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How good are Magnanni shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bubblegum, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. bubblegum

    bubblegum Member

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  2. ns7

    ns7 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely go for the Strand. You can still return before it's too late.

    I believe Magnanni are decent value around ~$200.
     
  3. ESPNHD

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    I went shoe shopping at Norstrom. Was looking for brown/burgundy dress shoes. I liked the Allen Edmond's:
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...ategory=120552

    But gf liked the Magnanni:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/magnanni...y&resultback=0

    In the end I went with the Magnanni.
    Both shoes cost about $300. I have never heard of Magnanni, are they good shoes? How do they compare to AE shoes?
    Worth $300?


    The uglier shoe at the same price will always be higher quality.

    Do you want something that looks good? Or do you want something that is "quality"?
     
  4. NORE

    NORE Senior member

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    Magnanni makes solid shoes. I have owned Magnannis far longer than any AE shoe. They are Blake constructed and with very good quality leather. They tend to run .5-1.0 size large (long).
     
  5. DerekS

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    I have a pair of black double monks by them. Absolutely love them. The shape and toe are tops. Very sleek. I wear them much more than any of my AEs and ive been more than pleased.
     
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    Magnanni makes solid shoes. I have owned Magnannis far longer than any AE shoe. They are Blake constructed and with very good quality leather. They tend to run .5-1.0 size large (long).

    I thought they were Bologna-constructed?
     
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    Some of them may be. The ones I had were blaked
     
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    Yup. I owned the Strand for about 6 months. The Magnannis for about 2 years. Never once polished the Magnannis and beat the crap outta them. They took it like a champ. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Got 'em for $110 shipped when a Magnanni rep was selling them on eBay.
     
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    Owned a pair of Magnanni's wholecut for 2 years already. Very good. Nicks can be polished and buffed out easily.
     
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    Yoox currently offers Magnanni shoes - starting at $79
     
  11. HRoi

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    I prefer the Magnannis to AE's. Not John lobbs, but a pretty good shoe if you get it on discount
     
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    The two pairs of Magnannis that I have are on a sleek and modern last without going overboard. Some of the styles can look like something from a sartorial nightmare, but they have many conservatively cut, stylish options. They can be had at around ~$150-$200 on discount, and as such are definitely a viable option. The leather used on them that I've seen, while never top of the line, maintains itself well over time. Neimans last call and Nordstrom rack routinely offer them at reasonable prices.
     
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    Would you buy Magnanni shoes at full retail price though? I ones I got yesterday are at full retail for $300. Too much? I noticed many board members get Magnanni shoes at far cheaper price. Do they go on sale often? Should I return and wait ?
     
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    Would you buy Magnanni shoes at full retail price though? I ones I got yesterday are at full retail for $300. Too much? I noticed many board members get Magnanni shoes at far cheaper price. Do they go on sale often? Should I return and wait ?
    they're commonly available much cheaper. are you willing to invest the time and effort in trolling the sales to find exactly what you want? or are you flexible about things like style and color? if the answer to both q's is yes, then you can definitely save a lot of money by waiting for sales online or in the brick & mortars, or on eBay/B&S
     
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    Magananni are made 100 km from my home. Those are nice, but they copy too much Santoni.
     
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    Had 2 pairs of Magnanni shoes and very happy with them. Much tougher than they first look. Would actually happily pay full retail (€230 or so here).
     
  17. The Shoe Snob

    The Shoe Snob Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    The uglier shoe at the same price will always be higher quality.

    Do you want something that looks good? Or do you want something that is "quality"?


    This, above, is really what you have to ask yourself. What you paid is fine for what you are getting but the 'Strand', by Allen Edmonds, is definitely better in terms of quality, at least compared to the 'Bruno' model, of which both I know quite well from selling them myself.
     
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    I agree, my magnannis have been worn at least once a week for the past 2 years and they are just starting to wear to the point where I can see the stitching. Tougher than I originally thought.

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    The uppers...
     
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    I agree, my magnannis have been worn at least once a week for the past 2 years and they are just starting to wear to the point where I can see the stitching. Tougher than I originally thought. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Good God, man! Shoe trees!!
     
  20. ap10046

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    I know this is an old thread, but would like to add my 2 cents!
    Bought a pair on ebay (ubiquitous brown chiseled spilt toe penny loafer) about a year and a few months ago.
    They were a nightmare during the first few wears, my left little toe all but fell off and the vamp actually made sharp marks on the top of my foot! However, after a few wears they were SO comfortable and have become my beater-go-to shoe! They take cream polish very well and have developed a lovely "burnished" patina!
    The leather soles are strong as..I don't know what..but I would say easily on par with my C&J's and show minimal wear/scuffing.
    IMHO, really, really good shoes for less than $150, shipped!!
     

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