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Just had a look at the photos above and they're awful, so I've taken some in natural light and they're marginally better.
















Foster & Son

Love the finishing, but the aesthetic of that monstrous square toe really leaves me cold. Was that mandated by fit concerns?
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Love the finishing, but the aesthetic of that monstrous square toe really leaves me cold. Was that mandated by fit concerns?

 

Harrydog,

 

They're much less square irl. I'll try to get some that show them in action.

 

Foster & Son

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Another fine example of single color shoes that will fit the period:

 

Maybe lace them with a color?

 

What would you recommend?

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I'll play! I recommend the balmoral boot style below:

Ironically, when I entered "balmoral boot" your picture came out! I think it's in the stars!

Inspired by (picture from theguardian.com):



I still am in love with the shoes below though:

 

DpprDr,

 

Our chap isn't keen on button boots though they would be perfect. The spectator, on the other hand, could work a treat, but do you think it would work with a grey POW DB?

 

Foster & Son

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What would you recommend?

Well assuming he doesn't want to match a pocket square or some other accessory, I'd go with purple.  More aubergine than lavender would be my preferred shade.

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Well assuming he doesn't want to match a pocket square or some other accessory, I'd go with purple.  More aubergine than lavender would be my preferred shade.

 

That could make a real stand out statement. It would certainly bring a touch of the America's to Sussex.

post #622 of 1125
Your man should wear a pair of suede toe oxfords, per the Duke and Fred in a medium brown, chosen to complement the shade of the suit/ Full brogues are ok, but a plain toe oxford may be better . . . he may need to cut a quick turn and the lightness of foot will help.




To change the subject, I note that when you show your vintage samples, you proudly mention the spi on the welt stitching. What spi do you specify for your new RYW models and what spi do you typically target for bespoke work (I assume you specify that when handing out an order to be made).
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DpprDr,

Our chap isn't keen on button boots though they would be perfect. The spectator, on the other hand, could work a treat, but do you think it would work with a grey POW DB?

Foster & Son

I am partial to a balmoral boot. Maybe something that looks like my Shannons in this colorway?:
EG 012

I think this would work well with a POW DB. It should have a nice foundation. With a DB, I would go double leather though then the single leather than I have.

I actually just put the EG spectators because I like them. smile.gif
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First of all, let me register my jealousy. The Revival has always struck me as a really cool event.

Secondly, although this is actually not a very old style (afaik), what about a lower-contrast spectator? Snuff suede and a mid-brown calf? A little more versatile than black-and-whites, but still a spectator shoe.
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I would go with the adelaide spectator but in burgundy pin grain on the wing, throat and heel and cherry calf for the rest.
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Your man should wear a pair of suede toe oxfords, per the Duke and Fred in a medium brown, chosen to complement the shade of the suit/ Full brogues are ok, but a plain toe oxford may be better . . . he may need to cut a quick turn and the lightness of foot will help.




To change the subject, I note that when you show your vintage samples, you proudly mention the spi on the welt stitching. What spi do you specify for your new RYW models and what spi do you typically target for bespoke work (I assume you specify that when handing out an order to be made).

 

dopey,

 

Thank you for the suggestions re the shoes. It's going to be a little difficult to get our man out of the mind-frame of 'statement' shoes and your suggestions could help hugely.

 

As far as spi is concerned you're right that we are keen to talk about the fine work on our vintage shoes. As far as current bespoke is concerned it would typically be stitched at between 9 and 13 spi, the greater stitch counts on older shoes were more a function of the leather available back then than the skills of our shoemakers. For RTW it is a slightly different proposition, country shoes will have fewer spi than city shoes, this is partly tradition and partly the desire to deliver robustness and durability (there is probably an optimum number of stitches per inch to maintain strength and integrity whilst still delivering a good aesthetic outcome, I will ask our shoemakers for more information about this and report back). Our RTW city shoes will have stitch counts as high as 10 spi and our country shoes and boots will be in the 5-7 spi range.

 

So, in short, we don't actually specify spi for either bespoke or RTW, though there is clearly a correlation between spi and quality. And, given that quality is our number one focus, we will look at spi as part of our quality assurance in the same way that we will look at pattern making, lasting and closing.

 

I will try and post some pictures later which show the sole stitching on a cross-section of our shoes to give you a better idea of the differences.

 

Foster & Son


Edited by FosterandSon - 12/30/13 at 9:27am
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I would go with the adelaide spectator but in burgundy pin grain on the wing, throat and heel and cherry calf for the rest.

 

barky, that's an interesting colour combination and would certainly attract attention. It would also appeal to our guy for the same reasons that he's looking at black calf/white buck.

 

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First of all, let me register my jealousy. The Revival has always struck me as a really cool event.

Secondly, although this is actually not a very old style (afaik), what about a lower-contrast spectator? Snuff suede and a mid-brown calf? A little more versatile than black-and-whites, but still a spectator shoe.

 

YRR92, your suggestion makes a lot of sense and carries a different sensibility with it. Excellent! The Revival is amazing if a little overwhelming too.

 

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I am partial to a balmoral boot. Maybe something that looks like my Shannons in this colorway?:
EG 012

I think this would work well with a POW DB. It should have a nice foundation. With a DB, I would go double leather though then the single leather than I have.

I actually just put the EG spectators because I like them. smile.gif

 

DpprDr, very nice, we actually have a BB ourselves in grey and black (though suede not leather on the shaft). Like the idea and the Shannon looks gorgeous!

 

 

Foster & Son

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Foster & Son

 

 

May I ask how much cost a boot like that?

 

Edit for correct grammar: May I ask how much does a boot like that cost? 


Edited by Betelgeuse - 12/30/13 at 9:53am
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May I ask how much cost a boot like that?


Betelgeuse,

 

It's on sale at the moment for £460 including VAT, £383 excluding VAT. The normal price is £575.

 

Foster & Son

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Betelgeuse,

 

It's on sale at the moment for £460 including VAT, £383 excluding VAT. The normal price is £575.

 

Foster & Son

 

You can clearly see how much I liked it cause I couldn't translate my Spanish words into English correctly. :lol: Thanks!

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