Originally Posted by Mr. Six
Second sample looks great! Minor suggestions: narrow the waist a bit (like the bespoke example), get the toe a little more like the Chaves, and raise the height of the brogue in back just a touch. Is this sample also made by C&J?
Mr. Six, you're reading our mind on this! Waist will be narrower, toe shape is being looked at as we speak, and we will see how the brogueing turns out. Sample not made by C&J though when I first looked at it that was my guess too!
Originally Posted by OzzyJones
^Agree about the dog tail. Everything else you said? Just no
OzzyJones, many thanks, see below re fastening.
Originally Posted by rabiesinfrance
It's obviously excellent quality, but I think the wave-like brogueing just looks plain awful. I also dislike the 'dog's ear' back, which on many shoes, particularly sleek Oxfords ruins the lines of the shoes. This is a reason why I am deterred from buying the Crockett & Jones Connaught. Church's used to do a nice Oxford, but their quality has gone down the pan.
rabiesinfrance, is there a design you'd prefer (we posted a lazyman a couple of pages ago)? We're quite happy to have more than one MTO proposition. BTW I think the fastening at the back can be looked at, I'll certainly feed your comments back.
Originally Posted by jjl5000
Understood and thank you. This is already looking good with the strong possibility the final product will be even better!
I completely understand the need to cater to the majority and if the membership favour brown, then so be it. I still think a black calf with fading would be exceptional. Unique design and finishing that (to my knowledge) is not available as a RTW with other makers makes this project that little bit more 'special'.
jjl5000, many thanks for the feedback. The jury is still out on the colour and we'll be guided by members. Take your point entirely about faded black.