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Traditionally English bespoke shoemakers line the back section of a lace-up shoe (but not a loafer or a boot) in upper leather and the front section in "horse". Although the leather originally was horse front, it comes these days from a cow, has a very soft hand, drapes well and is highly absorbent. It might even be the bottom split of a cow hide with an added grain texture. (Although I have heard others claim that it is not a leather...
Once you've got both pairs, put up pictures and a poll, so people can vote whether they prefer the toe aligned towards the head or the tail of the beast.
Oops, how embarrassing: I dropped a nut! Edward Green uses Rendenbach. I don't know what John Lobb (Northampton) uses. (Maybe their bottom leather comes from an Hermes-owned tannery.)
If I remember correctly, the test was between oak-tanned and chestnut-tanned sole leather.Lodger, a London shoe retailer (now defunct), used to have his shoes (more or less 50:50) made in England (Alfred Sargent) and in Italy (don't know from whom). Sargent would be making his top-range with Rendenbach and the Italian company would have used chestnut-tanned leather (presumably from an Italian tannery). A far as I can remember, the test came slightly down in favour of...
Cross-posted with Japanese shoe thread: Bespoke shoes by Marquess (Shoji and Yuriko Kawaguchi)
That was then: http://www.styleforum.net/t/343005/japanese-shoes-bespoke-rtw-super-thread/2565#post_7127884 that is now: Thanks Shoji-san and Yuriko-san!
Sorry, my mistake! - I thought Il Quadrifoglio was having a fully-fledged trunk show in Taipei.
Robin, Jerry.................pictures of the Il Quadrifoglio trunk show please (or it didn't happen).
Here you are, or as the French say: "voilĂ !":http://www.keikari.com/english/interview-with-nicholas-templeman/
One down, one to go: [[SPOILER]]
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