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post #31 of 810
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Originally Posted by Kenneth Cole Haan View Post
how the "$75 discount, Asian made & new styling" vs. "Northampton-made, traditional-styled" struggle will play out here.

In a subtly and subconsciously racist manner.
post #32 of 810
I'm excited to hear how they fit/wear

Any plans on getting a darker brown?
post #33 of 810
Excellent first impression. Best wishes in the endeavor.

Holding out for sizing in widths
post #34 of 810
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Originally Posted by Kenneth Cole Haan View Post
Incredible effort must have gone into this. I can't wait to see more. I would especially like to see pictures of the brogue in Navy (and how light is the tan?). I do wonder though since these prices are within a close distance of C&J benchgrade [though I don't see any navy offerings for C&J at all, and no light tans either], how the "$75 discount, Asian made & new styling" vs. "Northampton-made, traditional-styled" struggle will play out here.

Just looking at the pics of the finishing and construction, these are clearly meant to be at least a couple notches above C&J benchgrade, and even above handgrade with the fiddleback sole. Their intention is to sell a handmade shoe for benchmade price.
post #35 of 810
Cheers and best of luck, fellas - looking forward to seeing my order soon
post #36 of 810
Are you guys planning on doing all sleek mc type of shoes or street wear type of bluchers as well?
post #37 of 810
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Here is a review from long-time forum member A Harris: "Well I have to say that I was surprised in a good way when I opened the box David sent me. He had asked me to take a look at a sample pair from his new shoe line, but didn't say anything else so I didn't have any idea what to expect. Out of the shoe bag came a beautiful side-monk, extremely reminiscent of the John Lobb Vale! David doesn't have a pair in my own size (13) yet, so I can only offer my opinions as to styling, finishing, construction, and to some extent materials: Styling - The last is quite elegant to my eye, more sophisticated than the 8000 that the Vale's were made on. It has a round toe, tapered and elongated somewhat. There just a bit of height in the toebox which I feel is important - a toebox that is too low has always looked wrong to my eye. I like the overall lines very much, though I am interested in how they will translate in a larger size. The overall appearance of this shoe strikes me as very English. Construction - This appears to be genuine goodyear welt construction, with a fair degree of hand finish work. The sole bed has the imperfect look of the better English and Italian makes rather than the cookie-cutter appearance of cheaper Goodyear welted shoes. The upper is two-piece, with a covered seam at the back of the heel. Upper stitching is neat and well executed. The single-sole is channeled in the English fashion, with an anti-slip rubber heel tip and brass nails. Finishing - Very good! The upper is a rich dark brown with subtle antiquing that looks a bit more like Lobb's "Museum" finish than it does Edward Green's burnished finish (more subtle and not so splotchy as "Museum" though.) Welt stitching and the finishing of the sole and heel edges are very English in appearance, though there is slightly more welt extension than you will find on the more conservative English makes. Sole finishing is nicely executed, though in this area the work does not look English. Sole finishing is usually a dead giveaway as to a shoe's maker and country of origin. As I told David, the sole on these has me guessing - I suspect the maker is going to be something of a surprise. The interior is finished in soft vegetable-tanned leather, with a tasteful "D.C. Lewis" logo and (legible!) hand lettering indicating the model and size. Materials - It is hard to gauge materials completely without wearing a shoe and seeing how they hold up. However, to my eye the upper, lining and sole leather all appear to be of a high grade. My overall impression of the D.C. Lewis Clayton is a completely positive one. The design is elegant, the construction solid and the finishing excellent. I would not hesitate to work these into my shoe rotation alongside my Vass, Edward Green, Santoni etc. And the best news of all is the price. I expected David to quote a retail price in the $590 - $750 range, and would have considered them a value at those prices. After I had some time to evaluate the sample he quoted me retail price point of $400-$450! I was shocked to say the least, as there is no shoe I am aware of that offers this much for your money. I look forward to seeing the new fiddle-back sole finishing, as that will really take them over the top." Please note that we had absolutely no influence on the review. We posted it as received, and A Harris will confirm this later today. A Harris was offered a one-time discount on a pair of shoes in exchange for his time to complete a review, whether positive or negative. He has no financial interest in the success of our shoe line. We will be posting all of the reviews that we received (3 total), and we do not have any reviews that will not be posted. Also, there are no parties that were asked to review the shoes that did not do so. In other words, we are not screening the reviews in any manner. The Styleforum mods asked us to handle reviews in this manner.
Just wanted to verify that this was indeed my experience, and my complete unedited review. I will add that I would certainly not let the country of origin keep me from purchasing these shoes. I know for a fact that if these were made in England or Italy, retail would be in the $750-$1500 range for this level of quality, most likely 1K+. They really are an excellent value!
post #38 of 810
I need pictures of swatches and the availability of lasted shoe trees. Add a fiddleback waist to the Clayton and a piece of leather to the last to add extra room to the instep. Then charge me a MTO fee and my deposit is ready.
post #39 of 810
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 :
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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.
*edited only to remove extraneous commentary 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 :
post #40 of 810
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Originally Posted by A Harris View Post
Just wanted to verify that this was indeed my experience, and my complete unedited review. I will add that I would certainly not let the country of origin keep me from purchasing these shoes. I know for a fact that if these were made in England or Italy, retail would be in the $750-$1500 range for this level of quality, most likely 1K+. They really are an excellent value!
No doubt I will try a pair one of these days. The two gentleman know they're fucking shoes. But since this is a discussion about them, I will chime in in hopes of getting reamed All things equal, if it were up to a $250 difference in price ($429 vs $629 - $680) between Asia or UK made, I'd happily pay the premium. Even At that price, one would be hard pressed to find a pair on par with the big brits unless you stalked B&S. Even cooler would be production stateside ala Panta I'm a self admitted shoe bigot and though my kind may be silent I know we're legion. i have my bets on the duo growing out of taiwan and into a more romantic locale in the not-so-distant future.
post #41 of 810
PS; any possibilty of a batch in shell for us fiends?
post #42 of 810
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post
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

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 :



So they run true to size? I'm sure this is preemptive, but any thoughts on how they will wear?

The color is amazing
post #43 of 810
Yep, true to size. Mayyyyybe 1/2 size small, but could just be me. How will they wear? Well, im sure perfectly
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Originally Posted by FStyles View Post
No doubt I will try a pair one of these days. The two gentleman know they're fucking shoes. But since this is a discussion about them, I will chime in in hopes of getting reamed All things equal, if it were up to a $250 difference in price ($429 vs $629 - $680) between Asia or UK made, I'd happily pay the premium. Even At that price, one would be hard pressed to find a pair on par with the big brits unless you stalked B&S. Even cooler would be production stateside ala Panta I'm a self admitted shoe bigot and though my kind may be silent I know we're legion. i have my bets on the duo growing out of taiwan and into a more romantic locale in the not-so-distant future.
F- While I totally feel you on shoe bigotry - and without an iota of BS here - I could care less where these shoes are made, thats how nice they are. You know me - Im all about the GG/EG/JL/CJ world... and really nothing less - and these are completely holding their own against the big dogs. While I cant speak for David and Logan - you should at least handle a pair of their shoes - and tell me if I am wrong.
post #44 of 810
If the quality is high (as appears the case here), then I could care less where the shoes are made. Honestly, for top-notch product, it could be made on the moon for all I care.
post #45 of 810
love the monk. any plans for a suede version down the line? great job guys.
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