Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!In today’s video we discuss what shoe brands you should invest money in and which onesto skip.
The idea came because we have another live session where we talk about brands ingeneral, but shoes are a little more specific and it’s just a very intricate topic and thereare lots of brands out there and lots of differences.
So today we are going to answer all of them.
So I’m just going to go through the questions.
Please put them in the live chat.
My wifeand business partner is moderating them and she feeds me the ones that actually fit.
Soif you’re question doesn’t show up it’s because it’s not on topic.
Okay let’sget rolling! Stacy Adams, several comments about a greatvalue for the money (sub $100).
Sorry, I’ve never heard of Stacy Adams.
And sub $100 is a shoe segment where you just have to compromise heavily.
There’s no wayyou could get a quality shoe for $100 retail.
What do you think of Lottusse?Lottusse is Spanish and they have been around for a long time.
I used to have I think 2pairs of Lottusse back in the day.
They were interestingly quite thick soled.
It was aderby style in black with wingtips.
I always found them a little stiff in the sole becauseof its thickness.
I think they’ve changed their look overall.
I’ve visited their storein Barcelona once.
I think it’s a good value brand.
Their styling is not quite whatI aspire to but if you like the styling, I think it’s a good brand.
Fratelli Rosetti?Italian brand.
Again, it has been around for a while.
They on the other hand have verythin soles, very soft leathers, not much structure, more design elements.
I’d say that FratelliRosetti shoes don’t last as long as maybe some you know English made or Goodyear weltedshoes.
They are generally blake or blake rapid stitched.
If you want to learn what theseterms mean we actually did a video about it – about the specific construction.
Let me just grab – I brought some shoes here.
So, the big difference is when you havea blake or blake rapid stitch shoe, you can go on the inside of the shoe and see if thereare stitches.
If you feel stitches that means it’s a black stitch shoe.
If you go insideof your shoe and you feel in the front and there are just slight ripples but not stitchesthat means you actually have a Goodyear welted shoe.
Now don’t make the mistake and justtouch the inside of the shoe if there is a leather insole that is glued on.
So you haveto see if there is kind of a lining glued on or not.
Usually you can figure it out byjust going to the edge of the shoe and see if it pulls up or if it’s a little harder.
But Fratelli Rosetti are blake stitched shoes.
So for my money I would probably go with differentbrands because you get a better value.
Prime Shoes?Not familiar with them.
Not familiar with them.
Ace Marks?Kind of a new kid on the block.
It’s an American brand but all their shoes are made in Italy.
I would say that are very good value.
This is actually I think and Ace Marks shoe thatI have right here.
It’s blake stitch construction.
Some nice finishes.
They do something where they have a lot of shoes where the seam is folded in.
It’s nota traditional style but it’s something that they do.
They also have I think louder shoes.
So if you’re a fan of bold two toned shoes and you don’t want to go custom or madeto measure or anything that would be the place to look.
Is it the best shoe in the world?No, but it’s a good value shoe, I’d say.
Expensive heritage brands like Gucci, Ferragamo?Santoni? Well it’s interesting like Gucci you knowit’s like you said, it’s a heritage brand but ultimately it’s a fashion brand.
It’snot a shoe brand.
And because of that you pay for either the Gucci logo or the stylingbut the quality in my opinion is not worth the price tag at all and I don’t have a singlepair of Gucci shoes in my collection because of that.
I think the other brand was Santoni?I would say Santoni is a higher level shoe than Gucci in general.
They have also beenaround for a while.
You know you can buy them at places in the US like Nordstom and theyhave like a return policy where you can return the shoes even if you have worn it for 6 months.
My father in law likes them because they are softer.
He has some issue with his feet andso he likes Santoni over let’s say Allen Edmonds because he feels they are softerand so more comfortable for him.
If you are looking for a soft soled shoe or if you haveissues with your feet and you find other Goodyear welted shoes too hard on your feet, it maybe the right choice.
Be prepared to pay more for what it is.
I think most Santoni shoesare also blake stitched.
