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Old 26-02-2020, 10:26 PM   #1411
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It is really not as expensive as many people thought.

I particularly interested with the sole design. They told me it can last for very Long time.

Wow Tods is damn ex tho, but I like
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Old 27-02-2020, 01:42 PM   #1412
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can recommend me budget friendly shoes 100+?
starting my 1st office job that requires leather shoes

- also for leather shoes, only black colour is recommended? brown shoes = no black pants right?

- for versatility, i think i am looking for oxford type.
Can try CNES from Vietnam. Their blake stitched shoes are <$200, when on sale can be as cheap as ~$150.

Their boutique at Arab quarter (across from parkroyal hotel). Their staff not snobbish, can try out and ask for input/suggestions.

Fyi Ed et Al and other brands also made in VN. The most famous factory in VN is Fugashin.

And brown shoes can go with black pants, no problem. Ideally belt, watch strap (if leather) and shoe should match but even then its ok to mix as long as you wear confidently!
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Old 27-02-2020, 01:47 PM   #1413
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Best first shoes would be a black cap toe oxford... can try local Earnest & Collective, Arden Teal, Gaius Walks... the first two I have had experience with in the past and they are ok with size exchange. Goodyear welted ones can be resoled. If you can bump up the budget a bit more then EdEtAl, Carlos Santos are popular at ~$300.
E&C, arden teal, GW are all cemented (i.e glued) and possibly MIC. No diff from poster’s experience w rad russell or other brands like pedro, aldo, etc except maybe abit cheaper.
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Old 27-02-2020, 05:36 PM   #1414
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Could use advice for topy. I have a pair of GW Frye (made in Mexico) with a lot of miles on them. The sole is very thin but no hole yet. I suspect based on research that topy or vibram could extend the life without the need for resole.

Is it worth a 45m train ride to take them to Bishan as recommended in the first post? If not, other suggestions? Price?
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Old 27-02-2020, 09:25 PM   #1415
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Could use advice for topy. I have a pair of GW Frye (made in Mexico) with a lot of miles on them. The sole is very thin but no hole yet. I suspect based on research that topy or vibram could extend the life without the need for resole.

Is it worth a 45m train ride to take them to Bishan as recommended in the first post? If not, other suggestions? Price?
Topy services available many places. No need specially go bishan la
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Old 27-02-2020, 10:48 PM   #1416
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Could use advice for topy. I have a pair of GW Frye (made in Mexico) with a lot of miles on them. The sole is very thin but no hole yet. I suspect based on research that topy or vibram could extend the life without the need for resole.

Is it worth a 45m train ride to take them to Bishan as recommended in the first post? If not, other suggestions? Price?
Where do you stay what's your budget? Mason and Smith has collection and delivery but you need to pay for it.

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Old 27-02-2020, 11:29 PM   #1417
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Just want to share. For about €500 (+€45 shipping) you can get a fully handmade shoe (handwelted) from a company in Hungary called Rozsnyai (link here).

This is an amazing price for a handmade, handwelted (basically bespoke) shoes!
PS: If you are wondering what handwelted is, they basically do the entire goodyear welt process (all that stitching) by hand!

They can fully customized (MTO) a pair of shoes for you at no additional charge! You can do this via their customizer page based on a fixed set of models they offer. Alternatively you can email/fb-msg them models that you happen to like but they do not offer and they will be happy to make them for you - usually at no additional cost (dependent on the complexity of what you want).

Here are a pair of their shoes I just received recently! Really stunning pair of shoes with amazing craftsmanship. I will let the shoes speak for themselves!


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Old 28-02-2020, 05:59 AM   #1418
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Where do you stay what's your budget? Mason and Smith has collection and delivery but you need to pay for it.

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Thanks, I work at Raffles City. I could pop by Mason and Smith on lunch break. Do you know what they charge?

I was debating between repair and replacement. If I can get heels and topy for under $80 then I'll repair. It woud pain me to toss these with the uppers still in good condition.
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Old 28-02-2020, 08:14 AM   #1419
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That’s quite a nice shoe, I like the red wine color and one day I will get one also the same color.

The only downside for buying online is the fitting. My experience with MTO shoe is the size and cut of all maker and design are so different. Some maker I have to chose bigger some smaller. So at this moment I am not adventurous enough to buy such shoe online without a real physical fitting.

Just want to share. For about €500 (+€45 shipping) you can get a fully handmade shoe (handwelted) from a company in Hungary called Rozsnyai (link here).

