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Spier & Mackay, one of my favorite brands here in Dappered, recently released their new collection of shoes more budgeted with the construction Blake Stitch. After review your Goodyear worn go-toes last yearI knew I had to check this new collection. Spier regularly lands on Dappered’s “Best of” and Dappered’s “Most Wanted” lists, as they are among the brands that honestly offer well-made clothing while clinging to a budget. Many of us have relaxed our daily styles to be more comfortable, but some of us still want to wear (or need to use) more formal styles to work including suits, sports coats/blazers, Scots and dress shoes. Let’s take a look at the new layer of Spier Balmorals and see how they stack up.
Goodyear was no longer dehydrated and made in Portugal.
Blake Stitched and done in China. But also $70 less.
And they look good.
The Adam Review Scale of Excellence(A.R.S.E.)
- 5 – Excellent! No problems and highly recommended.
- 4 – Good. About the average, but not perfect.
- 3 – Average. Minor problems could be good at the right price.
- 2 – Fair. Lower average due to defects, defects or imperfections.
- 1 – Poor. Important issues, it is not worth buying at any price.
- Brand: Spier & Mackay
- Style: Balmoral cap “Oxfords”
- Size: 10.5
- Last: N/A
- Construction: Blake sewn
- Top: full grain leather
- Sole: Padded goma
- Details: Wavy line, nice leather lining, blind metal eyelets
- Extras: Velvet shoes, spare laces and a plastic shoe horn
- Country of Origin: China
- Price: $178 USD
The unique seam creates a very unique design to these elegant shoes.
My partner was ordered through Spier late on Thursday night. They left Caledon, ON, Canada on Friday through UPS Standard (with UPS Carbon Neutral!) and finally arrived at my door next Wednesday afternoon. Seeing how the package had to go through those terrible, horrible, not good, very bad states Wolverine and Buckeye on their way to the state of Volunteering, I’m surprised they even came at all! I was just kidding. No complaints here.
FYI: Spier & Mackay offers a simple 30-day return policy for all regular price items in good condition. If it is your first pair of shoes or sports suit, return or exchange is completely free. Please note that only American and Canadian orders are eligible for free returns and exchanges.
Score: 5/5 Stars – Simple ordering, fast shipping and a fantastic “first time” return policy.
Someone in Spier received the message about raising the unboxing experience!
This pair came to a nice box of blue Spier & Mackay shoes. Inside, each shoe arrived stuck in a very elegant velvet powder bag. Spier also included a spare set of round cords, wax, a plastic shoe horn, and a small and charming S-branded polishing cloth. Did anyone in Spier & Mackay read my last review where I was a bit critical of unboxing experience and decided to improve on it? I’m finally a brand influencer? JOE, I might need a RAISE.!
Editor’s Note: …Uh…
Rating: 5/5 Stars – Surprisingly pleasant for the price! Big bags of shoes, decent accessories.
Fresh out of the box, I am very intrigued by the softness of the top of leather. Cheap shoes, such as those commonly found in large box mall retailers, typically have hard and very polished leather. While that can sound ideal, the leather tends to be a lesser-quality hiding place that has been heavily corrected – the italian sands remove any imperfections and follow it with a heavy layer of chemical dye pigmented – in an effort to save a less ideal leather slab. This “wallpaper” color finish layer is attached to the leather and even the surface grain, but it tends to be a point of failure. Over time, the heavily corrected grain tends to tear or loosen. If you’ve ever had a cheap piece of embroidered leather furniture, you’ve seen this happen over time. These Spier & Mackay cap fingers They’re nothing like that.. The leather is soft and flexible, reminding me of a well-loved baseball glove. Spier says that this leather is full-grained calf skin and was a source of a European cheesy. I believe them; it feels great for the price.
The soft and indulgent leather layers are immediately impressive.
Wise design, Spier’s design team was for a more modern, European look with a four-hole lace closure and a two-lined cap finger that is wrapped over a conic finger box. From the side, you will definitely notice the wave-like line. Unlike the tips of the wings or the longwings, this sewn design starts in the throat and wraps around the rooms towards the back of the shoe before getting perfectly adjusted under the backstay. I’ve never seen this particular design before. I like it for its elegant simplicity. He stands out from the crowd without shouting.
These shoes contain metal sleeves, which may not be ideal for frequent travelers passing through TSA detectors often.
Walk inside, you’ll find a genuine leather lining on foot. It’s soft and feels better than most other dress shoes I’ve seen at this higher price. This is a great advantage over competing Oxfords who use a cheap fiber or fabric lining. The leather tends to breathe better, feel more pleasant/ more comfortable, and lasts more than cheap textile coatings. The non-removable sock lining, with leather cap also feels comfortable. I am a big fan of long-lasting leather linings like these in Blake’s shoes sewn as they help hide the greatest seam that runs through the inside of the shoe. Spier says there is a cork filler below that will break and mould at your feet in time, improving your fit and comfort. It also seems that there is a metal pack there for durability and solidary rigidity. Note: If you are a frequent airline business traveler, you may want to consider dress shoes with a wooden crank or fiberglass instead as a metal crank normally the metal detectors are switched off. No one wants an improved TSA review.
Padded rubber sole for grip in less than the ideal time.
The outer sole is a unique striated rubber unit that has the scale aesthetic of an Oxford that uses a combined leather and rubber sole. Don’t be mistaken, it’s all rubber, but it’s well painted to deceive most people whose eyeballs are more than twelve inches away. If you eventually use this rubber sole, you probably have to pivot to a more common rubber option (Dainite? Vibram?) as I doubt your local cobbler has these plants. However, the sewn Blake sole is well made and hides well in the only channel. Good!
Rating: 5/5 Stars – Pretty, pretty, pretty! The leather is nice; the construction is good.
In terms of adjustment and size, I recommend testing your true size Brannock measurement. I tried this pair in a 10.5 and fit well out of the box with thin dress socks. The finger box makes a tapestry very aggressively forward from the ball or flex point, but for me, this is fine and feel good. If you have a wider barefoot, you need a wider width, or you prefer thicker wool socks, you’re probably out of luck with this pair. Maybe try an average size of your normal size? I’m sorry!
The rather aggressive adhesive for these oxfords can create a discomfort point for kids with wider feet.
For size reference, I am a 10.5 D/E on a Brannock device and usually take a 10 D on most spacious dressing shoes, including the Ultimate Alden Barrie and the Last Grant Stone Leo. I take a 10.5 E in Allen Edmonds 65 for the last time, as the last one is too narrow for me. I also take 10.5 in Converse/Vans and 11 in most of the athletic slippers of Adidas or Nike. Do you have a big question? Send us an email!
Comfort is always subjective, but I found this pair to be remarkably comfortable just outside the box. I can’t see exactly what’s under the soft leather bed, apart from the foam and durable board, but I’m impressed how comfortable you feel in the initial test running around the house. Unfortunately, I don’t have room in my shoe rotation to use these long periods to figure out how well comfort lasts. If one of you Dappered readers ends with a pair, please let us know!
Rating: 5/5 Stars – Sizing straps true to size and initial comfort is quite large!
In general, I like these formal Oxfords leaders of Spier & Mackay. The leather feels great, they fit pretty well, and I like they can be solved by a well-known local cobbler. I also think they look great! The modern design and the unique character line adds to an elegant and subtle taste. For those of you on the market for new wear shoes for work or a social event and who could have a tighter budget for 2022 (or beyond), you should definitely check these for yourself. If you do, let us know what you love and what you don’t. Cheers!
Avg. Rating: 5/5 – For the price, these are definitely recommended. Good value for money.
Once again Spier & Mackay nails it.