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post #1771 of 2451
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

sinnedk once again displays his poor taste and inability to comprehend anything beyond current SF groupthink.

No big deal. I made the jodhpurs for a very wealthy customer who spends part of the year flyfishing from his retirement home on the Metolius River and the rest of the year between Florida and and Missouri. He's an old man...probably in his mid to late 70's. It was his call...I didn't question it, I don't worry about it.

From a shoemaker's perspective, it was a challenge and the shoes turned out pretty damn good. I make shoes, I don't give fashion advice.

No, and I'm not his mother, either.

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Edited by DWFII - 3/29/13 at 3:08pm
post #1772 of 2451
...while we're still on the topic of heel curves, take a look at these pairs from Scheer:

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I find these straight shapes disgusting. The maker must have a strange methods for shaping proper heel support if these aren't show-pieces.
post #1773 of 2451
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

...while we're still on the topic of heel curves, take a look at these pairs from Scheer:

I find these straight shapes disgusting. The maker must have a strange methods for shaping proper heel support if these aren't show-pieces.

If the foot is held firmly enough into the back of the shoe; if the topline is narrow enough; if the heel stiffener is a bit soft, the shoes should hold the foot fine.

After all, pull-on boots have a near-as-nevermind straight heel stiffener and a very firm heel stiffener as well and they hold the foot fine once they break in. But we have to be extremely careful of the short heel and the long heel girths to accomplish that and I don't know too many shoemakers (aside from myself...a holdover from my bootmaking) who even measure the short or long heel on the foot much less apply it to the last.

But I'm with you, I don't care for the look.

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Edited by DWFII - 3/29/13 at 3:07pm
post #1774 of 2451
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

No big deal. I made the jodhpurs for a very wealthy customer who spends part of the year flyfishing from his retirement home on the Metolius River and the rest of the year between Florida and and Missouri. He's an old man...probably in his mid to late 70's. It was his call...I didn't question it, I don't worry about it.

From a shoemaker's perspective, it was a challenge and the shoes turned out pretty damn good. I make shoes, I don't give fashion advice.

No, and I'm not his mother, either.

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its the heel that kills it for me, but thats just my opinion. there is no question those boots are well made and have a cool leather.
post #1775 of 2451
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

sinnedk once again displays his poor taste and inability to comprehend anything beyond current SF groupthink.

This.

This thread is not about I like/dislike pictured shoes FWIW. There is a thread called Shoe Porn for that.

It is about the manufacture of bespoke footwear and the technology/skills that go into that endeavour.

Please keep it serious.
post #1776 of 2451
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post


If the foot is held firmly enough into the back of the shoe; if the topline is narrow enough; if the heel stiffener is a bit soft, the shoes should hold the foot fine.

After all, pull-on boots have a near-as-nevermind straight heel stiffener and a very firm heel stiffener as well and they hold the foot fine once they break in. But we have to be extremely careful of the short heel and the long heel girths to accomplish that and I don't know too many shoemakers (aside from myself...a holdover from my bootmaking) who even measure the short or long heel on the foot much less apply it to the last.

But I'm with you, I don't care for the look.

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DWF, I know you are obviously a wearer of only bespoke shoes, but those are currently out of my reach, price-wise. What RTW shoes would you choose if you had to choose a pair?

post #1777 of 2451
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Some of this is just fashion trends, believe it or not. Back in the late 18th/early 19th century tall boots all leaned back, intentionally. The boots Hoby made for Arthur Wellsley had this extreme lean. Why? It was thought that it presented better when a "leg" was made at court.

Despite popular myth right and left lasts actually pre-dated straights (which came into being when heels were introduced) and then, when fashion dictated a more "natural"/organic/ locovore trend in everything, the rights and lefts came back into vogue.

If you make patterns from the old pattern books...Golding, Swaysland, Patrick , etc.--you'll find that most of the older methods result in that anatomically-correct-but-somewhat-extreme-to-modern-eyes curvature at the back of the shoe, which is especially evident on high top shoes or boots. I like it, myownself, but I have made chukkas and other styles of high top shoes with a straighter back curve as well. Both ways IOW.

The best shoe lasts just naturally have a deep curve to the back of the last, although some people find that it bites "them." It certainly bit me...bad...when I first started wearing shoes after a lifetime of pull-on boots.




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This one looks to have an ideal heel curve. The overall profile is quite beautiful as well , lots of shape and appropriate curves. It sounds however like you don't care that much for the look. I mean perhaps I wouldn't have chosen ostrich but everything else seems very appropriate and tasteful. What would you have done differently if they were for you?
post #1778 of 2451
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post



I designed my lasts starting with some lasts I knew, drastically cutting away the material that was not wanted (quite a bit of work actually) then sent them off to a lastmaker to make prototypes from which sized lasts could be turned.

