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post #106 of 610
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Originally Posted by bigbris1 View Post
The AS factory? You may want to send Chay Cooper a message. He's more than accommodating.

A reliable source has told me that in 2 or 3 weeks some of the AS Handgrade range will be available to view at Harvie & Hudson at 77 Jermyn Street in London.

Cheers

Clint
post #107 of 610
ClintonF - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I've recently ordered the raked buckle double monks you had MTO with AS. They are beautiful and classic so props to you ... the proximity of the buckles is to my mind more pleasing than the spacing on the JL Chapel. You used the 99 last but I have gone for the 48 'soft square' for a slightly more elongated look. But I'm not married to the idea and am concerned about the balance of the shoe. Any thoughts on what you might do differently? Single buckles instead of double, for example? or a different last?
post #108 of 610
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ClintonF - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I've recently ordered the raked buckle double monks you had MTO with AS. They are beautiful and classic so props to you ... the proximity of the buckles is to my mind more pleasing than the spacing on the JL Chapel. You used the 99 last but I have gone for the 48 'soft square' for a slightly more elongated look. But I'm not married to the idea and am concerned about the balance of the shoe. Any thoughts on what you might do differently? Single buckles instead of double, for example? or a different last?

Hiya, sorry for my tardy response. I've been giving your questions some thought. I will try and answer your questions as best as I can.

1. I look forward to seeing the double monks - I'm glad that I provided some inspiration to you.

2. The 99 Last is my best last and works for me. However, the AS48 is pretty similar in fit to the 99 last (so I've been told). So, you'll be fine with this choice.

3. The angle of the double monks for me are still something special to behold and I would recommend that you continue along this route. You will be able to get the "standard" double monks a little later down the line.

4. For reference, I've got orders for a pair of Standard double monks and a pair of "swept back" single monks.

I'm not sure when the single monks appeared. However, the double monks (in blue suede) turned up this morning.

To conclude, go for it. I'm confident that you'll be very pleased with the results.

Regards

Clint
post #109 of 610
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I've just realised that Chay has put pictures of my shoes on the AS blog, so without duplicating, here's the link to them:

http://alfred-sargent.blogspot.com/

You'll find some more pretty nice shoes there also.

Clint
post #110 of 610
You know I wouldn't be at all surprised if your raked tight-spread double buckle turns up as a new hand grade offering from AS. It deserves to, that sweep is something special - like the winged shoes of Mercury ?!. Thanks for your reassuring words, I've gone for a double sole with a medallion on the toe for a solid traditional look, but I don't expect those modifications will alter the elegance of the design. Will post pics for comparison in a few months .
post #111 of 610
Chay emailed this pic of my boots awaiting finishing: Dainite soles for motorcycle commuting. I love the fit of the 87 and the 99 lasts, but am trying a handgrade on these. The plan is to wear these and see which is my favorite of all three, then to order a taller captoe balmoral boot.
post #112 of 610
emptym,

Wooow, it look great!
I just can't imagine you wearing a suit and dress boots driving a motorcycle!
post #113 of 610
emptym, that boot looks really good.
post #114 of 610
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emptym, that boot looks really good.

+1
post #115 of 610
^Thanks guys! I'm really looking forward to them.
post #116 of 610
Nice stuff! Look forward to seeing the finished product. I have a pair of Culfords on the way from Chay which I can't wait to receive.
post #117 of 610
The boots look fantastic. I have a pair of shoes on order as well and I hope to get a pair of the boots in '11. Fantastic work by the folks at AS.
post #118 of 610
Chay sent me some more pics before they head out my way: Perfect timing w/ our mild winter coming. This is the first production pair and will be named after me. I'm quite honored.
post #119 of 610
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Chay sent me some more pics before they head out my way:


Perfect timing w/ our mild winter coming. This is the first production pair and will be named after me. I'm quite honored.

lucky you - there are some of the nicest AS's i have seen, are they shell?
post #120 of 610
Nice shoes, but there's no way I'm paying 600 quid for a pair of shoes I haven't examined or tried on first. They probably need to be showcased in a high-end London shop or something.
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