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do you like these shoes? rank them.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GQgeek, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    They're all around 4-500 with the exception of #2 which is $675. These are all on franco's site btw. What's the quality of the Borgioli/Martgani/Gravati leather like, in general? I'm still hoping to get down to NYC for sales in June but it's not certain at this point and I might tide myself over with a couple of these.

    1.Gravati:Antiqued calf, 500 last
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    2.Borgioli shell cordovan:GY welted
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    3.Borgioli calf:blake/rapid
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    4.borgioli calf: gy welted
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    5.R.Martegani: special order
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    6.R.Martegani: special order
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  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Having seen several of these in person, I'd say the photos do a good job representing the color and patina. I'd note, however, that No. 2 is impressively hefty -- almost like an Alden. Not surprising, as it's shell, but I thought it worth mentioning. The photo makes it seem slighter than it is, I think.

    Thoughts on your selections:

    1. Love the patina. One of the better wholecuts I've seen, stylistically, but I'm not crazy about wholecuts in general.
    2. Be good with jeans. My conservative side is drawn to this one, but my girlfriend hates the thick stitching.
    3. I still don't know what I think of this one. I'm not sold on the finish.
    4. Nice, conservative.
    5. Like this one less than No. 6.
    6. Possibly my favorite of the lot. Check out that toecap!
     
  3. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    2. The stitching is the best part. Better than #4 IMHO.
    3. Love the antiquing.
     
  4. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    Yeah, #2, that could work with alot of stuff.
    Great with some heavier suits and cold weather. I agree on #6, great shape, but I don't own a pair of monks. If the straps curl up with time, that would nix the deal for me.
    I vote #2 if I was signin' the check.
     
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    Roger Senior member

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    If I'm not mistaken, No. 1 is made of Radica Calf. I have a very similar shoe by Martegani (plain-toe bal) in this leather and this exact color. It's fabulous. According to Ron Rider, the antiquing is done in the tanning phase.
     
  7. kcgreg

    kcgreg Senior member

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    Love #'s 2, 4 & 6. Good looking shoes!
     
  8. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    I'm surprised so few people like #5...
     
  9. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm surprised so few people like #5...

    I don't dislike it, just like it less. The line leading away from the buckles seems to divide the focus. The toecap on No. 6 only reinforces the presence of the strap.
     
  10. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    actually i like 5 the best.
    ive always liked that one out of all the shoes on the francos site but dont know the price as it says only special order.
    do you know how much it is?
     
  11. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    My ranking in order of preference: 1,4,3,6,2,5
     
  12. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    1. 7 out of 10
    2. 8 out of 10
    3. 5 out of 10
    4. 6.5 out of 10
    5. 2 out of 10
    6. 2 out of 10
     
  13. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    2 (I love shell, and I love the design of this shoe)
    1 (really nice looking wholecut)
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    I'm not a big fan of either of those monks, but particularly number 5. The balance looks off for some reason. I will say that Francos has some of the best shoe pictures on the web.
     
  18. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    From this I can tell lot of you guys like conservative look.
     
  19. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    I generally find flashy French shoes much more attractive than flashy Italian shoes.
     
  20. aybojs

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    From most liked to least in my opinion: 1, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6. I dislike monkstraps in general so that's the basis of my rankings.
     

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