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Looking for a Very Good Pair of Shoes

The Gooch

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After some reading I decided to purchase a pair of Allen Edmonds Park Avenues. They are OK but I'm looking for something with a bit more flair, something I can wear for years to come. The 12.5D in the Park Avenue fit perfectly.

Please make some suggestions and add pictures or links if possible based on your experience. My budget is pretty much whatever (within reason).

TIA

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You might want to do a search for Edward Green or John Lobb or make a visit to Leffot, John Lobb or Crockett and Jones (all with locations in Manhattan).
 

The Gooch

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Thank you. I posted in another thread regarding a vintage pair of Edward Green shoes and my only concern is that since I am between sizes, the fit might be off. Anywhere I can try Edward Green shoes in New York?
 

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If you are looking for a pair of traditional, classic captoe oxfords that will never go out of style but will have a bit more flair than the AE Park Avenue, may I suggest an Alden in shell cordovan?

 

The Gooch

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Originally Posted by bleachboy
If you are looking for a pair of traditional, classic captoe oxfords that will never go out of style but will have a bit more flair than the AE Park Avenue, may I suggest an Alden in shell cordovan?



That pretty much looks like the Park Avenue and I'm not a big fan of shell. Thanks though!
 

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Do an advanced search on PediWear and Herring Shoes
 

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For me the real decider is whether the shoes are fused or not.

If you want good shoes you must go for non-fused shoes- don’t listen to people here saying that the more recent fused shoes are no longer subject to bubbling. If they are fused they can bubble, especially if exposed to heat after being wet due to rain

The second most important point is whether they are full- of just half-canvassed. Again you must go for full canvassed shoes. In the end they will last longer

I hear that Edward Green does a great RTW full canvassed shoe, so that would be my choice for a very good pair of shoes. Alternatively if money is more of an issue you should try the half canvassed Loake range.

One word of warning, as anyone here in SF would tell you, never, never go for Church’s, because since Prada bought the brand they are just glue jobs, i.e. fused. I have a pair full of bubbling
 

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Originally Posted by ralphwho
For me the real decider is whether the shoes are fused or not.

If you want good shoes you must go for non-fused shoes- don't listen to people here saying that the more recent fused shoes are no longer subject to bubbling. If they are fused they can bubble, especially if exposed to heat after being wet due to rain

The second most important point is whether they are full- of just half-canvassed. Again you must go for full canvassed shoes. In the end they will last longer

I hear that Edward Green does a great RTW full canvassed shoe, so that would be my choice for a very good pair of shoes. Alternatively if money is more of an issue you should try the half canvassed Loake range.

One word of warning, as anyone here in SF would tell you, never, never go for Church's, because since Prada bought the brand they are just glue jobs, i.e. fused. I have a pair full of bubbling




I need to save this response for future reference.

Classic example of the blind leading the stupid.
 

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Going on a rampage !

Originally Posted by ralphwho
Yes that is surely true, but are they better than Goodyear welted suits? I am not convinced on that since as you know Goodyear welted suits can have their canvas easily replaced, while fully canvassed suits cannot.

I think bologna constructed suits may be the best compromise- but this is a never ending discussion- just like whether merino cordigan is worth the premium over cashmere calf

I predict very intelligent people will be posting on these matters for years to come

I will stick with the classics

-Non-fused cashmere shoes
-Goodyear welted suits
 

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anyone know of a good place in boston to try out a variety of high quality shoes?
 

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