I saw the same combo in old shot of a Stefano Bemer (RIP) photo shoot in his store - bottom front shoes.
Edited by meister - 10/30/13 at 9:46pm
The laces are a bit festive, no doubt. I initially planned to replace them with black, but they have been growing on me. I think they kind of bring out the eggplant tones in the shoe - which themselves are a very interesting and hard-to-peg colour. An easy fix if I tire of that extra splash of colour.
All of 2 wearings so far, but I am very impressed with the quality. Excellent finish and very soft and supple calf - the break-in period was essentially the first wearing.
You know I'm a big fan of Vass. I claim no expertise beyond that of a reasonably informed consumer when it comes to judging leather quality, but when I compare, say, Vass and St. Crispin's side by side, the latter impresses as better quality calfskin. I would put these a notch below St. C's but above Vass when comparing standard calf.
The fit is VERY close to my Vass U-last, but perhaps just a smidge narrower through the waist. Almost spooky similarity, actually.
Overall, I'm very pleased.
Yes, they seem to retail around US$1600 - $1700 at Leather Soul.. Pretty steep, but having them in hand I do understand about the good comments I had heard from a few people about them. I still think St. Crispin's is very tough to beat at this price point, but the ACs if anything are even harder to come by. I'm happy to have these.