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What d'you think of these Joseph Fenestrier shoes?

post #1 of 17
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I recently bought a pair of shoes by Joseph Fenestrier Paris.  I wasn't looking for another pair of shoes but I just saw them on a shelf and they looked really decent.  Looks well-made, with good leather and a nice finish.  I thought they would be good for more casual occasions.  Plus, they were on sale. I've never heard of this brand before, and I haven't been able to find any info either.  I'm obsessive enough about clothes to want to know this stuff. Does anyone know anything about Fenestrier?   BTW, the shoes are made in Italy, and have no interior markings other than what's pictured.
post #2 of 17
All I can tell you is that I imagine his family once made windows. Oh, and the shoes look pretty good too. Hard to tell from the pics, are they kind of a jodhpur/monkstrap hybrid?
post #3 of 17
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I'm not exactly sure what I'd call them, but I finally got the pictures uploaded right, so maybe you could tell me?   They're not like the usual monkstraps with the strap that goes completely over the top; the base of the top flap (for lack of a better description) is stitched down. And there's no separate tongue.
post #4 of 17
Gorgeous, like the Jermyn II Lobb or the EG Stowe/Oundle. Fenestrier was once affiliated with Weston and _I think_ left to make his own shoes. About 10 years ago they were quite big in the US GQ/Esquire layouts. Hm. According to the Figaro Fenestrier supposedly invented Goodyear welting in the early 20th century. So why is it called Goodyear? It is owned by Robert Clergerie.
post #5 of 17
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Gorgeous, like the Jermyn II Lobb or the EG Stowe/Oundle.  
Here are some pics of the Stowe posted a little while back for comparison.  Great looking shoe.
post #6 of 17
It is owned by Clergerie, but Clergerie is about to be sold to the Smalto group. The small factory is based in Romans, in the Drome region (France).
post #7 of 17
Romanaise de la Chaussure Rue Pierre-Curie BP69 26102 Romans Cedex FRANCE Tél.: 04.75.05.59.59 Telex : 345826 Fax : 04.75.05.59.60 email : e.martin@dial.oleane.com Marques : Robert Clergerie (F), Joseph Fenestrier (H), Unic (H) Gammes de prix : luxe Matières : C
post #8 of 17
wow, i think these are a great looking shoes.
post #9 of 17
For some reason, they remind me of Camarguaises, the boots worn by the "gardians" (cowboys of the South of France). Whoever designed them may have been inspired by that style. According to a fashion program on TV5, they are back in fashion in France this winter.
post #10 of 17
Nice. That particular pair looks like they might be made by Artioli.
post #11 of 17
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Nice. That particular pair looks like they might be made by Artioli.
Why do you say that?
post #12 of 17
"Why do you say that?" The sole detailing is nearly identical, and the differences can be explained by the addition of the Fenestrier name...
post #13 of 17
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Thanks for the great info, guys and gal(?).
post #14 of 17
De rien. En effet, je suis bien une femme.
post #15 of 17
I looked at that same pair of shoes and I would have snapped them up if they had fit me. The pictures don't do them justice. A very nice pair of shoes.
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