This is an amazing price for a handmade, handwelted (basically bespoke) shoes!
PS: If you are wondering what handwelted is, they basically do the entire goodyear welt process (all that stitching) by hand!

They can fully customized (MTO) a pair of shoes for you at no additional charge! You can do this via their customizer page based on a fixed set of models they offer. Alternatively you can email/fb-msg them models that you happen to like but they do not offer and they will be happy to make them for you - usually at no additional cost (dependent on the complexity of what you want).

Here are a pair of their shoes I just received recently! Really stunning pair of shoes with amazing craftsmanship. I will let the shoes speak for themselves!


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Old 28-02-2020, 08:32 AM   #1420
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Thanks, I work at Raffles City. I could pop by Mason and Smith on lunch break. Do you know what they charge?

I was debating between repair and replacement. If I can get heels and topy for under $80 then I'll repair. It woud pain me to toss these with the uppers still in good condition.
Raffles city itself has some mister fix? 1 stop away raffles place sole mann. Reliable, i got personal experience.
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Old 28-02-2020, 09:53 AM   #1421
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That’s quite a nice shoe, I like the red wine color and one day I will get one also the same color.

The only downside for buying online is the fitting. My experience with MTO shoe is the size and cut of all maker and design are so different. Some maker I have to chose bigger some smaller. So at this moment I am not adventurous enough to buy such shoe online without a real physical fitting.
I had that concern too, but after chatting with them I realized you can simply take your measurements (based on their sizing instructions for MTM, link here) and have them recommend you a last and size.

I think they have 12 lasts fitting all types of feet shape.
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Old 28-02-2020, 10:07 AM   #1422
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Just want to share. For about €500 (+€45 shipping) you can get a fully handmade shoe (handwelted) from a company in Hungary called Rozsnyai (link here).

This is an amazing price for a handmade, handwelted (basically bespoke) shoes!
PS: If you are wondering what handwelted is, they basically do the entire goodyear welt process (all that stitching) by hand!

They can fully customized (MTO) a pair of shoes for you at no additional charge! You can do this via their customizer page based on a fixed set of models they offer. Alternatively you can email/fb-msg them models that you happen to like but they do not offer and they will be happy to make them for you - usually at no additional cost (dependent on the complexity of what you want).

Here are a pair of their shoes I just received recently! Really stunning pair of shoes with amazing craftsmanship. I will let the shoes speak for themselves!


It may be hand made and hand welted but is it really bespoke though.

Thanks, I work at Raffles City. I could pop by Mason and Smith on lunch break. Do you know what they charge?

I was debating between repair and replacement. If I can get heels and topy for under $80 then I'll repair. It woud pain me to toss these with the uppers still in good condition.
I don't remember but it should cost in the ballpark of $50.

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Old 28-02-2020, 10:29 AM   #1423
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It may be hand made and hand welted but is it really bespoke though.
Of course it's not bespoke. I said they were MTO shoes, but the construction methods of the shoes are the same as a pair of bespoke shoes - of course without the fitting sessions, last making and possible trial shoes of the entire "bespoke" package.

That being said, their MTM is pretty close to bespoke except they modify an existing last.
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Old 28-02-2020, 05:42 PM   #1424
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Thanks, I work at Raffles City. I could pop by Mason and Smith on lunch break. Do you know what they charge?

I was debating between repair and replacement. If I can get heels and topy for under $80 then I'll repair. It woud pain me to toss these with the uppers still in good condition.
There's one at one raffles place, I think it's 4th floor? The brothers - but the name eludes me.
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Old 01-03-2020, 12:52 PM   #1425
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Just want to share. For about €500 (+€45 shipping) you can get a fully handmade shoe (handwelted) from a company in Hungary called Rozsnyai (link here).

This is an amazing price for a handmade, handwelted (basically bespoke) shoes!
PS: If you are wondering what handwelted is, they basically do the entire goodyear welt process (all that stitching) by hand!

They can fully customized (MTO) a pair of shoes for you at no additional charge! You can do this via their customizer page based on a fixed set of models they offer. Alternatively you can email/fb-msg them models that you happen to like but they do not offer and they will be happy to make them for you - usually at no additional cost (dependent on the complexity of what you want).

Here are a pair of their shoes I just received recently! Really stunning pair of shoes with amazing craftsmanship. I will let the shoes speak for themselves!


Looks great!

SPI around 6 - 8 I think. I would prefer higher SPI shoes though.
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