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If your father is dressy, I'd strongly recommend a more refined style of loafer. These Alden shoes are only slightly out of your price range, and will be a classic choice. At a lower price point - and with a brand that is more controversial on this forum - I'd look seriously at a pair of Cole Haan shoes as well. Finally, within the Allen Edmonds @ Bennies orbit, I'd look at the Randolph or (my preference) the Glasgow (please excuse the mis-spelling on the website - they have the right name on the description...). Also at Bennies - and depending on your father's shoe size - there are a few Grenson loafers left in different sizes. On the page that I linked, I particularly like number 12 - it has a nice shape and the squared toe looks good to my eye. Grenson shoes are $150 down from about $575 at Paul Stuart, so they represent a phenomenal deal. If you don't mind overseas transactions, you could look at these Alfred Sargent loafers in acorn. They may, however, be too light in color. To your question about a rubber sole - I don't think that you are llikely to find an attractive dress loafer with a rubber sole. With the exception of the Cole Haan shoes that I linked, all of these options should be Goodyear-welted. That means that they can more easily and effectively be resoled. So if your father wears through the soles, he can replace them. At that time, he can choose a thin, dressy rubber (Dainite) sole (if he knows the right cobbler - and if you let us know where you are, we can likely recommend one) to replace the leather with rubber.
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You guys are great. Thanks so much for all the suggestions, now I just have to narrow down all my choices.
post #18 of 21
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I would do it in a very constrained set of circumstances (eg, I was with her when she tried it on; she liked the way it fit and the way it looked but concluded that she didn't want to spend the money; and I decided later to get it for her as a gift), but generally speaking, you're right. Unless someone is in a position to know exactly what I want and what will fit me, I don't want them to get me shoes as a gift. It is if you know what you're doing. The fit is largely determined by the last used for the shoe and the style of shoe it is (ie, bal, blucher, loafer, monkstrap, etc.), and it's easy to determine what last a particular shoe was made on for most higher-end manufacturers. If you know that Edward Green bluchers made on the 808 last in size 9.5 E fit him well, you can order another blucher on 808 in size 9.5 E and expect that they will fit.
I feel the same about getting my husbands shoes or clothes. He cares very much about what is in his wardrobe, which is admirable. I did purchase shirts while abroad once in a while, typically trying to find fashion from the country where I am traveling, and the results have been sketchy. Enough to make me think I should refrain, at this point. Let's assume I were in Paris (without him) and wanted to get him a pair of Pierre Corthay. Where would I start to determine the size and fit?
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Let's assume I were in Paris (without him) and wanted to get him a pair of Pierre Corthay. Where would I start to determine the size and fit?
Keep in mind that Corthay is primarily a bespoke house, meaning that their shoes are primarily made on lasts created from measurements taken from a client's feet. Unless your husband has gone through the bespoke process (at the very least, measurement and one or more fittings; French makers also tend to like to do trial shoes, so probably that as well) with them, you can't order a pair of Corthay bespoke shoes without him. Corthay also has a line of ready-to-wear shoes. It would be less problematic to buy these for your husband without him actually being there, but the only way to determine the correct size and fit is to try them on. If you know a manufacturer, last, and size that fits your husband well, Corthay may be able to suggest something likely to be compatible; but the only way to be sure is to put the shoe on your husband's foot.
post #20 of 21
Thank you, my bad.....sorry, did not think about the new guys. Need to append my signature.
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(Fabienne @ 09 Jan. 2005, 08:30) Let's assume I were in Paris (without him) and wanted to get him a pair of Pierre Corthay.  Where would I start to determine the size and fit?
Keep in mind that Corthay is primarily a bespoke house, meaning that their shoes are primarily made on lasts created from measurements taken from a client's feet. Unless your husband has gone through the bespoke process (at the very least, measurement and one or more fittings; French makers also tend to like to do trial shoes, so probably that as well) with them, you can't order a pair of Corthay bespoke shoes without him. Corthay also has a line of ready-to-wear shoes. It would be less problematic to buy these for your husband without him actually being there, but the only way to determine the correct size and fit is to try them on. If you know a manufacturer, last, and size that fits your husband well, Corthay may be able to suggest something likely to be compatible; but the only way to be sure is to put the shoe on your husband's foot.
It sounds like he should be with me. Maybe we'll forget about the surprise effect and consult him. To think that some people simply buy a key ring at the airport...
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