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Need Help Choosing a Pair of Brogues

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jay-B, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Jay-B

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    Hey everyone,

    I am wanting to buy my first set of brown brogues for Christmas and I want to see what options are out there for me. I am going for a particular design based on the following rules:

    - 100% real leather and quality overall construction

    - Slim, but not flat heels. No chunky platforms.

    - Lighter to medium shade of brown

    - Slender rounded toe. Nothing pointy or square

    - Flat toe section. No elf-like upkicks

    - Tasteful brogue detailing, but not overkill

    Only brogues I've come across so far that fit my requirements are these ones from Ted Baker, but I am not sure of the quality: http://www.asos.com/Ted-Baker/Ted-B...d=11941&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Tan

    I've also seen some gorgeous ones for Fratelli Borgioli, however they are hard to come by and are a bit out of my price range.





    So if you have any suggestions that match my criteria, then I would love to hear them!
     
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  3. Jay-B

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    I would like to keep it under $300
     
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    I wouldn't say that those are too pointy however I would go any pointier. I like the more minimal brogue pattern that has been done with this shoe compared to the Allen Edmonds. What would be the best place to order these?
     
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    You can do better than Ted Baker shoes.
     
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  10. Jay-B

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    Thanks. I just sent them a message. Those Loakes do look good, however I prefer the more minimal patterning of the Beaufort shoe : http://www.langer-messmer.de/loake-beaufort-farbe-hellbraun-4225.html

    I like the way the broguing has been done on the Loakes more than the Allen Edmonds. How do these shoes stack up in terms of quality compared to the Meermins?
     
  11. Jay-B

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    Just heard back from Meermin. I can get 10164 model shipped to Australia for about $310 AUD which is about $30 more than the Loakes.

    So far it's a toss up between these two:

    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produ...&catid=20&oldcolid=2872&stype=0&colourid=2873

    http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1967

    I am more partial to the brogue pattern of the Loakes due to them having wingtips. Does Meermin make a wingtipped brogue? I really like my wingtips however I would go for the Meermins if they are better in quality than the Loakes for the price.
     
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  12. Louis XIV

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    I've neither handled shoes of the 1880 series of Loake nor ones of Meermin but judging from various reports from members of this forum they are both great value for money.
     
  13. Jay-B

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    Thanks for your help Louis XIV. pediwear.co.uk can ship the Loakes that I want with shoe trees and tan shoe polish for about $290 AUD which is under my original budget. I've pretty much settled on the Loake Beafords. Now I just need to find myself a nice set of stone chinos to go with them!
     
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    What comprises a "nice set of stone chinos "? Or do you just mean a nice pair of stone chinos?
     
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    The meermins are a nicer shoe IMO.
     
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    At that price point I'd say Loake, Barker or Cheaney. The latter two are better quality than Loake 1880.

    Increase your budget to £230 and you'll get a much better shoe.
     
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