• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 3: Yeossal handwelted shoe with lasted shoe trees

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 2nd auction is for a pair of handwelted shoe with lasted shoe trees courtesy of Yeossal. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

2 questions about shoes

bartil

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2008
Messages
74
Reaction score
0
Hello!

I have 2 questions, I'll start off with this one: I have now searched every possible website in UK (or at least pediwear and herringshoes...) after a pair of brownish, brogued derbys, that will suit well in the autumn and spring and nice winterdays. I have now come up with that I have to choose between these or these. The first ones' £30 more expensive with shippingprize, but on the other hand, a really good pair of shoes recording to a past thread about them. I'm not quite sure about this last 73, if it has some "features" that would be good to know about, for ex. if they're wider or narrower than normal?

The other pair of shoes seems very nice also, to my no-expert point-of-view. And £30 less expensive...

Any advice?


The second question: If a shoe fit very close to perfect, but not perfect, is there any help out there for this (except perhaps extra thick or thin socks), to enhance the perfection of the size or what it's called? :p

Many thanks,
bartil
 

Master-Classter

Distinguished Member
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Jul 18, 2007
Messages
8,508
Reaction score
1,243
Limited knowledge here but here's my $0.02.
1. They're different shoes functionally. The Churches are more formal, shinier finish, and sleeker and more for slacks and a button up while the Sargents are thick soled and matted leather with thick broeging, probably better for wearing with jeans (like a clark boot).
2. As for fit, make sure you've either tried them on, something similar, or there's a airtight return policy. As for discomfort, you can wear thicker or thinner socks, also insert things like insoles, tonge/heel pads, etc to compensate. You might be used to wearing sneakers which are cushy so these sort of shoes will take at least a few wearings to "break in". So they may not be 100% comfortable at first, but they should be something like 90-95%, ie pretty damn close.
Hope that's a start...
 

koolhistorian

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 14, 2008
Messages
415
Reaction score
9
I have a pair of Alfred Sargents (you can source them with some patience on the e-bay at better prices) which are the best fitting shoes in my wardrobe, and breaking them was not painful. Very good leather - looks non-corrected grain, they look dull before the first waxing - polishing, but then they reveal a glorious, warm brown - comfortable, well constructed.
With the Church's everyone on the net says that after the Prada merger they lost quality, and the "bookbinder" they use is prone to creasing and early decay!
 

Real estate

Active Member
Joined
Oct 1, 2008
Messages
36
Reaction score
2
The Sargents are designed more for outdoor, ie walking longer distance on concrete sidewalks or outdoors, where as the Church's are leather soled so they are more for wearing in the office, attending meetings etc so they won't be as comfortable if you're on your feet all day
 

academe

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 14, 2008
Messages
1,872
Reaction score
229
Why not these?

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/crockett/products/363.php

If you're in the UK, you can probably by them cheaper in-store than online. I buy my C&J shoes from Rogerson's in Scotland, and at full retail, they're about £30-40 less than any of the online distributors. Not sure why this is; may be the mark-up is higher for online stockists, or could be it's higher in England...
 

bartil

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2008
Messages
74
Reaction score
0
Thank you for all your answers and advice, it's indeed very hard to choose the "right" shoes when buying from Internet. I do know, though, that I generally go well with 10,5F (maybe EX on some shoes, I don't know, but G is definitely too wide), so that's partially why I'v decided for choosing between these 2 pair of shoes.

It's a shame in a way, because many shoes, especially boots and more casual shoes that I mostly wear nowadays, tend to have G-fitting, and when it comes to C&J, E-fitting sometimes also. The other thing that make me inable to pick any of the great C&J choices, is the price - I'm a student and can't afford to spend that much on just shoes (YET).

But after your advice, I actually think I will choose the Sargent's - because of the price and because of their functionality (already a Dainite-rubbersole on them for an example, which is perfect for the streets where I live, and the weather).

I have 1 more question (
): Is both shoes goodyear welted or not, or is just one of them?
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 25 3.4%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 128 17.4%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 234 31.9%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 116 15.8%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 66 9.0%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 46 6.3%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 23 3.1%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 21 2.9%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 15 2.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 6 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 7 1.0%
  • 100+

    Votes: 47 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
428,558
Messages
9,220,009
Members
193,558
Latest member
adammb1
Top