Originally Posted by Andre Yew
I don't understand the rush to order shoes no one's seen outside of a catalog or tried on. I know the lasts are based on well-known lasts, but doesn't it seem a bit foolhardy to order very expensive shoes without even seeing them in the flesh or trying them on to see how they actually look on your feet?
I remembered looking at pictures of Kiton shoes and liking them in pictures, but really disliking them when I saw them in real life. I hope there won't be many cases of buyer's remorse 6 months from now.
With all due respect Andre, I'm not sure what "rush" you're speaking of, nor if there was/is a rush -- or if people are prepared to order "very expensive shoes" that they like, whether you think it foolhardy or not -- why either should concern you. We're all big boys here, and most members on this thread are quite comfortable and experienced with high end clothing. They know what they want, and why they want it.
As to the suggestion of a rush: as you know Messrs. Gaziano and Girling have designated only a few days for their trip to the U.S., and have scheduled appointments. Inasmuch as we had no involvement in setting that schedule, and cannot alter it, and must appear at our appointed hour -- a truly measured process, city-by-city, day-by-day and hour-by-hour -- where do you see a rush?
Is your real concern a) the fact that members have the capacity to become excited about a planned purchase, b) that they're discussing their plans with other like-minded forum members, or c) that they may not be able to afford the shoes? (which would suggest a paternalistic concern one might express for minimum wage workers spending their paychecks in Vegas)
I, for one, am both excited (the way I used to be when new electric football sets came out when I was a kid), and am pleased to have a community I can turn to that shares my enthusiasm for high level craftsmanship.
To be honest, your concern sounds more like vicarious handwringing than anything else. Relax, those of us willing to take the plunge will be OK; I promise.