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Mid-Range Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by odoreater, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Mine should be shipping soon. I will post a review when they arrive. First pair is a tan chisel toe bal 5 eyelet boot.

    Wow, sounds great Tom. We want pictures!

    odoreater: the thread is http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...light=schubert
     
  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I'm surprised nobody has so far mentioned the Brooks Bros. Peal & Co. shoes, the vendors for which are Crockett & Jones and (more commonly these days) Alfred Sargent. They usually retail at $378 or so, but sales bring this figure down to less than $300. I have no experience with them, but they impress me as good-looking, well-made shoes. Although C&J has more cachet on these fora, I've never been able to discern any noticeable difference in quality and workmanship between the C&J- and the A-S-made Peals.
     
  3. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Wow, sounds great Tom. We want pictures!

    odoreater: the thread is http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...light=schubert


    I just e-mailed the guy about getting an appointment when he is in NY. This seems like a ridiculously good deal (almost too good to be true). Does he have particular house styles that you have to choose from or can you just send him a picture of what you want and he tries to copy it?
     
  4. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I just e-mailed the guy about getting an appointment when he is in NY. This seems like a ridiculously good deal (almost too good to be true). Does he have particular house styles that you have to choose from or can you just send him a picture of what you want and he tries to copy it?

    Both from what I understand. The order form has pictures of 5 basic styles for RTW/MTM but you can send him pictures. I am eagerly awaiting to see Tom's boots as I am a fan of chiselled toes. I am thinking something like one of those elongated, chiselled, C&J chukkas would be great.
     
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    I am thinking something like one of those elongated, chiselled, C&J chukkas would be great.
    I think the picture I used for an example was just that, with a Lobbish toe. We'll see.
     
  6. odoreater

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    Wow, I've been reading the forums pretty religiously over the past few days (final exams, I have to be sitting at a computer) and somehow I overlooked this. You would think that this would be pretty big. I mean, custom made shoes at < $300, that's almost as big as the discovery of Jantzen.
     
  7. skalogre

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    I think the picture I used for an example was just that, with a Lobbish toe. We'll see.

    Was it the Grafton of the Sundown? Both look pretty damn nice.

    odoreater:
    The parallels with Jantzen were drawn early on. We may indeed be on to something here!
     
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    [​IMG]

    My computerized artistic skills are nil; this is the mockup I made in PowerPoint. Looking for the aggressiveness of the Vass quarters with the Lobb toe.
     
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    Does anyone know if the shoemaker is actually going to be taking measurements on the NY visit? I'm kind of skeptical about my measuring skills and I'm not sure that I'm willing to risk $300 doing my own measurements. $40 for a Jantzen is no big deal, but $300 is a whole new ballgame.
     
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    You could probably go to an orthopedist and get a foot mold made and send it to your cobbler
     
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    You could probably go to an orthopedist and get a foot mold made and send it to your cobbler
     
  12. chorse123

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    Does anyone know if the shoemaker is actually going to be taking measurements on the NY visit? I'm kind of skeptical about my measuring skills and I'm not sure that I'm willing to risk $300 doing my own measurements. $40 for a Jantzen is no big deal, but $300 is a whole new ballgame.

    Based on his posts, I think that Seok, acting as an agent for the maker, will be doing the measuring at those appointments.
     
  13. chorse123

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    I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet: Sutor Mantellassi.
     
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    Based on his posts, I think that Seok, acting as an agent for the maker, will be doing the measuring at those appointments.

    I see. Well, hopefully he can do a better job at measuring than I can. [​IMG]
     
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    Any chance you travel a lot? IIRC, there was a company that set up in several of American Airlines' Admirals Clubs across the country taking measurements for these new custom shoes, made by computer, for a fraction of what regular bespoke shoes cost. A day pass to the AC is only $50, and if you have a layover of more than two hrs, it's not a bad deal. Or wait till your next int'l flight in F or J, and you will get a free pass (if you are on AA, or another OW carrier, that is).
     
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    Any chance you travel a lot? IIRC, there was a company that set up in several of American Airlines' Admirals Clubs across the country taking measurements for these new custom shoes, made by computer, for a fraction of what regular bespoke shoes cost. A day pass to the AC is only $50, and if you have a layover of more than two hrs, it's not a bad deal. Or wait till your next int'l flight in F or J, and you will get a free pass (if you are on AA, or another OW carrier, that is).

    I wonder if this is the same outfit I saw set up in a mall kiosk recently. (I forget where.) I wasn't impressed with the leather or construction.
     
  17. seok

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    Does anyone know if the shoemaker is actually going to be taking measurements on the NY visit? I'm kind of skeptical about my measuring skills and I'm not sure that I'm willing to risk $300 doing my own measurements. $40 for a Jantzen is no big deal, but $300 is a whole new ballgame.

    odoreater (i've lived for a month in Carteret, NJ, so i know about odor smelling),

    > i'll be taking measurements. i've been trained by the shoemaker and have experience with it. email me desired appointment times in order of preference, post deposit that goes towards ur shoe purchase, and it's set.

    > tom, your boots look GREAT. my favorite out of the 7 pairs i picked up today. i don't like to build up expectations, but i almost shoegasmed after seeing the color and the toe. i should have photos of the 7 pairs up some time next week.
     
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    Ok well, I've signed up for the Schubert visit to NY and we'll see how it goes. Hopefully this will become a long lasting shoe-making relationship. [​IMG]
     
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    > tom, your boots look GREAT. my favorite out of the 7 pairs i picked up today. i don't like to build up expectations, but i almost shoegasmed after seeing the color and the toe. i should have photos of the 7 pairs up some time next week.
    Woohoo! Email me pics dude!
     
  20. Dapper Dandy

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    What's the word on Bruno Magli?

    I have 3 or 4 pair of Bruno Maglis and I feel BM gets a bum rap in some respects. The soles on my two favorite pair wore out ridiculously quickly, but these two pairs of shoes also have some of the softest leather of any shoes I have ever seen in person. For somebody such as me, who frequently has foot pain on the side of my foot where a bone jutts out, this softness of the leather is huge. I also own several pairs of AE's, a pair of C&J for Polo shoes, a pair of Sutor Mantellasis (I love the marbling on those!), and several cheaper brands. My BM's are far and away the most comfortable, entirely due to the soft leather that's used. If it means that the shoes won't last as long, so be it. I'm willing to sacrifice some longevity for comfort.

    Obviously, if all shoes are equally comfortable to you, then go with something better made or more sleekly styled, but my BM's are comfy and that's important to me. BTW, you can find BM's on discount pretty regularly if you search. I haven't paid more than 50% of retail for any of mine.
     

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