Got a couple of updates:Austerity Brogue
We look good on this style! We'll have to use the same color suede for all the makeups, so we'll need 8 guys to commit to one color. Snuff seems to be the favorite so far, and I'd definitely encourage that as the choice. We've been selling Alden Unlined Chukkas since '08, and snuff is always the best selling and IMO most versatile of the three colors. It's going to make up beautifully in this pattern.
Pricing is going to be about $545. Lasted shoe trees are expensive, but I'll take care of half the cost for everyone who commits to the shoes. They'll most likely be another $25 if you want those - or we'll include a set of Epaulet cedar shoe trees at no cost. We can probably throw in another freebee as well with them - I've got some stuff in the works now.
Either the Rain or the Simpson last should be possible. Both of them only come in a Medium fitting, so regretfully we won't be able to produce this style in wides or narrows. It will look great in both of them. The Simpson is going to be a bit slimmer and dressier, but the Rain is excellent too.
I'm meeting with Carmina next week, but it's not necessarily a deadline for placing the order. If I can give it to them then, that would be great, but it's okay if I place it the following week. The only consideration is that vendors tend to take a LOT of orders at these shows, so getting ours in at the show or immediately after will definitely help with a faster delivery.
Originally Posted by Cuttingboard
Thanks Mike...I look forward to seeing the markups!
Comparing the Inca and Rain lasts, what's the difference between a pointed toe and a chiseled toe? The only difference in fit would be in the toe box? Just curious, because I bought your double monk in the Inca last and the shoe slips a tiny bit on the heal. And as you explained to me, double monks fit like a loafer because they do not have laces.
A chiseled toe is going to have a soft square edge at the front and a slimmer profile at the top.
For most shoes, Bluchers are going to be the easiest fit, as they can be laced significantly tighter or looser. Bals have a more specific fit with their closed lacing. And Double Monks and Slip-ons are the toughest to fit as they can't be tightened.
THAT SAID, I've got a solution for you. Pick up some tongue pads. These do wonders for pushing down your foot and eliminating heel slippage. I have a low instep, so I use them in nearly all of my shoes. They're totally effective, not visible, they're cheap, and they're very long lasting. Once you put them in, you'll never notice them. You'll just feel a radically better fit on your shoes.http://www.amazon.com/Pairs-Large-Tongue-Shoes-Adhesive/dp/B0030KSCCA
Outside of that, leather heel grips are also excellent: http://www.amazon.com/Pedag-Stop-Padded-Leather-Grips/dp/B004BD71JK/ref=pd_bxgy_misc_text_c
But you'll probably find that the tongue pads take care of things. I can't recommend them enough. They're also great in well-worn loafers which fit well in the beginning but stretched out with wear.