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Figured I'd ask the local style guru's, if you had to choose between the following for a conservative captoe, which would you choose and why?

 

A)

 

 

B)

 

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Figured I'd ask the local style guru's, if you had to choose between the following for a conservative captoe, which would you choose and why?

A)




B)



I highly doubt and would be surprised if you get flak for wearing either to the office. Personally I would go with A as it has more flair, looks more sleek, and looks to have a higher instep but that could just be the angle of the shot making it seem so. It really depends on the rest of your wardrobe as well: I'd go with A if the rest of your stuff is slim and B if they are more on the looser side of the spectrum.

If I'm not mistaken those are LodinG right?
post #2898 of 4449

Yep, just seeing how the market is for black captoes, there's nothing in that range (well, aside from the BB AE's that will be on sale). Went to their shop yesterday and initial impressions were good, but like another member here said, their designs are more peculiar (for example, the B model is missing the row of stitching, the facing seam, that runs parallel to the eyelets which makes it look like a derby).

 

Realistically, the only local options would be LodinG and AE's (on sale). Loake runs to the $500 range and due to their ban on importation to other countries, there's really no other choices. Meermin was considered, but with the additional duty, potential QC issues, USD and difficult returns, it's not worth it IMO.

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Originally Posted by burgerkong View Post

Yep, just seeing how the market is for black captoes, there's nothing in that range (well, aside from the BB AE's that will be on sale). Went to their shop yesterday and initial impressions were good, but like another member here said, their designs are more peculiar (for example, the B model is missing the row of stitching, the facing seam, that runs parallel to the eyelets which makes it look like a derby).

Realistically, the only local options would be LodinG and AE's (on sale). Loake runs to the $500 range and due to their ban on importation to other countries, there's really no other choices. Meermin was considered, but with the additional duty, potential QC issues, USD and difficult returns, it's not worth it IMO.

I agree that at $500 AE and Loake are overpriced; I'd rather spend more and get Carmina at that point. I was lucky to pick up my Carmina black captoes on Boxing Day from LeatherFoot at a really good price so I'd say keep an eye on them. There was a store in Montreal that used to stock Meermin but they were overpriced as well seeing how they charge $800 for Carmina.
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Originally Posted by burgerkong View Post
 

Yep, just seeing how the market is for black captoes, there's nothing in that range (well, aside from the BB AE's that will be on sale). Went to their shop yesterday and initial impressions were good, but like another member here said, their designs are more peculiar (for example, the B model is missing the row of stitching, the facing seam, that runs parallel to the eyelets which makes it look like a derby).

 

Realistically, the only local options would be LodinG and AE's (on sale). Loake runs to the $500 range and due to their ban on importation to other countries, there's really no other choices. Meermin was considered, but with the additional duty, potential QC issues, USD and difficult returns, it's not worth it IMO.


What about Carmina's on sale? Might be tough to find a black captoe on sale but worth a try if time allows.

As for the 2 shoes, you have to consider fit first. If one of the 2 lasts does not fit, the decision is simple. If they both fit equally well, I would also go for A given it's a sleeker last, but that all comes down to personal preference. In the end neither will be deemed unprofessional and both are miles above what most people wear on Bay St anyway. 

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Figured I'd ask the local style guru's, if you had to choose between the following for a conservative captoe, which would you choose and why?

 

A)

 

 

A (Click to show)

 

 

B)

 

 

B (Click to show)

 

 

For "more conservative" I'd opt for B. I like a sleek last as much as the next guy, but some of Loding's offerings are just too elongated and pointy for me. I'd like to see a top view shot of each of these. 

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Just as a friendly reminder, BB has their 30% off Corporate Sale this Thursday (March 10), which would bring most AE's to $357 before tax.

Thanks for bringing that up. Hope my corporate card hasn't expired.

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For "more conservative" I'd opt for B. I like a sleek last as much as the next guy, but some of Loding's offerings are just too elongated and pointy for me. I'd like to see a top view shot of each of these. 

 

I apologize in advance for the poor photo (had to enhance the brightness), will get the SA to email me a pic:

 

 

Model A has a more chiseled last (semi, just slightly chiseled) whereas B is the traditional round toe (at least that's what it looks like, almost AE Park Avenue-ish but pointier).

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Originally Posted by burgerkong View Post
 

Figured I'd ask the local style guru's, if you had to choose between the following for a conservative captoe, which would you choose and why?

 

A)

 

 

B)

 

I'd say it depends on your preference. A pair of black captoes with no decorative medallion on them is conservative enough for me. For the shape, I am more a fan of the European chiseled toes. Round toes have been more dominant in the US, maybe UK for so long but I believe chiseled toe has also been around for long enough to consider conservative. Like Corthay - French shoemakers, the chiseled toe is their signature. 

post #2905 of 4449
A!

B looks like old man's shoe.
Both are pretty boring though - I mean the plain cap toe.
post #2906 of 4449
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Just as a friendly reminder, BB has their 30% off Corporate Sale this Thursday (March 10), which would bring most AE's to $357 before tax.

Thank you. Went there this afternoon and managed to get early discount. Turned out I like how the BB AE fits as they are a bit wider. Leather quality seems to be the same as original AE. So far, solid impression with BB AE. 

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Thank you. Went there this afternoon and managed to get early discount. Turned out I like how the BB AE fits as they are a bit wider. Leather quality seems to be the same as original AE. So far, solid impression with BB AE. 

 

Which location? I may stop by earlier to take a look at their wares. Is the 30% off all inclusive? I believe BB AE's are similar to the ones they make for Harry Rosen with a slightly different last and rubber sole.

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Which location? I may stop by earlier to take a look at their wares. Is the 30% off all inclusive? I believe BB AE's are similar to the ones they make for Harry Rosen with a slightly different last and rubber sole.

I'm in Vancouver actually. Yes, I got a direct 30% discount then tax added up to 399. Last time I checked, Harry Rosen here no longer carries AE and only does direct order.

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I'm in Vancouver actually. Yes, I got a direct 30% discount then tax added up to 399. Last time I checked, Harry Rosen here no longer carries AE and only does direct order.

 

Sweet, seems like my value wasn't far off (I quoted the price from the last time they had their 40% off shoes sale)- in fact by the looks of it, BB hasn't raised prices on AE's yet (surprising, but maybe not perhaps due to the large markup on their wares). Doing some math, it seems the before tax price is $356.25, which brings the total to $402.56 for us.

 

Which model did you get?

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Originally Posted by burgerkong View Post
 

 

Sweet, seems like my value wasn't far off (I quoted the price from the last time they had their 40% off shoes sale)- in fact by the looks of it, BB hasn't raised prices on AE's yet (surprising, but maybe not perhaps due to the large markup on their wares). Doing some math, it seems the before tax price is $356.25, which brings the total to $402.56 for us.

 

Which model did you get?

You got it right, full price was $510. I got the black plain captoes. They have some Peal & Co's on sale as well. I may come back to check them out on Thursday if the discount applies to sale items. 

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