Right now, the chances of Mr. Gray visiting Ottawa are good. Details are still being worked out.
Since this will be my first pair of bespoke shoes, I'd like the forum's help in drawing up a list of methods and materials that should be used to ensure high-quality, long-lasting shoes. The draft list of requirements below is drawn from various discussions on SF, notably here
, and here
(I did not understand everything I read, hence this post.)Materials
- Vegetable-tanned upper leather.
- Pitt-tanned leather for the lining (full liner), the outsole, the insole, the toe puff, the heel, the heel stiffener, the inside & the outside counters.
- 100% leather heel but with rubber insert.
- Wooden or brass pegs instead of metal nails.Methods
- Hand inseaming.
- Hand welting.
- Hand-channeled outsole.
Corrections and suggestions are welcome.
- Should the upper leather be pit-tanned, too?
- Should I ask for Baker
- Should anything be specified about the shank spring?
- Should cork be used as filling? If not, what should be?
- Out of curiosity, just how waterproof is bark-tanned leather? Would the sole get wet at all if I stepped into a puddle for a second?
- Would requirements like these offend a shoemaker?