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Romano martegani shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jcusey, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. RIDER

    RIDER Well-Known Member

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    Can't add anything to that description - right on.
     
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    Lomezz Well-Known Member

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    Once again I'm astounded by the depth of knowledge exhibited by forum members. Thanks, Bengal, for a most informative answer. I've checked my Barney's shoes again, and sure enough, there appears to be a thin layer seperate from the sole which I assume to be a welt/thin sole.
     
  3. RIDER

    RIDER Well-Known Member

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    For those that are interested, here are some more pics from R.Martegani line that will be available soon. Â Thank you for all the calls and emails.[​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG] The UThroat and UWing are on the same last as the Medallion toe, not the narrower one pictured.
     
  4. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    RIDER's images fixed: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] RIDER, you had extra [​IMG]
     
  5. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    RIDER, just out of curiosity, could you describe these two shoes in shoe-retailer-ese?
     
  6. RIDER

    RIDER Well-Known Member

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    I laughing now - sorry, I'm much better in the store.

    These two models, as well as the original model in this thread, are part of the same family, with the same appeal, IMO. They are different takes on traditional patterns; nice antiqued leather, high crown, elongated lasts. Top picture is a 'U Throat' cap toe with asymetrical topline/quarters with mini pinking. Second is a 'U Wing' long wing bal.
     
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    Rider, those are some pretty shoes.

    A question: how well do these type of shoes sell in the States? Are there enough people who are willing to pay for such goods?
     
  8. RIDER

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    Well, I hope so. These are new models for me - the Medallion toe has sold very well so far. I am a small shop, I usually only buy 9-15 pair of a style, so the amount of shoes I sell is very small. Plus, we go to Italy direct so we offer excellent value, IMO. The Martegani shoes retail in my shop for $325.00. Also, I am going to offer forum members $50.00 discount for first order (when I can get our computer guy to show mw how to post an on-line coupon) so, in this case, $275.00 is a great price for a unique and well made shoe. Again, my opinion.
     
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    T4phage Well-Known Member

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    Then that (even without the discount) is an excellently priced shoe, almost a bargain. And from jcusey's description, worth every cent.
     
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    Mr. RIDER,
    I don't know if I have missed anything on the website or on the posts, could you formal introduce the shoemaker to us? Where he is from, his apprenticeship or heritage, or his company, different lines, etc.?

    Naturlaut
     
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    R.Martegani is basically an old brand, who, under a new, younger Director, is returning to it's roots as a quality Italian manufacturer with an emphasis on classical shoes while offering many other options.
     
  12. jmat

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    How are rapid stitch shoes when it comes time to rapair the soles or heel? Can they be repaired without too much trouble? Also, can these shoes generally be worn with fuller cut clothes?

    Thanks,

    Jay
     
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    jmat - Welcome. Yes, the shoes are easy to resole and heel. I usually ask that my customers send/bring our shoes back to me for repair work.
     
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    Rider,

    Awesome shoes.  How do they run in terms of width?  Will you do more of the elongated, square toe shoe in a blucther or only in a bal?  When will you take orders on the pointy bal?

    Once, many years ago (20?), I saw a pair of martegani shoes in the local (Boston) Neimans--they were a summer dress shoe with lots of perforations.  They had some kind of metal netting, like from a screendoor, as a lining across the inside of the  apron so that they could be very light, but they held their shape.  Sounds wierd, but they were very elegant.  I was too poor to own them then, but remembered the name. Glad to see them again.
     
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    rjsphd - thank you, the fit depends on the last of course, but the chisel toed shoes are all on last 3B, which fits a little large so I have been trading down half a size. BTW, we can make-up narrows or wides in these shoes. I am working on the custom program now (getting started), but customization is available and turn around time should generally be quick. The traditional patterns fit generally on scale. It's worthwhile to tell me the shape of foot, previous fit problems to help determine what is best. The balance of the shoes SHOULD be here by the end of the month. Feel free to send me a note (email program at the shop overloaded yesterday, isn't available to me until Sat. at the earliest when he does something to the server, I donknow, but send to riders5r@cs.com) or call the shop on the 800 number and ask for Ron. I have numerous names on specific sizes at this point, so I am reserving shoes currently. It's been a bit overwhelming, really. Thank you all very much for such positive feedback and considering something that might not be familiar to you as far as brand or pattern goes. I had just about given up on doing anything interesting until I found these sites (thanks Steve&#33[​IMG] and said that, yes, there are still people out there who want something with a twist, so keep trying. Particularly at a fair price - I really don't want to get into the 600$+ business. I was just about ready to stop going to Italy and doing an A/E concept shop, but this is so much more interesting. Also, if the gentleman from Colorado who called last week and wears a 13B Gravati, please call back, as I did not get your number, I have the information for you for making up narrows with R.M. Thanks...
     
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    For those who have called/emailed about delivery of the posted shoes not on the site, they flew today and should be at the shop in the next week or two.
     
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    UPDATE:

    For those who have requested the Uthroat Cap in TM (Dk. Brw.) Rustik calf, they are expected in the shop in 3 weeks. Which, of course, means around 6 weeks in Italian time. Also will have replacement sizes in the floating Medallion in the same shipment.

    Also, please keep an eye on the Buying/Selling area as I will be posting information on the $50.00 off coupon for Forum members that I mentioned before. Thanks again, everyone...
     
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    From the pictures I've seen, all of the browns look like cognac rather than a darker shade of brown.  Do you have pictures of the darker brown shoe?

    dan
     
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    see page three on this thread - Jcusey question on two patterns. The uthroat cap is the dark brown I am bringing in.
     
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    Finally received most of the Uthroat cap in Dark Brown.  We actually did this shoe in a new leather called Iron.  Basically a tight grained calf with alot of body that has been hit by, well... irons, which gives each pair a unique appearance.  Obviously, dark brown will not show as much as a mid brown, but I am very happy with how nice these look.  Of course, I am biased  [​IMG] .  I only received about half of what I ordered, and they will not be on the site for a day or two; but I have had so many requests for this shoe, I thought I would update the situation for those that are interested.  The following sizes are in stock: 8.5/9/9.5x2/10x2/10.5x2/11x2/11.5/12 As I did not have this combination in stock when I ran the $50 Off coupon, I am happy to take the discount on this shoe for all Forum members.  And for those who are waiting on special order sizes on this shoe, I will email privately more details, but all should be in in another 10 days - 2 weeks. [​IMG] Since it will be a couple of days until this shows up in the website, please PM me any questions - or call the shop: 888-254-0950 and ask to be transfered to Ron, or leave a number and I'll call back. Right, sorry - this line retails for $325. The discount to Forum members brings the price to $275.
     

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