Anyone have an opinion on Bally shoes?

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  1. fcuknu

    fcuknu Senior member

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    I found the soles on the loafers very thin, and had them TOPY'd for some extra protection.

    Figures, this queer would use topy's.

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  2. jetfight

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    OK, OK, I will dig out my Bally from the basement and wear them again ....
     


  3. mkarim

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    Your information is outdated.

    I was talking to a knowledgeable sales rep at a haberdasher that carries them, they told me that last summer they switched production to a new supplier who's providing them with mainly blake-stitched models now. And this is a store that dropped Bally altogether several years ago over quality issues. I had a chance to inspect them myself, and they look solid. I was sorely tempted to pull the trigger on a pair myself, but the last wasn't for me.

    If you're getting one of the newer blake stitched models, $160 is an outstanding price for such an attractive shoe.


    I have heard that their Swiss-made shoes are a lot better than their Italian-made ones. I have a pair of dark brown loafers and a pair of black split-toe shoes and like them.
     


  4. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    Some of the new Scribes are sweet and very good quality.

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    Scribe shoes for men are hand-crafted applying traditional skills and techniques. Each shoe is made using the Goodyear welting process, a method dating back to the late 19th century, that involves 200 steps, most of them by hand.

    Hand made at the Bally shoe factory in Caslano, Switzerland, Scribe shoes are available in eight different models, in old natural French calf, Vendome suede, or Louisiana Crocodile and in black, cuba and Indiana colours. Details of each Scribe shoe, including style name and size, are handwritten on the lining by the craftsman himself.
     


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    I have that exact shoe. Got it for around that price as well at Woodbury. I like it a lot
     


  6. Recoil

    Recoil Senior member

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    I picked up a pair of cap toes for about $160 at Saks in February. They are made in Switzerland but I don't think they are the Scribe line. I am happy with them and I think they were a good deal for the price.
     


  7. meister

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    Some of the new Scribes are sweet and very good quality.

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    Scribe shoes for men are hand-crafted applying traditional skills and techniques. Each shoe is made using the Goodyear welting process, a method dating back to the late 19th century, that involves 200 steps, most of them by hand.

    Hand made at the Bally shoe factory in Caslano, Switzerland, Scribe shoes are available in eight different models, in old natural French calf, Vendome suede, or Louisiana Crocodile and in black, cuba and Indiana colours. Details of each Scribe shoe, including style name and size, are handwritten on the lining by the craftsman himself.



    That top double monk is part of the regular collection from observation in their store...
     


  8. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    their recent Italian shoes are pretty bad, but not any worse than Gucci, Ferragamo, etc.

    Their Scribes are well-made by any measure, if you like the style they are good quality. I still haven't been able to score a pair for the right price.
     


  9. sf_esq

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    Are the Scribes readily available? I haven't seen them anywhere.
     


  10. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Some of the new Scribes are sweet and very good quality.

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    Scribe shoes for men are hand-crafted applying traditional skills and techniques. Each shoe is made using the Goodyear welting process, a method dating back to the late 19th century, that involves 200 steps, most of them by hand.

    Hand made at the Bally shoe factory in Caslano, Switzerland, Scribe shoes are available in eight different models, in old natural French calf, Vendome suede, or Louisiana Crocodile and in black, cuba and Indiana colours. Details of each Scribe shoe, including style name and size, are handwritten on the lining by the craftsman himself.


    When did Louisiana get crocodiles? How do the alligators feel about this?
     


  11. DesignerValet

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    I rather like Bally; while their styles might not be as chic or up-to-date as Gucci or Prada, I find them to be well-made. The biggest upside to Bally is that they're much easier to find on sale (and at steeper discounts) in your size than the more popular brands.
     


  12. madaboutshirt

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    For $160, yes. For $400+, which they commonly retail for here in Australia, no f**ing way!
    have you checked out their warehouse in St Peters, most shoes are around $200-$300, if you can find your size that is.
     


  13. Guero

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    their recent Italian shoes are pretty bad, but not any worse than Gucci, Ferragamo, etc.

    Their Scribes are well-made by any measure, if you like the style they are good quality. I still haven't been able to score a pair for the right price.


    My understanding, only anecdotally, is that their Italian shoes were improving in quality. Perhaps this was a reference to the Scribes, though. Agree that at the right price, the Italian shoes are as good as the other brands mentioned.
     


  14. clausc

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    I have a few pairs of Bally shoes made in Italy. Really stylish, but more understated than Guccy or other fashion brands, the leather is very supple and high quality, but the construction is really crap. I only wore mine a couple of times, since I have too many shoes :)

    The Scribe is a tottally different beast, goodyear welted and more classical looking. I bought a pair of black brogues for 200 Euros on sales in Paris, the retail is about 800 USD.

    Bally opened in February on online store (www.bally.com) operated by Yoox. I might buy something in July-August when most models should be 50% off if I could not find them in stores (there are plenty in CH)
     


  15. PocketCircle

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    For $160, they aren't overpriced.
     


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