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Herring Shakespeare II

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bourbonbasted, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    I'm not 100% sure of the details but after talking to the eBay seller these were a custom order through AS using one of their darker (non burnished) leathers. A Fine Pair of Shoes has them in espresso and the the AS website has their more burnished look (as mentioned). Again I don't know the real story and my source is an eBay seller, but allegedly the leather on these was a custom job.

    Either way I like the color and I agree with you Trifon, these shoes are incredible and a lot more impressive IMO than the C&Js.
     
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  2. tobiasj

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    Hi all

    So I just got a pair of Herring Shakespeare IIs in suede (pic below).

    First impression out of the box was that they're very pointy in the toe. After wearing them for a day they don't seem so pointy anymore. FWIW, I've had this reaction to other shoes before--they seem weird looking at first, and then, after a short while, perfectly normal-looking.

    Still, the last might be a little too elongated for jeans. Everything else about the shape is fine, great even, and the suede is a nice colour.

    One other thing is that I'd prefer silvery buckles to brass-coloured ones. But this is of course minor.

    I guess the obvious comparison with these is with C&J Lowndes. Would I love C&J Lowndes harder? Probably, everyone here loves C&J, I expect I'd be no different. But then, these are $300 shoes and C&Js are $400+ ($500 locally here in Oz), I'm no baller, and suede is suede. At the end of the day, I expect to be wearing these with pleasure for years to come.

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  3. polarcreamsoda

    polarcreamsoda Senior member

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    how is the sizing on these shoes?

    i wear a 9d in allen edmonds and im thinking i might got with the UK8 in these considering the more aggressive last these are built on.

    the outsole measurements were UK8 is 31.2 cm X 11 cm and the 8.5 is 31.8 cm X 11 cm.

    also, it will cost about 290 after shipping and VAT, is this ia good pricepoint for these shoes?
     
  4. Rivey

    Rivey Well-Known Member

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    290 is spot on. I paid around 300 to have my Shakespeares shipped to CA. I wear a 9.5D and sized down to UK 8.5, and IMO, that's your best and really only option. My Shakes don't fit perfectly, but if I would have sized down to a UK 8, they would not have fit at all.
     
  5. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    Just a nitpick, but if you wear a US9.5 and you buy a pair of shoes in UK8.5, that's not 'sizing down'. That's buying the exact same size.
     
  6. Rankiz

    Rankiz Senior member

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    I liked the old Herring Shakespear II better. The new brown color isn't as nice as the old one. It might be possible to alter the color somewhat, but I myself did go for C&J Lowndes. :inlove:
     
  7. Rivey

    Rivey Well-Known Member

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    No you're right to nitpick. It's not sizing down, I just chose the corresponding UK size. But if I had sized down, I don't feel that they would have fit properly. And I also have the same pair of HS II's in suede as you Tobias. How do you like them after a month of so of wear?
     
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    well the size chart on their website says that US9 = UK8.5
     
  9. Rivey

    Rivey Well-Known Member

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    IMO, Herring's size chart is off. You should probably go with the UK 8 if you are a US 9.
     
  10. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    i recently ordered the herring reading in brown suede... and i have to agree the herring sizing chart is not very accurate
    should do a full 1 size "down" conversion from US to UK, not the 1/2 that they show on the chart
     
  11. HarleyBob

    HarleyBob Senior member

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    You should get some Cedarville shoe trees to go in your new C & J shoes. It would be a shame to not treat your shoes to the best.
     
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  12. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    If you can afford it get the C&J lasted shoe trees, not Cedarville! The lasted trees are expensive but are sized to fit the shoes perfectly. Those are truly "the best."
    Fred
     
  13. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    I really, really like them! They are in the prized 'twice a week' slot of my work shoe rotation :)
     
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    Rankiz Senior member

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    Don' think so, had a bad experience with Cedarville, bought shoe trees in correct size, but they didn't fit and Cedarville were not very cooperative. I have bought Bexley shoe trees instead, they're too in cedar but cheaper than Cedarville. Another plus is that they're within EU, so much lower shipping costs.
     
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    fredrikkm Senior member

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    Yeah, he wasn't thinking of your douchy tread at all when he wrote that :rolleyes:
     
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  16. HarleyBob

    HarleyBob Senior member

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    Actually, that's all I was thinking about when I wrote this. I think it's called sarcasm!
     
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    cbfn Senior member

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    Careful now, he might sue you.
     
  18. Rankiz

    Rankiz Senior member

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    You'd bet I'll do! :sly:
     
  19. GQ1

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    Use code HSAB courtesy of Ask Andy Forums for a FREE pair of full size cedar shoe trees from Herring Shoes.
     
  20. Gibonius

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    They're nice trees too. About the best thing AAAC has ever done for me.
     

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