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I want spectator shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by zjpj83, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. Looking to improve

    Looking to improve Senior member

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    Or... what happens when one doesn't expect others to actually read what one posts [​IMG] [​IMG]
    How good is that magnifying glass of yours... I can hardly distinguish the things you described on the EG foldout-catalogue I have [​IMG] . But thank you anyway. Your description does get me further.
    TR, thank you for providing the link... But jcusey missing a post on shoes? [​IMG] .
    Well... I'm not sure if I'd ever be able to summon enough courage to try spectators... But these ones will fit the bill if I ever do. I just have to figure out how I can twist Tony's arm enough to use white suede rather than the white calf... In any event, these 'regular' Weymouths are the only ones on the block [​IMG] . Again, thanks for the comparison. MtB
     


  2. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    Forgot about Jun Kuwana's Cleverley specs. [​IMG] Swish. Although they might be a little too chiselled for some.
     


  3. arenn1

    arenn1 Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone actually make a decent looking brown/white spectator for under Edward Green money? The AE Broadstreet would be perfect for my needs, but is I believe only available in black/white. Otherwise, the least expensive shoe anyone has mentioned on this thread is the $575 CJ from Ben Silver.
     


  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Brooks Brothers has a Alfred Sargent-made dark brown-and-white suede (or nubuck) spectator this season for $378. Alas, it's not on the website, but it'll probably be on sale by July or August. You could do a special order from a maker like Martegani for a price somewhere in the $400s.
     


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    Duveen Senior member

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    The Alfred Sargent Melly can be found at Pediwear for about 79 pounds w/o VAT + 20 pounds shipping - according to xe.com, that's about $185. They say 'Ebony/Ivory', but I think the photo looks like dark brown rather than black. I would guess that the Melly - possibly with nicer leather - is what Brooks Brothers is selling under their peal label as a spectator. Alternately, you could do what I am thinking of doing and give $300-400 to Ron Rider to specify a Martegani version of the spectator.
     


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    I'm fairly certain you're right about Ebony being brown - as AS also has a near-identical black and white spectator. Compare the one below with the Melly above: Alfred Sargent George
     


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    Wow. Those are BRILLIANT. I love spectators... I suppose that's just the kinda guy I am [​IMG] -s
     


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    Horace Senior member

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    I believe that AE will has made (or will custom make) a brown/white spectator. There was a topic on this on the board FedoraLounge a while back.
     


  9. Nick M

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    This is true - I enquired a while back. Costs an additional $100.
     


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    I have the Melly and I can confirm that it is dark brown with an ivory/eggshell white. Unfortunately, both the brown and the ivory/eggshell white appear to be corrected grain leather, and neither of them has the depth or richness of C&J or EG skins. Bic
     


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    arenn1 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info. AE shoes at a list of $300 is pushing it in terms of value, and paying an extra $100 special order fee on top makes it seem questionable. The Brooks Brothers idea might be the best one. I don't own any Alfred Sargent. How do they compare to AE?
     


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    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm with you zj, I just can't see the beauty in the budapest last. Although I must admit the workmanship is fantastic.

    If I had to vote on just the selections offered during this discussion I'd definately pull for the Cleverley's.
     


  13. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Saw the perfect specs today on a visit to Plain Clothes, a tan and white buc u-throat made by Alden. Apparently Plain Clothes had them made specially for them. If I recall correctly the price was $450. They were stunning shoes.
     


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    What is "Plain Clothes" and where is it located?
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Plain Clothes is a first rate clothing store in the Homewood area of Birmingham, Alabama:

    Plain Clothes
    (205) 871-3391
    2820 Linden Ave
    Birmingham, AL 35209

    The owner's name is Steve Fazio. He has superb taste and has always treated me very kindly although I've never purchased a thing from him. You can buy Nicky and Holliday & Brown ties to Thurston braces to antique cuff links. If I could afford the place, I'd give them lots of money.
     


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