They have some Goodyear welted ones, but then you know you pay astronomicalprices.
JM Westons is a French brand and it is actuallya status symbol in France.
Outside of France they have never really been that popular.
I like their styling.
They have like the elongated French last.
They are generally Goodyear weltedand it’s a good shoe.
I’ve been in several of their stores in Paris and checked out theirshoes.
I’ve never owned a pair that I have worn for extended periods of time.
Base on what I haveseen in terms of their construction, it’s all solid.
Again, you pay a little more because it isa status symbol.
It is a brand that is well known and that’s what it is.
Best brands for loafers?Now if you check out our loafer guide on the website you’ll see there are all kinds ofdifferent loafers.
You have a driving moc, you have a tassel loafer.
Not all things aremade alike.
So there is not one brand that is best for loafers but I would check specificallyfor individual shoes.
Then there is not even one brand that is right for everyone becauseeveryone has a different budget.
Everyone has a different style and kind of understandingof what they want in terms of quality so you have to consider that.
Any good brands for widths – wider or narrowerfeet? In general I would say French shoes in myexperience are narrower.
I you go with popular brands usually what they’ll have is thatthey’ll have different lasts and some are wider and some are slimmer.
So it pays tokind of either talk to the manufacturer or look at catalogues or go to the store andlook at them and see what fits.
Some brands you know like Allen Edmonds they have a specificlast that comes in different widths and so that can be quite helpful especially if youhave extremely wide feet or slim feet.
Corthay?Another French brand.
I actually visited them first in I think 2004 when they weren’treally on the map.
I had a friend who had heard of them and so we drove to Paris andchecked out their store.
At that time it was just Pierre Corthay and his brother and onelittle shop.
They had great shoes.
I mean looking at them they look like art.
They hada nice patina which at that time not many people or even Berluti would do.
They are veryextreme lasts.
It’s a very Parisian look in my opinion.
Ironically when I put theshoes on and I had a pair of Corthays for a while and I look down I always felt likeI was wearing cobbler boots because they have a very pointy chiseled toe.
So it’s notpointy but it’s chiseled usually.
I think they also have a rounded toe.
But for me personallyit was just not a look that work for my style.
Otherwise, Goodyear welted shoes, qualitypatina, high price tag.
It’s not a bargain shoe.
Are Paul Evans shoes worth it?I think I talked about them before.
I really think it’s an overpriced shoe.
I think initiallythey started out at the lower price point and then they added all the marketing andspent a lot on marketings so people kind of on Youtube or internet would learn about them.
Then they added a higher priced shoe because they realized hey if I have higher pricedshoe, I make a bigger margin, I make more profit.
They have very loud polishes and patinas.
I think for the same money you can find a better shoe.
Not loud enough.
Well you got to turnup your microphone.
I can maybe go up with the sound a little bit.
Let’s go to thisso it’s maybe slightly different, I hope.
I hope that works.
Is that better? I hopeso.
Are Paul Evan shoes worth it? No, in my opinion.
I have owned one pair and I got rid of it because I didn’t like it.
I’ve seen probably – I don’t know, 7-8 pairs at Antonio Centeno from Real Men RealStyle who worked with them and he likes them but I don’t.
Crockett and Jones? Bench grade?Crockett and Jones are one of those brands that has been around for a very long time.
They know what they do.
I saw their factory in North Hampton in England.
It’s a qualityshoe that you can’t go wrong with.
I think their regular line is already very high standardand the difference to Bench grade is not that much.
Although the price tag is quite significant.
I have a bench grade pair and I also used to have a regular pair and they’re good shoes.
Do you pay for them?Yes.
It’s a better value though than let’s say Santoni in my opinion.
Best brand for oxfords?Again you know, there’s not – people like simple solutions but there are no such thingas just simple answers and shoes that work for everyone.
So I’d rather suggest yougo to our Oxfords Guide and learn about the different styles there are, learn when theyare appropriate and then we also talk about different brands and different price ranges.
So you just get a better idea of what’s right for you.
Allen Edmonds?Allen Edmonds you know, American brand, made in I think Port Washington Wisconsin.
