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So, I saw Kiton Shoes for the very first time...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Chris "Italia", Sep 9, 2006.

  1. Chris "Italia"

    Chris "Italia" Well-Known Member

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    All I can say is WOW. Unbelieveable.

    I saw 'em at Saks 5th Avenue; Short Hills Mall, New Jersey.

    Simply Incredible Quality. Of course, I was told that the price point was at 2,220 dollars... [​IMG]


    These are the ones I liked the best:

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    Now I have to compare these to Lattanzi...

    Then Again, I saw a pair of Santoni Handmade Collection for 'only' 600-700....
     
  2. pkincy

    pkincy Well-Known Member

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    How about these:

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    I wonder who copied who??

    Bontoni's for $895 full retail at Wilkes Bashford in SF.

    Perry
     
  3. Soph

    Soph Well-Known Member

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    WOW, that's practically a lawsuit waiting to happen like what Berluti did by suing copies.
     
  4. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget . . . these shoes, will last you forever. For a younger man, who can get them on sale . . . they really are a bargain. I have shoes from 25 years ago. All I've done to them, is to replace their heels. Actually, my old shoes are my favorites. They were running around 280$, back then. I always bought them, on sale.
     
  5. pkincy

    pkincy Well-Known Member

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    Well one is Edwardian (or whatever Kiton calls Edwardian) and the other Chestnut. [​IMG]

    Perry
     
  6. Get Smart

    Get Smart Well-Known Member

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    I like the coloring of the Bontoni's better, and the price. But both shoes are awesome...just amazing.
     
  7. Soph

    Soph Well-Known Member

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    I like the coloring of the Bontoni's better, and the price. But both shoes are awesome...just amazing.

    I agree, much nicer color and reasonable price. Also, much more versatile than the blonde Kiton due to that color.
     
  8. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    Kiton has them available in a similar color and they're gorgeous.
     
  9. A Harris

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    Neither originated the style I'm sure. And the Kiton shoe line came out before the Bontoni line.
     
  10. whoopee

    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    The Kiton shoes' last and skins are nicer than the Bontonis. But unless I could get them for JL/EG prices I'd rather pay a little more to get bespoke.
     
  11. LabelKing

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    I've yet to see anyone else in California wear these sorts of shoes.
     
  12. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    The Bontoni shoe is nice but not as good in quality as Kiton.
     
  13. Jovan

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    I really do like brown wholecuts, but not a whole lot of broguing. They're never a great price though. :-/
     
  14. Chris "Italia"

    Chris "Italia" Well-Known Member

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    I would take Kiton over Bontoni.

    But, for the price point; Bontoni over Kiton.
     
  15. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    Kiton shoes are fine looking but the price does get in the way.
     
  16. lutfa

    lutfa Well-Known Member

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    I own two pairs of Bontoni and several pairs of kitons which i have some new pictures . And kiton appears to be a sleeker shoe yes .but as far as antiquing and durability to kiton completly handmade there would be a serious battle onthe concrete of NYC. i would place Bontonis durabilty up against Kiton anyday of the week.Bontoni is cut alot fuller than KITON which gives me a little to much room to easy to place padding.
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  17. LARon

    LARon Well-Known Member

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    I've yet to see anyone else in California wear these sorts of shoes.

    Then you've not noticed me walking around downtown LA. I have a chocolate brown pair and try to get as much use out of them as circumstances allow. The only issue I have is that the toe area is quite narrow, giving them a kind of "pointy" Stetson-like look and feel, and limiting their use for general business wear, or with heavier fabrics. Indeed, they seem to work best (if not solely) with close-fitting or Neopolitan-style suits, of which I don't have many. I did have Kiton MTM a single breasted peak lapel for summer, which has a close to the body profile, and they seem OK with it, but I don't have many options beyond that suit.

    They clearly seem far more "Italian" that British or American, and frankly, I'm feeling stumped. Any ideas?
     
  18. Soph

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    I own two pairs of Bontoni and several pairs of kitons which i have some new pictures . And kiton appears to be a sleeker shoe yes .but as far as antiquing and durability to kiton completly handmade there would be a serious battle onthe concrete of NYC. i would place Bontonis durabilty up against Kiton anyday of the week.Bontoni is cut alot fuller than KITON which gives me a little to much room to easy to place padding.

    --Great shoes![​IMG]
    U last Vass then certain Kiton's are my faves.
     
  19. Artisan Fan

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    I don't understand why Kiton shoes would be any less durable than others shoes although I don't have a pair to try yet.

    If you examine the Kiton DVD on its shoemaking process, it is clearly evident that the shoes are built to last.

    I believe some here may be confusing the fine details of the Kiton shoe with some sort of delicateness but it is a mythical one in my view. This may be a good topic for the Regional Meet. [​IMG]
     
  20. whnay.

    whnay. Well-Known Member

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    Outside of WB, who in the US carries Bontoni?
     

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