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Antonio Meccariello Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by goodlensboy, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. ThunderMarch

    ThunderMarch Senior member

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    Actually, the make-up is more or less finalised now.
    It will be the Hastatus model in the Chisel 2 last. Pin grain for the facings and heel.

    So it's basically this make-up:
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    But in this color:
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    There are already more than 12 interests so the maximum discount will be reached, and the price of the shoe alone, will be 491 Euros (Non EU price).
     
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  2. nkapped

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    Thanks for organising!
     
  3. canon5dfan

    canon5dfan Well-Known Member

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    @ThunderMarch These look great! So the entire shoe won't be pin grain? Just the front and heel? And did Antonio mention how long it would take for the shoes to be made?
     
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    For existing customers who are partaking in this GMTO, are you able to have the shoes made on your custom last? Or stock sizes only?
     
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    dalevy Senior member

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    I asked this previously and I believe the answer is no.
     
  6. canon5dfan

    canon5dfan Well-Known Member

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    damn. I was going to ask Antonio this...
     
  7. dalevy

    dalevy Senior member

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    Just got these pics from Antonio. MTM Argentum on it's way (I had ordered a previous test shoe. My feet cannot wait. On the finishing, I asked for something like a medium brown, not quite like either the dark brown or tan you see on some of his shoes. I also asked for more of a matte finish on the shoe (not the toe) rather than his usually super shiny finish.

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  8. ThunderMarch

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    Most welcome!



    Just the facings and the heel counter area will be in pin grain. I did ask him specifically about the lead time, but I'm going to guess about 4 months. Which might also be tricky since they close for a month in July.



    Not just stock lasts. But specifically the chisel 2 last. You won't be able to use a personal last. Sorry.

    I've received some of his rtw shoes recently and will post some comparison pics soon and give some opinions on fit. In tandem with this upcoming gmto.
     
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  9. dalevy

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  10. canon5dfan

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    @ThunderMarch I see. So what would the rest of the shoe (quarter, vamp and etc) be made out of - regular calf?
     
  11. ThunderMarch

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    Yes, regular calf, in the color highlighted above.
     
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    How does the fit on these compare to g&g? They're significantly lower priced than g&g - how does the quality compare to the British makers?
     
  13. ThunderMarch

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    Antonio Meccariello is far superior to anything by the English RTW makers.
     
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  14. ino68

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    [​IMG] wow!

    How so? Even his base range? Very impressive indeed!

    He posted an Adelaide (principe on chisel 2 last) on Instagram, absolutely perfect proportions!
     
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  15. ThunderMarch

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    Not even his base range. Even his Aeris line / test shoes are better.

    In terms of his base range (Argentum welted RTW), the comparison doesn't even come remotely close.

    I've had very good uppers on all my pairs. The finishing work and detailing is on another level entirely.
    For machine stitched outsoles, I don't know how he does it, but he can get a beveled waist, much tighter than any of the English makers, fiddlebacked as well. The fudging of the welt is very meticulously done. The heel stack is also finished very nicely and cut close to the uppers.
    Even the closing is pretty sick for RTW stuff. The major seams and the top line are all double stitched.

    The main thing though, is his superior construction method. He uses a handwelt thickness insole with a machine cut holdfast. Though the inseaming is done with machine, the one - piece insole renders it much better than goodyear welting. Which is what almost all the English RTW makers use.

    Looking at objective quality, I see absolutely nothing that justifies what the "high end" English makers charge. Except for maybe getting very rich, and the need to pay for an aggressive marketing campaign. Nothing of the price translates to actual quality. There is really no comparison here.
     
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    Do you find the sizing fairly TTS?
     
  17. ThunderMarch

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    Sizing is a little tricky. I'll admit that.
    I will follow up with a post on some fit comparisons, later today.
     
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    Fascinating. I'm not sure handwelting is better per se than Goodyear Welting but I have noticed the waist on the shoes are really nice. Im talking more about the base line - I'm considering the possibility of purchasing a made to order. I do love my gaziano & girling shoes though, so I'm curious. How about the quality of the upper leather?

    Regarding sizing are they comparable to gaziano & fueling - 11uk = 11uk?
     
  19. ThunderMarch

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    There is no doubt that handwelting is an objectively (far) better construction method than goodyear welting.
    It's like comparing a Maserati to a Prius almost.

    Hell, even Blake Rapid is probably better than goodyear welting.

    Antonio's uppers are at least as good as what is used on the English makers.
     
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  20. europrep

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    And the long wait is over, just received email from Antonio that shoes are in the mail tomorrow. He provided some additional porn...

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