The Shoe Snob Blog

April 6, 2011

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My Shoes #19 – Septieme Largeur

I just received my very first pair of Septieme Largeur shoes and I could not be more pleased. The funny thing was, even though my favorite color is blue, I did not own one pair of blue dress shoes. I used to in the past, but have since got rid of them and was seriously lacking in that color department. So when I first saw these I was instantly hooked and knew that I had to get a pair. For 295 Euros (245 + 50 for blue patina), I have to say that these shoes are well worth their price and even more.

With my sick love for shoes, I unfortunately fall in to the category of suffering through pain in order to wear the shoes that I want. Now, that is not to say that I will buy uncomfortable shoes, but it’s just that I have such jacked up feet that most shoes really don’t feel good at the end of the day, with the exception of a few. But I can truly say (or I would not be typing it) that these shoes did not kill my feet. That feat is no easy come by. I will say, that when I got home I was eager to put my slippers on but I managed to make it through a full day (on the first day of wearing them) without any pain, plasters (band-aids) or regrets!

As I was so eager to wear them, and had the perfect tie for them, I decided to give them my Michael Douglas (Wall Street) look, which is a favorite of mine right now due to the pleasant accessibility of braces (suspenders) in England, specifically on Savile Row. And while wearing them it occurred to me that no one particularly said ‘oh, you are wearing blue shoes,’ which made wonder why more people don’t wear navy shoes in the work space. I mean, seriously, outside of my lavender laces, a navy pair of shoes is not ostentatious, on the other hand, it is quite conservative. It is a dark color and would go great with gray, brown and even khaki suits. Yet so many people are afraid to wear them….. Anyway, I normally don’t say “buy this brand or that”, but at 245 Euros, for great styles and relative comfort, Septieme Largeur is a no-brainer for shoe lovers!

  • Nice shoes!

    I really need a pair of blue dress shoes myself.

    What suit colors look best with them?

    Thanks,

    Josh (http://vitallifestyle.blogspot.com/)

  • Killer wheels, Justin!

    Markowski, i spose?

  • I really love the combination of the navy leather and the lavender shoelaces, the lavender gives it this small twist of individuality. A 3 piece light gray suit with a lavender lining and a pocket square with a small touch of lavender on it would be awesome…
    BTW i LOVE this green couch/chair you are sitting on, its AMAZING!
    http://www.amanofstyle.com

  • Vital LS – Gray (every shade), khaki, brown, and even navy. They are pretty versatile really, I would just not wear them with a black suit.

    Spooz – Yes and no, they are owned by the same people who own Markowski and share the same website but are a different label, a higher end product. You will be here soon!

    BOAZ – Yea, the green couches are pretty cool, apart of out “blazer room” at Gieves & Hawkes. Thanks for commenting BOAZ, glad that you like the shoes!

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • Ben

    Exquisite shoes Justin! I wholeheartedly agree with your comment about more people wearing blue shoes. People will wear some hideously bland things on their feet, especially here in the states.

    Do you have any advice on ordering shoes by post/internet from this or other quality shoemakers? Purchasing anything without trying it on first always makes me nervous.

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I am curious as to what size shoe you wear. The perspective in the shot, coupled with the slimmer trousers make them look fairly large. I’m 5′-7″ and when I wear skinny jeans and long-ish narrow shoes my size US 9’s look HUGE!

    Great shoes, btw. I really need a pair of blues, as well!

  • Ben – Thanks!! As far as advice, maybe just trying searching forums to find fit for other sytle makers. Style Forum is a good option but other than that, I do not. When I order them, I just told them my sizes in US, UK and EU sizing and they sent me accordingly and it fit.

    Anonymous – I wear (in Septieme Largeur) a size 7, which is UK sizing, but usually wear 8-8.5 in the US depending on how narrow the shoe is. They look big because my pants are pretty slim. Well, if you need a pair of blues, this model is a great option but what is even better is that you can have this patina done on any of their shoes, it just costs you an extra 50 Euros.

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • I love blue shoes also and have a pair of navy G&G Sinatra which I love because they just look a little bit more interesting than plain black ones. What I’ve been thinking of for a long time and will eventually have to have made is a pair of full-brogue Oxfords in blue. One of our customers has ordered a pair of Budapesters in midnight blue which I’m also totally curious to see. All of this reminds me that I still have my blue shoes at half-polished state and need to get back to finish the job. Something to look forward to later today!

  • Reto – Wow, the Sinatra in navy must be elegant!! I just love G&G shoes. I am actually going to be getting the Astaire in Navy Calf/Navy Suede, and I cannot wait! Considering that blue is my favorite color, it surprises me that I don’t own more blue shoes. I would love a pair of blue full brogues, those would be amazing and come to think of it, I am not sure if I have ever seen one. You will have to send me a pic when you do and I can post it one the blog!

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • Aaahhh, Sinatra in Blue Calf/Suede combination, I’ve been thinking about that also at one point! Also a boot in blue and blue would be nice. I’ll definitely send some pictures once I have a blue full-brogue but that might be quite a while away 🙂

    Cheers
    Reto

  • By the way: Totally cool laces! Where can you get those?

  • Reto – Great minds think alike!! A boot would be beautiful! The laces are from Septieme Largeur and you can buy them directly from the Markowski website, 4 for 20 Euros, they are nice flat laces.

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • Scott

    Love the blog (more than I should, I think…) and the stunning shoes. I’m a new reader, so please forgive me if you’ve addressed this in the past, but may I ask how long it took for your order of Septieme Largeur to arrive after placing the order? I’d like to get a pair of “Botine Balmoral” boots (which you’ve showcased in the past) but want to know if I can get them [in the US] in time for an event at the end of May…

  • Scott – Email me at justinfitz84@gmail.com and I will explain how to get a pair and yes, you should get them in time.

    -Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

  • Jim

    Justin,

    They look great!

    If you don’t mind, could you let me know how they’ve aged – for example, is the creasing quite fine or quite coarse – and also, if possible, could you let me know how you think they would fit someone with a higher instep?

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    James

  • eddie

    I would like to say thanks a lot to SHOES SNOB WEB.

    I knew Septieme Largeur this brand from shoes snob, and got the first pair of shoe from them. And one week after I tried their shoe,I order three pairs of shoe again.

    I really surpised by their Patine shoe.

    In my shoe cabinet, their patine shoe I put together with my Berluti’s shoes.

  • Jim – Not good for a higher instep, but this is common for any oxford. But the creasing has aged wonderfully, they hardly show at all, especially compared to some of my other shoes.

    Eddie – Thank you sir, glad that you enjoy the blog and have been able to get some great shoes out of it.

    -Justin

  • TheShoeSnob

    Kush, I had the UK7 in those and I believe that they were the 199 last…hope that this helps…they are slightly more snug then mine though but would not recommend sizing up