Originally Posted by neyus
I did find a few surprises interestingly enough at Rustans. I forget the label, but they had a nice pair of shoes, in a balmoral wingtip, looks as though it was blake stitched. There was also a couple of trad looking Florsheims. They were big gunboats and goodyear welted. (I think it was a Kenmoor) One of them had a storm welt. There was another brand that I would probably give a second look at and that would be Bristol. They had a couple of models that were quite handsome on a rather elegant last, unfortunately they were black. What is it with all the black shoes there, I had the same problem in Hong Kong. Actually this pair of shoes at Rustans' were similarly priced to the Bristols at shoemart and look to be slightly better quality.
I have a pair of captoe balmorals from Bristol that I like very much and wore to my wedding. They have a few models that would be SF-approved, and a whole lot of tacky models as well. The workmanship looks pretty good -- clean stitching and details, etc. The leather probably isn't the best, but what do you expect for 2000 pesos?
I met a tailor who used to work in the US that's come home to Manila. He's made me three shirts (one from Cone Mills chambray, two from Italy and Japan mill oxford), and a pair of jeans for my wife (Cone Mills denim). He found a local guy who can make shoes, and is working on getting quality leather shipped here for some of his projects.