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We actually have this incoming in a few weeks (I hope). But on the 74945 last (fits similar to Forest but with a slightly higher instep).

Hi Leaves.

Thanks, I do find the Forest last a rather clunky and ungainly last for dress shoes, it probably looks best on boots or more casual, informal, country type shoes.

So if we can still get 3 interests in the 804 last I think that would be much better.


Edited by ThunderMarch - 10/22/15 at 1:01am
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Hi Leaves.
Thanks, I do find the Forest last a rather clunky and ungainly last for dress shoes, it probably looks best on boots or more casual, informal, country type shoes.
So if we can still get 3 interests in the 804 last I think that would be much better.

It's only the fit that is similar, the look is much more sleek than Forest.

74945 examples:

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01
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A stitched cap toe double monk on this 74945 will finely replicate the JL William ii, imo.
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It's only the fit that is similar, the look is much more sleek than Forest.

74945 examples:

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01


would you compare it to 82 last?

In fact, it doesn't have much to do with Forest (only the fit as you say).

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A stitched cap toe double monk on this 74945 will finely replicate the JL William ii, imo.


The H*** you say.

 

Sorry I own the JL William II and I just couldn't help it. LOL

post #17946 of 23720
I don't post often here but I just wanted to say how great Skoak's customer service is. The shoes I received had some issues with and Alexander and Patrik worked promptly to resolve it.

All the communications were timely and helpful. This client is very impressed.
post #17947 of 23720
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It's only the fit that is similar, the look is much more sleek than Forest.

 

 

This.

post #17948 of 23720
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This.

I personally think Forest gets a bad rap. I have three shoes in Forest (a suede PTB, a calf captoe derby from Skoak, and a grain calf split toe) and I think it's a great, classic shape. Bulbous relative to a G&G or a Bestetti, yes, but sleek relative to 99.5% of shoes on the streets these days.

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I personally think Forest gets a bad rap. I have three shoes in Forest (a suede PTB, a calf captoe derby from Skoak, and a grain calf split toe) and I think it's a great, classic shape. Bulbous relative to a G&G or a Bestetti, yes, but sleek relative to 99.5% of shoes on the streets these days.

 

That's probably fair, except that here on SF we don't view sleekness relative to the 99.5% of utterly crap footwear out there. 

 

Also note the context of ThuderMarch's original comment: "...it probably looks best on boots or more casual, informal, country type shoes."  This would seem to be reflected in your own choices for this last.

 

My main issue with Forest is what I perceive as not-quite-right proportions:  the toe box seems a bit too tall and bulbous compared to the relatively sleek everything else.  Not massively so, but noticeable all the same.  Soller is a wider, rounder-toed last but strikes my eye as better balanced overall.  I think Forest works well in a PTB for some reason, but just seems slightly off to my eye in other applications.

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That's probably fair, except that here on SF we don't view sleekness relative to the 99.5% of utterly crap footwear out there. 

 

Also note the context of ThuderMarch's original comment: "...it probably looks best on boots or more casual, informal, country type shoes."  This would seem to be reflected in your own choices for this last.

 

My main issue with Forest is what I perceive as not-quite-right proportions:  the toe box seems a bit too tall and bulbous compared to the relatively sleek everything else.  Not massively so, but noticeable all the same.  Soller is a wider, rounder-toed last but strikes my eye as better balanced overall.  I think Forest works well in a PTB for some reason, but just seems slightly off to my eye in other applications.

All astute comments Roger. I probably wouldn't seek out a Forest wingtip balmoral, for instance, and I do see what you mean about a bit of an imbalance. I've not handled Robert or Soller shoes but those seem to curry favor from this group on the dress and casual ends of the spectrum, respectively. The captoe I have from Skoak has no other broguing so is a relatively simple design. It's on Dainite in medium brown so it's my go-to rainy day dress shoe.

 

Your point about SF perspective vs. everyone else's perspective is well-taken, but my alternate view is that I'd feel especially conspicuous in a very chiseled last, which is why I tend toward the softer toe shapes for the most part. Dress is, of course, a very personal endeavor but I also feel it has to fit in to a certain degree within the broader world. You wouldn't wear perfectly polished wingtips to a tractor pull (well, I wouldn't, at least), and I feel wearing very chiseled toes in a sea of bulbous square-toed platypus shoes stands out almost as much. I also think the angular toes are beautiful to look at but not as great on my feet, if that makes sense. That's a very personal opinion of mine and clearly not shared by everybody here, which is great, because wouldn't it be boring if we all liked exactly the same things!

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Forest can look elegant, of course, and performs very well on a plain cap toe (the style below is our best selling style, all categories, followed by the same version in brown). It also does well on everything from wingtips to boots. It's a last that is very easy too fit as well, all in all a shoe store's dream last. smile.gif

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It's a last that is very easy too fit as well, all in all a shoe store's dream last. smile.gif

I don't think you can call yourself a shoe store anymore. A shoe connoisseur's paradise, shoe mecca (maybe Valhalla is more apt given the location), or bastion of fine footwear seems more appropriate at this point.
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I don't post often here but I just wanted to say how great Skoak's customer service is. The shoes I received had some issues with and Alexander and Patrik worked promptly to resolve it.

All the communications were timely and helpful. This client is very impressed.

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I don't think you can call yourself a shoe store anymore. A shoe connoisseur's paradise, shoe mecca (maybe Valhalla is more apt given the location), or bastion of fine footwear seems more appropriate at this point.

Thank you fellas, much appreciated!
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Would anybody be interested in a black wholecut on the simpson last as a gmto through skoak?
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Hey @Leaves

Are you guys planning any G&G pre-orders for a spring season?
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