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post #16 of 54
Are these RTW shoes available for purchase now or in the near future?
post #17 of 54
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Originally Posted by teddieriley
Are these RTW shoes available for purchase now or in the near future?
Tony has indicated that a true RTW line is a ways off (if it ever happens) because financing the making and storing of a huge array of shoes in various sizes is, at the moment, beyond the means of this small company. The shoes in the catalogue will thus be available purely as special orders for the forseeable future.
post #18 of 54
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Originally Posted by Manton
Tony has indicated that a true RTW line is a ways off (if it ever happens) because financing the making and storing of a huge array of shoes in various sizes is, at the moment, beyond the means of this small company. The shoes in the catalogue will thus be available purely as special orders for the forseeable future.

I see, so it will basically be a made to measure program. Estimated pricepoint?
post #19 of 54
Not exactly MTM. You can choose your last (there are five in the catalogue), but I am not sure he will modify them. As to price, I am not sure. I expect 450 GBP or thereabouts.
post #20 of 54
Those bespoke alligators are one of the most beautiful pairs of shoes i've ever seen. Overall, the lasts are great.
post #21 of 54
Something to notice about GG's shoes is how high the heels are compared to the usual English stuff. It makes it pretty difficult to go back to even EG after seeing one of his shoes.

--Andre
post #22 of 54
True. 1.25" is much preferable to the standard 1".
post #23 of 54
C'moooooon sample sales.
post #24 of 54
i love the cherry colored bespoke shoes.

i am wondering, why is the bespoke always on a more chiseled last than the rtw? this seems to be the case for aubercy, eg, lobb, etc.

seems like the bespoke would end up with a shoe looking more like the 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.
post #25 of 54
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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.

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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.
post #26 of 54
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Originally Posted by Manton
Tony has indicated that a true RTW line is a ways off (if it ever happens) because financing the making and storing of a huge array of shoes in various sizes is, at the moment, beyond the means of this small company. The shoes in the catalogue will thus be available purely as special orders for the forseeable future.

Sounds like a sensible business model, which ought to help keep costs lower (relatively speaking), and also contribute to the continued solvency of the company. In case they were wondering, I'm for it.

I need to start saving my pennies.
post #27 of 54
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The shoes in the catalogue will thus be available purely as special orders for the forseeable future.

Michael,

Any idea what price point we are roughly talking here?

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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.

Very true. That is something that I noticed about my visits to the London makers Cleverley, Lobb St. James and Amesbury-a finer leather that is softer (but durable) and better in appearance.

Some of the leather selection at these firms is extraordinary. Jason is particularly proud of his selection. The number of shades of brown alone can is impressive.
post #28 of 54
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Originally Posted by Manton
I expect 450 GBP or thereabouts.

That's a very reasonable price. I assume it doesn't include VAT?
post #29 of 54
Truly gorgeous shoes!
post #30 of 54
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Originally Posted by von Rothbart
That's a very reasonable price. I assume it doesn't include VAT?
Don't hold me to it; I was wrong about the bespoke prices. Not sure about VAT. I would assume that VAT is not included in that price, since so many of the customers are not in the UK.
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