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post #1 of 82
Thread Starter 
A friend is looking for black shoes in Melbourne - budget AUS$300-$400.

I'm a big Allen Edmonds fan, but wouldn't know where to purchase those in Melbourne. I'm also not too knowledgable on other brands. May be looking for something a little more forward than some of the AE types.

Any retail assistance is welcomed.
post #2 of 82
Just tell him not to come to Adelaide the quality shoe vacuum of Australia.
post #3 of 82
Thread Starter 
Funnily enough, we're both from Adelaide originally. I'm just in Sydney now.
post #4 of 82
Peter Sheppard was carrying Allen Edmonds shoes. (price around $359.00). Also Neil Munro (Made in Mexico) but I think are goodyear welted. Similar in quality to Florsheim.
Another suggestion would be David Jones. David Jones sell Loake Brothers shoes in the $300-400 price range. On sale they are in the lower $300. There is also McClouds. They sell a few English shoes.
post #5 of 82
With that budget in mind, David Jones on sale is a great option. As above, Loakes, maybe even a pair of Lloyds to really save money.
post #6 of 82
The Problem with Lloyds are they are aren't at a good price for what you get. The styles are usually "off," and they are cemented jobs that fall apart after only a few months.
post #7 of 82
Lloyd shoes are a serious waste of money. I'm partial to Loake as a cheapish shoe but even on sale in Melbourne they're still more pricey than from Herrings or Pediwear.
post #8 of 82
+1 on not getting Lloyds. The soles are cemented, not stitched, onto the uppers, and they are fabric lined, rather than being leather lined. Both of those factors means that they wear out far more quickly than better-quality shoes. Despite the poor constructions, many pairs of Lloyds shoes still cost well over $300. Allen-Edmonds aren't my cup of tea, but they cost about the same as Lloyds and are far, far better quality. I have tried on the Neil Munro shoes, and they were quite comfortable. As Neyus states, pretty similar to the A-Es. I have no idea of prices (probably much above your budget) but there are other shops that you could look at in Melbourne, including American Tailor (?) and Henry Bucks. One member on here who lives in Melbourne, California Dreamer, did once mention an outlet shop in Melbourne that sometimes has Santoni FAMs, Moreschi, Prada, plus the odd Church, Tricker, Barrett, Tods etc for around $400. Unfortunately, CalDreamer did not mention the name of the store... Also, Florsheim could be worth a look. Certainly, a lot of their stuff is not particularly good. However, for basic business shoes, their "Royal Imperial" line offers some fairly nice, calf leather, goodyear welted shoes for around $300. I'm tempted to pick up a pair of the "Chairman" model, which is a standard black, captoe balmoral model that doesn't look too bad and seems to be soundly constructed.
post #9 of 82
One other thought is to use Peter Sheppard as a means to try on Allen-Edmonds for size, and to then order the shoes online via Sierra Trading Post, eBay or another online retailer.

The same really applies to pretty much any other manufacturer stocked in Australian stores. Most UK brands, ranging from Loakes to Churchs to C&J, can be bought for about 40 to 50% less by using an overseas retailer such as P.Lal in Malaysia or Pediwear or Herring Shoes in the UK.

It might sound hideously mercenary, but when Australian stores slap such horrendous mark-ups onto their shoes, I have no hesitation in using them simply as a sizing service and then shopping for the models that I want online.
post #10 of 82
Go to David Jones, try on a pair of Tramezzas, work out your size, then buy on ebay.
post #11 of 82
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
+1 on not getting Lloyds. The soles are cemented, not stitched, onto the uppers, and they are fabric lined, rather than being leather lined. Both of those factors means that they wear out far more quickly than better-quality shoes. Despite the poor constructions, many pairs of Lloyds shoes still cost well over $300. Allen-Edmonds aren't my cup of tea, but they cost about the same as Lloyds and are far, far better quality. I have tried on the Neil Munro shoes, and they were quite comfortable. As Neyus states, pretty similar to the A-Es. I have no idea of prices (probably much above your budget) but there are other shops that you could look at in Melbourne, including American Tailor (?) and Henry Bucks. One member on here who lives in Melbourne, California Dreamer, did once mention an outlet shop in Melbourne that sometimes has Santoni FAMs, Moreschi, Prada, plus the odd Church, Tricker, Barrett, Tods etc for around $400. Unfortunately, CalDreamer did not mention the name of the store... Also, Florsheim could be worth a look. Certainly, a lot of their stuff is not particularly good. However, for basic business shoes, their "Royal Imperial" line offers some fairly nice, calf leather, goodyear welted shoes for around $300. I'm tempted to pick up a pair of the "Chairman" model, which is a standard black, captoe balmoral model that doesn't look too bad and seems to be soundly constructed.
The shop California Dreamer was refering to was LUISA . You can find all their details at luisa.com.au
post #12 of 82
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
It might sound hideously mercenary, but when Australian stores slap such horrendous mark-ups onto their shoes, I have no hesitation in using them simply as a sizing service and then shopping for the models that I want online.

Horrendous markup? Have you considered the cost of freight and import taxes?

I don't think that you should expect British shoes to cost the same here as they do over there.
post #13 of 82
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Horrendous markup? Have you considered the cost of freight and import taxes? I don't think that you should expect British shoes to cost the same here as they do over there.
Allen Edmonds shoes cost almost the same here as they do in the US. So why not? PLal and Pediwear certainly do a great job of keeping Crockett and Jones shoes at a competitive price too.
post #14 of 82
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Originally Posted by HappymaN View Post
Horrendous markup? Have you considered the cost of freight and import taxes?

I don't think that you should expect British shoes to cost the same here as they do over there.

I must admit that I do not know how much import duty is levied on shoes, but I would not think that it is a terribly large amount (although I am happy to stand corrected if appropriate).

However, I think that it's relevant to note that P.Lal, located in Malaysia, is able to sell UK shoes for about half the Australian retail price. Whilst they may, perhaps, have lower overheads than Australian retail stores (although I wouldn't be sure of that, given that they have a retail presence in Kuala Lumpur), clearly the freight from the UK to Malaysia doesn't result in a doubling of the price of the shoes that they sell.
post #15 of 82
I haven't had to pay import duties on any of the five pairs of AE's I've bought so far this year from Ebay. The lowest priced were a pair of Fairfax in chestnut at US$111 + $40 post. The dearest were some awesome Delrays in chilli that cost US$169 + $40 post.
Last year I bought a pair of brown AE Delrays here in Brisbane (Peter Shepherd) to establish my size. Likewise today I lay-byed a pair of Loake Kemptons at DJ's to establish my size and I'll order from Plal or Pediwear in future. I have tried on Church's at a shop here but I don't feel obliged to buy from them as they already take enough of my money.
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