Thecompany has been around a long time but the owners have changed.
The last time I was outthere at the factory and saw everything, they were owned by an investment company in Minneapolis.
They’ve sold I think a few years back.
In the past you know they always have a consistentquality level.
I don’t know if things have changed.
I would assume they probably didn’tchange too much but what was interesting in Allen Edmonds was that they kind of changedtheir styling.
They used to have this old shoes.
“Old” in terms of you know formen in their 50s maybe.
Then there was a time when they tried to be more modern kind ofupdate their last and become more modern which almost bankrupted them because their coreaudience didn’t like the new styles.
People who were looking for something new would gofor other brands.
So they went back bringing more traditional styles and then having Ithink some you know some football shoes or just special editions and customizationoptions out there and they are doing quite well.
I think it’s a good value shoe madein the US.
They use good leathers.
They test their stuff.
It can look a little bit likeclunky.
So if you don’t like that look, Allen Edmonds isn’t probably the right brandfor you.
I have a very nice pair.
It’s a pair of spectators.
I think the model wascalled Bel Air and they don’t make it anymore.
The last I thought was very elegant and refinedbut again it didn’t sell for them so they got rid of that.
I also have pair of AllenEdmonds that is you know a pair of boots that is cordovan so that’s nice.
I have one pairthat is kind of lined with sheepskin and it’s really weird because the leather is like ascotch grain and it actually squeaks when you walk so the quality control on that onewasn’t great, like they didn’t think about it.
It looks like it’s a pigment coatedyou know embossed scotch grain pattern.
I don’t like those shoes very much becausethey just squeak.
Shoepassion?Interesting brand based out of Germany.
They have solidly grown over time.
It’s not likeI would say like Paul Evans or Ace Marks.
They didn’t just come on the scene and youknow had huge success.
They built it slowly but consistently.
They have lots of storesthroughout Germany.
Shoes are made I think mostly in Spain.
They have a wide rangeof things.
Sorry about that.
They have wide range of things so for example if you wanta white pair of buckskin shoes.
Shoepassion has it.
If you want some boat shoes, theyhave it.
If you want those kind of not so nice looking Llyod style, Lloyd is a Germanbrand shoes, they even offer that in a higher quality level.
They also have all sorts ofother shoes.
They are a solid product.
Good value Goodyear welted shoe.
You’d be hardpressed to find a better value than what they offer.
I think they also have a dedicatedwebsite now where you can order directly so it’s easier with customs and stuff, so youcan check that out.
Loake L1 range?I’m not specifically familiar with the L1 range.
I think it was a lower end range? Ithink they had a more higher end heritage line.
So for Loake I would always go for thathigher end line because Loake itself is rather affordable grade value.
So I try to go moreup than down in their different lines.
Made in England and they do a lot of private labelshoes too.
Sometime you may not know it, it’s a different brand and it’s actually madein a Loake factory.
Best brands under 200 Euros?Boy, that’s hard to tell.
I think, sometimes you know a brand starts at that price leveland then they kind of go up and change simply because they realize they can make more moneythat way.
I’d be hard pressed especially you know because it depends on the kind ofshoe.
But we have I know in our guides, in our shoe guides like the Oxford Guide forexample has a segment under $200.
So I would check that out.
Meermin?Spanish company from Mallorca.
I visited their factory.
Very nice, very knowledgeable people.
It’s a very high end production.
It’s not cheap by any means.
It’s really good.
They have heritage.
They have nice styling.
They have beautiful leathers.
They have greatconstruction.
Overall a good shoe.
It’s not cheap but you know sometimes when youhave sons in the company they want to do their own thing so they went off and created a brand- a sub brand that was actually.
Wait a second, Meermin? Yeah, I think Meermin.
Well, thesame family created a brand of shoes and I have a pair of them which is made in China.
It’s the Albaladejo family and I visited them in Mallorca.
I’ve never visited theChinese plant but they used the know-how they had from their Spanish making shoes and transferredit to made in China wages.
