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Sebago Men's Brattle Oxford
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- Rubber sole
- Heel measures approximately 1"
- Leather / Suede Upper
- Leather footbed
- Rubber outsole
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Sebago represents authentic products and timeless design. Their original, hand-sewn Docksides boat shoe and Classic Beefroll penny loafer haven’t changed since they first crafted them decades ago. Sebago is a celebration of everything New England…where life in, on or around the waters is a geographical unavoidability; where they are nautical in their traditions but deliver a future of performance and ingenuity. Their shoes are about performance--not just the technical kind, but the way a shoe behaves in its right environment, whether it be on boats or city streets. Each classic Sebago design is carefully designed to perform at its best.
Take your professional look up a notch with this handsome wingtip oxford from Sebago. The Brattle features a burnished leather upper with broguing accents and a medallion toe. A grippy rubber sole delivers the traction you need, in or out of the office.See all Product description
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0041S0EZS
- Item model number: Brattle
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 4, 2005
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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These shoes lasted me about a year, wearing them 3-4 times per week, no shoe tree. I like these shoes, but I'm switching to Loake Edwards for longevity. These were my first pair of brogues, and they fit the bill pretty well for the price. They were a bit orangey at first, (I got the British Tan) but I applied some conditioner and they got closer to a cognac color, which is what I wanted in the first place. They look good, and I get complements on them from time to time still, even though they've gotten pretty worn down.
1) Great color. I like the color, especially after darkening it a bit. They went really well with the staple color of my wardrobe - blue. I could easily wear them with jeans, or with some business casual trousers.
2) Vibram soles. I got more traction than normal because of the vibram.
1) Thin soles. Walking on cold ground, especially if it's wet, was pretty bad. My feet got cold easily in the winter. Where the soles are sewn to the shoe on the sides was really flimsy too. You can easily bend them with your fingers. If you compare that to doc martins, or anything really, you'll know what I'm talking about. Further, walking on gravel of any kind in these is pretty bad too. You can feel everything under your foot. One star off for being a bit flimsy.
2. Poor construction. The heel is a hollowed out block of plastic wrapped in leather pieces to give the appearance of a solid heal like you'd see on a Johnston & Murphy or Cole Haan shoe. After a while it started to peel off and show the white plastic in a few places. It did take a good 6 months of wearing 3-4 times per week to show though. After a year of wearing that often, the heel has almost completely detached. The other thing about the construction that irks me is how the sole is sewn to the shoe. Most sewn soles look sturdy, but this just looks like a simple stitching job with no crimping or anything done to the seam. One star off for taking what looks like shortcuts.
OVERALL: I'd recommend the shoe for people who don't wear it very often. If you're going to invest in some brogues that will last you for years, go with something a bit more sturdy for an extra $100 or so. If you feel that shoes are disposable fashion pieces like most of the modern wardrobe, Go for it.
I own these in dark brown, but I also ordered a pair in British tan, which I returned. In contrast to the tan shoes, which look plasticky and artificially slick, the brown shoes appear to be made with full-grain leather. The picture here is not entirely accurate. Other than the dark, burnished portions on the toe and heel, the leather is quite light--it's not distressed, but it looks dry and faded. I applied some brown Meltonian cream right out of the box, and they looked much better for it (unfortunately I can't post any pictures).
Once I applied polish, the shoes looked great. The shape is perfect, and the fake-wood sole adds nice visual contrast. The shoes are immediately comfortable, and require very little break in time.
My only concern with these shoes is the durability. While they don't feel cheap or flimsy, they don't feel especially solid, either. I'll update this review once I've worn them for a while.
These shoes are great for anything from casual to business casual. They're certainly not meant to be worn in formal situations or with a suit, but as long as that's not what you're looking for, they should be great.
I bought two colors (dark brown and smokey brown) as a business casual / casual Friday / weekend/weeknight crossover, and ended up returning them both for a few reasons.
#1) Fit. They do run large, about a half size by my measure. I usually wear 10.5-11 and I'm between the 10 and 10.5 on these. I also have wide feet and while they aren't the narrowest shoes, this also isn't the softest leather so I don't expect them to stretch throughout the day and accommodate the boats I have on the end of my legs. Neither of these things are really a con, because they aren't offered in widths and I wouldn't expect designer shoe leather for the price.
#2) Color. The dark brown pair had significantly darker toes than is shown in the picture. I initially ordered two pairs of this color for sizing and both pairs had nearly black toes. I'm okay with a little toe accent, but I don't want a pair of two-tone shoes. I sent them back and ordered the smokey brown ones, thinking I could polish them a bit darker since they didn't appear to have buffed toes. Well, they don't have buffed toes. Instead, they are made of a waxed leather and appear dusty and shiny like cheap leather (after the white wax dust is wiped off).
I was hoping to get a well made shoe with durable Vibram sole for a steal. I think I was hoping for a little too much. However, there are several very positive things about these shoes and I would recommend them to someone who either doesn't mind the dark buffed toes (dark brown or British tan) or isn't looking for a geniune leather look (smokey brown color).
#1) The Vibram soles exceeded my expectations. Walked around my house I had excellent grip without the clodhopper feel of most rubber soles.
#2) The leather on the dark brown pair had a great grain to it, and although it wasn't smooth like top-end leather dress shoes, it definitely has some character to it and will take mink oil and polish well.
#3) The light colored wood heel is well-made and is a good contrast to the dark-ish leather. This could look strange if you're wearing it with dark colored slacks though, be warned.
#4) They appeared very comfortable as I walked around the house.
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