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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Methinks you need more boots. Are those some of the 5 incoming pairs?

Yes, I bought a dark brown calf chelsea. I also got put on the list for an Alden Ultimate Indy but that's probably a year or so away. I also have a wolverine 1000 I haven't included. The only other boot style that interests me is probably a balmoral boot like a shannon II or wigmore which might be my first really expensive shoe/boot purchase.
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ironist, you can never over do it!

Nice rota there. nod[1].gif

You got black calf coming in the new 5?

Thanks, Cleav. Well I'm trying to get on the list for a grey museum calf / black calf oxford if that counts biggrin.gif. Never really liked black shoes. I have a cheap pair of johnston murphies stitch caps that I bought and wore for a couple of months for interviews but haven't worn them since. I don't wear suits more than a couple times a month so I don't really have that much of a need. That being said, if I was going to buy black shoes I was looking into getting another chelsea, wholecut with a chisel toe, or another double monk. I just feel like black looks better when it is sleeker.

The next shoes are tan country calf, plum museum calf, and gold museum calf. I do need some shell, a lighter suede, a blucher, and loafers. I find it hard to like bluchers and loafers though and I really don't know what shoe would be best with shell. I'm thinking a boot or LWB but not sure what brand yet as I want something sleek. I just want to get all the colors I can and hopefully not overlap too much in terms of models.
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Cross post from the Bestetti thread: This Saturday Riccardo Bestetti held a trunk show at the store Spiga 3 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This event was more focused on taking orders and measurements for the Novecento-line (semi-bespoke), rather than showcasing a bunch of shoes and let people try on sizes. Spiga 3 will initially sell three pairs of RTW-models (one will be Maverick on the classic round last in dark brown, hand welted. Two others not completely settled yet) which also will be offered in their online store (then in an English version of the webshop) when they arrive in two-three months time. Price will be the same as when bought directly from Bestetti, and for customers outside EU the Swedish VAT of 25% will be deducted which means that RTW-blake will be aroun$620/€450, and RTW-hand welted will cost about $995/€720. Pretty damn good, in other words. They will also eventually offer MTO and Novecento through their online store.

 

You can read more about the trunk show, an interview with Riccardo and see more pics on my blog here (can be translated on the page). Riccardo is such a nice guy, and a pleasure to deal with. Ordered my second pair of Novecentos now, will be something that he never done before, but will most certainly come out really nice.

 

Here's some pics from the event:

 

 

 

 

 

MORE PICTURES HERE! (Click to show)

Both pairs below were Riccardos own:

 

 

A RTW-model:

 

Rest is Novecento:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@Ironist Good call, can't fault your reasoning. Looking forward to seeing the results. Well played sir nod[1].gif
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J.I, I think my eyeballs are going to pop out....

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Bestetti has quickly become one of my favourites, what with all those strong curves, vibrant colours, clean lines and elegant proportions of his -- and I'm talking about shoes, of course. Mad talent, top-notch RTW -- better watch out, G&G.
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Back in the day, Edwin Clapp made some excellent shoes. For SF's viewing pleasure: hand lasted vintage long wing spectators in dark brown grain calf and white buckskin(?) with round-but-chiseled toe, linen vamp lining, protruding heelcup, tight welt, contrast leather piping, plenty of toe spring, slim leather soles as well as beveled waist. I'm sure part of Clapp's success was due to that indescribable sense of proportions.

This.... and the quality of their manufacture. Other firms were great but EC had a consistency over many years.
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

Bestetti has quickly become one of my favourites, what with all those strong curves, vibrant colours, clean lines and elegant proportions of his -- and I'm talking about shoes, of course. Mad talent, top-notch RTW -- better watch out, G&G.

Bestetti aka Riccardo is the most exciting shoemaker in the Whole Wide World in 2014 FWIW.
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Those shoes look great, and the pricing reasonable if they are as nice as I think they are.

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I'm shocked by those prices...no joke G&G better watch out...especially with their new rip-off MTO pricing...

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J.I, I think my eyeballs are going to pop out....

 

 

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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

Bestetti has quickly become one of my favourites, what with all those strong curves, vibrant colours, clean lines and elegant proportions of his -- and I'm talking about shoes, of course. Mad talent, top-notch RTW -- better watch out, G&G.

 

 

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Bestetti aka Riccardo is the most exciting shoemaker in the Whole Wide World in 2014 FWIW.

 

 

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Those shoes look great, and the pricing reasonable if they are as nice as I think they are.

 

 

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Originally Posted by PCK1 View Post
 

I'm shocked by those prices...no joke G&G better watch out...especially with their new rip-off MTO pricing...

