Today, while grabbing a latte next door from work, I spotted a rather dapper-looking fellow wearing some nice black, matte finish, very low-profile leather cap-toe laceups. I admired them for a bit as I've been looking for cap-toes that aren't ridiculously stodgy - or expensive - for some time now. Anyway, as luck would have it, I spotted the exact same shoes on my way home from work, on sale for CAN$350 (US$265), down from CAN$600 (US$450). It turns out they're Zegna shoes, presumably from a season ago. My question: who makes these shoes, and are they worth US$265? Some information: first of all, the sizing is odd. The shoes that fit me are labelled 9EE. I normally take a 10.5D, possibly an 11D. In Ferragamo, especially, I need at least a 10.5E, or an 11D. Secondly, the sole says "fatte a mano", although nothing about the construction actually suggests that's the case. Thirdly, they're Blake-stitched, I think (no stitching visible on the outsole, inside the shoe, or on the welt). Fourthly: they do not say Napoli Couture - or Z Zegna (I think they pre-date that line). All the insole says is Ermenegildo Zegna. There are "Z" markings on the rubber heel, but again, not "Z Zegna".
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7/7/04 at 11:00pm