Originally Posted by stevent
Not really. Why would your critical eye help us spend our money? People buy what makes them happy and if they are buying St. C price shouldn't be that big of a concern. If someone likes the style then they can get it. Your opinion isn't really relevant to someone who already bought the boots. If I wanted to buy a hot pink simply, you telling me it's ugly is not going to change anything
+1, but again why post in the first place?
I agree with you - if you want pink boots then buy them - it's your decision. MTO gives you virtually endless choices and if money isn't a concern, then spend away. I don't want to tell YOU how to spend your money. But again - I hope you don't buy pink StC boots.
However, you can't underestimate the influence that these threads have on SF members and other guys just searching the web for "St. Crispin Shoes." If every comment on the thread is simply "congrats, stupendous, beautiful, lovely, awesome, great decision, etc," then there's not much value to a reader who is looking for guidance to help influence a purchase (regardless of cost). There are guys here who are putting away cash for their first MTO purchase and they're probably checking out a few different brands, styles, lasts, sizes, etc. They're agonizing over making the 'right' decision on what will be major purchase. I want them to hear my opinion, and more importantly, I want them to hear the opinion of someone far more experienced than me. The guy owns 20 pairs of MTO and bespoke shoes and has dealt with G&G, Cleverley, EG, Lobb, StC, Corthay etc can provide A LOT of value. But there needs to be some more 2-way flow - IMO, on this thread, we tend to appreciate a bit too much.
I'll take your advice and shift the tone of my critical posts - I think I can certainly get my point across in a more helpful and constructive way. But I will continue to 'keep it real' and would encourage others to do the same.
Also - does anyone know how much StC is charging for bespoke calf shoes? They list the option on their website - I have never been able to get away with MTO simply on sizing.