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Mezlan shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sweeney, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. sweeney

    sweeney Member

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    I'd love to hear the forum's opinion on Mezlan shoes.  At a glance, they seem like a very stylish, well-crafted alternative at a great price point (generally less than $200 per from what I've seen).  Any thoughts/opinions?  Any good or bad experience(s) with them?  I'm contemplating purchasing 2 or 3 new pairs and would be curious to hear what you all think.

    Also, is anyone familiar with the maker (Bengal-stripe, perhaps?)  I'd thought the shoes to be Italian, but I'm now getting the sense that they may be Spanish.

    Thanks for whatever input anyone can provide.
     
  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Well-Known Member

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    Mezlan is a Spanish make, but I'm not familiar with them. (Square-toed shoes have never appealed to me and, with a tendency to turn my feet outward, make me look like Donald Duck.) If you like the shoes, just get one pair to begin with; see how you get on and if you're happy, get another pair (or two). Positive reviews about Mezlan shoes: http://www.reviewshoes.com/brands/mezlan_shoes.asp: But of course that site wants to sell shoes, so take it with a certain degree of scepticism.
     
  3. Joe G

    Joe G Well-Known Member

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    I have a couple pair of Mezlan shoes, and find them to be well-made (similar in quality to Ferragamo or Gucci, a step down from the likes of Alden, Ludwig Reiter, or John Lobb) and especially well-priced. I chose their patent formal pumps over Ferragamo's because they were simply more comfortable.

    My only problem with Mezlan is the extreme unevenness of their designs. Every season, they'll produce one or two good shoes, but the vast majority of their output is utterly cringe-worthy.

    Peace,

    JG
     
  4. blaksmooth

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    Gotta throw in my two cents here. I used to purchase Mezlans when I lived in New York about 5 years ago. I was always impressed with not only the price point of the shoe, but also the steadfast design. Don't want to sound sappy, but I always thought that they were ahead of the curve (making 2001 stlye shoes in 1996).

    I have to say that somewhere along the line, they have disappointed me. Whereas I personally used to like all of the styles, which were more traditional in fashion, in the last two or three years, they look more like shoes that Deion Sanders or Michael Irvin would wear (& if you are not sure what I mean by that, just let me know).

    Very rarely do I find a pair I like now, but the pairs that I do own, that I bought back in 1994, 1995 and 1996, not only stood up to several wearings, but the style has stayed right in step (pardon the pun).
     
  5. Joe G

    Joe G Well-Known Member

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    Well said.

    To digress a bit, can you think of any American white guys who dress as horribly as these two do so consistently? The only one that comes to my mind quickly is Tucker Carlson of CNN Crossfire, with his "look at me, I went to Princeton." orange-and-black bowties and horridly-cut suits.

    Peace,

    JG
     
  6. blaksmooth

    blaksmooth Member

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    [/quote]To digress a bit, can you think of any American white guys who dress as horribly as these two do so consistently? The only one that comes to my mind quickly is Tucker Carlson of CNN Crossfire, with his "look at me, I went to Princeton." orange-and-black bowties and horridly-cut suits.[/quote]


    No , I cannot think of two more horribly dressed people.  What's more disturbing is that not only do they dress like this, but they dress like this and host two pretty popular nationally televised sport shows...if front of THOUSANDS of people every week..  They actually think that this crap is stylish and fashionable..

    It is literally the biggest contemporary fashion embarrassment I have seen in my life time.  Period.
     
  7. Automatic

    Automatic Active Member

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    Have you seen Letterman wearing Mezlan sandals with white socks?
     
  8. Anomaly

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    Deion and Irvin are bad, but they can't hold a candle to Richard Simmons. [​IMG] -Foster "The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth." "Everything great and intelligent is in the minority." - Goethe
     
  9. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    How about Michael Jackson?
     

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