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INTEREST CHECK: MTO Boat Shoes

post #1 of 27
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Hi guys! Just checking interest for these before I decide to go into marketing and selling them. MTO 3-eyelet Boatshoe, White deck soles as standard for the moment) with CUSTOM leather panels and laces At this time, only 3-eyelet pattern and in standard width (close to Sperry AO's M width sizing) available...what do you think? Any feedback would be mucho appreciated Price would be around the 100USD range for just leather and of course much higher premiums for exotic leathers like ostrich, alligator, lizard, shell cordovan, etc
post #2 of 27
Killer. Is that the only colorway you've worked on, or do you plan to design a few more? Or is that option also MTO?
post #3 of 27
No chance of narrow widths?
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post
No chance of narrow widths?

they look awesome!! would u do suede or canvas too?

definitely interested in getting a pair
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
Yup that's the first colourway I've tried. more on the way. Any colourway... up to the client's whims As for options of widths, not at this time. (I will continue that crusade though!) Suede, most definitely, canvas maybe.
post #6 of 27
I would be interested in something with canvas uppers and a nice red brick sole. I feel it would be a bit more comfortable for the weather in Singapore! What kind of price and quality of construction are we talking about?
post #7 of 27
yes.
mto colorways would make me a very happy camper. will perf leather and waterproof/resistant leather be available options?

what about soles?
post #8 of 27
I refuse to buy Sperrys. I'd buy these.
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Right now only the standard white deck soles are available. I am trying to source for brick or even vibram crepe soles. any leads on those? would be appreciated. maybe even a freee pair for you if it materialises. As for perf or waterproof leather, it should not be a problem...still trying to get swatches and ironing out the options availbale but I reckon that anything is possible for a price. I can even get Red Wing Boot leather to use for these As far as quality goes, I am test driving the first samples to make sure they are kosher. will keep you guys posted in this thread!! I do not want to sell something that looks good but perishes quickly.
post #10 of 27
Since winter is coming quickly is there any chance of Deck Boots or Chuckas?
post #11 of 27
Happy to help you test drive a pair too
post #12 of 27
I'm certainly interested. Also interested in boot hybrids, as well as suede
post #13 of 27
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Happy to help you test drive a pair too

+1!
post #14 of 27
I'm in the boat business, and have been looking for some custom boat shoes for a while. Here's my 2 c:

1. Lose the leather laces. They come undone all the time.
2. Lose the lace around the back. It's an unnecessary styling contrivance.
3. Color of soles doesn't greatly matter as long as they grip well.
4. Quality of leather is important, because salt water will destroy cheap leather.

Other than that, I'd simply say that what you are showing here is no great advance over Sperry /Timberland et al. I don't mean that as criticism, but why would someone buy these for $100, when they can get Sperry for about $60?
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by pendragon View Post
I'm in the boat business, and have been looking for some custom boat shoes for a while. Here's my 2 c:

1. Lose the leather laces. They come undone all the time.
2. Lose the lace around the back. It's an unnecessary styling contrivance.
3. Color of soles doesn't greatly matter as long as they grip well.
4. Quality of leather is important, because salt water will destroy cheap leather.

Other than that, I'd simply say that what you are showing here is no great advance over Sperry /Timberland et al. I don't mean that as criticism, but why would someone buy these for $100, when they can get Sperry for about $60?


1. so make leather laces and option? I'm sure half the people that will buy these will never set foot on a boat, at least not for boating purposes

2. ^see above; note also that we're on STYLEforum.net
3. true -- so would crepe soles be best? im assuming natural rubber grips the best, but what brand?


I don't mean for any of that to come off as rude. great feedback!
and 60$ sperry's are just treated canvas correct? and not leather.
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