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High end rtw dress shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Classic, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. Classic

    Classic Senior member

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    I will be visiting Orlando and Buffalo on business within the next couple of weeks and was hoping to buy some high end dress shoes.
    Are there any good places to check where I could possibly find some great deals in these two centers?
    Thanks in advance for your help?

    Classic
     
  2. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    Just outside of Orlando, on I-4 near Disney World, there is a huge outlet mall which has quite a few high-end outlets, some of which have shoes. In particular, it has: JP Tods -- often great deals, but primarily driving mocs, not dress shoes; Zegna -- a few styles of Zegna, usually half off; Ferragamo -- a decent range of styles, prices are good, not great; Polo shoe outlet, next to big Polo clothes outlet -- IMO, nothing ever worthwhile, seem to be shoes bought just for outlets; Barneys NY -- nothing at all decent, IMO; Cole Haan -- mostly shoes made in Mexico just for the outlet stores, but some decent Italian made Bragano models, prices are okay, certainly not great; Johnston & Murphy -- J&M has discontinued making shoes in the USA, and I think most of their shoes are mediocre at best, but you might find an older pair of US-made, Goodyear welted shoes in your size;Donald Pliner -- great prices, but I find their styles quite strange and generally unattractive.

    Nearby, a bit east of the big outlet mall (say 3 or so miles), their are a series of outlets on International Drive. One of them has a Polo Outlet (no shoes) and a Cole Hann (see above), plus an Off Fifth SFA. Off Fifth stores have some shoes, generally mediocre and bought just for the outlet, but also some Bruno Magli and Ferragamos, plus the occasional great deal -- Alden, Lobb, Tods, Prada, etc. This store does on occasion have very good deals on tailored clothes from the main SFA stores.
     
  3. Classic

    Classic Senior member

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    Thanks Shoefan. I was told that there are few good outlet centers in or around Orlando, but really appreciate your insight.
    What about Buffalo? Although I have been at the outlet center and Galleria Mall in the past, I really did not pay attention to the shoe stores. Any helpful insight there?
    Thanks.
     
  4. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    I don't know anything about Buffalo. You might do a Google search for outlets in NY State; the best outlet chain in my experience is Prime Outlets.
     
  5. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    Classic: The outlets Shoefan is referring to is the Orlando Premium Outlets. A fabulous place. I second it.
     

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