So you get a quite good quality level.
I think Meermin thoughand I misspoke earlier, Meermin is the Chinese brand.
Albaladejo and Carmina are the Spanishmade brands.
So Carmina and Albaladejo are higher end.
Meermin is the lower end.
Meerminfor example I think I have a cordovan loafer and rather than using Horween leather theyused the leather from I think Japan.
So they used lower grade leathers.
They used the lessexpensive wage or factory and therefore there are more saving for the consumer.
J Fitzpatrick?I’ve looked at his shoes before.
I think he does a solid job you know he’s reallyinto shoes.
He likes what he’s doing.
He grew his brand over time.
He started as ablogger similarly to us.
We’ve worked with him in one point in time and whenever we wouldpost pictures he would always complain that we did not properly attribute his – that itwas from his blog or we tried to and so I think we you know kind of taken a step back.
I don’t want to do anything with him as a person but his shoes I would say are goodquality.
Church’s? Are Church’s shoes worth the money?As good as Crockett & Jones? Church’s shoe you know used to be I rememberwhen I first got Bernhard Roetzel’s Gentleman book at that time it was the first Germanbook out there that was more comprehensive on classic men’s clothing and shoes andhe praised Church’s at that time.
Now at the time it was a traditional English shoemanufacturer and they make good stuff.
Eventually I think they got bought out by Prada and theystarted adding you know lots of rubber soles and stuff.
The price stayed high even a littlehigher, the quality went down.
So I’d say Church’s today is not the level of Crocket& Jones today.
I have some old Church’s shoes that were you know before the Italianownership time.
They were actually quite solid.
What they did and I really like that – theyhad a linen lining.
Most of the time now you have a leather lining and they had it in theback of the heel but the front was linen lined and because of that I think my feet sweatless thank in an all leather lined shoe.
Magnanni?I haven’t had a chance to buy a pair.
I don’t like the styling very much.
It’sone of those Italian shoes that’s you know out there and I just don’t think it suitsmy style and I can find better value elsewhere.
Cole Haan?I think modern Cole Haan are definitely not worth the money.
I wouldn’t wear them ifI got them for free.
They are more you know, middle of the road supposedly shoes.
I thinkthey are more you know, I think they did collaborations with Nike and stuff and whatnot.
But if youwant a quality pair of shoes, don’t but Cole Haan’s.
Tod’s?Is well known for their driving mocs that they popularized.
Well they have a cool stylingand we talked about them in our Driving Moc Guide.
So check out that video because it’sall about Tod’s and what I think about them and we show them.
I think it’s an overpricedshoe for me personally but you know it’s an iconic style if you want a status symbolit definitely works.
Cheaney London shoes are they worth 500 pounds?Back in the day you know Cheaney was independent and I think then they were bought by Churchbut they were carried on as that.
I have a few pair of old Cheaney shoes.
I think thingschanged in recent years and I haven’t been you know up to speed on what they have actuallydone and changed so I couldn’t tell you if the Cheaney quality is worth 500 poundstoday.
I’d have to look at a current model and I haven’t done that.
Well you know there is an old story.
There is John Lobb St.
James which is the bespokeshoe maker in London and then there is John Lobb the ready to wear brand which is JohnLobb Paris.
They are two separate business entities.
You know the rights for the readyto wear line was sold and so when we’re talking about John Lobb you have to distinguishbetween those two.
Probably these days because of the ready to wear line there are stores, when most people say John Lobb they mean John Lobb ready to wear.
I think they have a veryelegant styling.
They use very good leathers.
Very good construction.
They are made in NorthHampton and there is an outlet there too.
I checked it out.
I think they are very niceshoes at a very high price tag.
So great quality, value not so great.
Borgioli?I’m not familiar with that brand beacuse you know there are lots of brands out there.
Carlos Santos?And you say Santos because it’s a Portuguese brand.
I visited their factory as well.
Ithink they produce – they have different levels and they produce a very good shoe at a verygood value.
Herring shoes?That’s a little more difficult because Herring shoes started as a shoe retailer in Englandand they make their shoes in different places.
