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post #811 of 1003
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Originally Posted by Gauss17 View Post

Would like to hear more on this, and why calfskin only?

Because cordovan is Anatomica-pricing. Cordovan is an option, at 1100+. At that price point, you may want to just bite the bullet and get a pair from Anatomica.
post #812 of 1003
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Because cordovan is Anatomica-pricing. Cordovan is an option, at 1100+. At that price point, you may want to just bite the bullet and get a pair from Anatomica.

When you hit $1100+ for a pair of Aldens I just have to throw up my hands and scream. At some point, with overseas sourcing from France or Japan - you have to seek a better option. For starters, in RTW/MTO, Vass is a superior shoe. Higher quality control, better materials, more hand work and many, many more options (lasts, leather, styling, insole adjustments, etc) for a lower cost. You can get this done without jumping on a plane to Budapest if you do some homework on the forum and solicit the advice of others.

I'll go one further and say that Calf ML from Moulded (and I have been a customer for a long time) are simply no longer worth what they are charging. Recognize that Moulded doesn't advertise prices on their Blogs and website - they charge more than anyone else. A pair of Calf ML shoes are running around $550 + tax - WTF! Look at the calf shoes from Leathersoul, Leffot and others - all running a bit under $500 and they are simply better looking shoes. Alden is not focused on ML - their Footbalance line is dying a slow death so at the end of the day, you are simply locked into special make-ups on duplicative styles from one shoe store in the USA (or pay silly $$$ in Japan & France). I love the guys at Moulded and I think their service is great - I am simply arguing that I believe there is a better option out there and I aim to find it...

I recently was in Vienna on business and ordered a pair of shoes from Maftei. Mr. Maftei is extremely knowledgeable and is very focused on customer service. He measured me on a Sunday and had a test shoe with a custom adjustments built into the insole ready by Tuesday of the same week. After a face-to-face analysis of the test shoe fit - we are moving on to the final shoe, which will be done in a month and shipped to my home in the US. Net of VAT - this pair of shoes will cost the equivalent of 2 pairs of Modified Last Calf (or one pair of shell from France/Japan). Please realize that these are fully bespoke shoes and that Shell is an option (I went for calf). Once Mr. Maftei and I get the fit dialed-in I will be be a very happy man and will start building out a wardrobe.. Overall, I spent about 2.5 hours with Mr. Maftei while I was in Vienna.

I also started the process with Cleverley - a far more expensive option that I probably would not have pursued had I known I would be traveling to Vienna for work. This pair of shoes is being built around my orthotics where with Maftei, the corrections and arch support are being built directly into the shoe. Given the cost associated with Cleverley, this is likely to be a one-pair experience.
post #813 of 1003
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Originally Posted by Mike147 View Post

When you hit $1100+ for a pair of Aldens I just have to throw up my hands and scream. At some point, with overseas sourcing from France or Japan - you have to seek a better option. For starters, in RTW/MTO, Vass is a superior shoe. Higher quality control, better materials, more hand work and many, many more options (lasts, leather, styling, insole adjustments, etc) for a lower cost. You can get this done without jumping on a plane to Budapest if you do some homework on the forum and solicit the advice of others.

I'll go one further and say that Calf ML from Moulded (and I have been a customer for a long time) are simply no longer worth what they are charging. Recognize that Moulded doesn't advertise prices on their Blogs and website - they charge more than anyone else. A pair of Calf ML shoes are running around $550 + tax - WTF! Look at the calf shoes from Leathersoul, Leffot and others - all running a bit under $500 and they are simply better looking shoes. Alden is not focused on ML - their Footbalance line is dying a slow death so at the end of the day, you are simply locked into special make-ups on duplicative styles from one shoe store in the USA (or pay silly $$$ in Japan & France). I love the guys at Moulded and I think their service is great - I am simply arguing that I believe there is a better option out there and I aim to find it...

I recently was in Vienna on business and ordered a pair of shoes from Maftei. Mr. Maftei is extremely knowledgeable and is very focused on customer service. He measured me on a Sunday and had a test shoe with a custom adjustments built into the insole ready by Tuesday of the same week. After a face-to-face analysis of the test shoe fit - we are moving on to the final shoe, which will be done in a month and shipped to my home in the US. Net of VAT - this pair of shoes will cost the equivalent of 2 pairs of Modified Last Calf (or one pair of shell from France/Japan). Please realize that these are fully bespoke shoes and that Shell is an option (I went for calf). Once Mr. Maftei and I get the fit dialed-in I will be be a very happy man and will start building out a wardrobe.. Overall, I spent about 2.5 hours with Mr. Maftei while I was in Vienna.

I also started the process with Cleverley - a far more expensive option that I probably would not have pursued had I known I would be traveling to Vienna for work. This pair of shoes is being built around my orthotics where with Maftei, the corrections and arch support are being built directly into the shoe. Given the cost associated with Cleverley, this is likely to be a one-pair experience.

I agree, Aldens are not worth 1100 bucks. But the modified last is the only RTW banana-last made, period. Vass had a banana last that they discontinued. If the ML fits like a glove, the big bucks are justified imo. I will be going Vass, most likely, from here on out, though.
post #814 of 1003
Has anyone tried the 379x last?

post #815 of 1003
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

I agree, Aldens are not worth 1100 bucks. But the modified last is the only RTW banana-last made, period. Vass had a banana last that they discontinued. If the ML fits like a glove, the big bucks are justified imo. I will be going Vass, most likely, from here on out, though.

http://www.vass-cipo.hu/Eng/Modellek_03_London/Modell_03_035_Kicsi.html

I think if you want the Banana last - Vass will build you a shoe on it.

And consider Maftei - he has a proxy in Mass that measures clients for him.. check his website:

http://www.maftei.at/
Edited by Mike147 - 1/19/13 at 11:11am
post #816 of 1003
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http://www.vass-cipo.hu/Eng/Modellek_03_London/Modell_03_035_Kicsi.html

I think if you want the Banana last - Vass will build you a shoe on it.

And consider Maftei - he has a proxy in Mass that measures clients for him.. check his website:

http://www.maftei.at/

Mike, what's the cost of a Maftei bespoke?
post #817 of 1003
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Mike, what's the cost of a Maftei bespoke?

For Calf, Maftei will run you around EURO 1000 including VAT. That includes EURO 100 for the last..
post #818 of 1003
1000€ total with last? That's good.
post #819 of 1003
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

1000€ total with last? That's good.

That includes shoe trees as well. This is worth some investigation for sure - plenty of good posts and articles online for Maftei. I was in Vienna doing this last week and should have my first pair in mid-to-late February.
post #820 of 1003
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That includes shoe trees as well. This is worth some investigation for sure - plenty of good posts and articles online for Maftei. I was in Vienna doing this last week and should have my first pair in mid-to-late February.

Please post results.
post #821 of 1003

In reference to the Kudu Indy MTO, the make ups details are still under review.  I apologize for the delay, and I will forward any new information when it becomes available.  Thank you again for your patience.

post #822 of 1003
Brown scotch grain boots arrived today. Some shots of them just out of the box:







post #823 of 1003

Spectacular!  It's very tempting, even with the PCT  .  .  .

post #824 of 1003
Thanks. I'm not sure I'd prefer the PCT if there were another option, but it's what they had coming in... This is my first foray into grained calf and interested to see how it works out as I break it in.
post #825 of 1003

I have my Truflare LWBs in Alpine Grain.  I love it.  It adds an appealing visual texture.  I would suggest that the grain leathers fill an important space in between suede and shell.

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