Whats up everyone - First of all, congrats to David and Logan for this new venture. I am always happy to see SF success stories, and this is for sure one of them. I have known David for a few years, and have purchased many shoes from him - as well as commissioned some custom leatherwork. He approached me in the spring with the news of this upcoming line, and I was more than happy to help out. I received my first pair and was floored. Below is my original email to David and Logan upon receiving the shoes :
*edited only to remove extraneous commentary
Hi guys - First off, thanks for letting me be your guinea pig on this project. I have to say, that while both of you shoe nerds profess exponentially more experience than most on the boards, I was reluctant to try a "homegrown" project, compared to my CJ/JL/EG/GG experience. I (to no detriment to either of you) had low expectations coming into this, hoping to be surprised, based on my rotation culled from master brands. My expectations are wildly exceeded. I am a pretty universally standard US 9.5 - 8.5 in JL 8000, CJ 360, 348, 325, and EG 89 and 202's all work well for me. The pair, marked 43, fits me like a dream - just some very minor heel slippage, but not overly big that it would warrant a smaller size. It also does not promote excessive creasing at the toe "knuckles". The vamp is perfectly placed, low enough to be sexy, yet high enough for ample coverage with a pant The insole was extremely comfortable as well. The sound is incredible when you knock the bottom - a small detail that I unconsciously always do - but that semi-hollow sound is only found on top tier shoes, not on lower end ones - and yours had it. The leather is some of the best I have handled in RTW shoes - I have a pair of Brioni wingers that have a similar angelskin feel to it - but yours is just amazing. Buckle placement looks perfect and symetrical, color of hardware is appropriate for the calf. Lastly, I did a 10 minute walk on my carpet, at varying speeds and intensities, and they felt great all around. Really, really love them. Very, very well done gentlemen. Thanks again for thinking of me to help you with this, I am honored.
Now, in regards to the conversation of where the shoes are made, etc. I never once even asked where they were made. Quite frankly, I dont care. The construction of these upon close inspection was enough to make someone, even like me who really cares about that kind of thing - totally forget to ask. David and Logan will tell you, I never asked that question. If they said France, I would have believed them, England? Yep. that too. Italy - sure. The fact that I can get shoes like this, brand new, this comfortable, that look this good and are constructed this well for that price? Laos it is for me guys. Anyhow, if any of you have any questions for me regarding fit or any other issues, please post them here and I'll give updates. Its much easier here than by PM because many more people will benefit from the information. And of course the obligatory disclaimer that I dont have any financial interest in the company and I was not paid to write the review blah blah blah go buy the shoes
Anyone for the first DC Lewis pron pic? From last weekend :