Originally Posted by RonnieAloha
I agree with the earlier contributor who stated, "Ive found their leathers to be rather flat and boring". You walk into Tassle's and you can see with the quality of the leather that you aren't just paying for upmarket rent in the Landmark. For USD300 you can get a pair of Allen Edmonds that are made of better materials. My Allen Edmonds also have significantly more comfortable soles. In terms of fit, my feet are different sizes (which is what drove me to try the place out) but somehow my pair from Zee's turned out to be the same length. I guess that leaves style. Sure, they can copy something but if that's all there is, then why bother?
leather flat and boring - yup, they really don't finish their leathers at all, so if you want the nice finishing, you've got to do it yourself (see somewhere between page 15-20 of this thread). when i got my black shoes, he had polished it with something that made the leather look cheap and awful. for the entire first day i wore them, i was worried that i'd gotten corrected grain! i cleaned them up at home and they look better now, though admittedly not as good as something you'd get from C&J. for their black leather at least, i daresay that they are at least on par with my black allen edmonds in terms of leather quality.
as for tassel's, i think they are one of few retailers who carry these kinds of shoes in HK, so respect to them for that, but i do think you're still paying a premium for their rent (How can you not be??) last time i was there i saw a pair of cordovan c&j bradfords that just looked scratched to hell, and selling for brand new. another note...i was able to order c&js direct from c&j, pay for shipping, and still come in under tassel's price.
bottom line, i think you get what you pair for, zee's is a good bargain at $200 USD, but if you're looking for fine quality leather and craftsmanship, head elsewhere.