I wanted a very dark brown calf leather.
Cleverley & Fosters refer to it as black coffee leather...G&G calls it Espresso
I wanted a plain front...no design, but I desired some brogueing/ornamentation on the topline, strap and the front vamp of the shoe
Clifford completed the design as requested and based on the pics I sent for guidance
Fit: Out of the box, it fits better than any monk I have worn by C&J, EG, and G&G. Since it is a Springline bespoke last, it tackles my high instep well, so that I do not notice it...in the past, I had to loosen the monk strap by one level to relieve the pressure on my instep...but this caused some of my shoes to be a bit loose (and not to my liking). As to fit in the toe box, it is roomier than my other monks...& I love it
Granted, I have worn this shoe for a few hours, but the fit is better. Is it phenomenally better...no. But it is a noticeable improvement over my other monks in terms of fit
The front last shape came out as I desired...although I might consider Springline to make me another last which is a bit pointier, longer and more chiseled.
I paid an extra 60 pounds for "bespoke" quality leather. It is an improvement over the black calf used on my first commission with him. I will continue to pay & request for the bespoke premium leather as it looks better.
Yes, I am ordering more shoes from Clifford...Winston Churchill faux laces
Will I solely be ordering ONLY from Clifford...no. I still like the RTW G&G TG73 last's shape and the quality of shoe from them too. But now I can have Clifford make some personal designs...for about 500 pounds (includes shipping and bespoke shoe trees)
It's not going to make much of a different if you don't get some trees in there, buddy!
I'll post my Sutor suede chukkas, since Ed did. I also just made some modifications to these. They were snuff suede with very light colored contrast norwegian stitching. That contrast stitching always bugged me and I always thought I'd get it dyed when I got these resoled. But after three years of heavy wear, the soles are barely worn, so I had them dyed now. I went dark brown all over because I was dubious that the cobbler would be able to match the snuff. I prefer dark brown anyway. I also had them trim the sole edges down a bit as they had an overly beefy overhang. Kinda feels like I got a new pair of shoes. On a side note, some of you probably remember by cobbler disaster with the damaged monk shoes. I used Willie's in LA for that poor repair. I took these to Pasquales, who I was annoyed with for putting a off brand heel on another shoe that wore down fast, but I shouldn't have strayed from them as they really do pretty nice work. Also, the dye job is perfect and completely uniform - no way anyone would believe it wasn't original. Any discoloration is from dust I picked up during the day.