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Santoni (Non-hand grade) Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by magogian12345, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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  2. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Well-Known Member

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    I bought the Santoni Jadwin double monk recently. I'm not too snobby on my shoes so I can't tell you diddly about construction, but I've worn them 3 times now and love them. I bought a half-size smaller and the fit is great.
     
  3. Achillus

    Achillus Well-Known Member

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    Wonderfull collection.

    I have 2 pairs of Santoni shoes.

    One suede brown monks.
    And one cognac shoe.
     
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  4. fss

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    Any pictures you'd like to share?
     
  5. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Well-Known Member

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    GREAT Double Monks!
     
  6. fss

    fss Well-Known Member

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    Those are Magnanni 11005 double monks. I love how they look, the quality is less impressive. Then again, I picked them up in a sale for less than $150 so I can't really complain :)
     
  7. Axel Ferguson

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    isshinryu101, those are some really, really nice shoes. Those are some pretty conservative looking Santonis though, don't see them like that often in shoe stores. Usually they are much wilder in colour.
     
  8. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Well-Known Member

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    I know EXACTLY what you mean, friend. Santoni has 2 "personalities" it seems. The first is the "fashion forward" styles that tend to be more over-the-top, with sometimes overdone styles & colors. The other is the "bread & butter" stuff. Traditional styles done the "Santoni way". Nordstrom has always stocked both types.
     
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    I have two pairs of non-handgrade Santoni. From the Classic line, with a tan sock liner. I like them; they seem to fit me well. I keep an eye out for them whenever I go to the Rack, though slim pickings lately as the finds are on a last too narrow for me. If they fit you well and are your style go for it, but pass otherwise.

    Santoni Jensen, about 2 years old, $100 at Nordstrom Rack
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    Santoni Bristol, about 3 years old, purchased from eBay likely flipped from the Rack
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  10. Newcomer

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    I think this debate really ends with your stylistic preferences. The quality of construction between the two is similar--I would say that the method of construction is more 'reliable' in the AEs, however. It really just comes down to whether you want a more conservative or 'edgy' look.

    Personally, I would say just save the money and buy some AS's, C&Js or Carminas, or even Aldens.
     
  11. ThinkDerm

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    santoni has some great shoes. I prefer the ones I have to most AS, Aldens and Carminas. Santoni has a wide range.
     
  12. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Well-Known Member

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    I think you are WAAAY overestimating AE construction. Their recent offerings are pretty darned lightweight construction-wise. + MANY corrected grain models.


    If you line up Santoni Goodyear construction against AE Goodyear, it's not even close.

    Even Santoni blake stitched vs AE blake is a win for Santoni by a wide margin.

    Of course you have to actually hold and compare the 2 by hand. I may not be an expert in most of the brands discussed here, I'm a Santoni addict & have handled several dozen pairs of AE.

    Please note that AE's OLDER models are much more comparable construction wise.



    That's quite a wide range. Where's the Carmina & C&J savings? If you look, you can find Santoni Goodyears in the mid $600 range.
     
  13. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Well-Known Member

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    I agree 100% Many Santoni models are downright ugly. However, they do make some very nice "traditionally styled" shoes.
     
  14. Axel Ferguson

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    That is to me the best part though, they don't really stick with one thing. You're almost guaranteed to find something you like, and well made at that.
     
  15. Quadcammer

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    you've mentioned this several times but seem to have no support for it. Clearly you are a big (and probably biased) fan of santoni.

    so how about some evidence to support your position...pics, description of AE's lacking, etc.
     
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    Santoni - goodyear

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    (The toe taps were added later.)
     
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    Lovely.
     
  18. isshinryu101

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    what proof do you want. obviously you have not done such a comparison yourself. i have owned many models of each and personally compared, you may visit sometime, i suppose.

    as for bias, i own no santoni stock. they have earned my respect thru consistently high quality products.
     
  19. magogian12345

    magogian12345 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your thoughts everyone!
     
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    My local Rack had quite a few as well. I put one pair on hold as I liked them, but was not completely sold on the construction and the quality. The styling, however, was impeccable. I wound up buying another pair of Allen Edmonds on the final day of the anniversary sale.

    The recraft price of Santoni is supposedly ridiculous from my research.

    If you're looking for a sleek shoe that will be a fashion element rather than a classic one, go for it. It depends on your budget and your style.
     

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