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Posts by VRaivio

PCK1, there's perhaps no need for cutting up a very good shoe. Claymoor's List, a favourite shuu blog of mine, visited the Vass workshop last year and published closer to a hundred photos. Some of them show pairs in the making, with holdfasts, inner stitchings, guts, gore and all. Like Jesper previously wrote: they are not fancy shoes as the welt stitching is sparse, a bit off and the welts are wide, but for the money no other maker I know can beat Vass. That's the thing...
...then perhaps you shouldn't reveal their names at all to anyone. If a maker decides to end its business with you because their name leaked, you can only blame yourself.
Torsion, just go with GG06 -- it's round but has enough shape and chiseling to make it pop. It's an underrated option here in style cyberspace.
Razl, Carmina and Crockett&Jones also make tie loafers but Bontoni's are far more beautiful.
...there are creases and then there are crevices. Still, I'd like to remind all of us in the shoe bubble that most people will only see that we have shoes on. Nice shoes at best. If these marks trouble you very much, do take a few photos and send them to the maker. The reply could just be quotable.
Not a pair of mine but I'd like to take this opportunity to talk bad about Meermin. Just look at those upper stitchings, wobbly in all directions like a hungover palm. If this isn't shuu damage I don't know what is. It's been, what, two or three years since they appeared on SF and still these quality issues haven't been fixed. Meermin is just about the poorest maker on the market because they don't care.
Does Bestetti have a comparison photo of his lasts from straight up and the side profiles of each? Not that his main business would be long-distance orders, but as long as this option is available, it should be catered to with plenty of photos. This way order mixups are mostly the customer's fault.
I'm sidetracking, of(f) course, but my one cashmere jumper from John Smedley is some great stuff. Very strong threads despite the thin knit, it's the softest cashmere jumper I've owned.
Meister, talking about breaking in, eh? ; )
I've a question for shoe connoisseurs: does Cheaney use leatherboard or plastic toe and heel stiffeners in their latest models?
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