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Whats' your favorite brand of shoe and why?

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

  1. enofile

    enofile Well-Known Member

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    I have been on a shoe buying spree lately, but since I live in the States, it does effect the availability and cost of footwear. However, I will still provide you with my observations.

    1. For conservative tastes, comfort and price point, Allen Edmonds seems to lead the pack.

    2. If you are careful with the specific line and can find a pair of shoes that are actually made in Northampton, Church's is a conservative, available, and some what reasonable British shoemaker.

    3. For the Italian shoemakers, I have found that R. Martegani shoes are an excellent buy and produce an excellent shoe in more "edgy" styles then AE or the British manufacturers.

    4. The Certo shoes made by Borgioli are incredible buys if you can find them.

    5. The Spanish manufacturers can certainly be hit or miss unfortunately. The Magannini Speciale line is wonderful and under appreciated in my opinion. Meermin shoes are also coming into their own.

    6. I love the French manufacturers and their aesthetics match my maverick style. I have had good luck with Septieme Legeure and with Emiling and have found definitive bargains on their websites.

    7. I do think my Cheaney shoes from GB were a decent price for a quality shoe.

    8. Although I may piss many SF folks off, I find the following grossly over priced:
    Crockett & Jones
    Alden
    Sutor
    Carmina
    G & G
    Corthay
    etc. I see no reason to spend over $400.00 for a great pair of shoes.

    9. You have to be very careful with any top end line of shoe because many of the companies are producing cheaper versions of their products in order to cater to a mass audience. The source of where you purchase the shoe is very important.

    I hope this helps a bit.
     
  2. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Is this just because you see no reason to spend over $400 for a shoe, or is it because you have experiences with these brands where you don't believe them to be trully worth that price?
     
  3. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    +1. Why is $400 is the line and not $500? What about $300?
     
  4. Texasmade

    Texasmade Senior member

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    I almost exclusively wear John Lobb Prestige and Pierre Corthay. I own one pair of C&J which I just don't like wearing.
     
  5. Gdot

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    I'll just make one comment. NO WAY is my one pair of Septieme Larguer shoes even close in quality to my Alden, Carmina, C&J, or G&G shoes. Not even close - partcularly in terms of leather quality/flexibility. This is not to say that I don't enjoy them.
     
  6. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    As long as I can the Sutor Mantellassi/DiBiano high end lines for $300 to $600. I will add if you are patient, you can get most to the finest RTW shoes for less than $500. They may not come with the factory box,trees or bags, but they are new.
     
  7. AlexG33

    AlexG33 Senior member

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    In one of the 1st posts in this thread I had said that Berluti was my favorite shoe maker. Well seems that Berluti is being overtaken by Antonio Meccariello! The quality of his work (lasts, leather, patina) is outstanding and in terms of choices and variations the sky is the limit
     
  8. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    When I first posted this thread it was before I really had a chance to take a look at many of the brands mentioned here on SF in person. In fact I hadn't taken a look at most of them on the internet. But since then I've had a bit of chance to get some for myself. Anyway I thought I would take a look at this thread and review some of the comments made. I have to say my thoughts are more inline with what Jermyn said.
    I have a couple of favorite pairs but I like a number of different brands for a number of different reasons.

    Saint Crispins have to be some of my most cherished shoes. I currently have one SC boot and a SC shoe I just put on order. To me these are more like works of art and you can definitely tell when holding one that the shoe elves knew what they were doing when they made these shoes. I think I'm hooked.

    This is the one I have:

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    This is the one I have on order:

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    John Lobb. This is a name known to me before even thinking about getting a pair of real nice shoes. Let me tell you, they don't disappoint. The leather is somehow just softer than anything else I have experienced. Besides when I think monks, I think John Lobb.

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    Edward Green - I just like the style and the way they finish their shoes. Besides when I think country boot, I think Galway:

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    Gaziano and Girling - This was completely new to me and a marvelous surprise. A style something which I never envisioned that I might go.


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    Vass - kind of the same as Gaziano and Girling in regards to my thoughts. A style I would have never envisioned taking before. However I am still waiting on my first Vass shoe, but I expect it to be everything they say. A marvelous shoe at a very reasonable price.

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    Ron Rider Boot Co - Just fabulous. I love this boot. Since the walnut cordovan is so much more difficult to get, I'm very happy I was able to get this pair.

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    Alfred Sargent - They have but a few options but the few I like I really like quite a bit although I only have one so far. The Radwell just came out and I'm glad I choose this chukka. Some say their Exclusive line is as good as C&J handgrade line but for a fraction of the cost. I have to agree that this one is fabulous. Sure wish I could get that MTO Miller that some have here as well.

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    Crockett and Jones - Great value in my opinion, and extremely well constructed.



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    Carmina - I can definitely recommend their shoes as well.


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    Alden - Cordovan finishing second to none. Well built shoe.


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    So I would say it's different brands for different reasons, and different brands depending on the type of shoe I am looking for.
     
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  9. Nut Broker

    Nut Broker New Member

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    Hello. This is my first post! I'm a young nut and dried fruit broker from Arizona. I make good money for 27 year old, but I have a wife and two kids to support, so fashion does not come first in my life. I do like to look good though. I'm a tall, thin guy, so I appreciate the Italian brands over stuff like AE, Lobb, etc. When I wear UK and American styles, I look like I'm wearing clown shoes.

