Bally ?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by seanandnik, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. seanandnik

    seanandnik Senior member

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    I have a few pairs of Bally loafers and really like them, but i have never seen them mentioned here , why ? their quality seems good, no ?
     
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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I have three pairs of their shoes and I like them all. Their quality seems really good, at least on the ones with the stamped label as opposed to the sewn in label. The styling is very hit-or-miss though. Most of their designs are much too delicate looking for my taste.
     
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    If I recall correct, Bally was bought out by J. Crew. Then, they closed tons of their stores (at least here in Florida) and thus their products are not as easy to get as they previously were. Without easily available sources, I am not sure many people on the forum still purchase many of their products, thus one possibility why they are not often topics of conversation.

    Jon.
     
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    I have a couple pairs of Bally plaintoe lambskin laceups and I use them as everyday business wear. They are pretty nice looking and unbelievably comfortable.
     
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    Bally and J. Crew are both owned by Texas Pacific Group, which owns many companies.
     
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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    AAAH. TPG... Make it stop...

    I've owned 4 pairs of Bally or so. I'm kind of disappointed in the quality, frankly. The sole seems to be coming apart from the upper on a pair of boots I've hardly used much. All in all, they use nice soft leathers but the durability isn't up to much IMHO...
     
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    I agree with RJman. All the Ballys I've seen since the takeover seem to be substandard quality. Since the takeover, they had even closed down the original factory making the Scribe shoes, production was moved elsewhere for cost cutting reasons.
     
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    I think that when one talks about Bally shoes, one needs to distinguish the licensed products - featuring a sewn-in label - to the "true" Bally line, which has an insole stamped "Bally" and nothing more. I find that the latter products are very, very comfortable and quite well made. They're no Edward Greens, but I'll take them over Ferragamo any day (for styling reasons, as well).
     
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    I have a pair of Bally monk straps gotten 4 years ago. It is quite possibly my most comfortable shoes... even more comfortable then sneakers I would say. However, the sole is coming off but that might be because I didn't know how to care for shoes when I got them. Getting caught in the heavy rain probably didn't help either. Extremely soft uppers but it is a rubber soled shoe. Again, back before StyleForum.
     
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    My lambskin plaintoes have been in my wardrobe for about 2 years and I've worn them about 100 times and they are in nearly perfect condition outside of some scuffs on the leather sole and a bit of creasing on the upper (obviously pretty common with as soft a leather as lambskin) but they have held up perfectly otherwise. They are the regular Bally line with the stamped insole, not the sewn in label
     
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    Since 2000, I've had a pair of Bally monkstraps in brown pebble-grain with rubber sole. This pair has performed well as a foul weather shoe and shows little wear despite regular use.
     

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