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Paolo Scafora RTW

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dovsr18, May 23, 2013.

  1. dovsr18

    dovsr18 Active Member

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    I've read superlative reports about the quality of Scafora's bespoke, but have seen little about his RTW shoes. Shop the Finest has a number of lines. The classic line appears to be Goodyear welted. There is also a "blake and rapid" line. Has anyone had any experience with either or both of these RTWs?
     
  2. Loudly

    Loudly Well-Known Member

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    Bought 2 pair recently, both Norvegese, both from STF. Excellent stuff. Hard to avoid the temptation of buying more, though the $600+ price tag does provide a natural limit. At $400, there would be gluttony.
     
  3. dovsr18

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    Interesting....I've never been clear on the meaning of Norvegese, and it's not easy to tell what's what from Ian's descriptions anyway. The blake and rapid are under 300.

    Do you find that they fit to size?
     
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    Loudly Well-Known Member

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    The ones that looked really tempting were around 600. To be fair, there are a couple of ankle boots on there for 500-something which look great.

    I should say they fit true to size. I'm generally a 8 UK, *sometimes* 9 1/2 US depending on the maker (all of my 9 1/2s are bought in the US), and I bought size 9 US. It's snug, but I think will stretch out a little where it counts. It's nice that STF has this fairly popular size.
     
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  5. dovsr18

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    Looks like a solid option for an Italian RTW, especially now that Tramezzas have jumped to 900+ retail and 500 is the best sale price you can get on them most of the time. In addition, Santoni has a lot of nice models.

    I've had my eye for some time on a gorgeous Santoni black captoe balmoral on STF, chiseled toe but not extremely so, but I'm concerned about sizing. I wear 11.5 in AE and 11 in Ferragamo. These are 11.5 and I fear they run large. And he has a no-refund policy, unfortunately.
     
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    meister Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of Paolo Scafora for Gianfranco Ferre, Beautiful antiquing and solid shoe. The antiquing IMO has stiffened the leather in the production but the more they are worn the softer they get.
     
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    I can't find them for under 300. Where did you see this?
     
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    I saw them in January at Pitti, if you like sharp lasts with a wicked patina they don't get much better, the shoes are absolutely stunning in person (and he's a nice guy as well.) I'll try to take a few photos at Pitti in June if I remember.
     
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    Nice. Thanks.

    I recall someone comparing his bespoke shoes very favorably with Lattanzi's at a fraction of the cost. Hopefully his "diffusion" lines will maintain high quality at their price points.
     
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    meister Well-Known Member

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    Scafora makes superb MTO/Bespoke. There is thread buried somewhere with examples.
     
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    I don't know the Scafora RTW quality but if it is anywhere near what one should expect that price strikes me as excellent value.
    Hopefully, someone can chime in with experience or take the plunge. I'm not in the market but I think this would be very valuable info for members.
     
  12. meister

    meister Well-Known Member

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    Here is my pair of OTR for Ferre

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  13. dovsr18

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    Very nice. I'm considering a pair of black semi-brogues. Will post pics if I take the plunge.

    The lasts on his shoes strike me as quite conservative.
     
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    A store in Sydney that has a main store in Naples had some of his shoes including a pointy triple monk!
     
  15. dovsr18

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    I received a pair of black Scafora balmorals from the blake and rapid line yesterday from Ian. My very preliminary observations:

    Last: The last is more elegant than shown in the pictures; rounded toes but fairly elongated sole and well defined shape. I've been wearing AEs and I think this last is more defined and elegant - yet would be totally fine in even a very conservative setting (I wore than to my law office workplace today). Also, the sole doesn't extend too far out from the upper which is a pet peeve of mine and this contributes to the elegance I mentioned.

    Sizing: same as AE for me. It runs narrow but I'm find in it even though I wear D in AE.
    If you wear wide it could be an issue.

    Leather: I'm not an expert in leather, at all. But my early impression is that the leather is at least equal to my AEs and possibly a little nicer. It feels substantial and has a natural look, feel, and shine, and doesn't crease easily. I've never handled "elite" RTW shoes like Lobbs or EGs so it's not possible for me to compare (but I have handled Tramezzas and they seem about on par).

    Construction: obviously the benefits of Goodyear construction do not show initially but rather over time, so I have no real opinion here. They are comfortable, for what that is worth, and do seem well made to me.

    Overall: at about $250 from Ian, it's hard to find a better shoe at this price point. In my own mind, there's no way Tramezzas are worth twice the price - but that will largely come down to ones ideology on welting, and for some Goodyear is a deal breaker.
     
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    These are after 3-4 wearings. Forgive the very dirty carpet background :)

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