous "Marmalada" hiking boot by Walles (which I believe is an absolute cult-boot in Japan). This one is actually made for RLPL, but the only difference is that mini heel counter in the back. (I mailed Walles a few a few years ago, trying to get a list of their Italian stockists, but they never bothered to reply.)

http://www.walles.it/collezione-marmolada.html











The boots are built like the proverbial brick shit-house......aah... bathroom for the more sensitive souls among you, in Norwegian construction with four soles, measuring a full inch all-together.
post #143 of 155
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

Strictly speaking not Zonkey boots, but made by the very same people: Calzaturificio Walles in the Veneto region of Italy.

Just bought the famous "Marmalada" hiking boot by Walles (which I believe is an absolute cult-boot in Japan). This one is actually made for RLPL, but the only difference is that mini heel counter in the back. (I mailed Walles a few a few years ago, trying to get a list of their Italian stockists, but they never bothered to reply.)

http://www.walles.it/collezione-marmolada.html

The boots are built like the proverbial brick shit-house......aah... bathroom for the more sensitive souls among you, in Norwegian construction with four soles, measuring a full inch all-together.

 

Where did you find them? They are not common other than Japan it seems and the mark up is horrible for shoes in Japan so doesn't make any sense re-exporting them. I heard they (under the f.lli giacometti brand) made some stuff for RLPL which didn't sell well. 

 

I was initially inspired by the Marmalada boot then saw ZB offering something similar.

post #144 of 155
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Where did you find them?

They are currently available at the Ralph Lauren London store. They did stock them in previous years, possibly only in limited quantities, because, as far as I know, they never made it into the sale. I did buy them over the weekend at the RLPL concession in Harrods, as Harrods was having one of their 10% off promotions. "Every little helps", as a popular supermarket slogan goes. The salesman told me, they were already sold out in the flagship store. Whether this is true or he just said it to get me pull the Credit Card, I wouldn't know.

The boots are also available fro Mr Porter:

https://www.mrporter.com/en-gb/mens/ralph_lauren_purple_label/fidel-ii-burnished-leather-boots/762625?ppv=2
post #145 of 155
Butters has something similar as well
post #146 of 155
I mean Buttero
post #147 of 155
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Originally Posted by ecwy View Post

That's my precise problem with them. They will do anything you ask as long as they can make money. My opinion anyway.

Not entirely true--StC has refused to make me pairs of shoes with certain patterns that had strong "outside inspiration," maybe too much. They definitely aren't in the business of copying other brand's iconic models.
post #148 of 155

Having an incredibly hard time choosing between these for my next purchase.  What do you guys think?

 

post #149 of 155
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Having an incredibly hard time choosing between these for my next purchase.  What do you guys think?

 

 

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post #150 of 155
1 also. Open to do gmto for it?
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Having an incredibly hard time choosing between these for my next purchase.  What do you guys think?



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