Blake/Rapid Shoe Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by starro, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. starro

    starro Senior member

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    I am looking to acquire some quality Black/Rapid shoes at Carmina/C&J Handgrade/Alden prices or under: <= 500 USD/350GBP/450 EUR). It seems quality BR shoes are not as advertised extensively as Goodyears, and therefore much less discussed here on SF.

    So let's have a listing and comparison of the different makers of Blake/Rapid shoes. I'll start off:
    - Scarosso
    - Velasca
    - Italigente
    - Romano Martegani (not sure; they don't have much of an online presence)

    Pics always welcome[​IMG]
     


  2. Iyor

    Iyor Senior member

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    Enzo bonafe
     


  3. starro

    starro Senior member

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    Interesting. I only know of the brand for their hand-welts.

    Got any examples of their BR shoes? thanks
     


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    I think Scarpe Di Bianco & Sutor are blake, but I am not sure. Even when I see a shoe in flesh, I have a difficult time telling if it is blake or goodyear (some are obviously blake). The RLPL (and even RL) made in Italy are blake, I believe.
     


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    big difference between blake and rapid-blake. The better made high end footwear is usually rapid-blake. Search for posts by rider that goes into detail about blake, rapid blake and goodyear

    pic posted by rider (click on pic to enlarge)
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  6. starro

    starro Senior member

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    Yes, I am talking about Blake/Rapid, not Blake, shoes.

    Agreed that it can be difficult to tell BR from GYW, especially if the Rapid shoe has a sockliner glued on top of the insole.
     


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    You are both quite right. I think I was referring to Blake rapid when I said Blake. (At the price of sutor, di Bianco & rlpl, they should be.) But I will be quiet since I am not knowledgable on this topic. Most of my shoes are englishmade Goodyear welted. I have very few made in Italy shoes, although I am quite pleased with my scarpe di Biancos (just got them, so I'll have a better idea in 6 months or a year).
     


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    starro Senior member

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    Scarpe di Bianco: it seems they have multiple collections, some Black, some Blake Rapid. The prices though, are approaching bespoke levels. But please do share, after you've given them some wear.
     


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    starro Senior member

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    Add to the list:

    Rancourt & Co (factory in Maine)
     


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