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Mantellassi Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Lynch Bages, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. Lynch Bages

    Lynch Bages Active Member

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    I had my eyes recently on a pair of Mantellassi shoes (retail approx. $800 -- which must be one of the higher end lines). I recall hearing a few years ago, however, that Wilkes Bashford stopped carrying Mantellassi altogether because of various customer complaints, including that the shoes squeaked. Has anyone ever heard about this problem with Mantellassi shoes?
     


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    discostu004 Affiliate vendor

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    there are currently around 40 pair of shoes in my closet, with about 12-15 being mantellassi, that being said the only pair i've had that ever squeaked was a pair of ferragamos. which ones are you looking at?
     


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    The ones I was looking at are a brown, double monk strap with white stitching where the sole meets the shoe (not sure what that part of the shoe is called).
     


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    In just about every case of this, in better shoes, the squeak is a result of the flesh not being completely scraped off of the outsole before it is attached. The glue does not adhere for very long, an air pocket develops, and you hear it. This is not a Mantellassi problem, happens with every brand, now and again. Very easy to fix.
     


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    A Harris Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    I've heard this from the Wilkes salesmen as well, but must say I've never had any problems with Mantellassi shoes, nor have I met anyone who has.
     


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    I don't believe this endemic only to Sutor Mantellassi footwear. All shoes have a Shank, which is a solid piece of material( sometimes made of Hickory,often made out of fiberglass or a resin and in industrial applications made out of metal) that is shaped like a tongue depressor. The shank is placed in the upper, between the center of the heel and runs to just under the arch which stiffens the shoe at that point and prevents the shoe from bending or breaking at that point. The welt and the mid sole are then attached. On occassion the shank becomes loose and will make annoying sounds such as squeaking. It is an expensive repair and I would recommend that you bring them back to the place you bought them and let them deal with it. [​IMG]
     


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    Norvegese construction does not include a shank - nor a welt. Full midsole instead.
     


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    I own this very shoe, in brown suede. does not make noise. Neither do the mantellassi shoes I am wearing right now. Note: they size small-- I normally wear an 11 and in M I wear a 12
     


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    Allen Edmonds doesn't use a shank. This is one of the big selling points about AE - the lack of a shank apparently makes the shoes "mold and flex to the foot, rather than the other way around".

    I've never noticed my AE's squeaking, though. Anybody else?
     


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    I imagine AE uses a shank, but makes it out of a non-metal material.

    My bentivegna constructed santonis squeak. If the problem isn't shank related, what might it be?
     


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    No shank - the shoes are welted 360 degrees, no need for a shank. Contrary to popular belief, a shank supports the construction of a shoe, when neede, not the foot. A vast majority of shoes are welted 'breast-to-breast' (heel base area) or are Blake, or McKay constructed, and need the support of a shank to anchor the construction - stiffen the shoe at the waist area. Some others, don't. Of course, this is why A/E shoes are so...rounded; while a comparable shoe like Alden are more...elegant.
     


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    There's definitely no shank. Â It says so on the website. AE Details Click on construction. Move mouse over "Shankless Construction". Â No shank. Â Short of cutting my shoes in half to show you (not doing that), I can't be clearer than that.
     


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