Originally Posted by diorshoe
i am wondering, why is the bespoke always on a more chiseled last than the rtw?
Two possible reasons: with a RTW shoe, the toe box has to be large enough to fit the "average" foot and this in some respects necessitates a certain bulky inelegance. With a bespoke shoe, the toe box can be more precisely made. Also, remember that the samples pictured are made to show off to the maximum extent possible the shoemaker's art. Such a keenly chiseled toe may not be possible for every foot.
and why is the bespoke leathers so much more sumptuous than the rtw?
there is always a mirror gloss even on areas of the vamp and quarters. this cant be done with a rtw.
The leather used on bespoke shoes is better, the top 1% of all skins. Or, if not the top 1%, at least some small percentage. That stuff is so expensive that RTW makers just can't afford to use it and keep prices reasonable. Plus, I believe that bespoke shoes are initially polished with more care, attention, effort and time than is typical for most RTW shoes.