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Can you expand on which lastmaker/s you use. For instance, if I have a bespoke last that I like which I cut from a block of wood and want to make RTW lasts versions in varying standards widths and lengths, is that something your lastmaker can do? Basically I don't know how to convert a bespoke last to RTW.
post #1779 of 2451
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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post

DWF, I know you are obviously a wearer of only bespoke shoes, but those are currently out of my reach, price-wise. What RTW shoes would you choose if you had to choose a pair?

I've always made it a point to neither disparage nor specifically extol any particular maker or manufacturer. I talk about technique and quality that derives from technique and the choices every craftsman/maker makes...and the consequences of those choices. Sometimes such discussions become associated with a particular maker but not by my intent. I can't remember the last time I actually mentioned the name of a maker.

Frankly, with regard to RTW, while there are some that I like better than others, some obvious standouts, at a certain level they're all the same to me.

That said, it's worth noting that there are more than a few competent bespoke makers who do not charge much more...and in some cases, not as much...as the more well known RTW makers. Which has always been a sore spot for me--the disparity of value considering the expediencies taken and the compromises made.

If a potential customer is so exacting and discerning that he/she can see and appreciate the differences/nuances between one manufactured shoe brand versus another and if you can get a bespoke shoe made for not much more than high end RTW, there is no reason in the world why the customer cannot find a maker that will deliver a truly outstanding product for a relatively remarkable price. All it takes is a certain mindfulness and a hard look at the workmanship of the maker. The only thing forfeit is the cachet of a well known brand--the ability to brag "Yes, yes, they're AllThatGlitters...The finest shoes in Elbonia...and cost a months pay."
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Wise words, DWF.

 

Regarding those boots, as you said it's a matter of taster.  I'm rather ambivalent about ostrich and its quill marks, don't especially love jodphur boots, and rather dislike the cuban-style heel on those.  But they're not my boots.

 

More relevant to the point at hand is what really strikes me about them: they look a lot like a foot!  The shape of the boot, from the heel right through the instep and ball, is remarkably natural.  Rather than a new boot, it's almost as if it has lived on a foot for a while.  That's a testament to you as a maker, your last and the time the leather has spent on it, no doubt.

 

So like it or not, this is a boot that looks bespoke and then some.  And isn't that what this is all about?

post #1781 of 2451
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Originally Posted by Xenon View Post

This one looks to have an ideal heel curve. The overall profile is quite beautiful as well , lots of shape and appropriate curves. It sounds however like you don't care that much for the look. I mean perhaps I wouldn't have chosen ostrich but everything else seems very appropriate and tasteful. What would you have done differently if they were for you?

I like the jodhpur a lot. I always wanted a pair in British tan. But chose a whole cut chelsea for my current ankle boots--just for the challenge of the blocking.

Ostrich is a little too ostentatious for my tastes at this stage of my life, despite it being a soft (read comfortable) yet durable leather. That said, I like alligator/crocodile...go figure. Also my personal philosophy has always been that any colour is fine as long as it is black.

For myself. I don't think I would choose the military heel on that particular shoe--it doesn't look bad, but not my cuppa. I have it on some quasi-19th century full wellingtons that I made for myself...it's very appropriate there, and for the time.
post #1782 of 2451
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Originally Posted by Xenon View Post

Can you expand on which lastmaker/s you use. For instance, if I have a bespoke last that I like which I cut from a block of wood and want to make RTW lasts versions in varying standards widths and lengths, is that something your lastmaker can do? Basically I don't know how to convert a bespoke last to RTW.

I use the only lastmaker left in the US (when I first got into the business there were five)--Jones & Vining out of Walnut Ridge Arkansas (well, that's their custom/experimental division). If you call and talk to Spencer, you can send your prototype to them and they'll paint it blue and scan it into a specifically-written-for-lastmaking software that will allow the maker to grade for size and adjust for heel height, toe spring, etc. (this all costs).

Once it is in the software, you can order one pair at a time and the software sends the specific data to the lathe...and voila!
post #1783 of 2451
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Wise words, DWF.

Regarding those boots, as you said it's a matter of taster.  I'm rather ambivalent about ostrich and its quill marks, don't especially love jodphur boots, and rather dislike the cuban-style heel on those.  But they're not my boots.

More relevant to the point at hand is what really strikes me about them: they look a lot like a foot!  The shape of the boot, from the heel right through the instep and ball, is remarkably natural.  Rather than a new boot, it's almost as if it has lived on a foot for a while.  That's a testament to you as a maker, your last and the time the leather has spent on it, no doubt.

So like it or not, this is a boot that looks bespoke and then some.  And isn't that what this is all about?

Well I think so. More importantly the customer was nearly dancing he was so happy with the fit (considering his age it's an image best not dwelt upon). He called me up several times in the subsequent year to again marvel and rave about the fit.
post #1784 of 2451
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post

its the heel that kills it for me, but thats just my opinion. there is no question those boots are well made and have a cool leather.

No worries...if we were all alike, you'd be superfluous. crackup[1].gif
post #1785 of 2451
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

I like the jodhpur a lot. I always wanted a pair in British tan. But chose a whole cut chelsea for my current ankle boots--just for the challenge of the blocking.

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Pictures.....plz....!
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