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post #91 of 57147
It's really only the "lifers" in the retail industry, that absolultely love fashion and clothing that provide any service. They are a rare and possibly dying breed. The rest are just clock-watchers, and their service is correspondingly bad.

Yet somehow the prices here stay high! And they wonder why most of us do our serious shopping overseas...

danielvh - don't waste you time in Perth, stock up or note your size and order online. I'm in Sydney and it's bad - I can only imagine how much worse it is in a city that has even more bogans per capita. Perth is the proof that money doesn't buy taste.
post #92 of 57147
Truthfully, only buy here what you have to. Otherwise, get as much from overseas as possible.
post #93 of 57147
'Parker and Co' stock John Lobb and Church's in Perth. As you would expect the range is small and prices are high.

Ordering online is the way to go if you can.
post #94 of 57147
i work at mens wear and shoes in MYER...all i can tell you about the shoes is....disgraceful....they are not bad quality but just the style and color, OMFG, cant even imagine ppl buying them for 2 hundred dollars...and i couldnt find any decent shoe stores...and all of my shoes, like JL, Grenson, Alden, and Brooksbrothers are from either Ebay or their own stores when i travelled to overseas.
and hopefully, we will have more and more stores to start selling something nicer soon
post #95 of 57147
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Originally Posted by merkur View Post
I too had shit service at Joseph's; you're talking about the one in Strand Arcade, no?

That guy has been in there for years and I can't understand why they have persevered with him. He always looks unhappy and strung out...
post #96 of 57147
Hi All.
After doing loads of searching on SF I headed to Josephs on the weekend, spent 10 minutes walking around the store without the sales assistants even saying hi, so I left.
I guess I don't feel as bad for buying on line though now.
I will go back and try on shoes so I can order the right size online, which is something that prior to the weekend I didn't feel quite right about.

Cheers
Bob
post #97 of 57147
No way. The shoes they sell at myers and DJ's are terrible - except DJ's has Tod's, which are good. They sell mainline loake, for 400 dollars, which is insane. That's the price of crockett and jones benchgrade. I really think that quality shoes are going to take a long time before being accepted in today's australian world. People are really happy buying 2-3 new pairs of shoes each year, instead of building a library of quality shoes that don't need replacement. If currency debasement goes away, we will all buy good clothes again.
post #98 of 57147
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Originally Posted by Razele View Post
No way.

The shoes they sell at myers and DJ's are terrible - except DJ's has Tod's, which are good.

They sell mainline loake, for 400 dollars, which is insane. That's the price of crockett and jones benchgrade.

I really think that quality shoes are going to take a long time before being accepted in today's australian world.

People are really happy buying 2-3 new pairs of shoes each year, instead of building a library of quality shoes that don't need replacement.

If currency debasement goes away, we will all buy good clothes again.


what i have seen so far is that ppl wont buy a new pair of shoes unless the one (and the ONLY pair) they are wearing is broken...pretty much wearing 1 pair for 5 days and 4 weeks in a row
post #99 of 57147
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Originally Posted by psyc1030 View Post
what i have seen so far is that ppl wont buy a new pair of shoes unless the one (and the ONLY pair) they are wearing is broken...pretty much wearing 1 pair for 5 days and 4 weeks in a row

and the one pair they own are the snout nosed Kenneth Coles that their SO thought looked great on them
post #100 of 57147
Anywhere to try on C&J shoes, or other good quality shoes (That would be around 400 AUD give or take delivered to aus online) in melbourne? Or sydney...as I am going there shortly.

I figure I'll try some on instore for sizing (I assume if one shoe in a certain brand fits, others in that brand will also fit) - then buy online.
post #101 of 57147
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Originally Posted by Sharpe View Post
Anywhere to try on C&J shoes, or other good quality shoes (That would be around 400 AUD give or take delivered to aus online) in melbourne? Or sydney...as I am going there shortly.

I figure I'll try some on instore for sizing (I assume if one shoe in a certain brand fits, others in that brand will also fit) - then buy online.


American Tailors on 68 Bourke St Melbourne sell a selection of C&Js however expensive compared to PLAL and Pediwear and the guy is also very unfriendly. He had a sign over a pair of Beechnut C&J Lowndes that read ' Do Not Touch'. Go and check them out if you are in Melbourne. You may have more luck than I did. At worst you can pop in afterwards next door to Pellegrini's and either grab a great coffee or a plate of pasta. Pellegini's Espresso Bar is an institution in Melbourne.

You also have Luisa which sells mainly blake stitched Italian shoes at 161 Collins St. For Sydney siders I believe they Luisa are making their biannual pilgrimage at the Sydney Hilton starting this Friday 1st May for 3 days.
post #102 of 57147
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
+1 So many stores here employ children (or what appear to be children) and what does a child know about good customer service? It's a disgrace all over the country I'm afraid.

The middle aged guy selling shoes in strand arcade- his attitude to me was downright dissapointing when i asked him how much that pair of wingtip sold for (had no price tag).

Anyway, at least in HK, sales people treat you proportionate to how you look- but at least they each employee would say "welcome to Burburry" or "welcome to LV", when you walk past them in the flagship.

What would we say here in Aus? "g'day mate. Can i help you with anything?"... far cry..

ps. i was browsing the newly moved florshim in chatswood chase.. the leather was so cheap- felt very soft and flimsy like low density polyethelene.
post #103 of 57147
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Originally Posted by ginlimetonic View Post
Anyway, at least in HK, sales people treat you proportionate to how you look- but at least they each employee would say "welcome to Burburry" or "welcome to LV", when you walk past them in the flagship.

What would we say here in Aus? "g'day mate. Can i help you with anything?"... far cry..

Yeah i was completely surprised with the customer service over in HK where you'd get a hello & goodbye everytime you walked in and out of a store. However i did find SAs seemed to be a little pushier there. Then again i'd rather that than little or no service at all like back here in melb.
post #104 of 57147
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Originally Posted by psyc1030 View Post
what i have seen so far is that ppl wont buy a new pair of shoes unless the one (and the ONLY pair) they are wearing is broken...pretty much wearing 1 pair for 5 days and 4 weeks in a row

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My cobbler Fred in the Wynyard Ramp has some shoes come in that defy even the worst recrafting pix from Churchs etc...
post #105 of 57147
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Originally Posted by Razele View Post
They sell mainline loake, for 400 dollars, which is insane. That's the price of crockett and jones benchgrade.


You wish C&J bench grade cost 400aud. I bought my drummonds for 270gbp, thats well over 500aud. Even if you factor in the VAT deduction and then add your shipping costs, they will never be under 500.
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