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Highest-Quality Shoe Report Card (Lattanzi, Bontoni, Lobb Kiton, Berluti)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Englishtea, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    Has Olga turned into an ogre?
     
  2. norcaltransplant

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    Back to the original topic, Bontoni reminds me quite a bit of the Zintala shoes (Lattanzi lower line) sold at the Bizzochi boutique in Manhattan. Interesting finishing, construction not as nice as the big names. Too much flash for me.

    Actually if I were going to buy "Italian" shoes, I kind of like the extended welt gaudiness of some upper tier Lidfort and Bentanin sold by Barneys.
     
  3. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    Back to the original topic, Bontoni reminds me quite a bit of the Zintala shoes (Lattanzi lower line) sold at the Bizzochi boutique in Manhattan. Interesting finishing, construction not as nice as the big names. Too much flash for me.

    Actually if I were going to buy "Italian" shoes, I kind of like the extended welt gaudiness of some upper tier Lidfort and Bentanin sold by Barneys.

    Zintala construction is the same as Lattanzi. Styles are the same as well. The Bizzocchi store just chose some funky models. This was confirmed by the people at Latanzi.
     
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    Maharlika Well-Known Member

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    i really appreciated the site and the effort. just terrific. i, too, was wondering why EG didn't make the cut.
    thank you, again,
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    I think because EG is way overrated in this forum.
     
  5. gdl203

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    I think because EG is way overrated in this forum.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Maharlika

    Maharlika Well-Known Member

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    A connoisseur for what? [​IMG]

    Shoes, what else? The OP oviously is a connoisseur of shoes.
     
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    Maharlika Well-Known Member

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    Has Olga turned into an ogre?

    Olga is a true artisan. It's very Paris--they appreciate art.
     
  8. RJman

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    It's very Paris--they appreciate art.
    "Europe is the best thing that can happen to you! Especially if you like wine!"
    -- David Sedaris' childhood neighbor
     
  9. ABALO

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    I believe Berluti has an actual bespoke operation with lasts and all.

    Unlike the controversial Vass.


    What does that mean exactly ? Why controversial ?
    Is VASS not supposed to be one of the best in town in terms of Quality / Price ??
     
  10. stilmacher

    stilmacher Well-Known Member

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    I am sorry, the list is somewhat pear-shaped. If you titled it "brands with the best marketing" it would make a lot more sense...
     
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    What does that mean exactly ? Why controversial ?
    Is VASS not supposed to be one of the best in town in terms of Quality / Price ??


    I don't think anyone disputes Vass quality or value. However, quite a few people strongly disklike their traditional central European lasts, and take those as representative of the entire line.

    I don't like the Budapesters either, but I have to give them credit for designing other very attractive lasts. "F" ranks with the very best RTW lasts available today.
     
  12. itsstillmatt

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    I don't think anyone disputes Vass quality or value. However, quite a few people strongly disklike their traditional central European lasts, and take those as representative of the entire line.

    I don't like the Budapesters either, but I have to give them credit for designing other very attractive lasts. "F" ranks with the very best RTW lasts available today.

    I used to dislike the Budapesters until I received mine. Now I can say that they are among my very favorite shoes. U and F are both very nice lasts as well.
     
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    I used to dislike the Budapesters until I received mine. Now I can say that they are among my very favorite shoes. U and F are both very nice lasts as well.

    Have you stormed in castles with bespoke pitchforks [​IMG]

    (I'm teasing I'm teasing)
     
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    Agreed, at least as one can until I finally get around to buying a pair. I think the U last is my fave from a pure looks standpoint.
     
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    Shoes, what else? The OP oviously is a connoisseur of shoes.

    If you think so, not me. [​IMG]
     
  16. itsstillmatt

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    Have you stormed in castles with bespoke pitchforks [​IMG]

    (I'm teasing I'm teasing)

    fuck yeah I have. haven't you?
     
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    fudge yeah I have. haven't you?

    In talking with the long-suffering Anthony Delos, who had prepared a trial pair of shoes for me today, he mentioned that he knows the Berluti bottier Patrice Rock and that Berluti is still making bespoke. That doesn't change the fact that Berluti is both de-emphasizing its bespoke (their site no longer mentions that they offer a bespoke service) and that the bespoke seems to be diminishing part of their business.
     
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    In talking with the long-suffering Anthony Delos, who had prepared a trial pair of shoes for me today, he mentioned that he knows the Berluti bottier Patrice Rock and that Berluti is still making bespoke. That doesn't change the fact that Berluti is both de-emphasizing its bespoke (their site no longer mentions that they offer a bespoke service) and that the bespoke seems to be diminishing part of their business.
    interezting development. zis is good newz to ear.
     
  19. RJman

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    interezting development. zis is good newz to ear.

    What was better news was that he is making a killer pair of oxfords for me. [​IMG]
     
  20. itsstillmatt

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    What was better news was that he is making a killer pair of oxfords for me. [​IMG]
    how did the shoes you picked up recently from DG turn out?
     

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