Which patent shoe?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alexander Scriabin, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Alexander Scriabin

    Alexander Scriabin Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm currently after a pair of patent leather, plain fronted oxfords for wear with black tie. I'm not wanting to spend a huge amount and have narrowed it down to these two pairs. I was wondering if any of you might be able to comment on either choice.

    1) Charles Tyrwhitt's offering at $122.50 US with 50% off. (Loakes I assume)

    http://www.ctshirts.co.uk/productMSB...ProCode=MSHPNT

    2) This Sanders offering from Pediwear. about $150 US + I get a free pair of shoe trees because I am a member of AAAC.

    http://www.pediwear.co.uk/detail.php?stock_ID=1817

    Can anybody comment on the fit/quality of either of these? Note that the Sanders shoe only comes in a G fit.

    Just to give you an idea, the C&J 337 fits me perfectly in a UK11E.

    Cheers.
     
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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    They look very similar, both glued construction. G fit may be medium width for that maker - I'm not sure. Of the two I think I would go with CT just because it's easy to return them if they don't fit and I'm not familiar with Pediwear's policy, and they are a bit cheaper.
     
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    Alexander Scriabin Well-Known Member

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    Unlike most good shoes, an evening shoe should have glued construction. It makes the whole shoe a lot less 'clunky' than a welted shoe.

    I think the CT shoe:

    http://www.ctshirts.co.uk/productMSB...&level3=Formal

    ...looks a bit comically long. And the sanders works out a bit cheaper when you factor in the free shoe trees.
     
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    I have the CTs. They're "fine." They didn't have wides in the store, so i bought an 11.5 E UK (normally I'd be a 10.5G or F). They're not too long, they fit reasonably well. The soles are not lacquered--in case that matters to you one way or another. The ones I got are I believe not these exact same shoes; they're an older model. FWIW. obviously, I have no basis of comparison with the Sanders, but if it's only a wide and you are not, I'd order the CTs to start just for fit purposes.
     

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