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You'd really need to try it on to see if it works for you...
First time I've seen Moulded Shoe add a U-Tip to the pipeline. https://instagram.com/p/zfXl-IOCBb/ Seems like a very nice looking shoe.... Anyone know how much calfskin make-ups are running?
That is a very nice looking shoe... Wouldn't know whether it's ML or another last - these guys are doing a great job with styling... Since they don't carry EEE and are charging $1000+, I'll stick with my bespoke Maftei at around the same price-point. I get a much better fit with Maftei and Alden just isn't comparable in terms of construction and materials. I will still buy ML from time to time and stick with my guys at Moulded Shoe but it will have to be something...
Alexandru is the father and Lucian is his son. Same family, same company, perhaps some slightly different philosophy on style but same high quality of construction, materials, customer service et-al... I have only dealt with Lucian - he's a great shoemaker and a damn nice guy.Not sure about the location - guess I care more about what's inside the shop than what's outside.Just saw that Maftei planning a NY Trunkshow on March 21st.
My second pair is en route from Lucian in Wien...
Well - I've never owned St. Crispin's so I can't provide a direct comparison. I don't think you can directly compare the two as Maftei is full bespoke and St. Crispin's is RTW with some possible fitting modifications and MTO in terms of component selection (you can choose your leather, sole, welt, etc).Maftei is much less expensive - You can pickup a pair of full bespoke shoes for under $1200 USD at current exchange rates (including the charge for the last on your first...
I inquired a few years ago - They do not stock EEE. Also - Alden will not make ML last boots in EEE... You will need to go with another last if you need 'em very WIDE
I concur Dopey - You are not going to get the same as original and I have had some issues along the way (which they have always corrected).I have been using Eneslow quite a bit in the past 18 months and have been very happy with their work. They are a bit more expensive than Moulded shoe and their focus is going to be a bit more functional than fashion... What I mean here is that you can get excellent leather dress soles but I'm not quite sure they are going to have...
I took a look at the shoes and boots at my local J Crew again yesterday. I still don't see what you guys are talking about. They look like knock-off Alden's with cheaper leather. Whether it's the long wings or the knock-off Indy Boots... They look better in the catalogue then they do in person. Of course if they are constructed well, then they break in/fit well and they will last and they do look cool (other than the leather when you look up close).. At the $300...
Rule of thumb - If the ML shoe or boot purchased at Moulded Shoe has a rubber sole, it tends to come with a removable insert. I've had this throw off the shoe fit for me, as I have my own removable orthotic. However, most people have no problem with the sizing. I haven't seen any leather-soled ML come with an insert.
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