Sometimes they make it in Portugal, sometimesin England.
So you have to look at the specific model I guess and look at that.
Overall fromwhat I’ve seen it’s probably a good value but I haven’t had Herring shoes in a while.
I had a pair way back in the day.
I think it was a made in England model that they sentto me and it was a nice cognac monk strap.
Sometime you know I could see that some ofthe patina finish will just come off or like peel off which I thought was quite weird.
They must have sprayed it on or something.
I haven’t had any Herring experience inthe last probably 5 years so I can’t say too much about them.
How to buy quality shoes if you’re broke?Well, I actually bought quality shoes when I was broke.
I bought them used on Ebay whenI was you know a poor civil servant in 2003 because that’s all I can afford.
The firstpair I bought I went to a vintage store it was like a brand.
It was a brand new pairof shoes for I think 100 euros at that time.
So that was cheap.
If you are broke, try tolook at vintage stores, gently worn shoes, sanitize them and then polish them properly, take care of them and wear them.
That’s the best way to go, in my opinion.
I wouldrather spend $100 on a lightly pair of Allen Edmonds maybe or you know seconds sometimes.
I remember you can sometimes find things like that like a pair of Allen Edmonds for $150that’s a very good deal for this kind of quality.
It’s much better than a new pairof Cole Haan’s or Johnston Murphy or anything like that.
What are the most high end shoes you own?Were they worth the price? I have some St.
Crispin shoes which are veryyou know expensive.
I think it makes sense to spend a lot of money on shoes if you gobespoke because that just gives you a fit for your shoe that is one of a kind, at leastin theory.
In my experience the first modeling you know doesn’t quite turn out that welland then with the second maybe you can refine the last then you’re getting there.
So Iwould say if you go bespoke it’s worth it.
Otherwise let’s say St.
Crispin ready towear, maybe if you have feet that are very conformist with the last or there’s a lastthat fits you very well, it’s a great way to get shoes because bespoke is very expensive.
If you don’t have to go that route it’s great because you get something for a muchbetter value.
El Corte Ingles?Well that’s that big Spanish department store.
I checked them out when I was in Barcelonabut it was a few years ago.
Honestly I haven’t looked at their store brand shoes so I couldn’ttell you anything about that.
Are Berluti overpriced?Yes.
Now that being said, Berluti has been kind of on the forefront of shoe patina.
Iremember 10 years ago, 15 years ago not many people would have these patinas and Berlutiwould always come up with crazy stuff.
They would like tattoo leather and you know engraveit and polish these really nice colors.
I had a pair of shoes they had like a layfine in between soles.
They always charge a high price at that time they were like 800-900euros.
More in dollars even.
I never felt they were worth it.
But if you like the patinaif you like their unique outlandish styling it may be the right shoe for you.
What are your thoughts on Russel & Bromley?I found them to be great cheaper alternative to Church’s or Crockett & Jo.
Honestly, not familiar with Russel & Bromley.
Never seen their shoes, never heard of themso I can’t tell you.
Crockett & Jones we discussed them before.
Please how can we identify a good leatherin a shoe? Well actually I talked about that in our $100vs $500 shoe I think it was.
Basically, you look at the leather and see whether it’sopen pore or closed pore.
Basically without it you can correct the grain which means youcan take the leather and sand it off and then emboss a grain back on the leather that lookslike it’s actually higher quality leather or not.
So when you take the leather and youkind of bend it in here and you see the crinkles, it can give you a good idea especially if you see a slightcolor change it’s an open pore leather that was aniline dyed that wasn’t coated withanother layer such as a Johnston Murphy or Cole Haan or whatever cheap shoe out thereyou take.
I suggest sometimes you know go take a cheap shoe and look at it.
When youcrack it when you move it and the cheaper leather will get creases much more quickly.
You will see that there is a top coat of layer just hides whatever is underneath.
Check outthat video and the guide on our website to learn more about shoe leather quality.
Can you tell me what you think about R.
Williams? I just bought my first 500€ Chelsea Boots from them.
