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post #151 of 843
These shoes have actually re-inspired me to finish law school so as to have enough money to afford a pair. Absolutely beautiful.
post #152 of 843
Hi all, I just thought that I'd add my tuppence worth to the thread. I have had the privilege of meeting Mr. Roberts. He took some sample shoes with him to our meeting.

The experience was very positive and what I liked the most was his energy and excitment. He REALLY enjoys what he does. His sense of customer service appears to be second to none.

Even if his shoes weren't that good (but believe me they ARE, in my opinion), his desire to make the customer happy would ensure that he does a good job and accommodate most of a customers concerns.

Although I've not had anything made by him (cashflow issue), I'm hoping to commission him for most of my shoes from now on.

To conclude, I'm be no means an expert in shoes, but I do have a few pairs. I would not hesitate to recommend and use him myself.

And no, I don't get any discount for writing this

With his permission, I've enclosed a couple of photos that I captured of his shoes. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did. Unfortunately, I didn't take any of the soles, but they are similar to the Bals picture above (sorry )

Clint







post #153 of 843
WOW, the second pair is epic!!!
post #154 of 843
Look at those!
post #155 of 843
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This is amazing. I am lukewarm with the captoe. The proportions are off to me. The last also seems blobby.
post #156 of 843
Wow. Now i'm even more excited for my order!
post #157 of 843
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These are giving me pause.
post #158 of 843
Beautiful shoes bargain price too
post #159 of 843
I wonder if he is making more now than he was when he was employed (by whoever he was)

Who would you guys compare the quality to?
post #160 of 843
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This is amazing. I am lukewarm with the captoe. The proportions are off to me. The last also seems blobby.

Hi, I think that I'll have to say that the "blobby" look could be because of the quality of the photography. Combine this with intentional darkening of the toe (he has antiqued the captoe) and this may give the impression that the shoes are more blobby than they may be.

I certainly didn't get that impression when I saw the shoes. I really wished that I'd have taken more pictures of the shoes. But they were just for me to show my girl. I decided to post them here, as they may give some indication of what one can expect.

However, the brogues are absolutely great (to my mind) and I will ask Mr. Roberts to make me a pair exactly like them.

Cheers

Clint
post #161 of 843
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Originally Posted by kolecho View Post
This is amazing. I am lukewarm with the captoe. The proportions are off to me. The last also seems blobby.

I'm with you. I'll wait to see examples of other lasts.
post #162 of 843
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Originally Posted by fcuknu View Post
I wonder if he is making more now than he was when he was employed (by whoever he was)

Who would you guys compare the quality to?

I'd like to answer that, but I don't really have a wealth of experience of various shoes. What I will say, is that they are as decent in construction as most of the shoes I have from Grenson, Alfred Sargent, Cheaney and Trickers). I don't own any branded C & J's, but I do have Peal shoes and these are as nice as that.

I will say that the finish isn't perfection. Mr. Roberts said that this is intentional. He believes that hand created (finished) shoes should have imperfections. That will give each pair their individually.

I hope that this helps.

Clint
post #163 of 843
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These shoes have actually re-inspired me to finish law school so as to have enough money to afford a pair. Absolutely beautiful.
Hopefully by the time you graduate, you will have learned better.
post #164 of 843
I started to say this a few pages back, but didn't. I have to say I don't like the balance of the pattern on these shoes, especially the wingtips. They somehow make the shoes look even more stubby and inelegant than the somewhat blobby last would do already. I wasn't sure if I was just imagining things, until Boris showed his picture of the boots after they'd been worn. The creasing goes right across the wing tip itself which, IMO looks awful. I always think that creasing should be on the vamp, behind whatever toe decoration the shoe has going on. Now, I wear AEs, so I won't throw stones from my glass house. I'm sure this shoemaker is a great guy, and he's obviously quite a skilled craftsman, but I think I'd try to work with him to refine the pattern before ordering anything. Edit: I have to say, the antiqued burgundy brogues look better in this respect than any of the others in the thread.
post #165 of 843
I'm getting my JL Brooklands inspired boots on a last similar to the 888, but with a few tweaks to make it look more like the JL 8000 last. I'll post pics when I receive them.
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