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My modest shoe collection

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by newyorker, May 14, 2005.

  1. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    [​IMG] This is my latest shoe purchase, looks very nice with a navy or even a black pin-stripe suit/pants. I'm in my early twenties and think these look a bit 'younger' than the shoes the Topic Starter posted.
     
  2. Teacher

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    Very nice. What brand are they? The look Italian.
     
  3. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Those look nice, Roy, but I'll fear they'll fly apart.  There are so many flashy shoes out there--take your cash as fast as a bug zapper fries mossies.  Describe the leather and construction, if you would.
     
  4. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    These are from the Orange Lined Santoni Fatte a Mano collection which means that the construction is something called Blake Rapid. [​IMG]
     
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    johnapril Senior member

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    Roy,

    Thank you for the response and picture. This is very helpful. I am heading to Paris in June to pick up some shoes and would appreciate any suggestions. I believe your taste in shoes is akin to mine.

    Regards,

    John
     
  6. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    We're on this board to learn and discuss isn't it? [​IMG] I had a blast in Galeries Lafayette on bd. Haussman, they have two separate warehouses. One for men, and one for women (about two times the size of the mens warehouse). But they have a very nice shoe department with amongst others Santoni, Stefano Bi, Prada (not the best in terms of construction though) Church, and so many other brands. This is their website: Galeries Lafayette Paris, can't wait to get back there again [​IMG] Also check out the St. HonorÃ[​IMG], Place Vendome (charvet...), rue marbeauf (berluti/kiton) and George V (zegna and i think also Brioni). Lots and lots of nice stores. Maybe some parisiens (ernest?) know of hidden gems in the city as I am also just a tourist.
     
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    JA- The Fatte A Mano line, even the orange sock-liner blake rapid shoes, are very good quality. They will wear differently than British shoes--the soles are probably similar for stylistic reasons--but that doesn't mean the uppers are going to instantly fall apart. Newyorker- Please check out the Alden post I placed on the B&S forum. I have no commercial interest in that featured company, however, 50% off the floating medallion Aldens would be a nice addition to your fledging shoe collection. An upgraded black captoe might also be a good idea. Heck, for the price you can't really go wrong. Matt
     
  8. ernest

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    Not at all.

    But where are the shoetrees?
     
  9. newyorker

    newyorker Senior member

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    (newyorker @ May 15 2005,01:17) Do you like them?
    Not at all. But where are the shoetrees?
    I would get offended if you weren't so funny [​IMG] But you guys are definitely a patronizing bunch.. [​IMG]
     
  10. ernest

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    (ernest @ May 16 2005,06:30)
    Do you like them?
    Not at all. But where are the shoetrees?
    I would get offended if you weren't so funny [​IMG] But you guys are definitely a patronizing bunch.. [​IMG]
    Offended by what ? If you are not capable to hear a reply you don't like, don't ask any question. I will explain why I don't like these shoes = 1) Practical for shopping to Walmart or going to cinema but poor style and poor construction. I could wear them for these activities but would never pay for them. I prefer a pair of sneakers for the same price. 2) Basic brown derby = Casual shoes for countryside. Shape is not too bad and construction seems correct. Would be perfect for a guy of 50. Looks odd on a guy of 20, ridiculious with a jeans, odd with a suit. 3) Loafer = casual so I hope you don't wear them with a suit. I don't like loafer because they look rather bad on feet (you see the socks, they open when you walk), they don't look masculine enough (looks like escarpins for women) and they are not dressy at all. Look at dressed up renecks in wedding or fiestas, what do they most of time wear ? Loafers . I may appreciate the shape of some loafer though but I dislike these ones as they are not shaped enough (look like a giant condom) and they look tacky because of the metal on them (look at me, I have designer shoes......) They would be great for a grandfather whose feets hurt. 4) Color and sytle (oxford) are great but the shape is ugly (like clown shoes) and the construction shoddy (for the price you can not have a good construction)
     
  11. ernest

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    For business casual? What do you mean? Selling French fries in a snack? If not, forget them. they are for sissies victim of fashion. Buy some normal shoes = black oxford from an honest shoemaker (Church's, Weston, Greens, Lobb, C&J, Albaladejo...)
     
  12. AlanC

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    They're really not for me, but Roy, all the right people seem not to like them. Â [​IMG] Â The color is great, the shape is too aggressive for what I wear. I would trust norcaltransplant on the construction issue. If he endorses it, I wouldn't worry about it. And just to prove that I have learned something from being on the forum, I can indentify those as "austerity" brogues. (with a tip o' the hat to jcusey)
     
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    GL is not a so good place for shoes. Poor choice, almost only cheap shoes, stupid and not motivated salesmen (a girl told me not to pleat the leather of the church i was trying.)

    Try Madelios (a store only for men near La Madeleine), Old England or shops of brands you can not find everywhere (Aubercy, C&J and Albaladejo, Green, Lobb). You could negociate in small shops.
     
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    Alan: I have the Edward Green version of the austerity brogue, the "Beaulieu", on last 888 in chestnut antique (thought I posted pics sometime ago but can't find them). Agree with Roy that the design is nice and sleek - you may find the Greens a bit 'tamer' than the Italian version.
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    I love it... [​IMG]
     
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    [​IMG]
    Sorry to be an ass here, but I don't think this is even the blake-rapid. Â I don't see the stitch on the edge of the sole. Â This is just blake, when the sole is stitched to the insole directly and no reinforcing stitch on the outside. Â This makes for some really light shoes, but I have doubts about the lifespan of such construction method ...
     
  19. johnapril

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    (ernest @ May 16 2005,08:04) For business casual? What do you mean? Selling French fries in a snack?
    I love it... [​IMG]
    There is no way to just make his stuff up. It is unbelieveable comic genius.
     
  20. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    You could very well be right, but one of the biggest Santoni distributors told me that the Orange Lined Santoni's are of Blake Rapid construction.

    My knowledge of shoe construction is not enough to distinguish between blake rapid and blake.

    I'm 22 now and a firm believer that people should dress their age. For more formal events I have normal plain oxfords by C&J. But otherwise I prefer shoes that are a bit more fashion forward.
     

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