Antonio Meccariello Shoes

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

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Yeah - there is no getting around some steep prices for full center of belly hide gator shoes. It takes two hides, and they run 700ish apiece for just plain old run of the mill hides. Better quality costs exponentially more as the quality increases. The cost of shoe making is not all that much higher. Most of the premium is in the additional cost of the hides (and the time it takes to source and match them).

    Of course, if you want gator shoes made from left overs and scraps (Mezlan) you can spend considerably less. Although I wouldn't recommend it. Cut up into small pieces it starts to look vulgar. And thats the association with gator shoes that I think we all fear.
     
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  2. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    Just an aside: Pepe at Meermin told me, after emailing for a quote, that their croc pairs sell at around 850 euros. He didn't specify the tanning or exact parts used.
     
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    goodlensboy Senior member

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    Issh - about leathers quality n durability you know much better than most here (at least me) :D

    I think Croc is hard to pull off, especially in the currently popular game of understated elegance. If you are into modelling or show biz then of course its a separate story

    99% people they would be better off to spend the $$$ on decent suits, shirts, ties, calf shoes etc instead on 1 croc shoe

    My friend (a businessman) told me he rarely wears his bespoke STC Crocs
     
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    Great post.

    I shall also be updating this thread in the near future... ;)
     
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    RogerP Senior member

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    Enjoyed scrolling through. For me, these span a range from OMG to WTF. Several I would love to have, though.
     
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    Thank you for all the compliments. Really appreciate them.

    To answer this the experience was great. I PMed him on here and then we communicated by e-mail. No hassle or any other trouble. Sent payment through paypal. He kept me informed every step of the way and accommodated all my requests for pictures. I described very basically what I wanted (using pictures of G&G shoes) and he'd reply with comments about construction and various options. He also provided samples of his work which could qualify as a look book. All over great experience. If I find the fit to be exceedingly comfortable I may purchase shoes exclusively from him.

    In the end I paid about $800 because of the shipping from Italy. A little more then I wanted but far less then I would have paid to anyone else.
     
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    Thank you sir!
    Enjoy those beauties in good health :) Upload some pictures when they arrive as well, that would be great!
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    Nice. How's the shipping/custom process if any?
     
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    I just ordered a pair yesterday, work is starting Monday. I asked for pictures during construction so I will update this thread when I have them :) Went antique green.
     
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    Croc is considerably less expensive than gator, btw.
     
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    DHL so the process is very easy. Looks like it will take a little under a week to ship to Boston (not bad considering it is near holiday). No customs duty so far. I believe that it may have been included in the shipping cost the Antonio quoted me, although not 100% sure.
     
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    Just as a note, Antonio is no longer accepting Paypal as a payment method so I just wired the money straight from my bank account.
     
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    gyasih Senior member

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    That sucks, more money from buyer's side.
     
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    Cheap croc is cheaper than good gator. There is a somewhat fair supply of very good belly cut gator in America which is expansive but not brutally expensive. Salt water croc is the finest and most expensive of all. It has the smallest and most regular tiles. This is the stuff you will see on Hermes' top items (purses handbags etc.). It is extremely difficult to obtain. I was told that most of the australian farms are either owned by the big fashion house (LVMH , hermes) or have exclusive contracts to furnish them. I had located 2 small very beautiful belly skins perfect for a wholecut but the price was astronomical. I could have gotten several high grade gator skins for the price.
     
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    why the change?
     

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