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TLB Mallorca - Made in Spain Footwear

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

  1. misiuacademy

    misiuacademy Well-Known Member

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    Hey, it is the Burgundy version. Just like the ones posted above!

    Looks great, I have the same feelings as you after trying them on!
     

  2. OlafG

    OlafG Senior Member

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    Does anyone dare to compare TLB with Alden in terms of quality?
     

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    I personally feel that TLB is in line with quality of Allen Edmond's. Certainly not Alden.
     

  4. misiuacademy

    misiuacademy Well-Known Member

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    This is my first pair but everything is spot on. The only "negative" i could find was that the box is very low on extra items (only shoe bags). I have been seeing/hearing the worst about AE and recently checked some of their shoes in Sweden and I would feel bad paying full price.
     

  5. OlafG

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    Given the frequency of deep discount sales on AE's, I think their fair price is a bit lower than what it is being sold for at retail. Allen Edmonds and American brands are very hard to keep competitive in Europe after taxes and VAT is added.

    That being said, I don't think I've got more than shoe bags from any RTW maker? Neither Alden, Allen Edmonds, Loake nor Church's.
     

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    Carlos Santos and Enzo Bonafe both provide a high quality plastic shoehorn.
     

  7. misiuacademy

    misiuacademy Well-Known Member

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    Agreed on what you said above, however it was of course from my European perspective. As for the amenities, Carlos Santos and EB gives shoe horns, Pediwear gives free shoe trees and wax polish etc.

    But I assure you the craftsmanship and quality on the artista line is superb! The waist is beveled and has a fiddleback with a full welt stitching, not cemented, the fudging on the welt reminds me of Bonafe, the shape and elegance Yohei Fukuda (it draws inspiration from him). For less than 500$ they are excellent!

    Of course, just my opinion.
     

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    TLB Rtw vs Allen Edmonds ? Since I own both brands I would summarize very quickly:
    TLB: softer leathers, more refined lasts, closed sole stitching, beveled waist
    Allen Edmonds: more generous lasts, heritage.

    For me TLB wins in most aspects and is most comparable to Carmina.
     

  9. gmehra

    gmehra Senior Member

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    what makes you say Alden is greatly superior? just curious
     

  10. bantone

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    For me the sole on my Alden LHS and Shell Cordovans the sole is thicker and much more substantial than the TLB. I can feel the gravel more with the TLBs. Keep in mind that I have plantar fasciitis so my requirements are a bit different than yours.

    Other than that I really like them. I'm not knocking my TLBs and would certainly purchase them again.
     

  11. gmehra

    gmehra Senior Member

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    cool thanks, different last style as well. TLB like most european makers is certainly more sleek than Alden which uses more round / bulbous lasts
     

  12. bantone

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    For sure. The more sleek shoe is what attracted me to the TLB over an American shoemaker or even English which uses a rounder larger last as well.

    I've even looked at their loafers more recently due to the sleekness.
     

  13. gmehra

    gmehra Senior Member

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    british brands like crockett & jones which is at a similar price point to alden if you buy directly from the factory also offer some sleek lasts
     

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    I've been looking at Edward Green and Crockett & Jones Loafers as my next purchase. Don't tempt me :D
     

  15. gmehra

    gmehra Senior Member

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    ha ha I didn't bring up Edward Green because its a totally different price point. But C&J offers something at a similar price point to Alden with nicer lasts/finishing IMO. just depends on your personal preference I guess :)
     

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