I remember when I first heard about Beckett Simonon in late 2012. So I went to their website, browsed the selection and almost bought a pair of shoes. The only problem was that they were all sold out and I did not feel like waiting for them to restock. Nonetheless, I still thought to myself that it was only a matter of time until someone started a direct to consumer shoe company, mind you, this was a year before Jack Erwin launched.
Since then I have been keeping tabs on Beckett Simonon so when I received an email from their PR people I figured it was time for a review. Fortunately, Beckett Simonon agreed and was nice enough to send me a pair of the Bailey Chukka Boots (link) in burnished tan and a Potenza Weekender Bag in tan.
But before we get into the details let’s she a little light on Beckett Simonon’s short history. It launched in late 2012 and is the brain child of Andres Nino and Nicholas Hurtado. Both gentlemen wanted to provide consumers with well made, attractive footwear at a solid price. Which ideally would help fill one of the many voids in the men’s shoe market. Originally all sourcing was done in South America, however, currently it is split between South America and India.
Anyway, without further delay, let’s get into the products. First, let’s talk about the Bailey Chukka boot.
Now, let’s talk about the Potenza Weekender. Which is perhaps one of the best values in #menswear right now.
Clearly, I have different opinions of Beckett Simonon’s shoes than I do of its bag. I am luke warm on the shoes; part because of personal taste and part because of quality control issues. But still, for around $100 (some are $139.99) the shoes are still a solid buy on the quality front. But this is only IF, and that is a big if, you like how the shoes look. I think all of the Good Year welted shoes are a bit clunky looking; but some people think that is all the rage these days. But then we have the Potenza Weekender bag. Which I can’t really say it better than that this is one of the nicest leather goods you can buy for under $300 (and frankly, it could sell for a good bit more); the quality is solid and the style is elegant, masculine and classic. Although I expect to use the shoes for years to come, I hope to have the bag for decades to come.
Note: FYGblog did receive both the bag and shoes for the purpose of this review. However, as always, the utmost care has been taken to maintain an unbiased stance on the brand at hand.