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Help deciding about shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by housemaidsknee, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. housemaidsknee

    housemaidsknee Senior Member

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    given the prices, which one of these is the best? thanks. 1. RL POLO at BLUEFLY 2. Â MORESCHI at bluefly - i screwed up while editing the post and lost the link. i'll put it back in a bit. 3. [/url]polo at polo.com are there any better deals out there? Â my budget is a measly $200 and i have a b-school interview coming up. Â i've mostly been wearing loafers in my current work environ. so not suitable for interview.
     


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    I personally prefer the Moreschi's - I own a pair and find them extremely comfortable to wear. I also prefer the modestly perforated captoe to the plain oxford. I don't think either is a bad choice per se, my belief is that tht Moreschi's are slightly better made, therefore a slightly better value.

    YMMV
     


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    johnnynorman3 Distinguished Member

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    I think the Polos are better made, actually. Both are decent shoes though.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Simply going by looks, I prefer the Polos.
     


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    johnnynorman3 Distinguished Member

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    The Polos do have a very sophisticated looking shape. I have the shoes in fact and really like them. I also have Moreschis and the Polos are more comfortable IMO as well. Both run small, FYI.
     


  6. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Don't really like the styling in either shoe, but do prefer the Polo to the Moreschi. But keep in mind that I really, really, dislike captoe shoes. It's plain or medallion front Bals (or the occasional modern blucher, like the ones that Helmut Lang and Prada come out with every season) for me.
     


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    retronotmetro Distinguished Member

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    I have a pair of what are probably identical Moreschis (from Bluefly) in chestnut brown. They actually have a leather/rubber combo heel and a very thin rubber outsole, which isn't clear from the description on Bluefly--and the heel stack is leather, not wood. They are a pretty good shoe--very thin and flexible which makes them really comfortable and light. But because they are so thin and light, they do not feel like the kind of shoe you would resole again and again to keep for many years.

    I was actually thinking of returning them but decided to hang on to them for rainy day shoes. The rubber layer is so thin you would not know the sole is rubber without flipping the shoe over to see. They kind of look and act like a pair of leather soled shoes with sole protectors applied--the heel clicks on the pavement like a "normal" dress shoe, but you have rubber soled traction in front. At any rate, I think they are worth the asking price on Bluefly.

    I don't know anything about those Polos, as none of my Polo shoes are the Italian ones. I'd speculate that those are going to be a heavier and more substantial shoe.

    Either one is probably fine for interviews. Some would argue that cap toes are a little more orthodox business wear than plain toes like those Polos, but I think it is up to you.
     


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    jn3 is absolutely right about them running small - I buy a half size up in both shoes. I'd also be willing to bet that I'm by a fairly wide margin the oldest respondent to this thread. Tradition vs. contemporary and all that... and foot shape is very important to shoe comfort, unlike jn3, I find the Moreschi's infinitely more comfortable than the Italian made Polo's. If possible find a retail outlet that carries both and do a little test drive.
     


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    housemaidsknee Senior Member

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    thanks for all the replies - one more question. just came across these at polo.com. Polo wingtips with another 25% off that price, are these better? also, do these run small as well? again, thank you everyone who has replied. i'm a little lost when it comes to shoes and all this hand holding is awesome.
     


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    I would bet those are very similar to the Polos on Bluefly in terms of build quality and fit--they are also Italian (see the mark inside the shoe?). They might even be on the same last and from the same factory. At the very least I wouldn't expect them to be appreciably better made, or worth significantly more money. I might also add that I don't like wingtips. If you can afford to float the cash, you can always buy both of those other shoes from Bluefly, then return the ones you like less. Bear in mind that it can take Bluefly a few weeks to process the credit.
     


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    (housemaidsknee @ 17 Aug. 2004, 3:09) thanks for all the replies - one more question. Â just came across these at polo.com. Polo wingtips with another 25% off that price, are these better? Â also, do these run small as well? Â again, thank you everyone who has replied. Â i'm a little lost when it comes to shoes and all this hand holding is awesome.
    I would bet those are very similar to the Polos on Bluefly in terms of build quality and fit--they are also Italian (see the mark inside the shoe?). Â They might even be on the same last and from the same factory. Â At the very least I wouldn't expect them to be appreciably better made, or worth significantly more money. Â I might also add that I don't like wingtips. If you can afford to float the cash, you can always buy both of those other shoes from Bluefly, then return the ones you like less. Â Bear in mind that it can take Bluefly a few weeks to process the credit.
    so is not liking wingtips a personal thing - or are you saying they are not appropriate for interviews. again, as i said, i'm not trying to question your opinions, just to learn.
     


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    also, any opinions on buying a half size bigger?
     


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    Ugh.

    I suggest that you take a big heroin hit right before the interview, like Spud in Trainspotting. That, or pull an Office Space. If you eschew those options, get a pair of purple Stacy Adams Croc loafers, and let those drones see who is *really* pimpalicious.
     


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    Personal thing. I wouldn't wear them to an interview purely because I don't like them and don't own any, so I can't. Well, actually I do have one pair, but if I wore those to an interview that would create a totally different set of issues . . . since those are my golf shoes. [​IMG] Some "how to" guides for interviews will actually recommend wingtips. So if you like them, get some. If not, get something else. My suggestion would be to go to a shoe store, try some on, and see if you like the look.
     


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    In my experience you definitely need to get the Polo Italian-made, welted shoes 1/2 size bigger than your usual size.

    YMMV.

    Jeff
     


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