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decent shoes in San Fran

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RedDC5R, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. RedDC5R

    RedDC5R Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Can you guys pls list some shops in San Fran that sell decent shoes? Budget is around bench grade C&J or Carmina.

    Really into the Carminas atm, any shops in San Fran stocking them?

    Cheers.....
     
  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wilkes Bashford has nice shoes but may not have Carminas
     
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  3. shakattk

    shakattk Well-Known Member

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    Neiman's, saks and Barneys are good too.
     
  4. RedDC5R

    RedDC5R Member

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    Thanks guys for the prompt response.

    Any sales at either of these shops atm?
     
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    binge Senior member

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    Don't forget the Alden Shop.
     
  6. Liquidus

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    High-end non-discontinued shoes almost never go on sale.
     
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    Wilkes Bashford might still be having their final clearance. Neimans just finished theirs. I noticed Paul Smith just landed a new line of C&J shoes (I believe they are calling it their British collection), but have an extremely limited selection. Also, their markup on them seems enough to just go Edward Green to me.

    Also Ralph Lauren has some Aldens and I believe they use C&J for their non PL 'Made in England' shoes, but I wouldn't count on the salespeople to be authoritative on who makes what if you ask them.
     
  8. ndsleep612

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    Barney's in SF has like only 2-3 model of C&J in stock, yet they carry a decent line of Berluti shoes. Allen Edmonds and Alden are in close proximity to each other. Your best bet would be Wilkes Bashford. They carry some of the nicer stuff that you see and read about on SF. Neiman Marcus San Francisco s*cks ass, unless you're only interested in common Ferragamo and Gucci shoes. Neiman's John Lobbs shoes aren't goodyear welted. You may want to check out Hermes on Grant Street as they also carry JL.
     
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  9. Aldehyde

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    Definitively hit up Wilkes Bashford. The store is set up fantastically and is great fun just to browse.
     
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    Another vote for Wilkes Bashford. They had a great selection in your price range (including Gravati, etc)
     
  11. shakattk

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    Barneys and neimans will order shoes for you. Barneys has a huge selection nationwide and neimans does kiton and custom John lobb. Don't like lobb though.
     
  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why? They are excellent shoes and probably use the finest skins anywhere.
     
  13. RedDC5R

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    Thanks guys for all the responses. I'll be there tomorrow!!

    Read on a coupe of websites that service at Wilkes can be good/bad depending on how ones dressed...kinda sad really. We'll see.....
     
  14. jsmaria

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    Wilkes does do the up-down look thing as you go in, but if you don't let it intimidate you (regardless of your dress), they warm up. In my experience, their Palo Alto store is a bit more friendly, but my guess is because their SF shop is set up right in the middle of Union Square, they get a lot of tourists and others who don't 'get' what kind of a store it is.

    I might be there tomorrow -- look for a pair of blue Santoni's!
     
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    Never had that experience. I'm 24, sometimes looking like a schlubb, and I'm always treated just fine.
     
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    I've been to Wilkes a few times. The first time I got about 3 feet into the shop when a voice boomed out, "Welcome to the best clothing store in the US!" I lasted about five minutes. The last time was a few weeks ago. I was looking at some suede driving shoes with my wife when a SA approached.

    SA: These are on sale. We tried to introduce concept to the US but the country wasn't ready.

    Leftette: Driving shoes?

    SA: Driving shoes without socks - all the rage in Europe right now. We were ahead of the curve on this one.

    I lasted about 7 minutes. The place makes me nostalgic for the sedate SA's of Paul Stuart.

    Was at NM yesterday. I walk in and a SA stops what he was doing and looks at my face, my crotch, my shoes, back to my crotch, my shoes again, then up my face. That makes me miss the SA at NM in SH who used to ask to touch my shoes. Far less creepy.

    lefty
     
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    Pocket square-lobb doesn't fit me. I'm in between sizes. And I prefer other brands if I go bespoke.
     
  18. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You might want to try different lasts. That will make a huge difference in fit.
     
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    This is the "new Wilkes". As you may know, in the Fall of "09, teetering on bankruptcy, they were purchased by Mitchell stores, a Connecticut clothier. The old Wilkes was creepy to many, but it had a certain dignity. The sales people were not pushy, at least to me. Now many of the same personnel are acting differently.
     
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  20. lefty

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    ^ The Jack Mitchell approach is "hug your customers" not "hound your customers."

    lefty
     
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