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Chogall, these look very Bestetti to me, you might want to try him out.
I am sorry, Leaves, I feel the boots have failed: the leather looks rough with those large scales and, judging by the many seams, they've been pieced together from spare hides. The last and sole look fine. Likely this model from first-grade hides would have cost double the end sum, so I understand your decisions.
...well, you know, he could tell you but then he'd have to kill you as well, and take all of your shoes. Pimpin' vintage shoes ain't easy.
Cheaney's Imperial line is very underrated here on Styleforum. I wrote a piece on it a few years ago, and the leather and finishing was very good, fit very snug, price-quality deal excellent.
Chogall, I'm familiar with this method through what I've read about Lobb Ltd., what I've seen in the Meccariello thread, and various style sites. I've never tried the route but I know it's possible with some shoemakers, it's best to ask from them before deciding on the company. It's similar to what the guys on The London Lounge forum do: first they get the cloth, then they pop in at their tailor of choice. Crocogator is a bit different because the hides alone are very...
Here's a little tip: you may save a nice chunk of money by first buying a great pair of crocogator hides, and then searching for a shoe company to turn them into wearable art. Many companies have markups for "premium" leathers, and these can be avoided if the customer already has the material. Not all welcome external sources, though.
You cannot: the welt is wide and the last is too voluminous for pressed trous, let alone suits. What you would need is a dress boot as they have contoured lasts, slim soles, and narrow welts that combine to make the boot look like a dress shoe with a shaft. Edward Green's model Shannon is likely the best-known example, it's a clean Balmoral boot. This is why shoemakers design, make, and offer boots for leisure and other boots for the office.
Haven't you heard? Out in the (forum) street they call it Meermin Lottery -- you never know what you gonna get!
Come now, you must admit that it was tediously difficult to turn a shawl (one of those thin, stretchy, loose accessories) into a suit with inner structure, buttonholes, drape, and the works. Cifo did this and their House Cut is evident, even though the material lacks all of the best things a woven worsted suiting offers. I'm glad this one found a home in a museum -- it's a great example of what those crafty Parisians can do with enough time, patience, and skill.
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