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Can anyone comment on the quality/durability of Louis Vuitton shoes/footwear?  I'm a big fan of a pair of black lace-ups (squared-off toe, signature -albeit unobtrusive - Vuitton "checkerboard" trim around the edges) that I've been eyeing in a few boutiques.   But at $450 for kicks that surely aren't going to be up to, say, John Lobb-esque standards, I'm hoping that I'll be paying for more than just a name.   Also, does anyone know if the company offers a reconditioning/repair type program?  I'd be afraid about going elsewhere when the time comes, so as not to mess up the aforementioned "checkerboard" edges.   Thanks for your input.
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Stefano Bi shoes in Ferrara are the manufactures of the Louis Vuitton shoe range. The company is LVMH owned and makes all the shoes for the group (Berluti and, I believe, lady shoes as well). They also produce a collection under their own name, although that range might be in for the chop. (It's a set-up similar to Sergio Rossi who makes all the shoes within the Gucci group.) Stefano Bi produces a fine shoe, but they are not warhorses to take all the punishment thrown at them. That checkerboard welt will make them always vulnerable. (You can't just slap a heavy coating of shoe cream over nicks and scratches.) Due to the construction, most Italian shoes are not easily repaired. If you want a hard wearing, easily repaired shoe look at Alden or Allen-Edmonds. If you have already plenty of shoes, you like the style and you want a fancy pair: Get them.
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