 

Thanks guys, and I think you are correct, he is creating something special here, with very good value for money. I own one pair of Novecento, which is semi-bespoke including a test shoe, hand welted and made to the same standard as his bespoke shoes, where you can order any model or color you like. These pairs are definitely the best shoes I own, better than G&G standard range, EG, John Lobb Paris, Jan Kielman bespoke etc. They cost a €1500 for me, but for non EU-citizens it'll be €1200/$1600. It's in the range of G&G Deco, JLP Prestige, Corthay, EG Top Drawer or Saint Crispin's, and personally I would definitely go for Bestetti Novecento. And I'm also very impressed with the blake and especially hand welted RTW/MTO as well.

 

He has a pretty high upcharge on MTO though, €300 incl. VAT, but they use crust leathers hand finished with hand finished soles, compared to the RTW-shoes that use aniline dyed leather. And you can modify all you want. So it's still a good competitor to G&G with their new pricing and EG with their stiff take on what models goes with which lasts and so on.

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Thanks guys, and I think you are correct, he is creating something special here, with very good value for money. I own one pair of Novecento, which is semi-bespoke including a test shoe, hand welted and made to the same standard as his bespoke shoes, where you can order any model or color you like. These pairs are definitely the best shoes I own, better than G&G standard range, EG, John Lobb Paris, Jan Kielman bespoke etc. They cost a €1500 for me, but for non EU-citizens it'll be €1200/$1600. It's in the range of G&G Deco, JLP Prestige, Corthay, EG Top Drawer or Saint Crispin's, and personally I would definitely go for Bestetti Novecento. And I'm also very impressed with the blake and especially hand welted RTW/MTO as well.

 

He has a pretty high upcharge on MTO though, €300 incl. VAT, but they use crust leathers hand finished with hand finished soles, compared to the RTW-shoes that use aniline dyed leather. And you can modify all you want. So it's still a good competitor to G&G with their new pricing and EG with their stiff take on what models goes with which lasts and so on.

 

So...one can only order Novecento if Ricardo is available to measure your feet? Does he make trips to the U.S.?

 

And his RTW will be sold through Spiga 3's website??

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Originally Posted by PCK1 View Post
 

 

So...one can only order Novecento if Ricardo is available to measure your feet? Does he make trips to the U.S.?

 

And his RTW will be sold through Spiga 3's website??

 

No, I ordered my first pair via mail. Measured my feet myself. Didn't go too well since the test shoes didn't fit super, but he just looked at the pics of me wearing the test shoes and nailed the fit after that on the final shoes. For the new pair I ordered now we only changed two minor things on the right foot, besides that they are perfect.

You can order both Novecento, MTO or RTW directly from him as well (RTW only made upon order, no stock). I'm not sure about if he deducts VAT though, but hopefully. He is a pleasure to deal with, but it's a bit trickier with payment and you have much longer delivery times when you order as a private person. The store orders are prioritized, so when ordering MTO or Novecento through Spiga that will go faster, and you will be able to pay easily with credit card.

 

You can read my buyer's guide to Bestetti here.

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Originally Posted by j ingevaldsson View Post
 

 

No, I ordered my first pair via mail. Measured my feet myself. Didn't go too well since the test shoes didn't fit super, but he just looked at the pics of me wearing the test shoes and nailed the fit after that on the final shoes. For the new pair I ordered now we only changed two minor things on the right foot, besides that they are perfect.

You can order both Novecento, MTO or RTW directly from him as well (RTW only made upon order, no stock). I'm not sure about if he deducts VAT though, but hopefully. He is a pleasure to deal with, but it's a bit trickier with payment and you have much longer delivery times when you order as a private person. The store orders are prioritized, so when ordering MTO or Novecento through Spiga that will go faster, and you will be able to pay easily with credit card.

 

You can read my buyer's guide to Bestetti here.

 

Sounds great and the pics of your shoes on your blog looked great!!

 

What sort of foot measurements did he require?

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Originally Posted by PCK1 View Post

Sounds great and the pics of your shoes on your blog looked great!!

What sort of foot measurements did he require?

I think I uploaded the document for my order, you can find a link to it in the blog post.

Edit: Here it is: http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/186508153
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I think I uploaded the document for my order, you can find a link to it in the blog post.

Edit: Here it is: http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/186508153


So for novocento it was about EUR1500 ? You pay up front or deposit first then final payment later?

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Originally Posted by PCK1 View Post


So for novocento it was about EUR1500 ? You pay up front or deposit first then final payment later?

Yes, plus shipping I think. But that also include lasted three piece shoe trees (all MTO include lasted standard shoe trees. RTW no trees included), forgot to mention that. Pay up front.

Edit: And only shipping for the final shoes, test shoes ship for free.
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