finest dress shoes for the money
These shoes are incredible. I wanted a plain-looking shoe with a twist of pizazz and Grenson/Bonobos delivered the goods. They're great for the guy looking for a sleeker look without rocking the boat too much (i.e. you want to be wearing the shoes, not a pair of shoes wearing you).
Re: sizing: My feet are usually 40-41, US 8. I ordered US 8 (UK 7). They're a bit narrower and longer than Ben Sherman, Aldo, KC, J&M - but I can't imagine sizing down anymore because of the width - so for me, they ran true to size. I don't think I have abnormally wide feet, but who knows ...
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it's a very sharp / elegant looking shoe that can be worn with suits depending on your profession... i'm a solid US 11D on those measurement tools in shoe stores and i ordered a UK 10; fit perfectly.
so why 3 stars?
well it's made in India (how i found out is another story). whoa!! shocker right? with a name like Grenson and that sexy intro in the "Origin" tab you'd think these shoes came off a shoemaker's bench across the pond. to be fair, Bonobos (as of 11 Mar 2013) never listed it as "made in England" or the all inclusive "Imported". Grenson themselves make no mention of this on their site. so to save everyone the trouble of guessing, the actual made in England ones will have a stamp that says so by the red "G" on the heel.
it's a good shoe but at ~$350 this is at par with Allen Edmonds, nipping at the heels of Alden, and a stones throw away from C&J. all which have their respective pedigree but are still maintaining it. would i have bought it if i knew everything before hand? probably... the design was unique enough for me to justify and i needed black dress shoes.
but let's be honest here, if you're buying a shoe from a relatively unknown brand to most, you're likely paying for the pedigree, craftsmanship, and design. likely in that order too. i'll leave it up to you to decided whether or not it's worth it.