Originally Posted by Beach Bum
Wow sue me for saying several negative things about the shoe snob, which by the way that name alone could be seen as being offensive. I stated earlier I like his blog if you have your blinders on and didn't read it all.
I also said his blog is very biased towards the praise of bespoke and English and Asian makers in particular. Then I read the stuff (BS if you ask me) here about English makers now being inferior in certain areas and so I make a few comments. Sue me.
While i can't truly speak for others I believe that they, like myself, could care less if you like my shoes or not...but I believe the backlash received was more about your attitude and the anti comments. Your comments about liking my blog were also backhanded "more so because there is nothing else like it" so in reality the only real positive thing you said was about my passion being evident
FYI the only things that I am anti is:
1. Brands that lie to sell their shoes, using words such as "Handmade," "Bespoke," when they are neither and the fact that many of your favorite English and Italian brands may not actually make the entirety of the shoe in the country that you believe them to -- this is not hearsay, it has been written about it by reputable publications. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jun/26/globalisation.features11
), as well as brands saying things like 'a pair of shoes take 8-12 weeks to make' and that they 'stay on the last for a month' etc...it's all crap
2. Bad quality shoes that try to pass off as high quality
3. Basically anything that is dishonest and believe me there is a lot of dishonesty in the industry
If you truly read the blog, you would see that I actually studied shoemaking in Italy and have written many posts in praise about my teacher, the late Stefano Bemer. I have written a million times with nothing but praise about Riccardo Bestetti, said that I find it sad that good brands like Scarpe di Bianco are underrated and also about how much I love Bontoni. Not to mention all the rest.....
Have you not seen how often I also write about Saint Cripsins (Austrian Brand/Romanian Made) as well as the countless posts about French Shoemakers...and patina artists and singaporean shoemakers and Laszlo Vass....the list goes on
So you see, I don't just ride the train of England and Japan but do celebrate great shoemaking where it is due and can't help but have favorites.
But it still stands that I believe that the idea of "Made in England" or "Made in Italy" actually meaning something significant these days is simply an illusion as both countries make loads of crappy shoes too, not JUST good ones.
Originally Posted by Verrihappy
Justin, did or did you not pay for the G & G bespoke shoes? Btw, you seem to imply that Andrew Lock's private label Cheaneys are made to a lower spec, when I see them as just re-badged Imperials.
Of course. Any self respecting Northampton factory will not listen to the blabbering of a shoe shine guy turned cordswainer/shoe stylist wannabe. And Shipton is not tiny, at least compared to you. And they have a boutique in France, Matthew Cookson, with styles while not to my taste, but certainly classier than yours.
Btw, since you were kicked out of G & H, whose your retailer that you need to mark up your shoes for?
The thing that I like about people like you is that your ego is so big you probably think that your very sad attempts at getting under my skin and talking bad about me actually bothers me. Why would it? I actually find it amusing and smile each time I read a negative comment such as yours, as in reality it only makes me want to try harder at my goals to prove the naysayers like you wrong so that you won't have a leg to stand on in the future when I do make it successfully. So keep up the negative commentary, it's only you making yourself look bad.....
Now to answer your questions/comments.
Whether or not I have paid for my G&G bespoke shoes is really none of your business nor should it be any of your concern. The point in which I believe you are trying to imply is whether or not I write the truth if given a pair of shoes. Well Mr. Happy I always tell the truth (or my unbiased opinion) when it comes to shoes, whether I paid for them or they were free. Read some of my reviews and see for yourself. And if this was not your intent and it was more about my financial situation well that is really none of your business either. And I didn't quite understand the snide comment about not being able to pay for samples? What did you mean by that? I have a full collection of shoes so that would imply that I at one point paid for samples to be made??
As per Andrew lock, well I believe they are in fact not made by Cheaney as one can see from soles that I have attached as a picture. Also the quality of the making does not look anything like the Imperial collection but I would not expect someone as novice as you to be able to recognize that. I was originally looking at their Spanish made shoes, which is funny because is that not what this is all about, my supposed overpriced, crappy Spanish made shoes, yet people supporting AL Spanish made shoes...HA! And if they are actually Cheaney (which I think in fact they are Alfred Sargent), then the argument still remains that they sell £5 more than them and not less as someone was implying....
As per the rest of your derogatory comments, well to be honest, they really aren't worth a response. Have a nice time thinking of a rebuttal.
JustinEdited by Handmadeshoes - 3/30/14 at 3:08pm