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I have had a few santoni shoes over the years. The are very easily available in Germany and much less so now that I live in the States... I always liked the design and quality was always great for me. I also could not care less about this whole GYW vs blake stitched etc... that's more nerd talk to me that is not applicable in the real world. Maybe more interesting if you truly want your shoes to last 10 + years which I dont care about.Because the herd mentality here on SF pushes people to these brands:
- Crockett and Jones - higher end GYW (people here prefer Made in England brands because most of them tend to be more conservative in styling and GYW)
- Allen Edmonds - typically the GYW Made in USA line, more affordable than C&J, and can be a bargain for seconds during sales and assume you get a minor cosmetically defective pair. (I admit I had great luck in getting 3 pairs of seconds from them so far, one being a cordovan model) Also very conservatively styled which fits the crowd here
- Meermin - brand of choice for the budget conscious with varying degree of QC. Most ppl tend to be happy. Better lasts than AE at a similar price point
Santonis to another poster's point also vary to a large degree. The GYW and FAM models however are quite nicely made. I think the GYW double monks that I have are the best looking and finished shoe out of all the brands that I have owned (C and J, Alfred Sargent, Ferragamo, AE). However since not all FAM models are GYW people tend to dismiss them as "garbage" or "overpriced".
you did well! I really like the brown loafers pictured last.During this Covid-19 stay at home I am learning how to hand antique shoes. So for practice I took some of the Santoni I have that are 10+ years old and used them for antiquing practice. The wholecut pair is all factory. The black penny loafers I used for practice using the Olga Berluti polishing technique. I have probably 12-13 pairs of Santoni shoes but never took pics. FWIW I like the way blake construction feels vs Goodyear construction. I install Vibram half soles on all my leather soled dress shoes and with a huge rotation all shoes last a long time.
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