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Which boots to keep? Mantellassi or Lidfort

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lifersfc, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. lifersfc

    lifersfc Senior member

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    First, apologies for my poor shoe photography. It's tough to shoot proper shoe porn when there's a plastic tie connecting the shoes.

    For a while I've been looking for some casual suede ankle boots for the fall that I could wear with jeans and maybe the occasional chino.

    I stopped by FB today and managed to find some pretty good deals. First, a pair of Lidfort for Barneys leather-soled boots in a light brown color. They appear to be goodyear welted, although I'm not sure, and the tag said they retailed for $1059, although that sounds quite overpriced to me. They fit my feet like a glove.

    Originally they had no price tag so I walked to the desk where they paged a manager who informed me that they cost $100. [​IMG]

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    Next I came accross a pair of Sutor Mantellasi boots in a dark chocolate brown color. They have a rubber sole and I'm guessing they are blake-stitched underneath the rubber. They are a little roomy and maybe a half size too big, but not too bad. Retail was $350 on these and I paid $150.

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    So here's my dilemma. The Sutor's are a nice, conservative boot and will go with almost anything. On the other hand, the Lidfort boots are less expensive, fit better, and appear to have better construction, but are a bit more fashion forward and likely won't match with as many things.

    Which pair should I keep?!?!
     
  2. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    No question, the tan boots are the best.
     
  3. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Are you a size 9.5? If so, you should keep neither. And forget about returning them to Filene's, just sell them to me. [​IMG] Or if they're larger, I'm sure edmorel will take them off your hands! I'd keep the ones that fit better. Actually, I'd keep both, but....
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    The apron on the tan ones looks just way to odd. I would not wear these.
    The last on the chocolate ones is not ideal (very very round toe) so I don't love them.

    Between the two, I would likely get the Mantellassi
     
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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Soph Senior member

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    I'm not feeling either, but I like style of the dark brown over the ta[​IMG] n one.
     
  7. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    ...........If some tweaking(inserts,thick socks, etc..) can make the Mantellassi fit.
     
  8. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    Both are nice and very good deals indeed. Hooray FB!!! I would keep both. If you only want one, go for the Lidforts. They are better constructed and will go with jeans too.

    If either is an 11D and you don't want to keep either, PM me![​IMG]
     
  9. lifersfc

    lifersfc Senior member

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    Given that I only have about 6 pairs of shoes (10 if you include trainers and sandals), I don't think I can justify keeping both.

    I'm really leaning toward the Lidfort. Even if the apron is "way too odd," I'm young and I figure I can get away with it. Hell, most of my friends are wearing Kenneth Cole or Ecco, and that's on a good day! [​IMG]

    The Mantellassi's are an 11 moldh, so if I don't keep them, I might just send them your way!

    Probably will be another day or two before I decide. Any other comments?
     
  10. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Or if they're larger, I'm sure edmorel will take them off your hands!


    Just got in and yes, I'll take them!!!!!
     
  11. grimslade

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    Just got in and yes, I'll take them!!!!!


    Somehow, when I read this, I pictured Norm bursting through the door of the bar...

    I'd keep the Lidforts. They fit better, they're cheaper, and they're the better bargain.

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    Woo hoo. New smileys...

    EDIT: Does the welting on the Lidforts look more like Norwegian than Goodyear, or do I not know what the f--- I'm talking about?
     
  12. lifersfc

    lifersfc Senior member

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    EDIT: Does the welting on the Lidforts look more like Norwegian than Goodyear, or do I not know what the f--- I'm talking about?

    No, I think it is me that has no clue what the f--- he is talking about. They could very well be Norwegian welted.
     
  13. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    The Lidforts look to be Norwegian, which is a common construction for their 1k retail shoes. I'd go with the Lidforts. The stiching is probably more attractive when the boots are tied.
     
  14. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    Chris "Italia" Senior member

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    Sutor Mantellassi.



    Don't get me wrong, the Lidforts are very well made shoes, but, I would take the Mantellassi.
     
  16. EL72

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    You should set up a poll for this. If you really can't keep both then I vote Lidfort, no contest. A nicer looking boot that fits better, is better made...
     
  17. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'd take the Lidfort, mostly becauase they fit you better and you seem to like them pretty well. The leather soul, price and better construction make it a no brainer. I think you'll find they match up well with lots of clothes, especially when they break in more. I have some cognac colored ankly boots and I wear them with just about everything.
     
  18. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    for $250 i'd take them both and worry about which one to wear whilst looking at them in my shoe cabinet.
     
  19. lifersfc

    lifersfc Senior member

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    Decided to keep the Lidfort. Mantellassi's are going back unless someone wants them. First fair offer gets them.
     

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