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Russell & Bromley?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ItsLouis, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. ItsLouis

    ItsLouis Member

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    Hey Style forum,
    I bought a pair of tasselled loafers (which I've been desperate for) today and am now a little unsure about my purchase. At £185, they were slightly more than I wanted to spend and I am conscious that they are a little thinner in the body and on the sole than I'm used to. Has anybody got any experience with Russell & Bromley shoes?
    Also if anybody could recommend a brand for these loafers, I would be appreciative. I was considering Crockett & Jones instead.
     


  2. Blackhood

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    C&J far out rank R&B. Personally I find that R&B compare most with Loake in terms of quality.
     


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    Or less.
     


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    Generally, for the amount of money you pay at Russell & Bromley, you can probably do a lot better elsewhere. I've got a couple of pairs from there, and they're alright, but I got them at a pretty deep discount.
     


  5. ItsLouis

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    Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I thought C&J or Churchs would probably make me a little more comfortable with parting with the money. I'm in San Francisco soon and am going to go to Alden for possible replacements. I hear they are very good.
     


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    I like russel and bromley style wise, I only have experience with their dress shoes- I own a pair of brown oxfords.

    They have thin soles so they look quite sleek, but they needed resoling after 1 year, the leather isn't the greatest, it's thin and not very resilient to creasing, but it takes a patina well

    Loake and barker probably make a 'better' shoe for the same money, but it won't look as good


    crocket and jones is similar in style, but definitely a step up in quality.

    Russell and bromley will serve you well as long as you take regular care of them and use conditioner a lot- and don't wear them in the rain, my barker shoes will laugh at rain but my bromley's get into quite a mess
     


  7. The Big T

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    Having owned two pairs of pretty sleek calf leather loafers for the best part of 16 years from RB I would have to say the quality is pretty damn good, comfort wise they were the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. Ever. I have since bought some Magnannis, Gucci's, Ferragamos and only the Guccis and Ferragamos have gotten close to them in comfort.

    They have been resoled countless times and have only given up because of my ill treatment of them.

    If they still made the same shoes I'd buy a cupboard full of them.
     


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    R&B have changed their proposition since you bought your shoes 16 years ago unfortunately. They have significantly reduced the quality of their materials and construction methods.

    If you want quality or durability then Loake or Barker are better at that price point but may not be as fashionable.

    Churches, and even more C&J, are clearly better on most counts but then are at a very different price point.
     


  9. The Big T

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    They certainly have, I had a good look recently and none of them appealed at all.

    I have since reached the conclusion that in terms of look and comfort, I am having to pay alot more for my shoes these days, the problem now being I am buying far more than is necessary XD
     


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