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inlandisland

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I know there have been some 'favoirte shoe brands' threads in the past and there are certain brands that are easily identifiable as SF approved or not, but I am wondering what the SF consensus is on some of the brands that are talked about less...

Canali, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Mezlan (and I'm not suggesting that these three are all in the same 'league') are the first ones that come to mind but I'm sure that are many others.

So, if you have any thoughts on shoes that aren't AE, Alden, C&J, etc. please share.
 

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ferragamos are some of my favorite shoes. I also have a pair of old Mezlans that I really like. Had em for about 8 years now.
 

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[ Salvatore Ferragamo's are cool...
 

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Originally Posted by inlandisland
Canali, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Mezlan (and I'm not suggesting that these three are all in the same 'league') are the first ones that come to mind but I'm sure that are many others.

So, if you have any thoughts on shoes that aren't AE, Alden, C&J, etc. please share.


canali: a little off-kilter fashion forward and uses cheaper leathers (campanile?). same maker as the facconable shoes ? they are ok at the half price or less. but im not even interetsed in them even at that price

ferragamo: widely accepted and sf approved fashion house brand. LO line is decent and great deal at 200 or less. tramezzas are very well made. even the studio line (do they still make them?) are decent at a low price. i had a pair of studio deeper they were very sleek

mezlan: not a great brand . made in spain. shapes and styling not prferable. uncomfortable the ones ive tried on. some will say they had good experience with them. so be it.
 

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I have several pair of shoes by Canali and their maker, Campanile and enjoy them all.
They are very solidly built, comfortable and elegant shoes. I find the leather to be in more frequent need of lotioning as they tend to dry out faster than other makes. That aside, I give them high praise.
 

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I hate the Mezlans I bought online. I thought the leather sucked.
 

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I thought I read on SF the big knock on Mezlans is styling and construction. Having examined them in the store, I have to agree. They look a bit odd.

Otherwise, I like both Ferragamo and Canali.
 

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Originally Posted by BoomDiggs
I hate the Mezlans I bought online. I thought the leather sucked.

I have a pair that are now my rain shoes. The leather is waxy and rather strange. Other than that, they look good.

I have a couple of pairs of Ferragamos and one of them in particular is a very handsome shoe. I do prefer my EG, but the Ferragamos have held up well for the last couple of years with only heel replacements.
 

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I just picked up my first pair of SFs and LOVE them. Very stylish, they seem well made, and while not inexpensive, relatively reasonably priced. I was trying on Guccis and LVs, too, and found them too flashy.
 

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Mezlan was recently discussed here. I like mine, personally. Then again I've been told on multiple occasions that I have odd taste. I'm sure my personal style, as it develops, will without any sort of prodding end up showing this as well.
 

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I thought the Mezlans that I've handled multiple times looked and felt cheap - especially the quality of the leather.
 

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Sorry to the OP highjacking this thread, but I had a burning question (not worthy of a new thread though).

What do you guys think of Testoni shoes?

I have the opportunity to get a new pair for $150, quality looks good, but online I have no way of telling. If they are not at least AE quality, they go back and I hate returning stuff.

Originally Posted by ter1413
[ Salvatore Ferragamo's are cool...

+1, let me know what you think of Testoni.
 

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I dont understand the Ferragamo love. tramezzas are decent, any ferragamo line lower is just overpriced junk. I do like their casual loafers... but I dont trust their dress shoe quality.
 

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I have long been a fan of Ferragamos (30 years) but I am finding more love for models from Alden and Santoni. I am finding that I am more drawn to models than makers. I just bought Sebago hand sewns for summer; putting away my Ferragamo suede Diegos from fall/winter and currently wearing my Santoni double monks and Gucci Horsebit loafers with my rolled cuffed khakis. Life is good.
 

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Originally Posted by emmanuel
I dont understand the Ferragamo love. tramezzas are decent, any ferragamo line lower is just overpriced junk. I do like their casual loafers... but I dont trust their dress shoe quality.

Ferragamo are good although by no means the best quality shoes. Recently my tolerance threshold for quality has gone down. Saw several pairs of shoes at some designer boutiques recently, and I swear most were too funky or just plain junk. Ferragamo shoes must have been made by God compared to what I saw at those designer outlets. Maybe they were bad outlets, I dont know.

Very patiently waiting for a reply on "What do you guys think of Testoni shoes"?
 

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