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post #76 of 112
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Originally Posted by Henry Boogers View Post
$75??? Wow, they sure look like a great bargain at that price. ROADTRIP!!

Don't expect them to be high end hand made shoes like the shoe lovers here like,
But they are great for the money.
post #77 of 112
You don't have pics of the soles, do you? Not that I will really make the trip in the near future, but I'm rather curious. Although I wouldn't expect high-end handmade shoes, the ability to spec out your shoes as you did for the price is oh-so tempting. Around here $75 gets you used AE's in a limited selection of styles.....
post #78 of 112
In fact, those guys are amazing, they are able to copy any style, you have only to bring pictures and chose the last you like from the ones they have. I imagine they would also be able to reproduce the last of an existing shoe if you bring it to them.

The soles are leather, plain ones, they are sewn blake style. the whole shoe construction is made by hand ( using a sewing machine off course ) at the shoemaker's workshop.

And I am giving you the highest prices you'd pay... in fact those shoes costed me less as I know the shoemaker from an earlier trip, ( he is not in the old town anymore ) and he charged me S/. 160 or $55 each pair as I was buying 2.

I wanted to buy a pair of AE broadstreets but I never found them new on my size discounted. So I just asked him to copy them for me. They look great and are well made, in a level of quality superior of an standard shoe and they are very confortable as they are made with soft cowhide ( not calf ) and made to measure.

I have seen some spectators here that I like less and cost CHF 360 ($300) and up, mine get a lot of compliments when I wear them.
post #79 of 112
Very cool, thanks for the information. I wish I made it overseas more often....

For a pair of spectators I think that low-cost custom shoes are a tremendous bargain. They aren't shoes that I would wear very often, but for these prices why not purchase a few color combinations to spice up the shoe rack?
post #80 of 112
what style do you like in what size?
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post #82 of 112
I've got a pair of spectators, but I'm not sure which socks to wear with them... What color socks would you wear with these shoes? Sorry about the crappy picture, they are white and light-brown.
post #83 of 112
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Originally Posted by Henry Boogers View Post
Very cool, thanks for the information. I wish I made it overseas more often....

For a pair of spectators I think that low-cost custom shoes are a tremendous bargain. They aren't shoes that I would wear very often, but for these prices why not purchase a few color combinations to spice up the shoe rack?

When would one wear spectators?
post #84 of 112
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When would one wear spectators?
I cant speak for the rest of the world but you can walk around Manhattan in these. For afterhours, you can wear them with most sorts of suit or odd pants in the summer pretty much at will. The younger crowd is going to associate them with the Jazz/gangster age or with non-conformity, which is a net positive. If you want to test your clout (or invisibility) wear them to the office. If there is a problem with spectators, it is that they are affected and slightly effete. Most American men see shoes as functional and if the shoes are different, they had better have a rugged association. Even on SF, the shoes that people go wild about are the balmoral boots. I suppose it's because there's a rationalizing practicality about them; they look like combat or muddy terrain boots. Also, when people see balmoral boots, they will assume the wearer is a blue collar guy who made bucks and wanted a better pair of the same shoes he wore when he had a paper route (Sort of like how Steve Martin built himself a larger shanty in the film "The Jerk"). Although some might think he is wearing orthotics or is possibly some sort of tasteless geek; not very threatening. For day wear, spectators arouse a threat that the wearer may be evoking a better, more exclusive age. Something that NYC office denizens might find quite threatening.Spectators are hard to hide, and you will get comments on them which is something a lot of men are uncomfortable with. Basically, you need considerable confidence to wear these shoes which may explain why they are bought frequently on impulse because of their beauty but never worn.
post #85 of 112
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post
When would one wear spectators?

In many parts of the country, the season for wearing spec ends to day
post #86 of 112
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Originally Posted by Fred Constant View Post
I've got a pair of spectators, but I'm not sure which socks to wear with them... What color socks would you wear with these shoes?

Sorry about the crappy picture, they are white and light-brown.


Color for socks will depend on the colors of your trousers, shirt, etc.
post #87 of 112
^^^Looks great. I think the shape is fantastic.
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Love the Malvern in that dark oak
post #89 of 112
Here's the Chest Nut Ed Greens
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Love the Malvern in that dark oak

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