RM Williams, Australian brand, chelsea boots is I think is their bread and butter.
They make boots and chelsea boots if that’s what you want if you like their style I thinkit’s a solid shoe, the construction is solid.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of theirstyling necessarily.
I think they are often a little clunky but if that’s the styleyou are going for, if you are more like a rugged, wear a lot of jeans and flannel shirtsthat’s may be a better look for you.
I rather prefer to wear combinations, jackets and suitsand stuff and I think it doesn’t fit very well with that aesthetic.
How do you rate Johnston Murphy?Vintage Johnston Murphy were much better quality.
Modern day Johnston Murphy I wouldn’t recommendit.
I think they’re stiff, cheap leather shoes.
From what I’ve seen I would not wearit for free.
How long do you suspect a shoe for $400 wouldlast without shoe care? Well first of all I think that is an extremelydumb idea to have a $400 shoe without caring for it because it will not last as long asit could if you have taken proper care of it.
That being said it also depends on howoften you wear it.
If you wear any pair of shoes every day it will degrade much morequickly even if you polish it a lot.
So if you have a $400 pair of shoes and you wearit everyday and you don’t take care of it.
You walk through rain, you don’t let itdry properly, you don’t use shoe trees.
I think it can break after a year probably, maybe a little longer.
It’s going to look like crap so don’t do that.
Edward Green?Edward Green is another English maker.
They are on the higher end of the spectrum.
Theycharge more for their stuff.
They use a lot of I think aniline dye open grained leatherand then polish it at the factory.
They are quality shoes.
They are very kind of sophisticatedstyling very English.
I think a lot of Italians like the style because for them it is quintessentiallyEnglish.
It’s also a very high priced shoe.
You know it’s higher than Crockett & Jonesfor example.
You have to be the judge if you want to pay extra for their styling but definitelya good quality shoe.
Value for me personally more like in the middle somewhere becauseI think you can find other brands with very similar quality at a lower price point.
What can you tell me about R.
Williams?We already talked about that.
Raphael what is your favorite shoe brand?I’m really curious! Well it’s such a hard question because Ican see you know there are good brand out there at certain price levels.
I wouldn’tsay I have one favorite brand.
I’m always a fan of good value in any price category.
I’m not someone you know who wants to spend money on a John Lobb bespoke shoe.
I’d rathergo to a small bespoke maker in Spain or in Portugal and have something made there becauseI don’t need the name.
I just want more the quality and that’s just who I am.
Carly shoes?Don’t know them.
Who do you get to resole your shoes? Do youalways send back to the manufacturer or use a local cobbler?I always found that sending them back to the manufacturer is you know takes some time.
Luckily, I also have a lot of shoes at this point in my life.
I really haven’t resoleda shoe in years.
Simply because I can wear so many different pairs that I don’t haveto, they just don’t wear out.
When I used to resole shoes I would go to local cobblerand usually they did quite good stuff.
I have some shoes that were resoled many times andthey are still good.
I always have it done at the cobbler.
If you have a high end cobbleryou can actually with a Goodyear welted shoe take out the double stitching and go throughthe same holes that cost you a lot more.
If they just take the machine and go throughit you can maybe just resole it 2 or 3 times before they’re just too many holes and itwon’t hold anymore.
Some companies have really great programs.
I remember it was at AllenEdmonds, that way it works it that you can actually ship it there and then they takepictures of your shoes beforehand and take pictures along the way of how it’s resoledthen you get it back.
Advantages you know they use the original last on the shoe, getit in there and you get a proper redo.
I always found a local cobbler was less expensive.
Sometimes you know some will just glue them back on but if you have the right glue todayit can last as long or longer as stitches.
So like glues that can glue together housesand bridges, it’s going to work for shoes.
It’s more of a tradition of what you want.
Basically your call.
I think going with he manufacturer is not a bad idea.
If it costyou $250 maybe you want to think it over, maybe go to your local cobbler where you pay$60 or $80 have to think of that.
Crispin?I think I talk about them.
