Prada's men's shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by johnapril, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Are Prada's shoes meant to be silly-looking? Or have I missed something? It seems she is attempting to reinvent the wheel and I'm not sure that is what is needed in a good shoemaker.

    Does anyone have technical information/background on Prada's men's shoes?
     
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    marc37 Senior member

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    Can you elaborate. What do you mean?

    Prada's shoes are way overpriced for the quality. lsn't all fashion silly hence silly Prada shoes.
     
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    johnapril Senior member

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    If possible, comment on what is lacking in shoe quality.
     
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    marc37 Senior member

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    Eventhough l have Prada shoes, l am not the best person to ask. The big problem with them is that the uppers are of grain corrected leather therefore, they are made from inferior calf leather. Another problem is the construction and last design of the shoes. The last designs are ineligant. The construction could be improved upon. l am not saying Prada make rubbish but for the prices they charge the shoe could be greatly improved.
     
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    johnapril Senior member

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    I heard something about this from a salesperson at Chicago's Saks.  He directed me toward Donald Pliner and away from Prada, saying Pliner used superior calf skin.  The boys at the Prada shop talked about the way M. Prada "treats" leather.  I didn't quite follow, but regarding a pair of dress shoes that sort of looked fake because they were so regular in finish (like patent leather without the intense shine), the guy said the effect was due to polish being pressed into the leather.  I have no idea what he meant.
     
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    hermes Senior member

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    i have several pairs of prada shoes that i'm happy with, i even have a pair of big lugging mountain hiking boots and none are 'silly' looking but rather normal and conservative

    as for quality, they're not obviously the best, but for a basic shoe, they wear well, i've had some for 5 or 6 years without any wear issues but i've been lucky to pick them up for around 100 each at space outlets in europe so for the price paid and what they are, i'm content

    although i do agree, there are a lot of 'silly' looking prada shoes out there (i've, for example, seen the exact same ugly pairs of prada shoes at one space outlet for years - they're still there and no one yet has purchased them .....)
     
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    While I have the attention of Prada know-it-alls, does anyone know if they make sizes larger than 11.5? I agree that most of the shoes are rather ugly, but I like some of the Prada Sport stuff and want to know if I can get it in a size 13.
     
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    Prada sizes are generally 1-1.5 sizes below American sizes. I have seen Prada 12s, so those should fit you.
     
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    Brian SD Moderator

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    Yes, I have Prada shoes and they are wearing very nicely. They may be constructed with inferior leather, but they sure look nice.
     
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    I own shoes that are Prada size 12, which is about US13.  I haven't had much of a problem getting the larger size, but I don't know if they typically sell anything greater than US13 in most stores here in the US.

    Also, I agree that some of the shoes do have mediocre designs.  Besides some of the more casual loafers, I'm not a big fan of the actual Prada line, but I do like the look of most of the Prada Sport trainers and own several of them.  I've found that the leather shoes tend to be superior in quality to their nylon counterparts.  My nylon Americas Cup trainers have several rips in the lining (I am going to see if I can get Prada to repair them since, even though they get a good amount of use, they're only a year or so old).  So far as the dressier Prada line, I've never worn any pair more than a handful of times so I can't really comment on their durability.  Overall, though, I'd have to say the verdict on them is this: if you can find a design you like at a good discount, go for it, just don't expect them to last forever.
     
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    Yes, I have Prada shoes and they are wearing very nicely. They may be constructed with inferior leather, but they sure look nice.

    I have never bought a shoe from Prada but there must be several levels of quality, no? I hate the America's Cup line, actually any sport line. I have seen Prada lace-ups that look good but I can almost always find superior shoes for competitive prices. Crockett and Jones mainline pricing right?
     
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    I bought a pair of Prada oxblood oxfords a few years ago and thought they were great at first. Then about a month later I was caught in the rain wearing them and they were absolutely ruined. The leather bubbled and creased like cardboard. Now they are sitting in a box of shoes to be given to charity.
     
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    Spam Deleted. Let's not encourage the monkeys.
     
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    Hi, are they still available?
     

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