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  • #16
    Originally posted by Shade View Post
    Are they selling under the GH Bass name or another? I bought a pair of Bass Weejun "Logans" off them around 3 years ago and they are GYW, but are junk polished leather.
    They are being sold as GH Bass "monogram collection." Don't own a pair so I don't know the leather quality but for the price ($140--but $112 after the almost constant 20% off discount) I imagine they are corrected grain. Still, interesting that a company that seemed to be emphasizing cheap (the last 2 Bass shoes I bought were $49 and $39) now has a "made in the USA" line and this gyw (but not made in the USA) collection. I'd say the recognize that a segment of the public assumes gyw = "quality' and will consider the price a bargain.

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    • #17
      They are almost all "polished leather," which is not just corrected grain, but almost patent leather. They are very heavily corrected indeed. It is like the Johnston and Murphy Melton line - but an exaggerated version (and by the way a sales associate at J&M once described the Melton to me as being virtually patent leather). I would personally far rather buy a shoe that was less shiny and less liable to scuff badly within a few wears but was not goodyear welted than a shoe that is that heavily polished but goodyear welted. A cemented shoe with decent but not great leather could be serviceable for several years and you might even be able to get a resole out of it - though probably not multiple resoles. But a heavily polished and corrected shoe will not look good to begin with and even if that's to your taste, it will look poor within six months at the very most. The apron grain shoes might be a better bet, though.

      G H Bass's Made in the USA shoes are probably better - but they are also likely corrected grain, as they call them "genuine leather." Still, at least they are not so highly polished and the weejun versions are "hand stitched." But $325 for shoes and $350 for boots seems way too much for me for shoes that don't market themselves as being goodyear welted or even blake stitched. Perhaps they are welted. Even so, that's higher than one needs to pay for a welted shoe - AE can go lower, J&M has plenty of welted shoes for less, so do Florsheim and J. Crew's Ludlow and Kenton lines, and you can get Meermin or Loake or sometimes Barker for less, too. Or SuitSupply outlet or Jack Erwin for shoes on a blake stitch for good weather conditions. Even Banana Republic's new welted shoes will go for $210 on one of the regular 40% off sales. And even the perennially overpriced Cole Haan probably has some welted shoes that can be had for less than $200 from time to time (I haven't checked their website in ages, so I don't know this for sure).

      I've thought about trying out Bass from time to time - I can imagine myself spending $40 or $50 on a white or tan buck from them, or perhaps even a Weejun if I ever see them go on discount to somewhere around $80. But unless I see the Made in USA line both on deep discount and confirmed as welted, I'll stay away from them.

      Originally posted by SwiftToole View Post
      They are being sold as GH Bass "monogram collection." Don't own a pair so I don't know the leather quality but for the price ($140--but $112 after the almost constant 20% off discount) I imagine they are corrected grain. Still, interesting that a company that seemed to be emphasizing cheap (the last 2 Bass shoes I bought were $49 and $39) now has a "made in the USA" line and this gyw (but not made in the USA) collection. I'd say the recognize that a segment of the public assumes gyw = "quality' and will consider the price a bargain.

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      • #18
        I own Aston Gray "Strands" as well as Mercanti wingtips shoes and boots. They all have been going for 3 years I believe, minimal care, holding up just fine.
        Shoes are on probably once a week rotation, boots are barely broken in because I only wear them in the fall (leather sole, "Dalton/Walnut").

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        • #19
          I have a pair of strand-ish mercantis that I really like. The leather is decent, the shoe fits well, and they cost 80 bucks on sale. I wouldn't spend over 100 bucks on that brand, but you can do worse. I've had them for maybe 18 months and they get worn once a week, are not babied, get minimal care, and they have held up very well.

          I actually looked at the DSW website the other day during a sale and I didn't see any styles I was interested in, but I would buy again. Checked ebay but the deals on mercantis are not good enough to deal with the ebay hassle.

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          • #20
            I think I am going to give the Aston Grey Erane Wingtip boots a try. I need a pair of black boots, and really don't feel like spending $300 on a pair of Dalton seconds. My current boot rotation includes AE, Loake, and Wolverine, and all of my dress shoes are AE, so I guess this could be considered a step down, but whatever.

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            • #21
              they are pretty good quality for the price

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              • #22
                @.brian will be interested in hearing your thoughts on the boots once you've picked them up. Cheers.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                  @.brian will be interested in hearing your thoughts on the boots once you've picked them up. Cheers.
                  I usually get a pair of cheap boots every 1-1.5 years or so for "going out" to bars/clubs/what not. Usually I went with the Stafford Deacons or some on sale Cole Haan ones. I put them through a lot so I don't expect them to last super long. I go with my AE Daltons for nicer events or at work if they're appropriate for the outfit/situation.

                  I ordered both the Erane wingtip and the Lonaro cap toe ones last time they had a 30% off sale.

                  I got both of them in 12 and size medium since that's all they offer. I'm a 12D in whatever last the Dalton is so that worked well for me. I also got them in the same color.

                  The Erane's fit kind of weird. One shoe was fine, one felt like it almost had a bubble right where the tongue should come down on the top of the foot .The shoe that didn't seem to have that issue fit pretty well once I did the laces. The leather felt like what you would ideally want for at this price range. Decently soft, decent color. I ended up returning these.

                  The cap toe ones actually felt pretty good. The leather was definitely softer on these and had a darker, richer color. Noticeably darker than a pair of the old Deacons I had lying around. They fit pretty well, snug without being tight. I kept these. Seem like better quality than the Stafford shoes for sure. They were about $80 after the sale and tax. Not bad at all for that price.

                  A note about both of them: they are really really hard to get into the first couple of times you put them on. Like I had to undo the laces completely to get both of them on. Even then it was a little bit of a struggle.

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                  • #24
                    Nice write up Alex.

                    Doc - I ended up forgetting to order them, and the $20 off promotion they had ended (yea, it's only $20, but still, it takes them from $119 to sub $100), so I am going to hold off for now unless I can find another coupon code. But I will post my thoughts in here if I do in fact pick them up.

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                    • #25
                      There's a new DSW brand from Italy, Coach and Four. Here's one: https://www.dsw.com/en/us/product/co...ctiveColor=200

                      I'm curious. Anyone have any experience with this brand?

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                      PS
                      They're also sold at SteinMart but DSW holds the trademark.
                      Last edited by mlstein; March 1, 2018, 06:14 PM.

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