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Ferragamo Studio line, why the uber-hate

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by DGP, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. DGP

    DGP Well-Known Member

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    I'm just curious what makes the Ferragamo Studio line so inferior, in terms of materials or construction, to the main line shoes? I understand what makes both significantly inferior to the Tramezza line, but between the two lower lines, I'm curious.
     
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    Leather quality and glue in my experience. I still like the looks of Studio and would buy if price was right... My the Studios I own have actually held up very well.
     
  3. gnatty8

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    Leather quality and glue in my experience. I still like the looks of Studio and would buy if price was right... My the Studios I own have actually held up very well.

    I agree with this. I have several pair of SF Studio shoes that I wear for kicking around, and they are very nice shoes, and still look great after 3 or 4 years of wear. Eyes wide open, they are not in the same league as Tramezza, but they are better quality and construction than over 99% of the shoes you will find in mainstream department stores.
     
  4. DGP

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    Good to know. I bought a pair yesterday at the Ferragamo outlet in Cabazon. They look sort of like some of the Tramezas, with the chiseled cap toe and antiquing. However they were $140 so I decided to take a chance.
     
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    Good to know. I bought a pair yesterday at the Ferragamo outlet in Cabazon. They look sort of like some of the Tramezas, with the chiseled cap toe and antiquing. However they were $140 so I decided to take a chance.

    At that price, assuming they fit you well and you like the style, you can't go wrong.
     
  6. glenjay

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    I think the reason for the strong dislike of the Studio line is because it is often passed off on the unsuspecting as a "Ferragamo" shoe with no distinction for the differences in quality between lines.

    The Studio line are cheap glue jobs and not worth the trouble of buying and throwing away, no matter the cost.

    The pair of Ferragamo shoes I owned from the Studio line fell apart after wearing them no more than 10 times, and I take very good care of my shoes.
     
  7. Pinstripes

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    I bought a pair of Ferragamo shoes and a pair of AEs at about the same time a few years ago (and roughly for the same price). I live in NYC and have about a 20 minute walk to work. I still wear my AEs and they look good. SF were destroyed in less than a year. I guess for a drive to work and office wear they are ok, but they are just not durable enough for serious travel or wear. In my experience, only AEs and C&Js are good enough. Anything ending with a vowel breaks apart.
     
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    Is there a marking on the shoe that indicates what line the shoe is from?
     
  9. glenjay

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    Is there a marking on the shoe that indicates what line the shoe is from?

    Yes, the marking is on the insole. The Tramezza line has the label sewn into the insole where your heel would rest, the other lines are stamped with ink (silver typically) in the same location. "Tramezza" will be sewn into the label on that line, the "Studio" line should have the word Studio in the stamp. I'm not sure about the other line(s).
     
  10. clee1982

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    Glue job is probably the main reason, but I think $140 is a good buy. I have enough shoes to rotate, so none of them get that much wear on a per year basis.

    I would say look for sample sales though, I got lucky once of getting 2 Tramezza each for 169, but of course that was 07 as well (also bought RLBL and RLPL that year, both were around just 400, my wardrobe greatly expanded that year)..., so don't count on it is what I am saying. I would say <150 is good for studio, <230 is good for mainline, <330 is good for Tramezza
     
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    I think the reason for the strong dislike of the Studio line is because it is often passed off on the unsuspecting as a "Ferragamo" shoe with no distinction for the differences in quality between lines.

    The Studio line are cheap glue jobs and not worth the trouble of buying and throwing away, no matter the cost.

    The pair of Ferragamo shoes I owned from the Studio line fell apart after wearing them no more than 10 times, and I take very good care of my shoes.


    What does fell apart mean? I don't own a single pair of AE (can't stand the styling) so can't compare to them as to how well all my shoes survived through out the years. Though, in general I don't think I have any shoes that fell apart in 10 wears (even my old days Keeneth Cole or J&M, Bostonian), and I do walk around a lot (in NYC) as well.
     
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    Yes, the marking is on the insole. The Tramezza line has the label sewn into the insole where your heel would rest, the other lines are stamped with ink (silver typically) in the same location. "Tramezza" will be sewn into the label on that line, the "Studio" line should have the word Studio in the stamp. I'm not sure about the other line(s).

    Not necessarily true anymore. Many of the newer Studio line shoes no longer have "Studio" on the insole. The best way to distinguish between Studio and Original is to look at the sole; Original will have "Lavorazione Originale," and Studio won't.
     
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    What does fell apart mean? I don't own a single pair of AE (can't stand the styling) so can't compare to them as to how well all my shoes survived through out the years. Though, in general I don't think I have any shoes that fell apart in 10 wears (even my old days Keeneth Cole or J&M, Bostonian), and I do walk around a lot (in NYC) as well.

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  14. DGP

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    That all makes sense. I figured since these are mostly for with jeans (I've taken to the jeans with vintage-looking dress shoes) and I was otherwise going to buy a $99 pair at Zara, these were a good deal. At least Ferragamos are comfortable on me (though I'd have gone a half size smaller if available).

    I had a pair of brown mainline ones I had to throw out recently, I wore them in a rain storm when in NY, threw them in a plastic bag for the flight back to LA, unpacked a day later and found the soles covered in mold... Shoemaker says they're beyond repair.
     
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    wow! guess I am just lucky that has never happened to me before on any shoes regardless how cheap they're (or somehow I walk different from everyone else?)
     
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    That looks familiar. I have a pair, worn little, in early stages of glue coming undone I first noticed it when the sole caught and tripped me as I was walking.
     
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    MY SF Studio line has the same problem after 3 wears. Unwearable!
    I bought these new. Did you guys reglue them? Is it worth it?
     
  18. glenjay

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    MY SF Studio line has the same problem after 3 wears. Unwearable!
    I bought these new. Did you guys reglue them? Is it worth it?


    I haven't decided if I want to bother with it. I have a decent size shoe collection, and I would consider these the very bottom of the collection. Because of this they will probably never be worn again.

    I may take some Barge Cement and a clamp to them (or take them to a cobbler to be fixed) just so I can donate them to Soles for Souls. But, even then, I think I would feel uncomfortable donating something I knew was going to fall apart.
     
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    I haven't decided if I want to bother with it. I have a decent size shoe collection, and I would consider these the very bottom of the collection. Because of this they will probably never be worn again.

    I may take some Barge Cement and a clamp to them (or take them to a cobbler to be fixed) just so I can donate them to Soles for Souls. But, even then, I think I would feel uncomfortable donating something I knew was going to fall apart.


    They are not the most expensive shoes I own, but they fit my foot so well.
    Do you think SF would honor an exchange? I didn't buy them from a B&M store and they might be 2 or 3 seasons old, but they are almost new.
     
  20. gnatty8

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    They are not the most expensive shoes I own, but they fit my foot so well.
    Do you think SF would honor an exchange? I didn't buy them from a B&M store and they might be 2 or 3 seasons old, but they are almost new.


    I would be willing to bet they will fix them or replace them if they are clearly almost new.

    Very strange, I'll try to post pictures of my SF Studio, the oldest pair is 5 years old, and still look almost new.
     

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