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$525 in nyc- what are my shoe options?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The_Foxx, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Distinguished Member

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    Ok, I'd like to spend no more than $525 on a nice pair of dark brown antique laceup shoes in Manhattan. What are my options, and where to purchase them? Really need your expert advice on this one, guys. I have until November 8 to figure it out.

    Thanks.
     


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    Foxx,

    Take a spin by Barney's, as they have a surprising number of C&J models, most on the 337 last. I believe the prices are right around $525, maybe a little higher for Handgrades.

    G'luck.
     


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    I would try as mentioned, Barney's (C&J), J.M. Weston, Paul Stuart (Grenson), or possibly Mantellassi (at Saks 5th).

    koji
     


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    (The_Foxx @ 17 Oct. 2004, 10:00) Ok, I'd like to spend no more than $525 on a nice pair of dark brown antique laceup shoes in Manhattan. Â What are my options, and where to purchase them? Â Really need your expert advice on this one, guys. Â I have until November 8 to figure it out. Thanks.
    I would try as mentioned, Barney's (C&J), J.M. Weston, Paul Stuart (Grenson), or possibly Mantellassi (at Saks 5th). koji
    I am sad to say that, if my memory serves me correctly, none of the shoe brands mentioned here will be within your budget once tax is factored in. The Barneys C&Js and the Paul Stuart Grensons are certainly more expensive before tax than your budget. However, "help is on the way." I would try on C&J handgrades at Barneys and then order the same model from Ben Silver's website, where they are considerably less and where you would pay no tax. You will get gorgeous antiqued shoes for about $500.
     


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    Kaga-san is correct about C&J "sampling," and purchasing via the Internet. The ethics of this practice is somewhat questionable, and a debate that I don't want to enter (no follow-ups please).

    Here are four more considerations:

    Santoni Classico, Goodyear welted line. I think they retail for right around $500.

    Tanino Crisci. Check for sizing in the store and then buy online. I dont feel nearly as bad about practicing this technique at TC since the online company is the same ownership.

    Lidfort at Barney's. They're overpriced, but Barney's usually has a few tasteful models discounted.

    Dunhill has a really nice Jodpur boot in a medium brown that looks great with jeans or tan slacks.
     


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    There's a way around paying the tax. I was in Manhattan yesterday and visited all these stores and more. In the end, I decided to purchase a pair of chocoloate brown monk straps (Model 632) from the JM Weston boutique on Madison. Although these are outside of your planned spending limit, I had these shipped to my home address to save on the tax. The tax would have been about $54. Instead, I paid a $15 shipping fee.

    Mark
     


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    First, check my signature line, and then please tell me why nobody has mentioned Church's.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I've no personal experience with them at all, but Church's generally have a horrible reputation on the forum. The archives will give you what you need to know, but generally you'll find "overpriced" and "corrected grain" bandied about a lot.
     


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    OK, what if I up my budget to $600 plus shipping to my residence in TN, so I avoid the tax?? Now what am I looking at for options?
     


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    Kitsune-san: I believe Ben Silver is still the best deal. The Dunhill shoes are somewhat lesser quality than C&J Handgrades. However, at $600 your options expand: you can buy the Grensons at Paul Stuart or Santonis. However, you can buy the same Grensons for $150 at www.benniesshoes.com.
     


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    Why not stick at your budget and then use the 'saved' money for something else?
     


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