Going back to grenson at bennie's

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  1. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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    Just curious if anyone has picked up this particular shoe at Bennie's: Â http://benniesshoes.com/grenson9.htm (picture #12) I'm just curious if they look this good in person.
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I was actually thinking about that one in black. I may order it, and wait until I get those and the loafers and send back the one that I like less.
     
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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I ordered one of those in cognac. It's supposed to be shipped today. I'll post comments when they arrive.

    edit - I actually ordered #9, the loafer. But those cap-toes look great.
     
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    Assuming those are the Rugby (even though the color seems a bit off), then I was the first to buy them from Bennies. They are absolutely stunning in person. I'm not an expert enough, but to me they resemble EG last 202 a bit, with the sort of 'tucked-in' look, slightly snub nose and nice curve to the instep. There is a mild antiquing effect especially in the cap area. The fit is a bit snug, but they are very comfortable. No heel slippage at all, which to me is always indicative of good last design. I just got home from work, having worn them all day, and I must say it was a rather painless experience, which is quite a feat for any kind of shoe, even a sneaker. My only regret is that I had to do some walking in the wet here in NYC, and it always puts a strain on leather soles - the thin layer covering the channeling has come loose (I guess the leather gets softer from the water and wears much quicker). I went ahead and ordered the number 5 (plain toe 4 eyelet derby in cognac) from bennies for $100(&#33[​IMG], and look forward to receiving them next week. I was assured they are also from the masterpieces series.
     
  5. JohnMS

    JohnMS Senior member

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    Lomezz,

    $100.?.?.?.?  I can't believe all this.  I also was shocked on MOnday when Louis called me back.  I had called on Friday and he said he would check his stock and get back with me...right.  Well, he did.  I'm not used to a salesperson actually calling me back.
     
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    I'm looking for another pair from the Masterpieces line in 8 1/2.

    I suppose I'll get around to calling Bennie's sooner or later but in the interim should Louie or Chris read this PM me w/ your current inventory in my size.

    Thanks.

    V-
     
  7. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    Do these run true to size or big or small? Any ideas what is left in size 10.5 and size 11.


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    otl etc.- norcaltransplant had mentioned that older grensons (and these) seemed to run tight in the toebox, but I am an 11d in Allen Edmonds, ordered an 11d from bennie's, and they fit great. It is a slimmer cut shoe with a closer fit than AE, but the fit is excellent (again, for me). As far as what's left, reports here and on askandy imply the stock is spread among a couple stores, so any aggregate assessment of stock is really not easy. I'm in Maryland, so it's not like I could have checked it out when I originally saw the post. I'm not sure how quickly they're selling, since they don't seem to be out on the floor; they always "Checked in the back" when I called. Unfortunately, FCS seems to have checked pretty thoroughly for size 11 with no luck. The salespeople seem to have been very helpful. I ordered my shoes from Chris, who posted on the other thread:
    He was responsive over email and phone. EDIT: I will now shut up about the Grensons. Â [​IMG]
     
  9. drizzt3117

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    I just picked up a pair of those exact shoes in 10.5D, hopefully they fit well. Chris just said that the penny loafers that I had ordered from them earlier were the Radley.
     
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    As of last Friday, Louie at the Piedmont Road store had some Grensons out on the floor, on the racks, and some in the back. As of last Saturday, the Gwinnett County store said that it had just transfered all the Grensons it had left to Louie at the Piedmont Road store. It also said that Chris at the Cobb County store had some left, in the back of his store.
    Of course, this news is now 4-5 days old and I do not know the situation now. But it appears that Bennie's is consolidating at least somewhat, so it should be somewhat easier for them to inventory all they have in a size for any caller.
     
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    FYI, there's an EBay seller who has started selling lots of new Grensons for very cheap (under $100).  You can find them by searching for "Grenson" on ebay.  I've sent her an email asking if they are the Masterpiece line, but I don't think they are.

    Edit: Actually, Grenson is not in the title of the auction; you have to check the box to search both title and text for Grenson. For some reason, the seller's title just refers to the shoes as "English" shoes or something.
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    When I talked to Chris today to purchase the Rugby Masterpieces, he mentioned that he had another 500 pairs of shoes or so coming in, and that they would be in in about 10 days.
     
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    Saw Louie this afternoon, who had a slightly different story. He said that he was "bidding on" an additional 350 pairs and hoped to get them, but right now, he was not sure he would. I know the members of this forum hope that he does.
     
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    Hmm, chris posted in the for sale section that he had more coming in next week...
     
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    Did someone buy the monk strap, no. 16 in size 7 1/2?
     

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