CNES Shoemaker has recently dropped one heck of a new collection, some ready to ship, some as Pre Orders and some as GMTO’s. However, they seem to do things a bit unique for the GMTO, which makes it almost seem like it would be a regular collection model. I will explain more below.
While expanding on new models and ideas, I still wish that they would do more daring colors, like Burgundy’s, Blue’s and more suedes in unique colors etc. Pretty much they have been limited to black, brown and tan shoes on offer. But I guess depth will come with time as they build their brand presence. But the only way to get there is to support the brand. So please continue to read more and check out these beautiful new models at pretty incredible prices.
For those that are not so familiar with CNES Shoemaker, allow me to explain a bit more as it can be confusing when searching for them on Instagram. The company is originally Vietnamese and the shoes are predominantly goodyear welted, made out of Vietnam. The following shows the difference between their various accounts and which one to use when ordering, depending on your location:
Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) – @cnesbespoke on IG
Singapore – @cnes.co
- The Vietnamese site is www.cnes.com.vn and mainly has models for MTO with select stock for local audience/taste.
- The Singapore site is www.cnes.co and has models catered more for the international customers (i.e. outside of Vietnam)
- HQ is based in Ho Chi Minh City
- The management team behind CNES Shoemaker is the same for all, so there is no different team or a separate group. They are all under the same ownership.
The unboxing video I did on them is also a great resource for understanding more about their price points and quality.
For their new collection, I see that they are greatly improving on their finishing, shoe patterns and the fact that they have some very nice new, lasted shoe trees. Their first collection saw some streaky patina-like burnishing that was a step in the right direction but not quite there yet in terms of finesse. Now, they appear to be doing more subtle burnishing and more in-depth museum-like finishes, which I find more much appealing and would bet that most other clients do, too.
Their latest releases are split into 3 categories: 1. Ready-Made, 2. Pre-Order and 3. GMTO. The ready-made stock speaks for itself. The Pre Orders are set to be done by the end of May. The size run on these is from 38 to size 53, if you can believe that. So there is a lot of depth there. The GMTO’s are unique as there is no minimum quantity and they come with complimentary lasted shoe trees. The stock is set to be done by the end of June and the last day to order is the 8th of May so that is a pretty quick turnaround time. The sizing availability is also from 38-53 which is incredible, to say the least.
The RTW stock is around $278 USD. The PreOrders are discounted to $218 and the GMTO’s with lasted trees are $298. All of the welted shoes come with a fiddle back and beveled waists as well as closed channel soles. The value is pretty impressive. The leather is typically French, using crust, vegano and box calf. A good portion of it from Tannery Annonay.
If you are on the hunt for a good-priced, solid welted shoe, give them a look. Remember, at sub $300 they won’t be a Gaziano & Girling but at this price, they offer one of the better values around for all of the bells & whistles provided on each shoe!