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Whats' your favorite brand of shoe and why?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dddrees, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    Edward Green:
    - They offer me the freedom to choose from sufficient length-width combinations to get the fit I want
    - Their lasts (888, 808, 82) are beautiful
    - The leather, finishing and colors are beautiful
    - They hold out very well
    - There are many attractive models to choose from
     
  2. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    +1

    The 888 fit my feet perfectly!
     
  3. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Sounds great.

    I think I need to start comparing a couple of the English made shoes and see what they have to offer.
     
  4. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Senior member

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    I really shouldn't be laughing but that was really really funny.
     
  5. KenjiKen

    KenjiKen Active Member

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    I have two favorite shoes,
    The first are a pair of blue sperries that
    I have worn for two years!
    They have aged quite well.
    The second is a pair of Yuketen,
    04603M SG BROWN shoes.


    Edit: I have recently ordered a pair of Love Joules
    leather shoes.
     
  6. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    i couldn't resist. 911 is a good pal. no offense intended.
     
  7. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    My favourite maker is Gaziano&Girling. Not because of their materials, finishing or details, because these all are well done by all makers among this very high-end RTW niche. They have the most beautiful RTW lasts ever made. I've seen thousands of pairs by dozens of makers and G&G stands peerless.
     
  8. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Right now Carmina. Best I can afford, really. But I still need to get my hands on a pair of Vass, if I can ever make a trip to Budapest. They seem to have the best price/quality ratio...
     
  9. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    I've seen this one mentioned quite a bit as well. I'll have to make it a point to check these out as well.
     
  10. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Never heard of Carmina until seeing them mentioned here, I'll need to make a note and check them out as well. I do intend on checking out the Vass for sure however.
     
  11. Jermyn

    Jermyn Senior member

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    I'm surely not the most knowledgeable member here when it comes to shoes but I'd gladly talk about what I know... at length.

    I've posted pictures of a lot of my shoes here. Although, looking through these it has become evident; that I should perhaps divert some of my shoe expenditure, into photographic equipment. :embar:



    Saint Crispin's

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    Cleverley

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    Edward Green

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    EG compared to Cleverley semi bespoke
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    EG shoe circle
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    Meermin

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    Santoni

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    John Lobb

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    Vass (after a custom polish by forum member handmadeshoes aka The Shoe Snob)

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    Church's

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    G&G

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  12. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Great shoe wardrobe, Jermyn. Thanks for the pics.

    For me, I have Carmina, Meermin, G&G, Bruno Magli, C&J, Sutor Mantelassi, A. Testoni, DC Lewis. I like G&Gs the most, but they're also by far the most expensive on that list. If I had to stick in the $500 range, Carmina, C&J, and DC Lewis are all good and I'd buy from them again.
     
  13. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Great variety, and an awesome looking collection.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  14. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    Aren't ladies sleek?

    Plus I don't see SLK being drove by ladies that much.
     
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  15. Lumaca

    Lumaca Active Member

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    I would have to say Moreschi, but mainly because I have limited experience with shoes...

    I was given a pair of rarely used Suede derby that was (I think) 8 years old and the suede looked immaculate.

    Sadly, they seem to be obsessed with unusual leathers now.
     
  16. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I have more John Lobb than any others. Good styles, great fit, and high quality.
     
  17. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    transition from alden finished, congrats.
     
  18. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    If you get a chance please post some pictures, I would love to see which ones you've chosen.
     
  19. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Senior member

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    Dosent "well done" mean it has good materials, finishing, and beautiful lasts and details lol?
     
  20. enofile

    enofile Well-Known Member

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    I purchased three pairs of Crockett and Jones when I was in London ten years ago. They have held up remarkably well and are comfortable all day long. I have walked city block miles in my Chelsea boots and never felt pain or soreness. The C & J still get complements from the TSA folks at airports.

    My Italian shoes, Artoli, Beltrami, Moreschi, look great but do not hold up well and are often uncomfortable.

    A good compromise may be To Boot-New York, which are made in Italy but have a down to earth sensibility. For a relatively inexpensive shoe, I have had great luck with them.

    My "funky" shoes made by Trippen, J shoes etc., are occasion shoes and never seem to be worth the financial outlay.

    After living in Wisconsin, I have purchased Allen Edmond shoes many times. While I like their business shoes such as the Park Avenue and the Fifth Avenue, their leisure shoes seem rather stodgy and even though they can withstand the Wisconsin winter elements, I don't feel cool wearing them. I guess I feel that way about all my AE shoes. They don't give me the "rush" that my Crockett and Jones do.

    That's my measly take on things......................
     

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