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Advantages of a $1000 Pair of Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MCanavan6, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Distinguished Member

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    FWIW, my experience.....I've handled mostly AE, an Alden and C&J (both by BB) before running into StyleFo. Average of these items are 15+ years old. I was never into the details on craftmanship, material, sourcing and etc..All I knew was the quality label synonymous to the brands. Although I have read about JL, only at this fora that I learned about EG, G&G, Vass, Carmina, St. Crispin, Cleverly, AS etc, not to mention construction, materials, and lasts..For a while, I was so obsessed acquiring an austerity wingtip, either by EG or St Crispin. Can I afford it? Yes, which is all I cared about during the time I was contemplating of the purchase.

    But the more I read and followed discussions, it occurred to me a few other questions that I should be asking. Fit? maintenance? availability? lifestyle? Well, I don;t wear suit everyday (I wish I can), I work from home twice a week. SC/trousers on days I'm in the office and 3-4 times a year in suiting when meeting with Sr. Execs. I also came to realize that acquiring those shoes does not really satisfy my needs based on my current and social environment. I guess I just don't want them bad enough. I have acquired a shell, suede and a couple of items for casual settings, which is more in tune with my current style evolution. Things might and will change, but until then.....

    Now, looking back to when I started as a professional 18 years ago and wishing I had the knowledge back then, would I buy a 1000K shoe(s) ? YES I will. I try to invest on finer but fewer pieces. Other may disagree on fewer items(shoes), this is StyleForum after all.

    ...as a compromise on austerity brogue, I am still thinking of C&J Drummond in Beechnut as a special order. I try to ignore GDot's pictures of his own to minimize the temptation. Not sure how much longer I can manage.
     


  2. chogall

    chogall Distinguished Member

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    Your mileage may vary. Shoes in a 100 shoes wardrobe with owner mostly walked on carpets will last much longer than shoes in a 10 shoes wardrobe that walks to work.

    Crease should be on the vamp area between toe cap and throat line, and yes.
     


  3. jk2317

    jk2317 Well-Known Member

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    Oh man ... bluchers on double soles? I've got Dovers like that. What a thing, breaking those in... Hang in there, pal. It's like the gays say nowadays: It gets better.
     


  4. Reevolving

    Reevolving Distinguished Member

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    Don't bother.
    You're better off with two $500 pairs.
    Better yet, 3 pairs of $333 shoes.
     
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  5. add911_11

    add911_11 Distinguished Member

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    There is no advantage, only the good feeling when you use $1000 on your feet and everyone will be jealous.

    A good fit doesn't comes with high price, except bespoke.
     


  6. fritzl

    fritzl Stylish Dinosaur

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    don't be such a p.ssy, srsly.
     


  7. fritzl

    fritzl Stylish Dinosaur

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    not sure if serious. imo, lurk more noob.
     


  8. add911_11

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    well that what OP wants to here, isn't it?

    High cost doesn't mean a good fit, that true.
     


  9. AMG1

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    I would go for Ludwig Reiter.
     


  10. fritzl

    fritzl Stylish Dinosaur

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    no, it isn't. btw, one fact doesn't rule out the other and vice versa. long way home, imo.
     


  11. add911_11

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    I think we should just move on, I am not going to argue with someone who has an immense knowledge on shoes, a man's 'home' is his castle.
     


  12. fritzl

    fritzl Stylish Dinosaur

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    alright. fair enough...
     


  13. gaseousclay

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    you get to sneer at individuals who don't give a rat's arse that you're wearing a pair of $1000 shoes

    but seriously, I see no additional benefits to owning higher end shoes. if you can afford them then great, but I see nothing wrong with the mid-tier shoes you've listed.
     


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    being born in Felgueiras (Portugal's shoe makers capital) all i can say is...[​IMG]
     


  15. BrizzleCizzle

    BrizzleCizzle Senior Member

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    Please, elaborate.
     


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