Gravati Quality

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  1. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Hey guys, I have the opportunity to purchase these Gravatis for $25. I am going to do it no matter what, because I like the shoes, but how is the quality? [​IMG]
     


  2. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    The ones that I have are of the highest quality.
     


  3. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Excellent. I figured I needed a pair of nicer-quality dress shoes, as I don't really have any quality shoes (some Kenneth Coles for wearing as 'kickers' with jeans, some Magli and Ferragamo loafers, some trainers, etc) and I love monkstraps. These seemed too good to pass up, and I thought they would look nice dressed down with jeans, or dressed up with slacks.

    So, would you put the quality at C&J benchgrade?
     


  4. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    Good quality, but impossible to compare with the likes of Crockett & Jones. Â Gravati makes the prototypical "dry-Italian climate" footwear that's extremely flexible, elegant, and lightweight. Â Conversely, Gravati's are NOT meant for trudging through an English bog or even for ten blocks of icy rain in a NY winter.
     


  5. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As norcal writes, Gravati is an entirely different beast from C&J. Gravati shoes tend to have uppers made from very soft and characterful leather, they tend to be Blake-constructed (although they do some Bologna and will produce welted shoes if you ask for them), and their lasts, while not trendy, are often more fashion-forward than what you would find from C&J. Gravati's my favorite mid-level shoe manufacturer, and I own several pairs. I also own a couple of pairs of C&J shoes, and I wear the Gravatis much more frequently than I wear the C&Js, for whatever that's worth.

    Your shoes look to be Blake/Rapid-constructed, and I think that they're very attractive. Could you post the five-digit style number and the three-digit last number (I think that it's 640, but I'm not sure).
     


  6. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    I'm going to purchase the shoes today, online. I'll post the numbers when they arrive.

    Thanks for all the info, guys.
     


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    discostu004 Affiliate vendor

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    i LOVE gravati. two of the most worn shoes i have are some chocolate suede laceups (with tan laces) and a pair of dark brown laceups with kind of a pointed toe that i get a ton of compliments on. actually i think korshak has the suede pair on sale right now.
     


  8. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What's the three-digit last number for these?

    And what's Korshak's retail price on Gravati shoes?
     


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    AJL Senior member

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    I really like 'em--dress up a casual look, funk up a dressier ensemble. great w/ jeans
     


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    brescd01 Senior member

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    I like the shoes depicted, but a selection of Gravati shoes I viewed at Wayne Edwards in Philadelphia looked shabby and cheap.
     


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    discostu004 Affiliate vendor

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    it says 16598 12M 655
    i think they were 445 retail, then i think it's 25 off now
     


  12. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks.

    I'm not sure what I think of 655. It's worked out well for me on some shoes and not so well on others. Not as much of a multipurpose machine as 500; but when it's right, it's very right.
     


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