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That center pair is simply stunning. Wow. Amazing.
Many thanks! High praise from someone with a lot of experience with fine footwear.
So many fantastic International shoes being shared here. Thought I'd throw up some from the USA. Johnston & Murphy 100's Handmade Oxford Captoe. Made on a custom last for the former head of the manufacturing floor in the J&M plant. Sadly (for me) a US 10D (his RTW size). I usually like something a bit more "unique", but they are pretty perfect as a classic oxford captoe, IMO.
I love the Santoni Norvegese. In honesty, it is every bit as well done as the Lattanzi models and superior to Sutor, Stefanobi and many of the other usual norv/ bentivegna suspects.
Yes. Not actually fragile, the "interstice" is very susceptible to drying out. When dealing with Vintage NOS unworn shoes, reptile pairs are often "fools gold". While they APPEAR to be in fantastic condition, that area so often is dried out and ready to crack. In batches with both calf and reptile shoes, often the "interstice" of reptile pairs is well dried, while the calf pairs are still relatively soft.
The cowboy boot guys (and I) agree 100%).Not really agreeing with this here. The scales themselves really do not dry out (except in extreme situations). It is actually the membrane/ skin BETWEEN the scales that gets dry and cracks. All of the flexing tension goes right to those ultra thin areas, so keeping them moist is a must. I do not use the Saphir product, so I can't speak of how it works on the skins, but Bick-4 is easily absorbed by the membrane/ skin between the...
those boots are actually the NON-endangered anteater.
They are handsewn Bentivegna. Same as the Vass goyser.
Nice to see the Norvegese coming back to popularity!
Beautiful.
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