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Burgundy shoes in Chicago?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by johnapril, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone shop for shoes in Chicago?

    I am looking for one nice pair of burgundy shoes to pair with a charcoal suit and a brown suit. No penny loafers, no monk straps, just a nice pair of shoes (brogues, lace-ups), a store with a selection, if possible.
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Well-Known Member

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    Price Range?

    I imagine Neiman's on Mich. Ave has what you need...
     
  3. kabert

    kabert Well-Known Member

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    Hanig's Footwear
    660 N Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois

    They carry Alden shoes. Check out their cordovan or calfskin in Burgundy -- in particular, the split-toe lace-up (sort of a heavier looking version of the Edward Green Dover).
     
  4. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    If you really want burgundy, I urge you to think long and hard about cordovan. It just takes to burgundy dye so, so much better than calf -- deeper, richer, better patina. Burgundy calf just looks phony. My opinion, but it is a strongly held opinion.
     
  5. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    No price limit necessarily, but I usually pay no more than $350 for shoes.

    Ask for cordovan leather, right?

    I know Hanig's. Corner across from Ferragamo.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  6. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    Yes, Alden makes several modes, from lace-ups to loafers. They will be more than $350 at full retail, however.
     
  7. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    I like these: Alden Wing Tip Bal Oxford [​IMG]
     
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    Manton Well-Known Member

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    Classic shoe. Not great with summer weight suits, but perfect for almost everything else. I have the same shoe (almost): burgundy cordovan full brogue, RTW from Vass, on the U last. It is striking.
     
  9. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    As I am replying, I am wearing the alden bal shell burgundy cordovan. This shoe at full retail would cost you approximately $100 more which I believe is a good investment. Cordovan shoes can be weared both business attire and casual attire. On the website(www.the shoemart.com)
     
  10. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    My shoe size is 11 (US), but sometimes 10.5. For example, with Ferragamo, I wear a 10.5, but in Mezlan I'm an 11. Do Alden cordovan shoes run a little big like Ferragamo? Would a 10.5 fit on an 11 foot?
     
  11. mcarthur

    mcarthur Well-Known Member

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    Go to website (www.alden of carmel.com) enter alden of carmel catalogue, enter fitting information and you will find interesting data about the various alden lasts.
     
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    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    This is the Tremont last. Any idea if it runs true to size? Also, is such a shoe appropriate for a suit?
     
  13. Manton

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    Yes, just not with lightweight summer suits. Fine with heavier worsteds. Perfect with flannels and tweeds.
     

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