This morning I took photos of the two pairs of boots to illustrate the differences between them. Surely not many people out there are comparing these, especially since the Can Cans are discontinued now and custom made only, but here we go anyway… (Actually, this website appears to be selling the Can Cans, but I cannot vouch for them personally, and the price is significantly less than I was quoted by Capezio.)
So far the Renoirs win on comfort, I believe. The lower heel is of course easier on me since I barely wear heels at all, and they are a size US8.5 which my toes appreciate. While I have always found the US7.5 Can Cans to be wonderfully comfortable I’ll have to admit that the feel caused by the heels is not optimal (nor is the size now, but that isn’t their fault.)
As noted in a previous post, I’ve worn the Can Cans for thousands upon thousands of steps over the course of a decade. They are very sturdily made and have been the most wearable shoes I’ve ever had. I’m looking forward to the look once the Renoirs have been broken in, and I anticipate that they’ll win the wearability contest. They appear almost equally well made with the Can Cans looking just a bit better in some way that I cannot put my finger on. Thicker leather? Something about the construction? It is a tad difficult to compare with the Renoir pair practically unworn yet too, but I have hopes that they’ll fare well over the years.
Nearly $200 for the Renoirs is pricey indeed, but I generally select shoes in that price point. Seeing them in person I have no complaints about the cost at all. In fact, they are a bargain compared to nearly $500 for the Can Cans. So, there you are: my thoughts on these two beautiful Victorian/Edwardian-ish boots. I hope that seeing “after” photos of the Renoir boots may be interesting to someone even if they aren’t truly broken in yet. I was scouring the internet for reviews and images that didn’t look the same as the pristine pairs on the original website. I hoped to see them after buttons were adjusted and after conforming to someone’s feet.
Most of the original boots I’ve seen have a gorgeous shape which the Renoirs are lacking, but I’m not sure if that might change with more wear and button adjustment? Perhaps anatomy and tolerance of discomfort have something to do with it too? Or did the leather shrink? I don’t know. I love these curves!
Will the Renoir boots approach this look after a while? I hope so and will report back some day to let you know.
PS: I was able to get the most lovely little folding button hook!
A funny thing is that although I am a rather ambidextrous-leaning lefty it was much more natural to hook with my right hand. I was surprised at how easily it went with my right while my left fumbled a little. Maybe that is since my left is used to the idea of buttoning normally? Heh.