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Bostonians Vs Johnston and Murphy

post #1 of 32
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I'm looking to buy a pair of black cap toes and am looking at the Johnston and murphy pair on sale, the dickensons http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/catalog....D=34730 or the ones for tropas http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/catalog....D=23369 Or i am looking at the Bostonians ritz, http://www.benniesshoes.com/Merchan....BstLace what are people's thoughts on these shoes, are they decently made shoes? I'm looking mainly at the Dickenson and the Ritz's. I not looking to spend more than $200 and was planning on spending around $150 so if you have any other decent shoes that are cap toes i'm open to sugestions. nik
post #2 of 32
The tropas are more of a formal shoe. I don't particularly like any of the models (I find captoes make shoes generally unattractive), but I would pick the Bostonion model.) At the least the toe box is not unattractive.
post #3 of 32
Why not Grensons? They are in that price range and are a much better made shoe than either of the ones you've mentioned. AE may be another alternative, as they are having a big sale in their outlets now on the Stockbridge and some others.
post #4 of 32
These are pretty poorly made shoes. Bad plastic leather and awful on your feet. They look cheap too. JM is not what it used to be. Why not wait for Bennie's to get their new Grenson's in sometime this week or next? It would be a big mistake to jump at JM's for $110 after shipping -- they aren't worth that much to be sure (Bostonian are even worse).
post #5 of 32
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Why not wait for Bennie's to get their new Grenson's in sometime this week or next?  
Is Bennie's getting new Grenson's this week?
post #6 of 32
I thought Chris said it would be mid December/early January?
post #7 of 32
LA Guy, why are you so down on captoes? What about wingtips?here Do you like that type of style?
post #8 of 32
I think captoes are quite difficult to distingish from each other when in black... that said, I personally wear them most days for business purposes.
post #9 of 32
Wingtips I like - and the example you showed were very nice. If only I wasn't broke - or wore anything other than sneakers and boots... The horizontal break across the toe I find to be unelegant and, well, just ugly. A wingtip, on the other hand, imo, complements the shape of the foot.
post #10 of 32
Last week Chris mentioned he was going to post additional news in December with the shipment probably arriving sometime in February.
post #11 of 32
He posted earlier today saying that a shipment was mailed out last Monday. How long does it take for the shoes to get to him? Anyways, it is worth the wait IMO.
post #12 of 32
I have some wingtips but favor captoes as I like shoes to be quite minimalistic.
post #13 of 32
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LA Guy, why are you so down on captoes?  What about wingtips?here Do you like that type of style?
I laugh every time I see pictures of the soles of Harris shoes. What's up with those soles?. They do look like nices shoes, however. And regarding the thread itself, yes, try Bennie's Grensons and if not go Allen Edmonds. You should be able to get a pair of AEs in your price range. I bought a pair of semi-brogue AE Lexingtons from their ebay store for ~$130. As someone who graduated from Bostonians to Grenson, Alden and Allen Edmonds you'll be glad you avoided the former.
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I have some wingtips but favor captoes as I like shoes to be quite minimalistic.
I personally prefer plaintoes to either captoes or wingtips. What's maore minimalistic than that?
post #15 of 32
I have quite a few plaintoe shoes as well, my two favorite pairs of black shoes (Ballys) are both plaintoes in lambskin and they are quite nice, I think captoes are minimalistic but break up the austerity a bit. I do like plaintoe wholecuts though and have some nice ones.
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