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Shoe horse (whore?)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by norcaltransplant, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    I found them new about 5 years ago at a Nordstrom Rack; they were marked 9D, so I guess he made them for RTW. The sock liner reads something like: PS Ercolino Custom Made for Nordstrom; I don't know if he was trying to develop a RTW business, whether Nordstrom was trying to offer a bespoke service (doubtful, I think), or what. There was no box or original price tag; I thought they looked nice, they fit, and the price seemed reasonable, so I bought them. I'd never heard of Perry Ercolino. I finally read about him a few years later in an article on bespoke shoes in Cigar Afficiando.
     


  2. bigbadbuff

    bigbadbuff Senior member

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    let's see... 5 pairs tennis shoes 3 pairs sandals 1 pair Skechers black oxfords ($50) 1 pair Skechers brown Doc Marten clones ($40) 2 pairs Kenneth Cole lug sole oxfords ($100) 2 pairs Kenneth Cole lace up black oxfords ($40, 60) 1 pair J Crew lace up black oxfords ($40) 1 pair Ferragamo black bit loafers ($120) 1 pair To Boot lace up brown oxford ($130) surprise, almost all of these have broken down rather quickly except the last 2. My closet needs a lot of work, but no area needs more than shoes. Hopefully my shopping spree on Sunday will change that. [​IMG]
     


  3. aybojs

    aybojs Senior member

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    I have a pretty meager collection, but I put a lot of wear on my shoes so it would be a bad idea for me to splurge on a nice pair at this point in time:

    1 pair sandals
    1 pair tennis shoes
    1 pair wrestling shoes
    1 pair Kenneth Cole Reaction black oxfords (horrible decision to buy them, they're big and clunky and I don't know what I was thinking)
    1 pair brown Johnston and Murphy boots
    1 pair black Johnston and Murphy oxfords, sadly these are rubber-soled, even though they are my main dress shoe.
    1 pair Diesel black leather sneakers
    1 pair green Diesel sneakers (I love these and get compliments whenever I wear them; even have a green canvas belt to coordinate)

    Right now my plan is to find a good leather-soled pair of brown dress shoes for under $250, and maybe in the near future I might try out one of those "Design your own sneaker" sites and get myself a pair of bold colored sneakers to wear with jeans (I'm thinking purple, don't know if I'm bold or just crazy).
     


  4. mistahlee

    mistahlee Senior member

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    Many well shod gentlemen here.  I was feeling marginalized until I took an inventory.

    Alden - eight pairs, all cordovan.
    Allen Edmonds - five pairs.
    Crockett & Jones -  four pairs incl. monkstrap and suede.
    Cole Haan - three pairs
    Gucci - two pairs: classic black bit slip ons and formal patent.
    David Richards - two pairs driving mocs.
    Stubbs & Wooten - one pair woven slip ons.
    Barbour - one pair pebble grain bluchers.
    Church's - one pair oxford wingtips.
    Johnston & Murphy - one pair saddle shoes.
    Many pairs of running shoes and boat shoes.
     


  5. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My collection tends to fluctuate as I buy and sell a lot (I've probably sold or given away 50 pairs in the last 2 years.) Current count is:

    4 pairs of Edward Green, 4 pairs of Santoni (three are from the midrange Goodyear-welted line and one pair is handmade,) 2 pairs of John Lobb, 2 pairs of Vass (that's bound to increase,) 2 pairs of Sutor Mantellassi (handmade,) 1 pair of Grenson Masterpieces for Paul Stuart, 1 pair Ferragamo (they are actually handmade and are very nice - they look a lot like Mantellassi,) 3 pairs of Crockett & Jones (all are brown suede casual shoes,) 3 pairs of Paraboot, 1 pair of Alden "Crew Oxford" sport shoes, 1 pair of Bruno Magli, 3 pairs of misc (nothing special) dress shoes I wear when it rains, 1 pr Salomon adventure racing shoes, and several pairs of sandals/flip-flops for when it gets crazy hot around here.

    I paid $140 a pair on average.
     


