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TLB Mallorca - Made in Spain Footwear

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Burzan, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Burzan

    Burzan Distinguished Member

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    https://www.tlbmallorca.com/

    I didn’t see a thread for these guys so I thought I’d start one and get the ball rolling. I discovered the brand on Instagram and I was curious based on the price point on how they would compare to others in a similar price range.

    I went with the Murphy in brown suede which is on their Alan last. I was told to go with my normal UK sizing and for the most part I would call this last TTS. It has maybe just a slight bit of instep room but not enough for me to change sizes. Overall they are high quality materials, fit well, priced well, and have been comfortable right out of the box. What more could I ask for haha. I am quite impressed with them so far and I look forward to seeing how they age.

    Here is some info on sizing compared to some other brands/lasts I have tried.

    Brannock: 8-8.25D
    TLB Mallorca Alan Last: UK7
    Morjas 001 Last: UK7
    Berwick 437 Last: UK7
    Alden Barrie (Shoes): 7.5D
    Alden Barrie (Boots): 8D (I like to size up as I find the boots fit smaller and I prefer wearing thicker socks)
    Alden Van: 8D in cordovan, I like 7.5D for unlined suede.
    Alden Trubalance: 7.5D
    Allen Edmonds 1 Last: 8.5D
    Allen Edmonds 5 Last: 8D (Fairly snug but fits well, only wear with dress socks)
    Edward Green 606: UK7.5E
    Edward Green 72: UK7.5E
    Edward Green 888: UK7.5E
    Carlos Santos 234: UK7
    Viberg 2030: 7.5
    Crockett & Jones 325 Last: UK7
    Epaulet Tennis Trainer: 8
    Nike Killshot 2: 8.5

    Anyway I would love to see some more discussion on the brand as more people pick them up. In the meantime I am happy to answer any questions anyone has about my pair.

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    Shawl Lapel Senior Member

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    They look like they have some really nice models available. I'd like to try their adelaides at some point. Yours look great, where would you put them on a quality/materials scale compared to other brands at their price point?
     

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    I agree, I think they have quite a few really great looking models that I would consider down the road. I would say the closest comparison would be Carlos Santos, and in turn also Carmina (though I have not personally tried Carmina, I have heard many compare Carlos Santos to them).
     

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    These would appear to come dirty so save the owner the bother of wearing them.
     

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    Lol what? Are you saying they look dirty in the new pics? It's just color variation in the suede depending on what way the nap is brushed and laying. The suede is actually quite nice too.
     

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    I think GBR just likes being SF's Ken M
     

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    Picked up two pair from Skolyx. Both on the Oliver last.
    Love the sleek rubber sole on the suedes.
    Would definitely compare these favourably to my Carminas.

    A couple of poor mobile pics taken during a storm (hence the laces):
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    Great looking choices. Oliver last looks quite nice, I think my next pair would be on it. I am really interested in that city sole as well.
     

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    IMG_5865.JPG IMG_5866.JPG IMG_5871.JPG IMG_5872.JPG IMG_5873.JPG My pair on Alan last. Finish is pretty much impeccable, particularly the welt joins and the edges. Waist is trimmer quite close too.

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    Old England actually. I would have preferred vegano since I'm not sure where's the Old England leather was tanned, but it's quite nice - noticeably softer than meermins calf. Unfortunately I don't own a lot of calf so I can't give a good comparison. The clicking is, as you can see, excellent.
     

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    Ah it's the Old England. I'm curious about it as well and from the Skolyx pics couldn't really tell the difference between it and the vegano.

    But from your pics it does look good. Good to hear it's softer than Meermin. How does it compare with Carmina or Carlos Santos or Yanko if I may ask?
     

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    Better finishing than yanko, but I only have their suede and shell. Can't comment on Carlos santos but I'd say the quality of finish at least rivals Carmina (which I've only handled minimally). That said, I could've just received a lucky flawless shoe in the batch. I really can't find a single blemish.
     

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    How's the sizing compared to carmina? Particularly rain last?
     

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