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Old 08-29-2006, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Superb Leather Shoe Products in Italy

I don't really fancy on leather shoes. I only have one pair here which I seldom wear--I'm more of a sneakers fan. I don't know, maybe I just can't imagine myself wearing these expensive footwear. How about you? Will you be willing to spend money for these branded Italian shoes?

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Superb Leather Shoe Products in Italy

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Old 08-30-2006, 04:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a pair of leather shoes but don't wear them very often. Usually I will only wear them with a suit. Once when I wore them when I was just out with friends at a restaurant my good friend asked me "why do you wear those shoes?". I looked down at his tattered sneakers and replied "because I like them". Just wear them with confidence, nobody will say a thing (except if you have mean spirited friends).
I'd just like to add that this friend of mine isn't a bad guy or anything, probably just surprised at the atypical shoes for that social event and group.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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But I must admit though, even if I am more of a sneakers person, it feels so good knowing that I'm wearing a very expensive sneakers like those from Michael Jordan.
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I suppose "expensive" is relative. While a few hundred bucks may be expensive to me, designer shoes could cost many times that much.

I was a skeptic about expensive leather shoes until I got a pair about 20 years ago, and they felt soooooooo much better on my feet than any other leather shoe I ever had, not to mention looking good when I got dressed in a suit, in both looks and comfort there is just something about the way they wrap around my feet. The leather is very supple and soft, but still durable and they also fit just right. After many years I sent those back to the factory for reconditioning, they came back almost better than new for a fraction of the price of new, since then I bought another pair of the same brand, one is laced one is slip on, both are "dress" shoes so I only wear them when I want to dress up. These will likely last til I die so I don't plan to buy more unless something happens to these.
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Old 08-31-2006, 07:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have several pairs of shoes, Patent for my tux, Formal for my Suit, walking for work, and then two pairs of everyday shoes. I have found that the more expensive leather shoes are worth the extra $ in terms of their looks and longevity, however the cheepest shoes I have ever worn are New Balance (I have a 4E width foot, kinda hard to find anything but NB or custom fancy shoes that will fit my feet). I currently wear Dunham (NB's high end brand) shoes because they look and feel just like some of those italian brand's basic shoes (no super flashy models) but cost a hell of a lot less.
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Old 08-31-2006, 03:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a pair of wonderful leather shoes. They cost me about $350. They fit snug and nice and the leather is oh so soft. But ever since the incident with my footgina, I can only wear loose-fitting shoes with a big fat cushion for a sole.

I wear Doc Martins with a suit, and they are OK. But They don't look as cool as my old footwear.
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Old 08-31-2006, 03:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I wear Doc Martins with a suit, and they are OK. But They don't look as cool as my old footwear.
I'm not very big into what's in style or not... but when people wear Doc's with a suite it's like nails on a chalkboard for me. If you are wearing a suit you're seriously not supposed to wear the shoes you wear with jeans. I dont know what you mean about footgina, but there are plenty of decently priced shoes that look very professional out there that aren't the thin trace of a soul.

People in the corporate world, and every women, know that shoes are very large indicators. Think of it as having a spectacular resume, then screwing it up at the end. You wouldn't knowingly misspell anything on a resume, or change the color/font on the last few lines would you? Wearing bad shoes with a nice suit is the same thing.
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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screw italian leather man, I'll take American leather over italian any old day of the week...




/thinks they look damn skippiny on his feet when he wears his suit. well, that one time he wore a suit anyways
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Old 08-31-2006, 07:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What's with the Italian leather? Do they moisturize their cows or something?
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Old 09-01-2006, 05:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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What's with the Italian leather? Do they moisturize their cows or something?
I believe it's the process of the tanning which affects it the most. There are lots of different ways, the best is obviously the slowest. And American industry does not tend to go with the longer approaches. While obviously we can, and sometimes do, the Italians have made a name for themselves with excellent shoes for centuries now.
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Old 09-01-2006, 06:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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What's with the Italian leather? Do they moisturize their cows or something?
Bwahahaha! That's great!

I love it.
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Old 09-01-2006, 10:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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...And American industry does not tend to go with the longer approaches. While obviously we can, and sometimes do, the Italians have made a name for themselves with excellent shoes for centuries now.
Not Italian, but my Allen Edmonds men's dress shoes, American made, are very well made, very soft leather, comfortable, durable and I really like them a lot; cost less than comparable Italian shoes too. Trouble is, I really like Wisconsin cheddar and I'm thinking that if I wear too many of these shoes I may deplete the cheese supply.

Spanish leather is world-class too ...reminds me of one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs Boots of Spanish leather.

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Old 09-01-2006, 11:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Not Italian, but my Allen Edmonds men's dress shoes, American made, are very well made, very soft leather, comfortable, durable and I really like them a lot; cost less than comparable Italian shoes too. Trouble is, I really like Wisconsin cheddar and I'm thinking that if I wear too many of these shoes I may deplete the cheese supply.
I'll second that. AE makes a really fine shoe, very comfortable. No steel shank, the soles flex/twist in order to create an arch for support. Best shoes I have owned. You can send old AE's to the company and they will rebuild them for less than a new pair. I"ve not done that, but might with one pair I have.
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Old 09-01-2006, 12:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have used the Allen Edmonds factory repair service and it was top notch first rate and the fixed shoes were better than new, since they were perfect plus already broken in. I highly recommend it. For my first time repairing an AE many years ago, I used a well known, reputable, talented shoe repair service in our town, but the job AE factory did was far better.
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What's with the Italian leather? Do they moisturize their cows or something?


they don't use barbed wire in europe either...


no barbed wire at all, anywhere.
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