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Can You Suggest Great Shoe Store- Honest, Large Exotic Stock, Good Service

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I posted on a recent thread about my desire to find a nice pair of men's dress derby leather shoes. Ideally I'm hoping for something British or Italian, nice leather, good support, well-made under $350. Can you recommend a good shoe store or online seller with lots of exotic brands, fair prices and good customer service?

My online discoveries thus far have been Zappo's and Shoe Parlor but I have no feedback about the reliability of either. There may be other comprehensive onliners, or a good brick-and-morter store that welcomes mail-order. Thanks!

Jerry
 

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If they have any left in your size, Grenson Masterpieces from Bennies is the best deal around imo.
 

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Originally Posted by Jerry52
Ideally I'm hoping for something British or Italian, nice leather, good support, well-made under $350.
Jerry



That only exists on ebay and big store sales like Saks second cut sale. $350 in a store will get you Ferregamo Studio line (junk), Loakes (ok construction, ok leather) and some money back or I can't even think of anything else. You are better off going the Allen Edmonds/Alden route if you insist on buying from a store. If you are not afraid of ebay, you can get $700-900 for $350 and less.
 

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I second the PLAL advice. I believe C&J handgrades will cost you around $400 there
 

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or pediwear if you like C&J, but prefer the ease of ordinary click and go online ordering instead of having to deal with the strange procedures at plal.
 

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Thanks to all of you. I will look into the advice. Apparently nobody has tried places like Shoe Parlor or Zappo's online?
 

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Originally Posted by odoreater
or pediwear if you like C&J, but prefer the ease of ordinary click and go online ordering instead of having to deal with the strange procedures at plal.

Aren't pediwear prices for Handgrades a lot higher than plal's?
 

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Originally Posted by Connemara
Aren't pediwear prices for Handgrades a lot higher than plal's?

Pediwear's prices are, em, negotiable.
 

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