    My absolute favorite brand of shoe to wear is Santoni. I have very thin, bony feet that are sensitive and have been abused from running track and cross country at a high level. All of my toes are hammered, so my feet aren't very long anymore either. Santoni shoes feel like slippers, but still have the support I need. I prefer the softer grain calf because the creases look more natural after regular wear as opposed to more firm skins. I don't have the money to rotate 50 pairs of shoes, so all of my shoes get a lot of use.

    For my beater shoes, I have had good experiences with Ferragamo, Bruno Magli, and of course, To Boot New York. I never pay more than $150 for any of those brands either, and I would suggest the same to any other members on here. I find deals at Nordstrom Rack, Last Chance, plus Sacks and Neiman Marcus outlets on fresh styles that are still in department stores.

    Disclaimer: I work in a business casual environment. I don't even have to wear a tie if I don't want to. When I'm visiting nut and dried fruit suppliers and customers, they are mostly old timers who make mega money, but don't know the first thing about style. They are usually wearing jeans, polo shirts or flannel, so I try to not overdo it on my end. I can tell they appreciate my style though. They say funny stuff like, "You look like a model right out of Esquire". I get a kick out of it as I'm usually just wearing some sharp fit Boss trousers and a slim fit button down.

    As far as attire goes, Is anyone else in a similar work situation as me?
     
  10. Chuckie Egg

    Chuckie Egg Senior member

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    For the most part? :confused:

    My understanding was that the 1880 shoes are entirely made in England, is this not actually true?
     
  11. dapperdoctor

    dapperdoctor Senior member

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    The best dressed nut dealer out there I bet.
     
  12. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    So you consider today's Allen Edmonds to be great pairs of shoes? Interesting ...
     
  13. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    dddrees - excellent post with pics and commentary.

    My straight-up cost-no-object fave brand is St. Crispin's. Take one of their shoes in hand and you instantly know you are holding something very special. I don't yet own a pair, but will one day.

    The two brands most represented in my rotation are Vass and Carmina. Both play a very strong hand in appealing designs; quality construction / finishing, and compelling value for money at their respective price points. And it is the latter feature that seems to account for their strong representation. I find Carmina much more appealing across the board than most AE, for not a lot more money. And I find Vass every bit as appealing as EG and G&G for a good deal less money.

    EG - I am really impressed with the depth and diversity of their lineup. The Galway is the best rendition of a RTW country boot in existence. There, I said it out loud. And I don't think there is cooler pair of single monks on the market than the Hove.

    G&G. I love their crisp, angular lines - though their streamlined lasts don't fit my less-than-streamlined feet very well in standard widths. But a wide fitting in any of their shoes still looks just as good.

    Anthony Cleverley. I don't love every shoe in their lineup, but the ones I do love I am positively mad about. I have but one pair in my rotation and it might be my favourite pair overall. I have no doubt that I will own more down the road.
     
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  14. CTLION

    CTLION Senior member

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    I own quite a few pairs of Allen Edmonds, but my latest is Scarpe Di Bianco (see attached). This shoe is my current favorite.[​IMG]
     
  15. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    ^^^ That is really nice.
     
  16. CTLION

    CTLION Senior member

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    Thank you. They arrived last week and on Friday my wife had me escort her and her friends to the clubs in Tampa. Coming right from work I was wearing my suit, tie and these shoes. Long story short we ended the night at an outdoor club and it started raining. I was sober and wet the ladies were drunk and dancing on the rain on the dance floor. I am lucky I didn't ruin the suit and shoes (I was not very happy). Now usually drunk wife equates to good sex, but on the way home she vomited which equates to nothing. It was a lose lose scenario.
     
  17. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    It's been an amazing ride since I first posted this thread a couple of years ago. At that point I just started buying the over $300 shoe. I really had no idea what was out there and what any of this really meant. This forum and more importantly the people on this forum were a big help. Not only did they make me more aware of what all was out there they certainly have been a big help with sizing advice for the internet shopper. Oh yeah, don't forget being BIG GIAGANTIC ENABLERS. However now at least I have a better idea what's available and I am starting to form my own opinions based on actual personal experience.


    So now that I've had a bit more personal experience with some of the RTW shoes that are available, I find I'm currently buying more Edward Green shoes than any other brand. After buying a few other brands I found that their Lasts, their styles, their finishing, their quality, and the ability to get an MTO in almost any configuration all kind of fit right in my comfort zone.


    This came about after buying shoes from AE, Alden, Carmina, Crocket and Jones, Alfred Sargeant, Vass, G&G, John Lobb, and Saint Crispins.


    Will my tastes change later on? It's possible, but for now it's Edward Green. The green boxes are starting to dominate my closet.
     
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  18. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    You come long way in journey.

    Very very good. :nodding:
     
  19. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Thank you, and your right it has been a bit of a journey. Heck when I received the email about your quote although I remembered my post, I had completely forgotten that I was the one who had started this thread. I had to take a couple of minutes and review the thread and it was a bit like walking down memory lane.

    I've actually sold a number of those shoes I chose back when I first started. They no longer work as well for me as they did when I first bought them. I've had a chance to try out a number of different brands and different types of shoes. My tastes have evolved because I've discovered what different brands and different levels have to offer and what works best for me. I now have a better idea of what I want and I rely less on what others think. This doesn't mean I know it all and I don't listen to what they are saying or ask for advice, it just means I have a bit more experience than what I used too.
     
  20. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    You have become educated through experience. :nodding:
    Very very good.
     

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