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Best Bang for Your Buck Dress Shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mrmonday, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. js00

    js00 Senior member

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    I have two pairs of SM captoes, and they fit my 9US feet true-to-size, or maybe just very slightly roomier than true-to-size. No complaints about the quality whatsoever.
     


  2. mrmonday

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    I have heard of Carmina, can you link me to there online store or an online store that carries them? How is the shape of the SM cap toes, which C&J last is it closest to?
     


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    Beautiful shoes, how do they compare with C&J in terms of construction quality? Do they use a good year last?
    Also what do you gents think of the Meermin quality?
    Thanks in advance for all the great help.
     
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  5. SHS

    SHS Senior member

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    Vass shoes has the best quality/price ratio in my opinion.
     
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  6. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Allen Edmonds seconds have the best value IMO.
     
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  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Unipair, an affiliate vendor here, carries them

    http://unipairstore.com/shop/goods/goods_list.php?category=005

    I believe they are also offerring free shipping and a 10% deducation due to VAT.
     


  8. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    mr monday before you go any further. Search SF for threads for info concerning goodyear and rapid blake construction.
     


  9. SHS

    SHS Senior member

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    You can also do a search for "gemming". :nest:
     
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  10. chet31

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    Allen Edmonds.
     


  11. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Agree - Vass is best for price/quality ratio in my opinion amongst all other top end brands I have owned.

    PM me if you require contact details for Vass Proxy I use in the UK who are offering 20/30% off.
    OR direct contact with Vass themself.
     


  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think the most important thing to consider when buying shoes is fit and comfort first. Without those, price or style mean nothing. I wouldn't buy shoes without trying them on first or without having a very easy return policy. So online purchasing should only be pursued for shoes if you have experience with the exact shoe or if the seller offers a simple, no hassle return (many do but not all).

    Also, remember that not of styles within a brand fit the same. For example, some John Lobb shoes fit me great and others in the same size but made with different lasts (shape) don't work at all.

    When doing your research be sure to compare apples to apples. Good luck!
     


  13. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Best bang for your buck is probably Vass at retail, but it's hard to find them at that price unless you go to Budapest yourself [​IMG]
     


  14. Winendine

    Winendine Well-Known Member

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    My thoughts exactly.
     


  15. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    You are spot on about the fit being 100% perfect before budget and everything else is considered.
     


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