I've been casing out TK Maxx here in Dublin for a while now. Every so often they have Yankos in, though only once in my size. Lovely shoes.I've just picked up my second pair of Yanko shoes, and thought I'd add my thoughts.
My first pair were split-toe bluchers in a light tan calf, with a composite rubber sole. The stitching is very fine - in honesty, the equal of that I've seen on Edward Green / Grenson Handgrade. The leather is good and thick and doesn't crease up at flex points. Overall very happy, but a casual shoe with a rubber sole isn't the best to judge construction quality.
The most recent acquisition is a pair of black calf full brogues. The leather itself is of middling quality - in line with that used on Church's or C&J regular line. The finishing quality is also about average - there's a nicely bevelled waist that's more pronounced than anything I've seen from a non-handgrade line. They're stitched aloft, but quite neatly. They're fully leather lined.
Overall impressions are very positive for the price I paid (£69.99 in the UK, supposedly discounted from £229.99). I'd probably say they're a small step above current-production Church's, and in line with something like C&J. At the price they can be purchased for in the US I'd rank them as excellent value. If I get some spare time I'll do a photo review so you can see more detail.
Yes - have seen Yankos in the one on Stephen's Green and also in the one on the south side, can't remember its name...Dingbat,
Is that the Maxx in the Stephen's Green Centre - never seen anythng decent in the way of shoes there?
Nice going :aportnoy:- looks like I'll have to change my lunchtime routine. Other than a nice Van Laak shirt and a pair of driving shoes, my success with TKM has been limited.Yes - have seen Yankos in the one on Stephen's Green and also in the one on the south side, can't remember its name...
I generally wander in once a week, do a quick scout of the tie and shoe sections and if there's nothing of interest I get out of there pretty quick. 5 Turnbull and Asser ties for €20 each is still one of my greatest all-time bargains