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post #211 of 1064
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Our historic bespoke shoe collection Foster & Son/ Henry Maxwell

 

Side-lace wholecuts

 

This is a beautiful pair of side lace, three-tie wholecuts. We think they were made in the early 1920’s and they certainly make a particularly raffish statement, with emphasis on the unconventional and attractive rather than the disreputable, of course.

 

The welt is stitched at 13 spi, the sole is particularly beautiful and, even though these shoes are showing signs of their age, the patina is incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #212 of 1064
Wow - amazing. The shape of the toe box would fit right in with today's stuff.
post #213 of 1064
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Wow - amazing. The shape of the toe box would fit right in with today's stuff.

PhiloVance,

 

Many thanks, we think you're right.

 

There's something a little Tuczek-ish (pardon the coining) about the toe shapes of many of our shoes and it got us thinking. We have an old Tuczek catalogue and an old Maxwell brochure that we will be posting soon and it would be very interesting to do a comparison of the toe shapes produced by both companies. The similarities between the older Foster/Maxwell and the Tuczek shapes are quite striking and we wonder whether the chiselled toe shape actually has its origins in the early days of English bespoke making

 

We think there may be room for an appreciation of the historical roots of modern toe shapes (and shoe design in general). We can put our archive at the disposal of members here and invite opinions. What do you think? It should provoke some interesting debate.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #214 of 1064
I would be all for that. It might be a bit time-consuming, but if you already have many of the shoes cataloged by date or maker, that would be half the battle probably.

I actually tried to do something similar a while back - an analysis of the evolution of Edward Green's lasts. Of course, I was missing a few (although I had a decent representative portion from the last 20-30 years), but the lasts on display provided an interesting visual of the evolution of some of that company's round and square toe lasts.

http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2012/03/evolution-of-last-edward-green-from-to.html
post #215 of 1064
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Originally Posted by PhiloVance View Post

I would be all for that. It might be a bit time-consuming, but if you already have many of the shoes cataloged by date or maker, that would be half the battle probably.

I actually tried to do something similar a while back - an analysis of the evolution of Edward Green's lasts. Of course, I was missing a few (although I had a decent representative portion from the last 20-30 years), but the lasts on display provided an interesting visual of the evolution of some of that company's round and square toe lasts.

http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2012/03/evolution-of-last-edward-green-from-to.html

 

PhiloVance,

 

That's a lovely bit of scholarly research and we applaud you for it.

 

One of the ways in which Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell has remained relevant to its customers is by being able to draw upon the resources that have in our archive. Customers can then place their shoe choices in a historical context if they so choose. One of our objectives in joining Styleforum was to bring this to a broader audience as we know that a great many Styleforum members are very knowledgeable about the history of shoes and shoemaking and we wanted to contribute.

 

A lot of our archive is irreplaceable and deserves the kind of audience that only exists here. We think that we can help to provide some of the "missing" historical context that interests and moves us to an intelligent and engaged community of shoe aficionados.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #216 of 1064
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Ex-Bespoke shoes from Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell

 

We particularly like this pair of light tan oxfords in 5.5E

 

 

Foster & Son

post #217 of 1064
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One of the ways in which Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell has remained relevant to its customers is by being able to draw upon the resources that have in our archive. Customers can then place their shoe choices in a historical context if they so choose. One of our objectives in joining Styleforum was to bring this to a broader audience as we know that a great many Styleforum members are very knowledgeable about the history of shoes and shoemaking and we wanted to contribute.

A lot of our archive is irreplaceable and deserves the kind of audience that only exists here. We think that we can help to provide some of the "missing" historical context that interests and moves us to an intelligent and engaged community of shoe aficionados.

Best,

Foster & Son
I would say that such an effort would immediately become one of the treasures of Styleforum and the sartorial internet
post #218 of 1064
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I would say that such an effort would immediately become one of the treasures of Styleforum and the sartorial internet

HRoi,

 

Many thanks for the kind words.

 

We understand the importance of Styleforum in the broader context of men's clothing and really want to contribute to the debate about shoes in particular.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #219 of 1064
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I would say that such an effort would immediately become one of the treasures of Styleforum and the sartorial internet

I would love to see this.

post #220 of 1064
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I would love to see this.

LAGuy,

 

Many thanks. We've had a number of requests for specifics from our archive, the 30's and 50's seem to be particularly attractive periods. Has anyone got anything they're particularly interested in that they'd like us to have a look at?

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #221 of 1064
F&S, when you have a chance....please list the available designs which can be done through your new MTO program

I am hoping your wing tip monk strap will be option...along with some lazyman design

It is great to see an expansion of the gorgeous Fosters' designs to a client range which appreciates your bespoke shoes, but is in the price market for an MTO shoe
post #222 of 1064
I wrote a piece on Tuczek some months ago, gleaning what little there was online to compile a short profile. A scanned copy of his catalogue would please us shoe nerds like no other. There are Van Goghs of the painting world and then there are Van Goghs of the shoemaking world. I'd much rather wear and feel art than look at it.
post #223 of 1064
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F&S, when you have a chance....please list the available designs which can be done through your new MTO program

I am hoping your wing tip monk strap will be option...along with some lazyman design

It is great to see an expansion of the gorgeous Fosters' designs to a client range which appreciates your bespoke shoes, but is in the price market for an MTO shoe

Michael Ay329,

 

Sorry for the delay in responding. We certainly will have both a monk strap and a lazyman which we will show you soon.

 

Thanks again for your kind words.

 

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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

I wrote a piece on Tuczek some months ago, gleaning what little there was online to compile a short profile. A scanned copy of his catalogue would please us shoe nerds like no other. There are Van Goghs of the painting world and then there are Van Goghs of the shoemaking world. I'd much rather wear and feel art than look at it.

 

VRaivio,

 

Absolutely right! Shoes over paintings every time. We just need to make some scanner changes and then we'll post the catalogue together with one of ours of a similar vintage. The feedback should be interesting.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #224 of 1064
Such a noble act to bring old shoe archives online!!
post #225 of 1064
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Such a noble act to bring old shoe archives online!!

chogall,

 

Many thanks. Here is a bit of a teaser, we were looking through some old records this afternoon and noticed a quite remarkable juxtaposition, Hollywood Royalty and well.... Royalty. These two entries really are next to each other in our ledgers.

 

 

we thought you might like this one too.

 

 

Interesting how we have a mixture of hand- and type-written records. We'll try to dig out the patterns for these entries and post them.

 

The Foster and Maxwell archives are full of the great and the good, some of whom had the most exquisite taste. Some of our order books actually have little hand drawings of the shoes being commissioned, a sort of artistic annotation, remarkable really.

 

More soon.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

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