  6. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    A. Harris, always look forward to your posts in the forum. what a collection. I think we got a look at your EG and Lobb shoes in the recent pics you posted. wow. Please PM me a to-date suit inventory sometime. would like advice on wearing these shoes http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store....&cmCat= I recently bought the black pebble grain laceups, then came into unexpected $$ and bought the brown, as well. Given that they have a rubber sole with some tread, how can i wear them in the biz casual world? need more guidance-- are dress pants too dressy, or need i stick with cotton and flat front (Banana Republic black twill pants, for example)? suggestions?" Thanks.
     


  7. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    Been avoiding this thread- now I know why...2 pair New Balance running shoes (though I don't run...), 1 pair Michael Toschi, 1 pair Gravati, 1 pair Testoni, 1 pair Mantellassi, 1 pair Zegna, 1 pair Ferragamo, 2 pair Mezlan, 1 Pair A-E, 1 pair J-M, 1 pair Terra Plana, 2 pair Vass (with 2 on order), also eyeballing a pair of Aldens and EGs.

    Thing is most have been purchased since May, after the infamous "help me with shoes" post...Lotta help alright you guys, and you know who you are...
     


  8. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    foxx, i'm a little drunk right now and might regret this post in the morning, but those shoes are uuuuuggggllleeeeee.....
    what were you thinking?
    they are not elegant, nor are they ruggedly handsome.
    take them back. have to go now, but i have to say i can't stand the so-called business casual look. either go with elegance or rough it. don't do anything half-assed.
     


  9. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    Those shoes look fine to me. They'll probably work much better with the dressed-down business casual, and not with dress pants (but if you must, I'd stay away from anything black.)
     


  10. LiS

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    To all gentlemen on this board,

    I am referred here by Naturlaut, as we are good friends in Hong Kong. This is quite an impressive board, it is better than going to any school.

    I myself only have one pair of John Lobb (City). But, Naturlaut has the most impressive collections of shoes I have seen in Hong Kong (we have another friend in Japan who practically has a shoe shop at home). As far as I know (I have only saw them in his New York home, and they are being shipped back to HK), Naturlaut has 3 pairs of John Lobb, 2 pairs of Sutor Mantellassi, 2 pairs of Grenson masterpiece (under Grenson's label), 1 pair of Trickers, and others (I don't know how many) like Edward Green, StefanoBi, Ludwig Reiter, Hermes, etc.. He has a built-in shoe closet at home, most with original shoe trees. All of our friends think he is crazy.
     


  11. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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  12. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I have to agree with this, and with his previous comments about the Ferragamos as well. Lug soles look a little odd on a shoe meant to be worn in dressier situations. If you need the traction for inclement weather, go with a more discreet rubber sole. A crepe rubber sole works well.

    That's actually my complaint about Ferragamo and Cole-Haan. Why are there so many pairs with great uppers and ugly, ugly soles?
     


  13. mrprlover

    mrprlover Senior member

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    Fox: Interesting...I looked at those yesterday and although they look nice, I couldn't figure out what I'd wear them with. The leather looked okay though not particularily attractive or wow-ing. The somewhat chunky and Kenneth Cole-esque sole affirmed my initial opinion. I put them back down.

    They appear to serve neither purpose well. They're in the middle - the nice upper would be too dressy to rock with jeans and the sole too casual to pull with a suit/slacks. Maybe you could return them both and get a pair to satisfy each need.

    On the other hand, if you got a nice deal on them by all means keep them. Im sure after some time you'll find something that'll work. Trial and error. =]
     


  14. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I presume your Japanese friend has his own web site to show his shoes to the world? Japan is the home of all hard-core shoe addicts and "shoe-porn" sites.

    I remember seeing on television once a program about some (English) guy who had a collection of 1000 sneakers/trainers and had to dedicate a whole room in his house to his shoes. I thought at the time, presuming he has a strict rotation policy, it will take him almost three years to wear a particular pair a second time,
     


  15. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    I don't know about the porn, but the Style Forum could qualify as another home for hard-core shoe addicts, when you think about it. [​IMG]
     


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