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As above, aside from Allen Edmonds and Alden, what are others US shoe makers that make a nice product?

Someone told me that if I buy shoes made in the US the import duties are not as high as buying some from a European maker. I really want a tassel loafer, so you know better the shoe makers in the US than me.

Thanks!
 
There are a few bespoke shoemakers and bootmakers left in the US if you are interested.

That would be nice, but I would buy online, cause I have no trips to the US planned. :(

Meermin is ridicuosly "cheap", but it's a lot of trouble to bring them to Mexico and I'm getting quite desperate. So some shoes made in the US would work nice, but the price is a bit more high than Meermin.
 
Why don't you just have someone here proxy the shoes you want and send them to you as a gift?
 
The LL Bean Boots are all made in the USA. They are a great rain/snow boot to wear to shovel snow or walk to work in.

Many Red Wing work boots are USA made. They are my work boot of choice.
Not all the LLBean boots are made in the US.
 
I have some experience with some US Shoemakers. Particularly Thorogood and Redwing which are my work boots. Eastland made in maine which are made by Rancourt and also Rancourt itself and of course Allen Edmonds and Alden. I rather have Thorogood than Redwing, half the price and Redwing are not twice as good. The only problem with Thorogood is the insole its not leather, I did change it for leather insoles and now they are even more comfortable. Rancourt itself is pretty good, I have a pair of their Ranger mocs on Horween Navy Blue Chromexcel and they look fabulous.

Here are the Thorogood, again workboots and I don't take care of them at all, look nice though.



and these are the Rancourt, It was taken in Miami so deal with it.
 

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900 Biscayne. The view is fucking insane. Here in all its glory
 

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Don't you miss the women? That's the only thing I miss form Miami, and the good food of course.
 
Orlando is a god awful hellhole and you should miss everything.

It is, but money is good and its very peaceful other than the Ricans and their Civics with massive mufflers. I hate the Miami traffic, the Cubans, The Venezuelans, the Colombians, and so on that because they have a couple of pesos think they are the shit. I guess this is what happens when you move a farmer to a big city, you hate and despise absolutely everybody. I might move to Chicago or Texas next year if things go accordingly.
 
It is, but money is good and its very peaceful other than the Ricans and their Civics with massive mufflers. I hate the Miami traffic, the Cubans, The Venezuelans, the Colombians, and so on that because they have a couple of pesos think they are the shit. I guess this is what happens when you move a farmer to a big city, you hate and despise absolutely everybody. I might move to Chicago or Texas next year if things go accordingly.
Chicago's a cool city. Fucking cold though. Depends on where you are in Texas. Austin and Dallas are ok. Houston is like living in Dadeland.
 
Chicago's a cool city. Fucking cold though. Depends on where you are in Texas. Austin and Dallas are ok. Houston is like living in Dadeland.

If it happens and it is the contrary of what you say, besides the cold, I will blame it on you my decision. You've been warned.
 
Here are the Thorogood, again workboots and I don't take care of them at all, look nice though.
I have Thorogood's moc-toed wedge-soled 6" boots that are pretty much the same as the Red Wing 875 or whatever it is. They are very good leather and construction and have held up well.
Thorogood is one of the many Weinbrenner Shoe Co. brands.
I also am on my second pair of motorcycle boots from Chippewa in Texas. Also impressed. In fact, this reminds me that I might get these shoes that nobody liked awhile back.
 
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That's very brave of you to get those, I would never do that. I can admire them, but I don't think I can pull it off. what are your thoughts on Chippewa? I saw a pair of boots by them and I liked them a lot, but the problem is as usual with buying everything online fit and returns in case it doesn't work out. Also, any thoughts on yukeeteen or whatever.
 
Dang, those wedge-soled oxfords are sold out everywhere...
The Chippewa boots that I have are very similar in tough, quality, but not prissy artwork, construction to Thorogood. The difference is that they are hard boots that require a break-in unlike the the soft Thorogoods. Presumably this means unkillable durability (my first pair had the sole irrepairably pulled as part of a crash). They are very slow to age. As with Red Wing, the imported lines are noticeably less impressive looking.
Yeah, the boot I got were available for try-on absolutely nowhere. I've been through the return route till size is found. Typical for American work boots, I find them to run large. I'm a half size smaller in Chippewa than in AE.
 
Thanks russel for commenting on both fit and durability. Depending on how many shoes I buy on my trip to Carmina next week it will determine if I'm going to be able to buy sometime next year or not.
 
Chicago's a cool city. Fucking cold though. Depends on where you are in Texas. Austin and Dallas are ok. Houston is like living in Dadeland.
Chicago is the greatest city in America.

4 months out of the year...





Dallas fucking sucks tit. Austin is cool though, even with the influx of silicon valley dweebs.
 
The job offer that I got was 1 year in Chicago and then Dallas or Atl.
 
ATL can be fun, but the traffic is obscene. Almost as bad as LA.
That is one of the reasons why I'm not moving back to Miami, sorry Rambo. But the traffic is fucking insane. I rather stay in Orlando.
 
Whites boots, Nicks boots, WESCO boots. All three offer superb boots and oxfords.
I'll have to look into this, but I don't need anything that serious. Just something akin to what Timberlands were in the 1990s.
 
This is the other pair of Rancourt shoes that I own. I think with Jeans they look fantastic. Horween Buckaroo leather.
 

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That is one of the reasons why I'm not moving back to Miami, sorry Rambo. But the traffic is fucking insane. I rather stay in Orlando.
I'm not in Miami any more so I'll be able to survive. Atlanta is a cool city. Lots of young people. Yes, traffic sucks. But traffic sucks everywhere there's people. Its why Thruth lives in horsefucking central.
 
From Brickell to Dadeland mall it's takes an hour and it's like 5 fucking miles. God damn awful!
 
I'm not in Miami any more so I'll be able to survive. Atlanta is a cool city. Lots of young people. Yes, traffic sucks. But traffic sucks everywhere there's people. Its why Thruth lives in horsefucking central.

true that. horses don't drive. spent a lot of time in Atlanta 20 years ago and it was cool but the traffic did suck even then. could not imagine living there for a lifetime.
 
Once coming to Orlando, I left at 3 pm miami and I got to Orlando at midnight. You figure that one out. Words can't describe how much I hate traffic. It usually takes me 3 and a half hours to get here. From now on, I only travel at night. Less dipshits on the road.
 
I've only been to LA once about 15 years ago visiting SC and all I could remember was being stuck on the freeway going 5mph for hours. Never been back since and hope I never do.

I lived in NYC for way too long but I was able to beat the traffic any hour of the day when I got a Ducati. Park Slope to Midtown in 15 minutes was my daily commute I kid you not, surprised I survived though.
 

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