Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MCanavan6, Aug 20, 2012.
Look and quality and just as important
It all start with the fit, then quality and looks
Worth quoting again because it's so true.
I think it has something to do with jemming?
g not j. actually, he can get very busy discussing it.
Okay. So now I'm thrown for a loop. I'm familiar with AE and Alden - how do they stack up, quality wise, against C&J, Carmina, Meermin, and Vass? Literally, a 1 to 6 ranking would be awesome. And after what point does the price start reflecting simply the quality of materials or intricacy of craftsmanship? I'm looking at the next pair, and that WAS going to be Alden, but now that I've looked at Meermin (and their price points... cheaper than Alden for even the linea maestro), I'm wondering about devoting funds towards maybe a more expensive, but more worthwhile pair. Thanks for any clarification.
Of course fit is paramount.
Most of the makers discussed offer a wide enough array of lasts and widths such that almost everyone should be able to find a good fit.
Don't stick with Meermin.
What is this opinion based on?
I own C&J's, Alden, Carmina, and A&E. I don't own any Vass or Meermin shoes. I think of the list this way:
1. Vass (at the top)
2 and 3 and 4. C&J, Alden, Carmina
5 and 6. A&E and Meermin
I have no experience with Meermin, but I do believe in the saying, "You get what you pay for." Ypu aren't buying the shoes for economic efficiency, either, right? You're buying them because you like them. So I think if you want to buy shoes from Meermin, go for it. They don't have the same track record on SF as Alden's do, but they're probably still good shoes. If you have a pair of Aldens that you like and you think it's a fair price, then IMO it's a safer bet in terms of lasting value.
Thank you. That's exactly the type of information I was seeking. Since I can't translate their pages nor can I decipher their construction processes, I was hoping people with experience could weigh in on what they felt was a ranking based on quality of construction and craftsmanship, not just looks.
The fact that they're not near the level of the others mentioned.
Man, I wish I could just make up facts whenever I wanted...
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