Mid-Range Shoes

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

  1. jml90

    jml90 Senior member

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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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    chorse123 Senior member

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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.
     


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    I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet: Sutor Mantellassi.
     


  4. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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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).
     


  6. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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.
     


  7. seok

    seok Senior member

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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.
     


  8. odoreater

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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]
     


  9. tiger02

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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!
     


  10. 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.
     


  11. RJman

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    I find quality Italian shoes -- with certain exceptions -- to be more expensive than quality British or American shoes. I don't think a Bruno Magli is of comparable quality to C&J, for instance.

    In the around $300 range I'd recommend calling Ron Rider; I'd recommend Martegani, I'd recommend C&J from plal, I'd recommend Alfred Sargent Premiers, Albaladejo (incredible shoes for the price), Loding, Donegan, Tricker's, and Allen Edmonds and Alden.
     


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    Can anybody recommend which of these makers use soft, flexible leather? I like for shoes to start off soft, not get softer with wear.
     


  13. Fuuma

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    Woohoo! Email me pics dude!

    Were my two pairs part of that bunch? (croses fingers)
     


  14. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    Woohoo! Email me pics dude!


    I'd like to see pics of these boots as well!
     


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    skalogre Senior member

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    PICTURES! PICTURES! PICTURES! PICTURES!

    I am feeling that if they look as good as they sound my order will be on its way to Seok very soon. Oh dear [​IMG]
     


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