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What is "To Boot New York"

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Does anyone know this brand? Friend of mine bought their "hand made" line shoes.

    Although I could not do in-depth examination on them, the shoes looked like had goodyr welted construction with channel soles and bevelled waist. Last shape is very neo-italian look (pointy with squared noise). It looked quite nice.

    Any comments?
     
  2. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    That's Adam Derrick's line of shoes.....The Sartorialist had a writeup dedicated to him a while back last year. I believe they are generally regarded as good quality, and a pair or two has caught my eye when out looking about.
     
  3. designprofessor

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    I had a pair of two tones from years back. I finally sold them to my boss. He still waers them and they are holding up just fine. So, I'll endorse style and durability.
     
  4. Beckwith

    Beckwith Senior member

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    Adam Derrick is the manager of the men's shoe department at Bergdorf. I cannot attest to the construction, but they have some nice styles in a myriad of prices and soles.
     
  5. Soph

    Soph Senior member

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    I have some zip ankle boots by him with an fasionista toe that I wear to clubs and such. So far, they are actually holding up well. Pooriest quality of my collection but for the audience (girls,clubs,big city,night,spilt wine/beer/vodka) that are perfect.
     
  6. sammy

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    Too Boot is overpriced and under quality. I use to own a few pairs before I knew better. They were the most uncomfortable shoes I owned. Once I upgraded, I threw mine in the trash. Save your money. At that price point, Allen Edmonds and Alden are a much better buy.
     
  7. ChicagoRon

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    Too Boot is overpriced and under quality. ...At that price point, Allen Edmonds and Alden are a much better buy.


    I disagree. I own both, but I wear my AE to work, and the TBNY to bars. The AE are better made and more comfortable, but not by extreme measures...and they are very conservative. There is a dollar value associated w/ style, and I'd MUCH rather wear a pair of To Boot than Kenneth Cole, Donald J Pliner, or Gordon Rush. I think a better comparison for TBNY would be with John Varvatos, DSquared2, Mark Nason, Ted Baker, or Paul Smith. Does anyone have an opinion on TBNY vs. those brands?

    FWIW, Alden, as beautifully made as they are, make me feel like an old man when I try them on. It's something about the way the thickness of the soles....but every time I think I'm going to buy some Alden's, I end up w/ another pair of AE.
     
  8. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    I have a pair (my only black shoes). They have held up very well and look good. The leather was almost kid-like but has held up fine.
     
  9. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I'm quite fond of my TBNY shoes, and on a slightly unrelated note, the best pair of sandals I've ever owned were TBNY.
     
  10. Nashville

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    I have a black pair of ankle boots I have had for years and they still look hot and wear very well! man , looking at them now makes me want to put them on and wear them in my boxers!![​IMG]
     
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    I have a pair that I love. I have seen abominations from them as well, Kenneth Cole, square-toed, abortions of style. The pair I purchased are good looking, comfortable and...I guess that is all that matters. They have held up well, but I don't wear them all too often.
     
  12. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    I do like TBNY shoes.

    While at full retail, I would not purchase them, they are easy to find at deep discount and then represent a good value.

    Like W, I do have one pair of TBNY slide-style sandals that I like and wear during the summer. Some of their shoe designs may be a bit much, but the classic designs are straight.
     
  13. norcaltransplant

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    To Boot is merely the label for the Adam Derrick company. The actual construction and design is subcontracted to an unknown number of Italian companies. I find that the styling and cost/quality ratio varies greatly--at the biannual NYC sample sale examples of both crap and mediocre quality shoes can be found. They can be readily found at discount, and for the blake stiched models, a decent value.

    My winter boots for the past three/four years have been a pair of To Boot NY retailing for around $300 that I purchased for $125. I replaced them with a pair of BB/C&J black calvary calf chukka boots.
     
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    josepidal Senior member

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    Funny thing is, they're displayed beside Kiton, Vass and Lobb shoes in the store.
     
  15. Style Counsel

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    I have 2 pairs, one Chelsea boot and one moc-toe oxford, both in brown. Comfort is OK, and they have worn pretty well over a couple of years. The only flaws are that the loop pulled out of the top of one boot, and the sole pinched away from the rest of the oxford just a bit at the widest point. Otherwise, decent. I'd buy again at the right price.
     
  16. AmInAm

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    My winter boots for the past three/four years have been a pair of To Boot NY retailing for around $300 that I purchased for $125. I replaced them with a pair of BB/C&J black calvary calf chukka boots.

    I have a pair of black austerity brogues from the hand-made line that I picked up on sale five or six years ago at BG (~$150) that I really like. They're probably the best-fitting pair of shoes I own, although my collection is nothing like what some of you guys have---in fact, these are actually my only pair of black (non-boot) shoes. I've had them reheeled once, and there's also a hole in the lining at the heel of the right shoe that I should probably get fixed, but otherwise, they're still doing fine.
     
  17. cgrant9367

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    Well many people have many different opinions on To Boot. One reviewer said you will find better quality at Alden or Allen Edmonds.....maybe but they are old man shoes and haven't come up with something creative in years. I sell all types of shoes and work in one of the best specialty shops in the country according to Esquire. I have worn these shoes and they are stylish, good quality and certainly cannot be readily found at a discount online. I cannot keep these shoes in my store and kick myself for not going deeper into the line every season. The other thing is, if you want to pay less for a shoe then don't complain about quality when buying from an unkown online retailer. Go to a good mens store if there is one in your area and support them for having the line there for you to see. Buy from them and stop trying to cheap out online. It always seems like people who can't afford the nicer things are the ones complaining. I applaude you Adam for continuing to bring style to the style-less and I am sorry that a few of your shoes end up online for bottom feeders to buy and wine about. For those of you are in fashion and enjoy good quality, buy this shoe with confidence and ignore negative reviews from those who should be shopping at Men's Warehouse anyway, since that appears to be thier pricepoint. There I said it.
     
  18. rbarnette

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    TBNY is the best overall brand for cost/style/durability that I've found. I've owned Mezlans and Magnanni and destroyed them in 6-8 months. I have owned a pair of TBNY boots that I traded in a pair of Hugo Boss "Lex" boots for because they were made in China and the leather was HORRIBLE quality. They lasted 2 years of consistent wear, 4+ times weekly and just need the soles replaced. I now exclusively purchase TBNY shoes for this reason. I have not owned a pair of AE shoes but know them to be an
    excellent value and I like some of the styles, they're American-made and conservative. The TBNY boots with rubber sole and Gore-Tex slits are the best for work!


    I consider TBNY a value brand that can pair nicely with work wear or jeans. People love them, always make a note to me, not Santoni quality, but not that price either.

    'Mason' Double Monk Strap Slip-On: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/to-boot-new-york-mason-double-monk-strap-slip-on/3490434 for $199.99 is a steal.
    6PM TBNY: http://www.6pm.com/to-boot-new-york-mens-shoes~9
     
  19. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    Bought the TBNY Caine black wholecut for ~50% off to wear with my tuxedo for my wedding recently.

    Only wore them that one day, so the jury's still out on durability, but they're beautiful shoes IMO.

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