Searching for the elusive Oxblood Monkstrap

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  1. Patek14

    Patek14 Senior member

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    The title says it all. I've been trying to find any oxblood/burgundy/merlot calfskin single monkstrap shoe with no success. Any suggestions?

    I've looked through AE, Alden, EG, crockett and jones, alfred sargent, church's, and trickers (probably everything but AE an Alden is more than i'd be willing to spend). The only companies that even offer calfskin single monks in my color are AE and EG

    Goal:
    -Single monkstrap
    -rounded toe
    -oxblood/burgundy/merlot color
    -full grain leather
    -leather soled
    -goodyear welt construction
    -reasonably priced factor re-mfg program (i.e., I dont want to ship shoes to the UK and pay $250 for re-craft)

    Any thoughts? Heck, I'd even consider a pair of cheapo oxblood monks that didn't meet all the above requirements if they were inexpensive, i just can't find monks at all [​IMG]
     
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    Vass F-Last single monk in Oxblood.
     
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    Not really...maybe I wasn't clear enough in my post:

    "probably everything but AE an Alden is more than i'd be willing to spend"

    If I'm too cheap to shell out $1200 on EGs, or even 600 bucks on C&Js, why in the world would I spend even more on Vass? I'm trying to limit damage to about 400 USD.

    I also don't think Vass has a reasonably priced re-crafting program...
     
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    The Vass would run you around $675 all in including shipping. A very good deal considering the quality and knowing you'd get exactly what you want assuming the F-last fits. Knowing the fit is the hardest part. Might be worth saving up for them, but that's up to you.
     
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    Post 1221 in the vass porn thread had a pic of awesome oxblood monks.
     
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    Herring Shoes has one I recall.
     
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    Call AE in Pt. Washington, WI. Ask for Brenda Depies. Place an Oder for the Boston in Merlot.
     
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    The Vass would run you around $675 all in including shipping. A very good deal considering the quality and knowing you'd get exactly what you want assuming the F-last fits. Knowing the fit is the hardest part. Might be worth saving up for them, but that's up to you.

    So far...this and custom AE Bostons seem like the leading options. Where would I be able to test F-last fit though? Browsing the Vass website, it looks like its NYC or overseas (i.e., minimal retail coverage in the US or anywhere for that matter)

    Also - Francisco D'Anconi, any special reason you recommend "Brenda Depies"? If I went down the AE road, I'd be more inclined to go to thier store in DC and get the fit right with the boston's last before doing a custom color order
     
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    If your not bent on calfskin, BB has an oxblood Shell cordovan monk strap for $598, with the 100$ off from the spring wardrobe event that would make it 498. They'll also have some sales coming up that may reduce it more.
     
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    So far...this and custom AE Bostons seem like the leading options. Where would I be able to test F-last fit though? Browsing the Vass website, it looks like its NYC or overseas (i.e., minimal retail coverage in the US or anywhere for that matter)

    Unfortunately it is a bit of a guessing game on sizing with Vass. Just do some searches and you'll find some answers. Essentially a US 10.5 on the F-last would be a 43.5. You can use that as the control and subtract/add as necessary depending on your size.
     
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    If your not bent on calfskin, BB has an oxblood Shell cordovan monk strap for $598, with the 100$ off from the spring wardrobe event that would make it 498. They'll also have some sales coming up that may reduce it more.

    I saw some very nice looking oxblood shells from Alden but I'll pretty stuck on calfskin. I'm not a bid fan of how shell wears
     

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