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  Reply # 993207 24-Feb-2014 11:42
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Bit the bullet and went Julius Marlow's again.

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  Reply # 1004694 13-Mar-2014 09:19
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I kill shoes :-)

Usually crack along the ball of the foot, or come apart at the heels, or sides.

This time went to Number 1 shoes, and asked for a pair of school-tough shoes. Most shoes are not suitable for school use, so I figure if they are tough enough for kids and the crazy things they do to shoes, then they ought to be tough enough for me.

Ended up with a pair of rubber-soled shoes - bit heavy, but look good enough to last me at least a year.




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  Reply # 1004745 13-Mar-2014 10:49
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I had a pair of Hush Puppies and they where very comfortable, and did last a few years.  One formal pair and one casual.  However in the end they where falling apart.  Partly based on this thread I tried Ecco.  Luckily I went there during their sale and got $160 off the RRP, so only paid $200.

I have had many pairs from the Warehouse and whilst they look OK at the start they are often uncomfortable and don't last long.

EDIT - just remembered, I bought a paid of Helly Hansen boots from Calgary over Christmas, only $99CAD and they are fantastic!  Waterproof, comfortable, thick sole (needed for the snow and ice there), just shows how expensive NZ is.

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  Reply # 1004749 13-Mar-2014 10:55
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My pair of Julius Marlow, only five months old, used twice or three times a week, has a cut on the side of the rubber sole, about 4 mm deep. Not happy.




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  Reply # 1004808 13-Mar-2014 11:59
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I just received a pair of Eccos from Amazon. (The Helsinki). Got them for $138 landed.

I ordered the Size 47, as I have a pair of shoes currently of that size that, if anything, are a bit loose. The Eccos are really tight, but I can fit into them, and my toes can wiggle a bit. I'm hoping they stretch out a bit. As I do about a 20 -30 minute walk on my way to work each morning, I am wearing my old shoes to work, then changing at work into the Eccos. After 2.5 days, they are feeling a bit better, and the rub points in my heels are feeling better. Hopefully in a week or so I will have worn them in without getting blisters.

They are a nice looking shoe, I'd probably go the 48 for my next pair (if these last well enough).

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  Reply # 1004809 13-Mar-2014 12:01
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I found my foot going sideways and hurting my ankle heaps in hush puppies, and they have almost no grip at all.

Why is it so hard to find a presentable shoe that has a proper sole on it instead of flat barely textured hard stuff?




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  Reply # 1004818 13-Mar-2014 12:23
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trig42: I just received a pair of Eccos from Amazon. (The Helsinki). Got them for $138 landed.


My current favourites are the Bostonian models, got them from Amazon and will probably get another couple of pairs (and please if ordering from Amazon use our aff page!)







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  Reply # 1004833 13-Mar-2014 12:30
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I do (I think) I click the link up the top then go shopping

Will look at the Bostonian. Just have to be careful with Shoes from Amazon - anything over around $150US can attract Duty and GST (and the fees) once you add Youshop freight costs in.

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  Reply # 1004839 13-Mar-2014 12:36
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Oh cool, even better!

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  Reply # 1005280 13-Mar-2014 23:15
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Giancarlo Moretti from Overland. You have to make sure you get the Italian made ones of you want them to last. The Chinese ones have junk leather. The soles wear at the heels but a good cobbler can sort that out pretty easily.

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  Reply # 1907855 26-Nov-2017 09:32
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@trig42: I just received a pair of Eccos from Amazon. (The Helsinki). Got them for $138 landed.

 

Sorry, bringing this back to life but got an email today that they have the Ecco shoes on Amazon GoldBox today only. A couple of business shoes going for as low as US$ 79.

 

I personally haven't bought Ecco yet but since this thread I've bought a pair of Bostonian Calhoun Oxford (leather sole) from Amazon which I see are now US$ 69 and before that I bought a pair of  Bostonian Nasello (slip on, rubber sole). which is US$ 85.

 

I have two other pairs of business shoes (one rubber sole, another leather sole). I never use the same pair of shoes two days in a row, and  only wear the leather sole ones when it is not raining (check the weather before leaving home or traveling). 

 

Bought a pair of Merrel Waterproof Hiking shoes a couple of weeks ago, using YouShop - one week to deliver here at home, $20 shipping. Yes, some shoes on Amazon ship directly to New Zealand but most don't, so YouShop is your friend.





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  Reply # 1907862 26-Nov-2017 10:28
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If you want the best, you need to save shopping for next time you are in the UK and head to Northampton.

 

Here you will find many of the famous English shoemakers like Trickers, Crockett & Jones, Churches, Loakes Barkers etc and you can go into the factory shops (which are usually just small rooms attached to the factories) and get classic handmade English shoes at good prices. They won't be cheap but the oldest pair in my wardrobe stems from when I was at University and I left there in 1990...!

 

 

 

Truly the best? Go to Lobbs in St James. Will be about NZ$10,000 for the first pair though.






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I've recently moved to dress boots from RM Williams, I have two pairs and they're super comfortable. I wore a pair out, so sent them back to Aussie to be re-solded, have new inner soles fitted and buffed etc. Not a cheap exercise by any stretch of the imagination, but they are simply the most comfortable items I've ever worn.

 

I'll buy standard shoes now that the Auckland heat is getting up there / for days when I have longer drives... maybe Ecco, maybe RM Williams.


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  Reply # 1907910 26-Nov-2017 11:02
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I've recently moved to dress boots from RM Williams, I have two pairs and they're super comfortable. I wore a pair out, so sent them back to Aussie to be re-solded, have new inner soles fitted and buffed etc. Not a cheap exercise by any stretch of the imagination, but they are simply the most comfortable items I've ever worn.

 

I'll buy standard shoes now that the Auckland heat is getting up there / for days when I have longer drives... maybe Ecco, maybe RM Williams.

 

 

 

 

Yes, I wear those a lot more than normal shoes when going anywhere that requires a more dressy approach.

 

I have a pair they custom made for me in Kangaroo leather. I wanted the wide (X) fitting boot but normally it comes in standard leather only. I emailed and asked if I could have a pair in Kangaroo and they said "Sure" and I had them inside a few weeks by courier. Kangaroo is fabulous leather - one of the strongest in terms of weight/strength ratio and very supple.






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