Review: Ed Et Al. ‘Outram’ Captoe Balmoral
I’ve written about Ed Et Al. shoes before, and have really sung their praises for offering well-crafted hand lasted Goodyear welted full grain leather shoes at an affordable price point. Yes, I said hand lasted. You also didn’t hear wrong about the full grain leathers. Think Meermin prices, but with a more Hungarian aesthetic, and fully hand lasted.
Edwin Neo, the cobbler behind Ed Et Al., did after all train in Budapest under the watchful eye of Marcell Mrsan who owns Koronya Boots and Shoes, a well-respected bespoke Hungarian shoe and bootmaker.
I was given the opportunity to test drive some shoes from Ed Et Al.’s Third Collection from 2012 (they are now on a Fourth Collection, which looks amazing). The shoes from the Third Collection are generally more aggressively styled and dressier than their previous collections (the Fourth Collection appears to be following this same design trajectory). The burnished toe box is quite pleasing aesthetically, and the brogueing is perfectly executed throughout. Think aesthetics more in line with St. Crispin, or Gaziano & Girling, like beautiful fiddleback waists, elongated toe boxes, and Cuban heels.
I was able to take these shoes for a spin awhile back when I went to a gala event for work, and I received many positive comments on my footwear throughout the night. More importantly, I was on my feet a lot all evening, and even walked a considerable amount around town after the event. My feet felt like they were swathed in pillows the whole time.
If you’re looking for some reasonably priced dress shoes that are hand lasted and Goodyear welted, and made using high quality full grain leathers, then definitely give Singaporean shoemaker Ed Et Al. a try. They’ll run you about the same price as a pair of Allen Edmonds OTR, but have a touch more flair in my opinion. And for those ballers out there who want to put more skin in the game, Edwin Neo also does full bespoke shoes which are fully hand welted.