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There is another source of Belgian loafers in London: Our friend Justin 'The Shoe Snob' introduced recently Allan Baudoin http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2015/06/allan-baudoin-belgian-style-loafers.html who offers a very nice loafer (made-to-order) at a very good price: http://www.allanbaudoin.com/ https://instagram.com/allanbaudoin/
You're not very forthcoming, are you?
I agree! - Well, a fibreglass or metal mesh might increase rigidity but it would show through the upper leather as a grid, Gosh, that was much ado about nothing!I only posted the picture as I had just seen today a G&G shoe with a weird grid (but not between upper and lining). So it ticked two boxes out of three.
I wouldn't call a tight (tight-ish) weave a "mesh". I see mesh as something that got larger holes than substance. Google image seems to agree with me:https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mesh&biw=1242&bih=585&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMImKmtzLqKxgIVCjoUCh2gbgCbIn textiles, I would call fishnet tights or net curtains a "mesh" (or in this particular case, that fibreglass tape).Neither of us knows what the "mesh" causing bleeding toes actually is.The United...
In the UK the traditionally used leather for this job is pigskin or as textile a cotton duck, which will work-out much stiffer and cheaper than kid. The kid is intended to be the absolute minimum.But thanks for your suggestion of kangaroo (although quite difficult to get in the UK). I'll bear that in mind if ever something else will need backing. I hope not, as I hate backers like the plague. They cause strange creases on the vamp.
That is Vass, not Gaziano&Girling! - The question was about a "mesh" used by "Gazing & Grilling"Austo/Hungarians aim to built shoes like tanks. Show me any English maker who would or has used a thing like that (particular on something inherently stiff as "Scotch grain")!
I know that! - But it's a "weird mesh thing".And a "backer" (which would be between upper and lining) is never mesh. If required, in quality work you would use kid leather, glued to the entire underside of the upper section. (For my whole-cut alligator loafers, the closer felt the leather was too soft, so it was "backed" with a layer of kid.)
https://instagram.com/dwegan1982/Is that what you are talking about? - That is just a strong fibreglass(?) tape, stuck temporarily to the shoe (already encased in a protective "condom") when sole-stitching to prevent awl markings on the upper leather.
Charles F Stead is owned by the Crack family. The father (who might be retired by now) and the two older sons run the tannery, the two younger sons, Alan and Anthony, have set-up A&A Crack, leather merchants in Northampton. They are also the English agents for Stead products.The Stead range can be purchased through Crack (from whom I believe you have bought previously). Crack does sell internationally with minimum orders as low as a single hide.Reversed...
I wonder whether they are genuine or fake python. - My bet (if I were a betting man) would go on fake.
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