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Finding affordable menswear? (chicago)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tdellaringa, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    I think you might have to increase the budget. Really got an urge for dub monks?
     
  2. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I don't have a good casual shoe.
     
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    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

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    Hm, never heard of this company before. Nice they are Goodyear Welted. For whatever reason they don't appeal to me though. Appreciate the suggestion!
     
  5. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    That's because it's a small company started by a member here on SF.
     
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  8. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

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    I DO like these.

    https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=4673

    But that's 25 over what I have, plus 35 for shipping and not sure what for taxes. If I have to return it, it's on my dime and I am not sure about fit for these shoes. I'm really wary of ordering something overseas with such limited funds. I could save more and try it out, I suppose. I'll have to think about it.

    There is this Johnston & Murphy shoe

    http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/conar...wvar_9489_width=M#q=double+monk+strap&start=1

    J&M is local and I can actually go to one of the stores and try it on.
     
  9. Caustic Man

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    Johnston & Murphy is not good. Especially when you compare it with Andrew Lock and Meermin. Honestly, those shoes look like garbage. I can understand if those other brands don't appeal to you for various reasons, but they are far superior to that J & M shoe.
     
  10. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

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    Oh the Meermin DOES appeal to me. I'm concerned about fit and cost.

    I've heard good things about J&M aside from whether the shoe looks good or not. Are you saying the construction is not good either?
     
  11. Caustic Man

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    Look closely at it. The coloring is blotchy and uneven, the leather looks sub-par (remember; not all calf is created equal), and that rubber sole is noxious. J & M utilizes something called "Bondwelt" construction and I've never heard a good answer as to what, exactly, that is. I would guess that it involves some kind of gluing though. With the other options available this shoe is overpriced.
     
  12. tdellaringa

    tdellaringa Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I see it - makes sense. Sounds like it's either the Meermin, or scour eBay for a deal.
     
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  14. Caustic Man

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    You are struggling to find canvas shoes? Really? Dude, just go to the Woodfield Mall and walk around for 5 minutes. They even have a Vans store.
     
  15. tdellaringa

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    LOL - yeah, maybe "struggle" is too strong a word! :D I more meant I am not sure which one to pick - not availability. The Vans store in Woodfield is pretty pricey though. I can do better on Zappos for example, and the ones I wanted are not available in my size. The markup at the Woodfield store is a good 20% or more.
     

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