Originally Posted by rjsphd
This thread is awesome. I have enjoyed it so much. Please keep the shoes coming. Are the ones above blue cordovan?
No it is just plain old calf leather
I am thinking about doing a boot in cordovan. Something like the Edward Green Dover, but as a lace up boot. In Cordovan with a thick rubber sole. Something like that would be excellent for winterwear.
Originally Posted by VRaivio
Roy, from your designs I see that you've really thought these pairs through. This is something I give high praise to, as going bespoke is really about finding how much of an artist one is.; or, learning something new about oneself with each passing order. Wear these in high health!
Thank you very much, I should note however that not all pairs in this thread are mine. The sharkskin chukka's are T4s, C&A posted his U-Caps and the Croc/Calf mavericks are Riccardo's own shoes. The blue shoes that Riccardo put the brogueing on are for a fellow Dutch client. But we wil post (lots) more pictures in the future. I have plenty of shoes I still want to order with Riccardo and I know of several more people who want to do so.
IMHO the great thing about bespoke there really is no limitation other than your own imagination and the skill of the shoemaker. In the case of Riccardo I have found someone who is very creative and isn't afraid to experiment with shapes, models and colours. Over the past 2 years that I have been a client of him I have seen a steady improvement in his work. When I compare my first shoe, now about 1,5 years old, to the stingray. His workmanship has improved immensely. It's a great process to watch and also to get excited about as a customer.