beginner needs shoe help!

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  1. RobertE

    RobertE Well-Known Member

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    good morning! I just joined this forum.

    shoes:

    i buy allen edmonds shoes, especially as factory seconds.those cost around $250.
    i have Ed Wickham in Freeport maine help me. he is very nice.

    i would like to try some "better" shoes.

    OK<, so there is Alden at 500-$700
    church from leffot at $650
    Edward green, which i really like, but $1100

    i called Stanley Korshak

    the salesman said that gravati was good for the price of $560, and their best was bontoni and edward green, at $1,000


    I DO take super care of my shoes,some only stay inside, here at work, never see outside.

    1. can you suggest the next brand of shoe for me to try?
    2. can you suggest where to buy it? and price?


    any hints would be great!

    thank you! and have a nice day

    bob
     


  2. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    There's Crocket & Jones, Grenson (Rose or Masterpiece), Carmina, Vass, Gaziano & Girling, Alfred Sargent, etc. And of course Lobb, which can be even more expensive than EG.
     


  3. RobertE

    RobertE Well-Known Member

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    thank you! where do I buy them in the US?

    best

    bob
     


  4. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    good list but i'd drop grenson (even masterpiece) for sutor mantellassi
     


  5. NORE

    NORE Senior member

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    Where are you located?
     


  6. RobertE

    RobertE Well-Known Member

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    massachusetts, but can also order by phone!

    what i am looking for, is specific recommendations, as, gravati is the best $500 shoe out there, etc.

    thanks guys!

    bob
     


  7. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    So I'm kind of confused. Are you just looking to handle/get a feel for shoes a step(s) up from AE, or do you have a specific shoe you're looking to fill in your rotation? Just trying to see if you're looking for a bunch of brand names to start investigating or if you need, for example, a new pair of wing tips.
     


  8. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    what is the best xx$ car/watch/furniture/tv/stereo out there?
    you're in a good price range, buy what appeals to you aesthetically/emotionally.
     


  9. RobertE

    RobertE Well-Known Member

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    i will try to explain!

    i AM trying to get a feel for PRICE vs. quality. of the various makers.

    for ex., an Edward Green for $1100 is a lot of money to me. but, if I take care of it, which I will, and it lasts, and i leave it to my son, that is good value.

    i like laceup dress shoes, in colors of brown. i think that some of the Edward Greens look great.

    specific question, can I get a BETTER shoe than Allen edmonds, without paying $1,000?

    example a gravati is $560. is it better? if not, i would stick with allen edmonds, or move up to bontoni and green.

    thanks! i am still trying to arrange my thoughts!!

    best

    bob
     


  10. NORE

    NORE Senior member

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    You will have to try each and find out for yourself. We all have our faves but it's all up to how the shoes fit your feet and what you're willing to spend on quality.
     


  11. cioni2k

    cioni2k Senior member

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    I would go with Crockett & Jones or Carmina in the $500 range before I went with Gravati
     


  12. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    I have C&Js, Carminas and a pair of Gravatis. Personally my favorite is C&J. I'm not at the juncture where I need/can justify EGs or Lobbs. For me C&J (hand grades) are the most durable and comfortable shoes I've ever purchased. Plus they make for a number of house brands (RL, BB, etc) and can usually be found at solid discounts. However, as NORE said above, this is based on the shape of my foot and experiences with other brands.

    While my Gravatis are comfy to be sure, I was warned at the time of purchase and elsewhere that they are not made for wear in rain, snow or any other rough weather. They are exotic skins so I would likely not wear them as beaters, but that is some food for thought.
     
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  13. cbbuff

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    Agreed. OP, as a previous posted noted, "what's the best value?" is a question with no answer, only opinions regardless of the category (whether it be cars, TVs, suits or shoes). With shoes, it is also going to depend on:

    What lasts fit your feet best
    What look you prefer (i.e. rounded toes, squareish toes, pointy toes)
    What general styles you are looking for (i.e. Brogue, wingtip, wholecut, boot, dress, casual, etc.)
    In addition, how quickly do you need them and how hard are you willing to look for a deal? Do you want great service/returns, or the best price?

    And these are but a few examples. If you want better suggestions, look around and get a better feel for the specifics you like/want and you will get better suggestions. You really should try to get out and try on and handle a few different shoes as well.
     


  14. RobertE

    RobertE Well-Known Member

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    thanks guys! where do i buy crockett and jones?
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    i think EG and Lobb shoes are at bit pricey for me.


    thanks

    bob
     


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    KObalto Senior member

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    Pediwear.com. More locally, C&J's Manhattan store or Barney's.
     


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