Grenson Masterpieces for Paul Stuart's "Stuart's Choice" line.
Having staked out some promising thrifts, consignment shops and outlet stores for some time now in New Jersey, I'm happy to say that my dogged relentlessness has reaped excellent dividends so far. On the other hand, I'm sad to say that I'm becoming convinced that Essex County is where old dandies are put out to pasture.
How else does one explain a pristine - and when I say pristine, I mean the shoe trees still had retail tags attached - pair of Grenson Masterpiece wingtip bluchers in antique chestnut, made for Paul Stuart's "Stuart's Choice" line? Who donates such a thing? Well, whoever he or she may be, you are a better man (or woman) than I am, Gunga Din.
Channeled soles that don't even show signs of shopwear.
I can only assume someone passed away or there was an unsupervised closet-cleaning that went horribly awry.
Nevertheless, after nonchalantly paying the $40 (trees included), I masked my excitement as best I could and sauntered out of the shop at a deceptively casual pace.
Unfortunately, I already have an identical pair of Grenson Masterpieces for the Stuart's Choice line in a dark brown, and this pair was just a bit too snug. Which is the only reason these shoes did not move to the top of my personal "best thrift shop finds ever" list.
Anyway, happy hunting!