Complete customization of shoe
Customized last to your foot, not bespoke but pretty close
Delivery in 8-10 weeks
Solid hollow lasted trees
No time invested outside of 30 minutes at retailer
Outside of NYC hard to get access to other shoe makers with this level of service / customization. My last EG MTO was $1350 and that was Skoaktie price. Trees were $115 or so extra so looking at $1450 total with no last customization and limited options with MTO. John Lobb mto is more. Vass would be nice to get last modified mto but you aren't in budapest that often.
Originally Posted by Mike147
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.
Yes this is true but posting shoes are ugly doesn't add any value to forum neither, it's just being an ass
If you wanted people to give you feedback I'm pretty sure plenty of people would give you their experiences and as laufer said there's been a good amount of discussion over these topics in PM