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^^^That is awesome.
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As a big fan and longstanding customer of Foster & Son, I just wanted to join the chorus in saying glad to see the brand here on SF!  Also thought I would post a few photos of my favorite pair.  I've owned these Sloane boots for three or four years now, and am happy to say they're the most comfortable Chelsea boots I've ever worn (including Lobbs).  I've received more compliments on them than any other pair of shoes in my rotation, by far.  So for those of you in the market for Chelseas, definitely keep Foster & Son in mind.  Also worth adding that the service I've received at their Jermyn Street shop has always been over-the-top excellent.  Now I just need a good excuse to spring for another pair...

 

 

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As a big fan and longstanding customer of Foster & Son, I just wanted to join the chorus in saying glad to see the brand here on SF!  Also thought I would post a few photos of my favorite pair.  I've owned these Sloane boots for three or four years now, and am happy to say they're the most comfortable Chelsea boots I've ever worn (including Lobbs).  I've received more compliments on them than any other pair of shoes in my rotation, by far.  So for those of you in the market for Chelseas, definitely keep Foster & Son in mind.  Also worth adding that the service I've received at their Jermyn Street shop has always been over-the-top excellent.  Now I just need a good excuse to spring for another pair...

 

 

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AlexHold, you are very kind, many thanks. Foster & Son

post #229 of 906
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^^^That is awesome.

 

Thankyou, rare praise from a man who knows his stuff! Foster & Son

post #230 of 906
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Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell Bespoke Shoe Archive

 

This is a glorious monk shoe made, probably, in the 70s or 80s. It’s amazing how versatile and undemonstrative this design is. The sole is stitched at 12 spi, the waist is absolutely beautiful and, though the buckle is quite large, it doesn’t unbalance or overpower the rest of the shoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foster & Son

post #231 of 906
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Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell Bespoke Shoe Archive

This is a glorious monk shoe made, probably, in the 70s or 80s. It’s amazing how versatile and undemonstrative this design is. The sole is stitched at 12 spi, the waist is absolutely beautiful and, though the buckle is quite large, it doesn’t unbalance or overpower the rest of the shoe.




Foster & Son

Beautiful indeed! Love it!
post #232 of 906
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Beautiful indeed! Love it!

nutcracker, very kind. We too love this shoe, it was the inspiration for our own single monk. More to follow. Best, Foster & Son

post #233 of 906
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Special Offer – Alfred Sargent for Foster & Son

 

Our second Styleforum member’s offer

 

As we develop our new Foster & Son Heritage Collection we have a small number of shoes made for us by Alfred Sargent (a maker who we hold in the highest regard) that we can make available to Styleforum members at a reasonable discount. This is part of necessary consolidation around our new and existing lines for which we need to free up some space in our shop at 83 Jermyn Street.

 

We currently have 23 pairs in the following styles, colours and sizes (all UK sizes and F width). Please give us your Styleforum ID when ordering. Customers are limited to a maximum of two pairs each. The price is £299 a pair including UK VAT and delivery, compared with the usual £385 ticket price.

 

Style: 6.5F 7.0F 7.5F 8.0F 8.5F 9.0F 10.0F 10.5F 11.0F 11.5F
Adelaide Brogue: Black (99) x   x         xx    
Adelaide Brogue: Mahogany (99)   xx   xxx       xx    
Armfield Black Cap Oxford (109)                 xx x
Armfield Mahogany Cap Oxford (109)       x            
Hunt Brogue Black (109) x   x   x       x  
Hunt Brogue Mahogany (109)   x   x   x x      

 

 

From left to right: Hunt Brogue Black, Adelaide Brogue Black, Adelaide Brogue Mahogany, Hunt Brogue Mahogany, Armfield Cap Oxford Mahogany

 

 

109 last sole

 

 

99 last sole

 

 

Hunt, Mahogany and Black

 

 

 

Armfield, Mahogany

 

 

Adelaide, Black

 

 

Adelaide, Mahogany

 

 

Waist detail 109 last

 

 

Waist detail 99 last

 

Please contact us by email at shoemakers@foster.co.uk, each email will be answered in order of receipt when the shop opens at 10.00 (GMT) tomorrow. Please be sure of your size and fit as we will not be accepting returns.

 

Foster & Son

post #234 of 906
As you have had shoes made by many of the best UK manufacturers would you like to make any comments about their shoes compared to each other. I would perfectly understand if you do not wish to.

PS Will the offer above be open to us at the shop and will you keep the chart above up to date?
post #235 of 906
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As you have had shoes made by many of the best UK manufacturers would you like to make any comments about their shoes compared to each other. I would perfectly understand if you do not wish to.

PS Will the offer above be open to us at the shop and will you keep the chart above up to date?

 

culverwood,

 

Comparisons between makers can often be misleading as they tend to address different market aspirations and are quite candid in saying so if you speak to them. That's not to say that they all make to the same standard, they clearly don't, but that the differences between each of them - when doing their very best work - are much smaller than many may think.

 

We don't want to get into direct comparisons between makers, that would be unfair to all concerned, but we do believe that English shoemaking is enjoying a golden period, and that having makers who excel at different things and at differing price points is very healthy.

 

We will keep the chart up to date and the offer is available to walk-in customers. Btw, did you see the Edward Green offer a few pages ago?

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #236 of 906
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A treasure from our archive

 

This is one of many Royal Warrants we have in our archive, awarded by George IV to Henry Maxwell for the supply of spurs (Henry Maxwell was a spurrier at the time).

 

The warrant hangs in our Chairman’s office and is an absolute gem, handwritten on lines drawn in red on parchment (you can just make them out). The image of the King is clearly not taken from life, any more than the Lawrence portrait represents the King’s girth accurately. Perhaps the huge seal is a coded acknowledgement of His Majesty’s extravagant frame.

 

He was Colonel-in-Chief of the Life Guards at the time of the warrant, so one might deduce that Maxwell’s were awarded the warrant for the provision of spurs to the senior regiment of the British Army.

 

I can’t quite make out the date when this was awarded but it must have been between 1820 and 1830.

 

Our Royal Warrant from George IV

 

George IV by Sir Thomas Lawrence

 

Foster & Son

post #237 of 906

Welcome Foster & son,

 

I was curious about stitch to inch ratios.

 

When you say "The stitch count on the welt features 15 stitches to the inch", are you referring to the actual welt stitching or the sole stitching?

 

Please help me clear this query up.

 

: )

post #238 of 906
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Welcome Foster & son,

 

I was curious about stitch to inch ratios.

 

When you say "The stitch count on the welt features 15 stitches to the inch", are you referring to the actual welt stitching or the sole stitching?

 

Please help me clear this query up.

 

: )

 

DrShakimto,

 

Many thanks for your welcome. We're referring to the sole stitching, welts are stitched at fewer spi. Hope that helps.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #239 of 906
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Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell Bespoke Shoe Archive

 

This is a lovely 5-tie, semi-brogue derby. We love the waist on this one and the 12spi on the sole, it's a lovely refined shoe for the weekend. We can't be sure exactly how old it is without further digging in the archives but, at a guess, we'd say late 40's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foster & Son

post #240 of 906
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... and, by way of contrast, a boot of a similar vintage. intended for walking around the estate that the gent above motored to in his semi-brogues. Flat waist, 10spi and interesting laces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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