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English Shoe Styling vs. Italian Shoe Styling

kiLLscaLLion

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Are there any readily discernible differences between the styling of English shoes and the styling of Italian shoes? I was under the impression that Italian shoes are generally more aggressive and streamlined, and thus more suitable for someone in his early 20's like me...please correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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Originally Posted by kiLLscaLLion
Are there any readily discernible differences between the styling of English shoes and the styling of Italian shoes? I was under the impression that Italian shoes are generally more aggressive and streamlined, and thus more suitable for someone in his early 20's like me...please correct me if I'm wrong.

Italian (generally) = elongated last hence the 44s I bought at YOOX ended up like 45s and just short of clownish length...FWIW
 

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Italian = Fashion
English = Style

Not saying they can't overlap, but Italian shoes have always been more fashion forward.
 

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Italian shoes run narrower compared to English shoes ime.
 

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Originally Posted by kiLLscaLLion
Are there any readily discernible differences between the styling of English shoes and the styling of Italian shoes? I was under the impression that Italian shoes are generally more aggressive and streamlined, and thus more suitable for someone in his early 20's like me...please correct me if I'm wrong.

Generally speaking, English shoes run shorter, wider and has thicker height and bulky; Italian shoes run longer, narrower and thinner height. It depends more on the last than brand.

But there are some enlongating English shoe makers, such as Gaziano & Girling.
 

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Pretty much agree on most Italian shoes running narrower than most English shoes. But as for what you said about Italian shoes:

more suitable for someone in his early 20's like me
it's all a matter of personal choice really, and shouldn't be dictated by age.
 

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