Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by FCS, Jan 23, 2004.
You've got me. Maybe if the shoe were hand-welted and had extensive hand stitching on the upper, it wouldn't be entirely unreasonable, but there's nothing out of the ordinary about that shoe.
In the October 2003 issue of Robb Report, there was an article on reversible clothing. They showed a $6,000 pair of reversible crocodile loafers from Silvano Lattanzi. Perhaps you could justify paying this price by saying you are really getting 2 pairs of loafers for your $6,000
The mind boggles. How can a pair of shoes be reversible and turned inside out like an overcoat? A pair of rubber galoshes, maybe, but street shoes?
Anyone got a picture to post here? Just curious.
I'm a big fan of A. Testoni, but I have to admit, I was surprised to see a price that high. Maybe the buckles are 24K gold? Never seen that before, but just thinking out loud...
They're actually monk straps, and perhaps they've overstated the retail a bit to make the discount seem higher. Testoni does have some hand made shoes that retail in that range....
The ones with more machine work sell for $500-1,000.
Steve, I think those are loafers with faux monk straps.
About Testoni's quality, I remember A. Harris mentioned that C&J actually make better shoes. How does C&J handgrade compare to Testoni's highest tier of quality? And how would it compare with Edward Green, which oxxfords cost about 40% lower than that $1400 price?
They are nice looking shoes, though.
The Lattanzi's at BG were retailing at 1800, I think they're on sale for "only" 1200 now....
If they are made out of leather I don't get it... for crocodile I might see it - after I wrestle a croc for his hide I'd charge a fortune... must have been one mean cow to have $1400 hide.
Originally posted by FCS:
Comparing C&J to Testoni's norwegians is like comparing apples to oranges (to me at least) because one shoe is much more casual due to the stitchings. But quality wise, I believe that Testonis are better finished. But when comparing the finishing and polishing to EGs, EGs are better. You pay a premium for the name and the additional work on the stitchings.
A.testoni is one of the better Italian factories, but this shoe never retailed for more than half the price they claim.
I think the originally price on the penny-loafer was $2,600....
By the way, does Testoni offer custom? I think the black-labelled Testoni goes for about US$700+.
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