thanks bengal-stripe for that pix and precis, your posts on shoes are always welcome.
as an aside, rolf's postings have always been since i have been on sf, full of information and the occasional side jokes.
Originally Posted by fritzl
my conclusion: people like you and me, who have taken part on various bespoke experiences, don't have to agree about their personal preferences, but have some common feelings about the whole thing.
for the op: sterling found, and i can tell ya, by chance a pair he loves. meanwhile he is participating in "operation paprika" in a way i never thought of and this means a lot to me. perfect match comes to my mind.
let me be honest:
this pair is "way better" than his first pair.
so he is on the learning curve, what he really wants.
let me know, what you think about this...
.. yes, stylistic choices are personal like the shoes that you are selling.
the leather of the op's shoes you linked looks in a better state than the one on this thread. but as bengal has noted, these shoes seem to have inordinate creasing. in this particular shoe there seems to be creasing in the inner waist and on the opposite side of the shoe.. also, did the edging tool slip at the heel as there is a diagonal mark.
sterling - g, yes, it could be the natural state of the hide, and fritzl
speculated that the maker may have used the less desirable parts of the skin that gives rise to that impression. i do not understand what you mean by a skin being less 'sealed' than modern leathers. fritzl
claims that it is top grade french boxcalf dating about 10yrs or less, i have shoes 20 yrs old made of french boxcalf by french makers that do not exhibit this 'sealed' look you speak of. i consider a 'sealed' skin to be something akin to church's bookbinder