Beckett Simonon Durant Oxford Brogue Review
Finding a budget-friendly shoe that looks good, feels good, and is well-constructed isn’t necessarily an easy task.
Beckett Simonon is a young shoe company that’s been around since 2012. Taking a GMTO (“group made-to-order”) to shoe manufacturing, their claim to fame is that they’re able to craft beautiful, well-made men’s shoes at a much lower cost than traditional retailers.
This begs the obvious question: Can they?
We were fortunate enough to receive a pair to review and, generally speaking, we were pleased. Read on for a full review.
Price Of Beckett Simonon Shoes
Shoes are generally $199, but it seems that you always get 20% off your first order.
We’ve also received quite a few promotional e-mails since our order was processed, and they’ve been for 30% off. That said, it’s common that you’d pay only $159-$179 for Beckett Simonon shoes after all is said and done, depending on the style. Sneakers can go as low as $140.
What Are Made-To-Order Shoes?
Made-To-Order (often abbreviated to MTO) is a manufacturing method employed by certain companies, Beckett Simonon included, in which customers pre-order XYZ product, a pair of shoes in this case.
Many companies use a “Group” made-to-order (GMTO) process: Once a certain quantity of pre-orders is met, production will then begin on the sizes and styles that have been ordered.
Beckett Simonon, on the other hand, produces every shoe ordered, regardless of quantity.
The upside? This allows Beckett Simonon to utilize high-quality materials, construction techniques (the Durant Oxfords we received are Blake-constructed), and fair business practices at a pretty significant cost savings because there’s no excess inventory purchased, save for a few pairs for exchange purposes. These savings are then passed on to customers.
The only downside? The process takes about eight weeks or until the campaign ends. Either way, it’s not an immediate gratification type of purchase.
No biggie if you already own a bunch of shoes and are just buying them for fun, but if you’re just building a new collection and need shoes quickly, this is a potential snag.
What’s In The Box
The box itself is sturdy, which bodes well. It indicates that the company takes its work seriously and wants to protect the shoes as best as possible during shipping. The box included:
- Shoes (obviously)
- Shoe horn
- Two branded dust bags (a very nice touch at this price point)
- Extra removable insoles
In addition to this, the shoes were well-stuffed with paper to help them keep their shape.
How Beckett Simonon Shoes Fit
Generally speaking, the shoes fit well and were comfortable. The fit was best in the forepart and around the toe box, but the quarters and heels posed certain issues.
Below on the left, you can see the shoe’s quarters puckering out away from the foot. On the right, you can see there’s quite a bit of space between my own heel and that of the shoe. I tried filling up the space with the extra insoles that came with the shoes, but unfortunately this didn’t work.
Granted, it’s quite possible that my heels are relatively narrow compared to my forefoot; it’s been a long time since I’ve been measured. And in fairness, I’m not faulting Beckett Simonon for this at all. This is simply important information for a potential buyer to be aware of.
We detected a couple of very minor issues with the leather on the shoes.
- Above Left: There was some peculiar puckering of the leather on the outside of the left heel
- Above Right: Small darkened mark on the outside of the upper on the right shoe
Again, these are very minor issues. Often times this isn’t a result of mishandling, but rather marks that are simply present on the hide that’s used to make the shoes.
A Note On Customer Service
We need to take a moment to compliment Beckett Simonon’s customer service. The first pair of shoes we ordered were far too small (we have some big-footed gentlemen here at the office). Once we reached out, we were offered an exchange without any hassle or issues.
Furthermore, they offer a one-year guarantee on their shoes, excluding normal wear and tear. We can feel confident recommending them on this basis alone!
Check out their FAQ page for a full description of Beckett Simonon’s return / exchange policy.
The Look Of Beckett Simonon Shoes
These shoes look fantastic. The last features a pointed toe, an elegantly handsome silhouette that pairs beautifully with the slim blue suit I wore for this photo shoot. As I’m a tall, slim guy, this works well, but other body types may benefit from differently-shaped shoes. If you’re not sure about what body shape you are, we invite you to take five minutes and determine it with our body type guide!
Without further ado, check these puppies out!
As you can see below, the waist of the shoe has a beautiful curve. These are very well-designed from an aesthetic perspective.
I was very impressed overall with how sharp the presentation of these shoes was. Definitely just as good for the office as they are on a date.
Below we see a gentleman’s cut on the heel, which is always a nice feature on a dress shoe.
Final Rating: Four Out Of Five Stars
As mentioned above, we were happy overall with the shoes we received. The look is amazing, the construction is sound, they felt good, and the customer service we had was excellent. For $199, these are a great investment, especially for a guy on a budget.
Our only issues were the minor scuffs we found and the fit of the heel, which can generally be remedied by a heel gripper or using the additional insoles found in the box.
We’re happy to recommend Beckett Simonon!
Beckett Simonon Durant Oxford Brogue
Reviewed by Trevor Guilday, on
“These shoes look great!
Though I had some fit issues, these shoes are a wonderful value, especially for a budget-conscious guy. Recommended.”
Rating: 4.0 ★★★★