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I have thoroughly searched the archives regarding Bruno Magli shoes and with zero results decided to open my question to the forum. I am in need of a 2nd pair of black shoes.  Currently I rotate a pair of Black and Cordovan Johnston and Murphy Optima (?) that I found on sale.  They are about 3 years old and I have them resoled every year with spit shines about once a week using Angelus waxes.   The black receive a majority of the wear so I was looking for a 2nd pair for a more even rotation.  In the most recent Ben Silver catalog, they have a nice pair of Bruno Magli shoes in there and I also found a pair of BM Bishops on Amazon. Separately I was looking as plal.com as well as pediwear at the C&J Handgrade lines and really like the Aintree and Audley models. Can I hear your thoughts?  Not knowing much about BM (aside from their website) vs. reading a lot about the handgrade model I am really interested in hearing everyone's comments. I have already decided against Grenson Masterpieces as well as Alfred Sargent.  Admittedly nice shoe lines, I just like the Aintree's style a little more this time around. Regards, CT
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I have no experience of Bruno Magli shoes but understand them to be of far lesser quality than Crockett & Jones Handgrades. I own the Aintrees in tan and am fantastically impressed with the quality and finish inside and out. After examining some Grenson masterpieces at Paul Stuart, I am of the opinion that the C&J Handgrades are a better shoe. Of course they are about £45 more expensive as well. And the price Paul Stuart charges for Grensons is beyond reason. I also recommend PLal as I have a pair of Weymouths on the way from them. Their customer service is excellent and their prices are unbeatable.
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I also did some searching on Bruno Magli - and it appears the concesus of this board was that the quality was noticably lower then the English shoes. You mentioned that you own Johnston & Murphy, which I imagine are of comparable quality to the Bruno Magli line. From what I have seen in the stores BM tends to be more fashion forward and I don't think they are worth the cost. However, as someone that has owned Johnston & Murphy - and now owns a mixture of Allen Edmonds and Gresnon I will not go back.  The J&M feel decidedly clunky, the leather is not as nice,  and they lack the elegance of the AE or Grenson.  I would advise shying away from BM, and going for the C&J. Others on this board can probably describe the BM line from a more technical point of view. Good luck, Scott PS - I would trying to get more shoes into your rotation which will definately cut down on that resoling bill.
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Perfect, thanks for the help. Regards, CT
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I also did some searching on Bruno Magli - and it appears the concesus of this board was that the quality was noticably lower then the English shoes.
As with so many other manufacturers (does Bruno Magli actually manufacture their own shoes?), Bruno Magli has a number of different quality levels. At the highest level (Platinum line), the problem isn't usually quality of materials or construction; it's quality of design: most Bruno Magli shoes that I've seen have been hideous. The Ben Silver shoes are a bit different: they look to be attractive, and at the price Ben Silver is asking for them, they very well might be from the Platinum line. I'm sure that they're good shoes, although they're almost certainly overpriced.
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