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post #16 of 27
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Brioni (Bruton St around corner from Bond St) has a few nice shoes, perhaps by Green, though not sure
Brioni shoes are made by Lattanzi.
post #17 of 27
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Brioni shoes are made by Lattanzi.
The new Brioni store in London has some UK made shoes; I was told by the Brioni salesman that they are made by Green. However, the salesman at the Green store disavowed this, and he even called someone at the Northampton factory who said they had made a few samples at some point in the past but are not doing anything for Brioni right now. I can assure you, shoes at the prices I saw were not by Lattanzi (I think the shoes were something like 375 pounds).
post #18 of 27
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Brioni shoes are made by Lattanzi.
The new Brioni store in London has some UK made shoes; I was told by the Brioni salesman that they are made by Green.  However, the salesman at the Green store disavowed this, and he even called someone at the Northampton factory who said they had made a few samples at some point in the past but are not doing anything for Brioni right now. I can assure you, shoes at the prices I saw were not by Lattanzi (I think the shoes were something like 375 pounds).
Interesting. The shoes at the Brioni store here in nyc are DEFINITELY by Lattanzi (and have the nice hefty $2000 price tag)
post #19 of 27
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Interesting. The shoes at the Brioni store here in nyc are DEFINITELY by Lattanzi (and have the nice hefty $2000 price tag)
Same goes for the LA store - Lattanzi made and about 2k. Nice shoes.. This is yet another example of the differences in clothing lines from country to country.
post #20 of 27
Don't mean to revive an old thread, but I'd like to post asking for updates ...

I'll be in london for another week and would like to buy a pair of RTW shoes to go with a charcoal grey Alexandre. I am thinking getting a basic pair of oxfords without breaking the bank, preferably something that looks British, or at the very least un-American (so as to stand out from the crowd at home!). Since the sales are everywhere now, I hope to be able to find something in the 50-100 pound range. Any ideas where amongst the shops listed here I should try? Not sure if it'd matter, but I'm a US8.
post #21 of 27
For £50-100 you won't find very much. Maybe a pair of low quality Loakes. It really would be worth upping your budget considerably if you wanted the shoes to last longer and not be made of corrected grain leather.
post #22 of 27
Ich_Dien Don't mean to sound like I'm not doing my due diligence on the forums, but time is a little short for me since I only have a few days left here. Could you help with a few tips? For my first pair of dress shoes, how much would I typically pay (retail) in order to get something decent and appropriate, but not extravagant? Afterall, I don't have an expensive bespoke suit, so I figured it'd be a little silly to splurge on the likes of EG. Appreciate any pointers!
post #23 of 27
For me, the rule when it comes to shoes is as follows: Always buy the pair you just can't quite afford. Loake 1880 really is the lowest you should ever consider, I own one pair of loafers by them and wear them whether it is sunny or snowing as they were quite cheap so I don't mind how they wear. I hold Tricker's and C&J in high regard, yet Cheaney also make a good quality shoe. Church's I have only ever bought and re-sold, but as long as you stick to a good leather upper on the shoe they are also of good quality, if overpriced. If you are in the UK and have an address, your best bet would be to ring one of the factory stores in Northampton and getting them delivered once you know your size after trying on. The details can be found here quite readily if you search for them. Right now, the sale shoes in London are manly made up from seconds from the factory store in the first place, except for a £50-£80 price increase. It would be cutting out the middle man, yet January is a notoriously hard time to find something at the factory stores as most stock goes down to London. Have a look at Herringshoes.co.uk, and check their 'clearance' section under the Herring Section, there is currently a very nice pair of Cheaney made suede brogues for half price, which they may have in your size, for £115. The model name is the Turner II. I own the Turner I and it has held up very well, and Cheaney did a good job when I sent them to be re-conditioned at the factory last year. Expect to pay a lot more if you consign yourself to shopping in London.
post #24 of 27
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Any ideas where amongst the shops listed here I should try? Not sure if it'd matter, but I'm a US8.

I'd agree that you should increase your budget - you'll get something for £100 in Northampton, but the train there and back will be about £20. Martin-Stone or John Rushton (addresses on p1) have shoes starting within your budget, but it's pot-luck whether they have anything to suit your taste and size. That said, John Rushton always seem to have nice shoes that are way too small for me, so I'd give them a try.
post #25 of 27
Ich_Dien/SimonC, Thanks for the tips! Unfortunately, it seems rather risky to mail order since I depart in a few days ... Furthermore, I have to sheepishly admit that I don't know my shoe size (especially the width) well enough. I did drop by John R's shop today but they are closed until Monday so i'm hoping for the best. It seems to be my best bet for now. The financially responsible part of me checked the prices from major department stores in Chicago (eg. Macy's and Nordstrom's online); I found Oxfords from the likes of Rockport, Florsheim for ~US$100 and others, like Boss, are ~$200 or more. I can understand that the likes of Loake and Cheaney are "better" than these shoes, but exactly what makes them better? For instance, the suit from brand xyz is fused but brand abc is canvassed, thus abc is better in that way. Sorry that I'm still terribly bad at the shoe stuff, I barely got up to speed with the suit stuff when I embarked on this shopping trip! FWIW, Selfridges had a pair of cheaney supersonics for ~140 pounds, is that even remotely a good deal?
post #26 of 27
Church's and Russell & Bromley all have sales but limited stock. Definitely try John Rushton - bought a pair of Bowen monk strap shoes for £80.
post #27 of 27
+1 to John Rushton Also agree that you will need to up your budget. May I also recommend Austin Reed on Regent Street who stock a reasonable collection of quality English shoes and apply generous discounts to a number of lines at this time of the year. And if you want to experience shoe nirvana, head to the Grenson store near Liverpool Street.
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