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Help! need info on luxury shoemaker called ALEXANDER w/ nice pics - check it out

velvel87

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I recently found two pairs of shoes made in Italy by "ALEXANDER" founded in 1910. There is very limited information online about this shoe maker and all of it is written in Italian. What I do know is based off of the few Italian web articles I found that said ALEXANDER is a luxury shoe maker that makes hand-made shoes and is currently owned by 3A Antonini Group.

The shoes are beautiful and appear to be of the highest quality, but I was hoping someone else had more info.

I am attaching a bunch of pictures of the two pairs I picked up. One is a black oxford in a size 9 (but I think it's actually a size 10 US) and the other is the same shoe in dark brown in a size 7.5 (which I think is actually a size 8.5 US).

Please let me know what you think.

Thanks.

BLACK SHOE






BROWN SHOES










 

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What exactly is exciting you about these gunboat style shoes?
 

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Thanks. I like'em. I think they're classy and they feel like high quality. Ever see the name before?
 

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just found out the full name is Alexander Nicolette and they also produce shoes for borrelli.
 

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where did you buy them?

-LR
 

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Hello

I realize this is an old post, but I have used StyleForum for research often, thought this would be useful.

I have lived in Italy for many years, and one can do very well here due to the many "unknown" artisans about.

Anyone who is genuinely a connoisseur and passionate about style has their own tailor, shoemaker, etc..
No you cannot find them on the internet..

And as a funny off note, everyone is usually VERY secretive as to who their tailor is!
Even a close friend will not tell me who he uses!

I have an outstanding gentleman, as example, who does amazing work for my suits, and his wife makes my shirts..
I have a lovely Italian grandmother who is a seamstress who does all of my alterations...for very little cost.

I simply bring her some flowers once in a while.

Although Italy can be frustrating as they hate change, it is a special place for these reasons.
One of the the last places which exist that has this charm of our grandparents.
Yes, of course there is a lot of chinese crap, and hacks taking advantage of the "Made in Italy" status, just as in the UK...but that's another story.

At any rate, to Alexander shoes...otherwise known as Alexander Nicolette.

Yes, little can be found online, but they are good quality shoes. They use full grain leather (From those I have seen), and all are goodyear welt. They make shoes for Borrelli and others..

Styles can be bland however, especially for an Italian shoe. But recent offerings show promise and they seem to be getting out there more.

The same manner and size of operation as Edward Green (whom Ive visited and recalled upon visiting Alexander while in Verona. )

Edward Green uses finer leather however, and generally no comparison otherwise.
And this, in my humble opinion, is why upper tier English shoes are superior to Italian.
Surprise to some, but it is true.

I met one of the people in management at Alexander in Verona, and he said candidly and sincerely, they prefer to fill orders, not sell shoes.

Now, give this statement some thought..

This said a lot to me..They felt to have a genuine artisan heart while I was there. Call me sentimental.

Anyway, they sell very reasonably as they are not widely known. What you find online for sale are generally seconds, or flawed models for/from outlets, so be advised.

Not going to make silly comparisons, but they are worth owning. You did well for a first purchase.
My immediate feeling upon handling them, Ferragamo Tramezza..FWIW


Anyway, thought this may be helpful.

Kind regards

PS: And what the gunboat comparison intends (above) I have no idea?!
 
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velvel87

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Hello

I realize this is an old post, but I have used StyleForum for research often, thought this would be useful.

I have lived in Italy for many years, and one can do very well here due to the many "unknown" artisans about.

Anyone who is genuinely a connoisseur and passionate about style has their own tailor, shoemaker, etc..
No you cannot find them on the internet..

And as a funny off note, everyone is usually VERY secretive as to who their tailor is!
Even a close friend will not tell me who he uses!

I have an outstanding gentleman, as example, who does amazing work for my suits, and his wife makes my shirts..
I have a  lovely Italian grandmother who is a seamstress who does all of my alterations...for very little cost.

I simply bring her some flowers once in a while.

Although Italy can be frustrating as they hate change, it is a special place for these reasons.
One of the the last places which exist that has this charm of our grandparents.
Yes, of course there is a lot of chinese crap, and hacks taking advantage of the "Made in Italy" status, just as in the UK...but that's another story.

At any rate,  to Alexander shoes...otherwise known as Alexander Nicolette.

Yes, little can be found online, but they are good quality shoes. They use full grain leather (From those I have seen), and all are goodyear welt. They make shoes for Borrelli and others..

Styles can be bland however, especially for an Italian shoe. But recent offerings show promise and they seem to be getting out there more.

The same manner and size of operation as Edward Green (whom Ive visited and recalled upon visiting Alexander while in Verona. )

Edward Green uses finer leather however, and generally no comparison otherwise.
And this, in my humble opinion, is why upper tier English shoes are superior to Italian.
Surprise to some, but it is true.

I met one of the people in management at Alexander in Verona, and he said candidly and sincerely, they prefer to fill orders, not sell shoes.

Now, give this statement some thought..

This said a lot to me..They felt to have a genuine artisan heart while I was there. Call me sentimental.

Anyway, they sell very reasonably as they are not widely known. What you find online for sale are generally seconds, or flawed models for/from outlets, so be advised.

Not going to make silly comparisons, but they are worth owning. You did well for a first purchase.
My immediate feeling upon handling them, Ferragamo Tramezza..FWIW


Anyway, thought this may be helpful.

Kind regards

PS: And what the gunboat comparison intends (above) I have no idea?!

Thanks!!!
 

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