Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tedbearz, Nov 24, 2004.
Not quite as good as the Carlsons or Brawley that often sell for about $50 more on Bluefly, but close and they are a good deal at the price listed. I'm a big fan of the value of the Italian Polos. I have a pair of the Brawley captoe and wear them often.
They aren't the most elegant of shoe but I do own a pair and find them unoffensive. They are your basic dress shoe. Although a thinner sole would be nicer IMO. The leather is a bit on the hard side and they do require a few wearings to break them in. They do hold a shine quite well, I must say. But when I got them, the leather had almost a greyish tint on them. Liberal coats of black shoe cream fixed that and then a spit shine with black polish completed the task. All in all, a good shoe to add to your rotation. Just don't expect elegance on the level of Edward Green though.
I bought them too, they are exceedingly basic, but that's not a bad thing. If you're looking for a basic black dress shoe these are far nicer than you'll see at that price point in retail. The leather is richer - if that means anything - than most dept store brands, and the styling is just slightly sleeker, though the pics don't really show it. Next to a Ken Cole square toe rubber sole, these look friggin elegant.
I agree with Hitman that they take a little breaking in and a good deal of polish to look their best.
There's an extra 20% off on Men's shoes if you shop this Friday. Don't think there's a code or anything.
I purchased mine just recently when it was 20% off in Bluefly (plus another 15% using a code). Â Nice, basic, everyday dress shoes for the price. Â You can't go wrong with it.
Johnny, would you know the specific differences between this grey southern and the carlson?
Don't see it. Is the sale over?
The Brawley/Carlson has slightly better leather for the uppers. The Brawley/Carlson also has a combination rubber/leather heal. The Grey Southern has a rubber heal (like Allen Edmonds). Both have leather soles, however.
Ted, there's an upcoming 20% sale again this Friday (as ROT mentioned).
Johnny, I see but are they also "sharing" the same last?
I don't think they share the same last, to be honest. They are very, very close though. I think the Grey Southern don't narrow to the waist (instep) of the shoe quite as quickly as the Brawley/Carlson.
That said, it's tough to tell by sight alone. FWIW, I think that the current price on Bluefly is good, but that personally I'd spend $50 more to get the Brawley captoes. But if you've already bought the Grey Southern, you are going to be getting a very good shoe to be sure.
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