Just received my pair of Joe Works Apron Front Derby in Italian shoulder leather.
Construction is top notch with very tight sitiching. Worth noting is they packed the bubble wrap and shoes very neat and very "imagined Japanese"
The shoulder leather on shoe reminds me of my old sofa - probably the same leather at all. Very soft and hug my slender feet comfortably.
Fitting wise, as made to measure, James and his 2 other partners had done well. My feet as mentioned in last post, is low volume, low instep, slender heel and bony all around. We discussed the modifications to last for a while back in August and marked:
1. Adding toe box space for left pinky toe to solve diverged sizing and width of feet (9C/8.5DE) 2. Adding few millimetres on right foot instep and 3. Expect size US7.5 will still have heel slippage on right foot.
With wearing it spot on downhill after work, I found I should have add another 2mm on left foot instep, and the minor heel slippage/lifting of heel indeed happens on left foot. Still have it lace it tightly to grab the heel, while at least it feel much much better than other RTW shoes I bought previously. Even with Anthony Cleverley, while the shoe gripped the heel well, there are still some pressure on left pinky toe and feels tight - wheres Joe Works pair is like my old pair with first wear.
James have told me they are not bespoke, and that's the best they could help and now i realised that. I assume oxford close-laced style should work better but after all, I'm ordering the pair to wear with jeans and less formal use.
So, I know I have to and has gone bespoke.