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Anyone have any experience with shoes from To Boot New York by Adam Derrick?  They sell locally for about CAN$450/pair (more expensive than Moreschi or Ferragamo, on par price-wise with Canali and Armani, less expensive than Prada), but I picked up three pairs this morning for about CAN$150/pair.  I figured I couldn't go wrong at the price but am curious to hear others' impressions of the brand. (Edited to add that their website is http://www.toboot.com.)
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Mike F: To Boot has a good reputation, but I've never seen them down here in stores priced much more than $225. I do remember researching the web site and seeing different models online for $275. I think they're somewhat comparable to Donald J. Pliner, and fit in a niche between Johnston & Murphy and Cole Haan, and Allen Edmonds and Alden. Perhaps bengal-stripe could post a reply here, he seems really well versed on shoes.
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That's bad news: in my experience, Donald J. Pliner is absolute shit.
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Hmm- I don't own any Pliner. Almost bought a pair awhile back that were Really comfortable, but they were blue, and made of some sort of synthetic material. Anyone else had any experience with Pliner?
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Perhaps bengal-stripe could post a reply here, he seems really well versed on shoes.
SteveB, thanks for having faith in me, but I can't help. I'm London based and that paticular brand is not available here. So I have never had a pair in my hands, let alone on my feet. MikeF, if you like the style and you got them for a good price, I'm sure, they will turn out to be a good purchase.
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MikeF, if you like the style and you got them for a good price, I'm sure, they will turn out to be a good purchase.
Thanks for the encouragement, but I guess you've never owned cheap and stylish -- but incredibly uncomfortable -- shoes.
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All I can say is make sure they're comfortable. Doesn't matter if they're stylish if they hurt your feet. You won't wear them and you've wasted your money. Trust me- I've made this mistake more than once...
post #8 of 20
I own 2 pairs of To Boot shoes. Here in New York, they are only sold at Bergdorf Goodman. Adam Derrick used to have his own store on the Upper West Side on Columbus Ave, but it closed a while ago. Generally his shoes are priced a little lower than Ferragamos, I would say. His shoes are good quality and durable and look good. I think they're a really good value for nice shoes that have a modern and urban edge to them.
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I've seen them at Macy's a lot. They seem to be priced rather lower than Ferragamo. To my eye, they look like slightly classier than, but in the same vein as, Kenneth Cole shoes: urban, trendy, but with an unfortunate tendency to fall on the bad side of a trend and stay there a while - a case in point being radically squared-off toes and super-thick soles. Having said all that, I have to confess to owning a pair of extremely square-toed Kenneth Cole boots in the 90's. They seemed apropos then, and I still don't hate them (I'd wear them again if they come back into style), but that was a time, when, despite my conscious efforts to evaluate trends, determine whether they have any real merit before jumping on the bandwagon, I was swept up by the tide. I never thought twice about Capris for men though (yeah, clamdiggers, whatever you say), nor wierd colored leather, nor the monochromatic look. And for that, I am thankful.
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I've seen them at Macy's a lot.  They seem to be priced rather lower than Ferragamo.  To my eye, they look like slightly classier than, but in the same vein as, Kenneth Cole shoes: urban, trendy, but with an unfortunate tendency to fall on the bad side of a trend and stay there a while - a case in point being radically squared-off toes and super-thick soles. Having said all that, I have to confess to owning a pair of extremely square-toed Kenneth Cole boots in the 90's.  They seemed apropos then, and I still don't hate them (I'd wear them again if they come back into style), but that was a time, when, despite my conscious efforts to evaluate trends, determine whether they have any real merit before jumping on the bandwagon, I was swept up by the tide. I never thought twice about Capris for men though (yeah, clamdiggers, whatever you say), nor wierd colored leather, nor the monochromatic look.  And for that, I am thankful.
Hmm. It's been a while since I looked at the To Boot shoes, and I'm a little surprised that you saw them at Macy's. I wonder how the exclusive arrangement between Bergdorfs and To Boot started.... Your comparison to Kenneth Cole is a good one.
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Fascinating -- To Boot shoes are positively more expensive than Ferragamo (which are usually priced at just under the CAN$400 mark). Also: the styles I've seen carried are worlds away from Kenneth Cole dreck. Just for reference, the only place that carries To Boot in Vancouver is Mark James (one of the three most exclusive men's stores in the city). In Toronto and Montreal, they are carried exclusively by Harry Rosen.
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To Boot shoes are positively more expensive than Ferragamo (which are usually priced at just under the CAN$400 mark).
Perhaps your exchange rate is more favorable with Italy than with the US. I've looked at, but never purchased, To Boot shoes. (I've never bought Pliners, either.) I haven't been knocked out by any of the styles, and the few I've tried on have been too wide for my feet. I'd rather have Ferragamos any day. (I, too, confess to having some old Kenneth Cole shoes, which are great for days when I'm at high risk of scuffing my footwear.)
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I see Too Boots all the time at Nordstrom's Rack around here marked around $80 to $60. I dig some of the styles, yet never felt compeled to pick up a pair. Though that may change since I do like their sandals and may pick up some by them more towards the spring. Since we are on the subject of urban shoes, have any of you heard of MOMA? I have a pair of black leather slides by them, and seen a few other interesting pairs, but don't know anything about the label. Anyone have any info?
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have any of you heard of MOMA?
I've heard of MOMA, it's the Museum of Modern Art in New York: http://www.moma.org/
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Yeah so have I, but I don't think they are making shoes are they? These shoes are called MOMA. If the museum is behind the design of the shoes that would be interesting to learn. You can see some MOMA shoes on Yoox.com under Spring/Summer.
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