Determining shoe make

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JErwin, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. JErwin

    JErwin Active Member

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    In a previous thread, we were discussing who made Poulson & Skone's shoes. Spalla confirmed that they are now made by Grenson, but used to be made by EG. For future reference, with privately-labeled shoes, is there any quick way to tell a pair of Grenson Masterpieces from an EG pair (or, for that matter, either from a pair of C&J handgrades)? I own a pair of EG's, so I am familiar with some of their superficial characteristics, such as the oval cut-out with the shoe size written inside (is this unusual or common?), but since I've never knowingly seen any Grensons in person, I'm not sure if I'd recognize them without the Grenson label. Thanks.
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Many bespoke shoemakers as well as a number of factories use that oval cut-out for last number or sizes. (Apart from EG, I can think of Grenson (Masterpieces), Florsheim, Allen-Edmonds and, I am sure, there are others as well.)

    Most manufacturers, whether they do clothes, shoes or whatever, have their specific idiosyncrasies that will show through, regardless what label is attached to that specific item. Were we standing next to each other whit a selection of shoes, it would be relatively easy to point out the little details that are manufacturer-specific, but I'm afraid I can't do that on the web.

    It's a question of interest, experience and perseverance. Train spotters can identify a particular locomotive simply by the sound. Louis Vuitton aficionados will spot a fake from a hundred yards. Connoisseurs of champagne can identify not only the brand, but also the vintage.
     
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    Thanks, Bengal-Stripe. It sounds like I just need to get out there and start looking at a lot of shoes.
     
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    due to my wife's purchasing habits, i'm a self-trained fake vuitton purse identifier

    amazing how many fakes are out there
    truly sad
     
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    Brian SD Moderator

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    You know I heard that 60% of all "Louis Vuitton" items in existence are fake. Kind of funny, that the company themself only actually made 40% of what has their logo on it [​IMG] Do you have some tips to give on it? My gf is always pointing out the same things. I think it would be hilarious and surprising if I pointed out an ambiguous fake [​IMG]
     

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