unrefinery
May 29, 2009  ·  mail  ·  style

Mailbag: Shoes from clothing brands?

Exo writes: "You mention Hugo Boss clothes a lot, and I am a fan too. But how good are their shoes?" Answer: A good rule of thumb is to avoid buying shoes (or bags) from any label that produces fashion-forward clothes, because so few companies do both well. There's a completely different set of skills and manufacturing capacity involved, so one or the other is likely to be re-branded stuff from a third party anyway—not to say you shouldn't buy shoes from a huge brand like Ralph Lauren, but you might as well just go straight to Crockett & Jones (or whoever) in the first place.

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