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Antonio Meccariello Shoes

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

  1. Stone

    Stone Senior Member

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    Yeah, it was really impressive in person. It must have been 4mm thick (Antonio said he was going to need to thin the leather out), but surprisingly soft, almost spongy.
     
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  2. MSchapiro

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    Basically you pay a bank fee (25 in the case above), but also they build in another fee by giving you a rate far worse than the market rate. So the $670 is higher than 402 GBP should have been in USD because of this.
    If you use a credit card for a wire you pay an additional fee because it is classed as a "cash advance" rather than a standard purchase I believe.

    That is why Iiked Trasnfer Wise in the first place. They give you a rate close to the mid market and they are pretty open about the fees after you use your first free transfer.
     


  3. VRaivio

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    That bison hide is the gnarliest I've seen, just right for a nice pair of roaming boots, chukkas would show off the texture best. If it moves and has a hide, Antonio can likely turn it into shuus.

    By the by, where did A.M. apprentice back in the days? I've sent him two interview requests but have never heard back.
     


  4. Stone

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    Haha, yes. Final tweak is that I asked for them as single monk strap chukkas - a new Aurum design. Can't wait to get them.
     


  5. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Distinguished Member

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    I don't own any GG, but I handled them extensively when I lived in London.

    The finishing on the welts and sole tend to be amazing. Better than on my standard line, although not by much. Part of that is also the style. Antonio's default style has more heft and more handmade character.
    My standard line, however, feel far more robust and comfortable than the GG I tried on, although they were by no means uncomfortable.

    I did something similar to what you are suggesting. I ordered a standard line when Antonio was first mentioned on style forum. I'd place that shoe in between Carmina and GG, closer to the GG side. It looks very good and the fit was 90% there, although the sole details were not as refined as Antonio has more recently begun to churn out. Picture below.
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    My second pair was a standard but used an Aurum soft square last when Antonio was prototyping them. The fit and finish on that shoe are second to none, including the waist detailing. The styling is still more aggressive and chunkier than what you would find in British shoes, but that is really by choice more than a requirement. Antonio can do both.
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    The third pair are the best fitting shoes I've ever owned. Antonio used a modified standard line last based on feedback from the first two shoes. Like a glove for your feet.
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    Now I have an Aurum coming based on the same last. Very excited to see how it turns out. All in all shoes aren't available with this level of quality or MTO comfort even close to this price point leading Meccariellos to represent the entire top end of my shoe collection.


    I know that was a very length post, excuse me for that.
     


  6. europrep

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    I have always liked those monks of yours @MSchapiro

    How long ago did you receive them? Curious if Antonio continues to make slight changes to his offerings. Here is a picture of the sole of the test shoe I just received and it feels more G&G:
    Edit: my final shoe is a standard line order

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  7. mw313

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    Thanks for all of the info! I appreciate it and see what you mean about the differences from GG. They both are great but in different ways! They definitely are something that I would love to try in the future, but it is good to know the differences between the two different lines.

    Please post pictures when you aurum pair comes in!
     


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    His shoes is really amazing [​IMG] in both quality and style, can't find any shoes that has better value than his.
    May be I should sell my Mercedes then I can order his shoes and walk with pride.Jk just need to wait for next paycheck[​IMG]
     


  9. MSchapiro

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    Thank you! I had based them off a pair of Carminas I really liked.

    The lastest pair was a over eight months ago.

    Antonio has been constantly working on his detailing and it seems including a lot of the improved detailing in all the areas.

    I would say the sole finishing on his shoes is now more customizable than G&G and IMO better looking. The house style, which Antonio can and will alter on request, still has a much thicker welt than G&G's very thin edges. If you're curious you can look at my first pair and see the old sole finishing.
     


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    Okay, whose are these? Gorgeous!

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    From his tumblr.
     


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    Yeah those are amazing! They are a Swedish fella's, not sure if he hangs out here on SF.
     


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    I suspect @Leaves or @GabrielOB [​IMG]
     


  13. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Stylish Dinosaur

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    So no one has seem him do a split toe?

    Also, for the trial shoe, do the trial shoe and the finished shoe have to be the same last?
     


  14. diadem

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    Not me. Can't seem to find any on his tumblr, either.
    Yes. I really should have a snarky response prepared for this question by now, but I don't [​IMG].
     
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  15. Stone

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    I talked with him about a split toe. He recommended against it, saying that it was too country for aurum. Makes sense.
     


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