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straight from the bench

post #1 of 73
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Here's my latest pair. Veg calf and American Alligator. Hand welt stitched at 10-11 spi.
post #2 of 73
Handsome soles.


- B
post #3 of 73
Just add steel eyelets and they would be perfect
post #4 of 73
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Just add steel eyelets and they would be perfect
Sorry...I'll never use steel eyelets again if there's any way to avoid it. I hate the look and I hate the hassle of shredded laces.
post #5 of 73
Beautiful balmorals, DW.
post #6 of 73
That waist treatment is just gorgeous
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Handsome soles. - B
Actually, in these photos, they seem a bit mottled and dark to me. In real life they are clearer and more even and more a yellow amber than a brown.
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Beautiful balmorals, DW.
Thank you. I was especially please with the way that I was able to match up the alligator such that the main "interstices" between the rows of tiles lined up across the facings.
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That waist treatment is just gorgeous
Thank you. The beveled and fiddleback waist is/was one of my "three things" that I have been working hard to refine. I'm close...real close. I was pleased and satisfied...better will come, I suspect, but only incrementally from here.
post #8 of 73
crikey! that's the first pair of alligator shoes I've ever seen that I actually wanted.

nice work, sir.
post #9 of 73
i like the eyelet placement.
post #10 of 73
YES!!
post #11 of 73
sweet now i know where to resole my shoes ;-)
post #12 of 73
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crikey! that's the first pair of alligator shoes I've ever seen that I actually wanted. nice work, sir.
Thank you. Alligator doesn't get a lot of love here but I've always liked it. Handled with respect and allowed to speak, without misguided attempts to enhance it or "doll" it up, I think it can be rather elegant. It's kind of like a beautiful woman...no make-up needed.
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It's kind of like a beautiful woman...no make-up or needed.

and tastes like chicken............



Great last shape, not too elongated and not too round. I also like the toe shape very much. Not a huge fan of teh "high" waist and high heel but that seems to be de riguer in bespoke shoes.
post #14 of 73
Agreed- I like the overall shape.
post #15 of 73
Wow, good job. These are a work of art.
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