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Originally Posted by Chambertin View Post
 

 

 

Yes. If you see some of the earlier discussions, that is exactly the problem many of us have. Loake 1880 was also mentioned but I think they push $500. SuSu has some Goodyear shoes around $400 I believe. Meermin might fit the bill, but you're looking at variable duties and worsening exchange rate. Jack Erwin (are they Goodyear?), but same issues as Meermin. Those are the options for dress shoes. Even J Fitzpatrick is more.

 

The options are pretty slim. I have been eyeing the Barbanera stuff on NMWA as it pretty much fits that gap. More importantly the shoes appears to be classic British styling. But, you have exchange, duties, and fit issues possibly.

 

Trendy, stylish Italian shoes have their place, but if I spent money on them, I don't care if they're Goodyear, or honestly, even full grain, as they're disposable to my mind. A couple seasons, tops.

 

At $375, I'm interested in (mostly) classic English-style shoes.

 

Agree with this - at $375CAD - with "classic" English-style (one option with an almond shape, one with a round and one chisel), with quality leather seems like it would definitely hit a sweet spot that I don't think is addressed anywhere.

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Originally Posted by spiermackay View Post
 

Question for guys here. I know a lot of you love and appreciate luxury shoes, but for those who are not as attuned to the high end shoe market, where in Toronto can you pick up a high quality pair of Goodyear welted shoes for under $400 CAD? I know of LodinG and Grenson in some assorted shops. I ask because a lot of our customers ask where to get good shoes and I'm not going to send them to Aldo or Cole Haan. We've been looking for a while and we may have the opportunity to work with a shoe manufacturer in Italy, to bring a Goodyear Welted, Calf Skin for $375 CAD. If there really is a gap in the market it may be worthwhile.

 

Thanks in advance.

Rick

 

If your clients are willing to wait, then Brooks Brothers during a sale should do. $450 (or whatever the price is now) for AE with the 30% discount is $315 pre-tax.

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I wouldn't go anywhere near Suit Supply shoes....

 

In Toronto you're pretty much dealing with AE, Loding and Loake in that range.  Loding has more appealing styling but from personal experience is a tad below AE in terms of quality. However, they're probably the more attractive option for most of your clients as the styling is considerably more modern. If they're working on Bay Street they also have the advantage of a shoe shine/clean drop-off and full service.

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Originally Posted by spiermackay View Post

Question for guys here. I know a lot of you love and appreciate luxury shoes, but for those who are not as attuned to the high end shoe market, where in Toronto can you pick up a high quality pair of Goodyear welted shoes for under $400 CAD? I know of LodinG and Grenson in some assorted shops. I ask because a lot of our customers ask where to get good shoes and I'm not going to send them to Aldo or Cole Haan. We've been looking for a while and we may have the opportunity to work with a shoe manufacturer in Italy, to bring a Goodyear Welted, Calf Skin for $375 CAD. If there really is a gap in the market it may be worthwhile.

Thanks in advance.
Rick

Hi Rick,

I would be interested in some goodyear welted shoes for under $400 CAD provided they lean more towards classic and less fashion.
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Hi Rick,

I would be interested in some goodyear welted shoes for under $400 CAD provided they lean more towards classic and less fashion.

 

Yes, classic English design is what we would do. Not trendy Italian. I have a sample in my hands now and the construction is very solid.

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90% of SFers won't look at this place; but matthew dack (on clearance) would fall under the 3 bills mark.  

 

Their lasts and shapes look to be similar to AEs. (open channel gyw)

 

I actually thought it IS made by AE; but looking at their site and pics; it's got made in England stamped on it so I'm not entirely sure.  

post #1657 of 4449
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Originally Posted by spiermackay View Post

Yes, classic English design is what we would do. Not trendy Italian. I have a sample in my hands now and the construction is very solid.

Would like to see some pictures.
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Would like to see some pictures.

The last sucks. But its only for construction quality. I'll see if I can get some pics when I have some time. If we move forward we would have our own last made.
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If someone was to offer me a great quality shoe in the $350-400 range...I certainly wouldn't complain. I think that's a good sweet spot I'd like to pay for a good shoe. 

 

Knowing that I'm paying more than the $200-250 Cole Haan's, but below the $500 range where you're getting into Carmina/ J. Fitz etc.

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Originally Posted by rwtc View Post

If your clients are willing to wait, then Brooks Brothers during a sale should do. $450 (or whatever the price is now) for AE with the 30% discount is $315 pre-tax.

BB's AE shoes are $510 now. Was looking at using my 40% discount last week and still wasn't interested enough at $306. They carry no dark brown AE dress shoes.
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  • @TurboTropic at that price I'd simply skip over AE and go for Peal & Co (C&J) instead.
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I considered it but I'm not in desperate need. No reason to spend that coin now.
post #1663 of 4449
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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post


Well not locally but for the longest time I've been buying AE shoes from the shoebank...
 

This is what I did for my most recent shoe purchase. Even with shipping and currency conversion, the final cost was well below what I would have had to pay for the same pair of AEs anywhere in Toronto. If I were able to get a good-looking pair of shoes of equal or better quality in a similar price range, I would definitely consider them.

 

It was only 2-3 years ago that Rego Bespoke (in First Canadian Place) had an AE promotion on where they would match the USD price on the AE website in Canadian dollars for any shoe. They would also order it if it wasn't in stock (no shipping fees) and honour any sales/promotions on the AE website. Needless to say, those days are long gone...

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2-3 years ago, the state of our dollar made the greenbacks look like pesos :cheers:

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TurboTropic View Post


BB's AE shoes are $510 now. Was looking at using my 40% discount last week and still wasn't interested enough at $306. They carry no dark brown AE dress shoes.
 

 

Funny.

 

I was looking for the same - a nice dark brown. I find loding to be too poop-coloured. 

 

I liked the dark brown pebbled leather wingtip (from C&J, I think?). That was the most tempting to me, but they were $710. Seemed too casual for me to drop $500 on, after tax.

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