Made in Romania.
It was started by one man and then it waskind of sold on.
You know they shoe trees.
They carve out a hole so thatair comes out.
I think it takes just a day to create shoe trees.
Romania has a very lowwage country and their shoe prices are very high.
They always have a very nice stylingvery sophisticated stuff.
It’s a high end shoe where ready to wear you can made to orderyou can get bespoke if you are in Austria for example or Vienna shoemakers.
It’s upto you, you may not get the same styling so high end styling, creative, good quality onSt.
Crispin but also pricey Thursday Boot Company? Are they really Goodyear?You know what they contacted me and wanted to work with us.
I mean I think their pricepoint is like 199.
They never sent me a pair of shoes so I haven’t looked at their stuff.
I can’t tell you.
I don’t know if at this price point you get the highest quality, usuallyyou can’t.
I don’t know if it’s a good value because I haven’t seen them in person.
Peter Huber shoes?Don’t know them.
Sperry boat shoes?I suggest you check out our Boat Shoes Guide which also has a video.
I have a pair of Sperryboat shoes.
They work for me.
I got a version where they use like a Horween leather.
I thinkthey were made in Dominican Republic.
I don’t know where they make all their shoes.
Solidvalue for the money.
I think can’t go wrong.
Alden?Alden is another American brand.
Very specific styling.
They use a lot of cordovan.
I havenever been a huge fan of them.
Like the styling didn’t quite work with me.
I once took shoeapart though with Alden and they had like plastic heel caps and toe caps which surprisedme because I always thought of Alden as a little more higher end.
I don’t know ifthey still do that or if they made changes.
If you like the styling that’s great.
But we are over the 30mins mark actually.
So I’m going to wrap it up here.
Just a few more questions.
OCHNIK leather shoes from Poland.
Never heard of them but would like to learn more about them.
Are there any good Bespoke shoe companiesin the US? What are they? I think there is like E.
Vogel is one of thefew remaining ones left.
There are not many bespoke makers in the US left.
There are afew you have to search, I think there is a guy out in Washington or in Oregon.
I wantedto visit them once but I didn’t end up going to that city.
So there are a few I have nothad any personal experience with them.
Be prepared to pay like $3000-$4000 minimum becauseUS is a high wage country and so you are going to pay for it.
Describe your outfit today.
I am wearing a it’s kind of an open weave shirt.
I am wearinga Fort Belvedere knit tie.
It’s kind of this mottled blue which I really like forsummer.
It’s more of a casual look.
My jacket is part of a green suit.
Single breasted, 2 button.
It’s a fresco material which is very breathable it’s a wool it’s verycoarse and it’s wonderful for summer.
For pocket square I am wearing a white Fort Belvederepocket square with an X handrolled stitch.
It’s very difficult to do.
We just added themto our line up not too long ago.
We found some ladies in Italy with really very highquality and consistency of hand stitching and only they can do it.
I talked to othercompanies in England and so forth and they couldn’t.
They would refuse to do it because they justcan’t do it consistently.
I was very glad to find them.
Boutonniere is a small lightblue boutonniere from Fort Belvedere as well which all of those accessories you can findin the shop.
Then I think I have seersucker pants.
Polo Ralph Lauren.
Not sure if youcan see them or not.
I’m wearing a pair of green tassel loafers from I think Scarosso.
Matching leather belt.
Socks I went with light gray and light blue striped socks from FortBelvedere.
Simply because they kind of pick up the elements and they go well with theshoes and the pants.
And then a ring, sterling silver with malachite.
No cufflinks becauseit’s warm outside so I like the barrel cuffs because it’s cooler.
No wristwatch becauseI’m not a big wristwatch guy.
I like pocket watches sometimes but usually I like to wear themwith a vest because I have the pocket and I like the style of it.
I hope that was helpful and useful.
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We’ve createdvideos about them for different styles and the construction and I’m really sure youwill like it because there’s a lot of information in there that would have taken us hours to discusstoday.
So if you’re interested in shoes and want to find something check out our websiteand you can find all the information there.
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