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post #766 of 1125
I'm afraid I'm not qualified to fully respond as I have no direct experience with bespoke footwear beyond looking over one or two examples at trunk shows.

And while I have been exposed to - and own - a fairly diverse cross-section of premium RTW footwear, I haven't yet seen them all.

But in the spirit of contribution I will say that I have yet to encounter a RTW shoe that I would rank higher than St. Crispin's.

I'll perhaps expand a bit more later if time permits, but the factors which inform that assessment include, in no particular order:

* Elegant lines in every shoe they make,
* A great diversity of stylesand materials,
* Hand lasted and hand welted construction,
* Beautiful finishing inside and out,
* Uniquely supportive and comfortable contoured insoles,
* The ability to adjust the fit of standard lasts to accomodate any but the most extreme fitment issues,
* Extremely affordable recrafting service,
* Reasonably quick turnaround time for custom orders.
* Arguably the most beautiful wholecuts and chukkas in the world.

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post #767 of 1125
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dopey View Post

For me, RTW is an easy question-Alden. I chose Alden because of the Modified Last. That last is the most comfortable last and shoes made on it obviate the need for me to add an orthotic. The extended heel stay and Thomas heel provide all the support I need for the main arch and I just add a small cookie for the metatarsal arch. The banana shape is perfect for my foot and the narrow heel combined with widened forefoot mean I get a snug stable seating for my arch, with plenty of room for the rest of my foot. And it is made in a wide spectrum of fittings, so I can get the narrow heel width I need. In short, it is a perfect RTW last. Of course, there are plenty of Northampton makers who can improve on the build quality and the design choices are limited (primarily derbies), but nothing is more important than fit.

On the bespoke side, I am happy with Foster, primarily because of the good fit and design sense (I have three pairs). I will say, that there is room to improve on the quality side, and by that I am only speaking of the attention to fineness of stitching and other cosmetic things like heel detailing. I have shoes made by two other firms, each of whom used English outworkers, and in both cases, the workmanship was finer than Foster's (the only one I know by name is a Scandinavian working in the UK, who I am told is one of the best out workers ). From work that I have seen, both Lobb Paris and Delos may be the best in terms of the combination of design, workmanship and reported fit, but I haven't used them myself.

 

dopey,

 

Thanks for such an honest and detailed response, it's much appreciated.

 

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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I'm afraid I'm not qualified to fully respond as I have no direct experience with bespoke footwear beyond looking over one or two examples at trunk shows.

And while I have been exposed to - and own - a fairly diverse cross-section of premium RTW footwear, I haven't yet seen them all.

But in the spirit of contribution I will say that I have yet to encounter a RTW shoe that I would rank higher than St. Crispin's.

I'll perhaps expand a bit more later if time permits, but the factors which inform that assessment include, in no particular order:

* Elegant lines in every shoe they make,
* A great diversity of stylesand materials,
* Hand lasted and hand welted construction,
* Beautiful finishing inside and out,
* Uniquely supportive and comfortable contoured insoles,
* The ability to adjust the fit of standard lasts to accomodate any but the most extreme fitment issues,
* Extremely affordable recrafting service,
* Reasonably quick turnaround time for custom orders.
* Arguably the most beautiful wholecuts and chukkas in the world.

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RogerP,

 

They are very, very beautiful indeed, I know that we rate them very highly as well.

 

Foster & Son

post #768 of 1125
I think the singularity of your question detracts from it, especially if your purpose is to get a feel of stylistic directions. So I'm not going to stick to one. This also works because I don't think I'm qualified to pick the best. I'm also going to push Foster's out because there are some really beautiful shoes in this thread, but you already know about those.

is about as close to the best as can be I would imagine, though I personally love the look of Ricardo Bestetti's work. Gaziano & Girling's bespoke work looks sublime. St. Crispin's as well.

If I have to choose from RTW that I've seen, it would have to be St. Crispin's. I very much enjoy the styling of G&G and both Tony and Dean were stand up guys - helpful and courteous - when I met them. However, From the examples that I've seen of St. Crispin's they are at least stylistically on par with G&G, but the level of construction is superior. Vass should also be mentioned. Bestetti has a RTW line - I believe it's called Freccia.

In both cases though, there's the Japanese makers, which I know nothing about.
post #769 of 1125
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mktitsworth View Post

I think the singularity of your question detracts from it, especially if your purpose is to get a feel of stylistic directions. So I'm not going to stick to one. This also works because I don't think I'm qualified to pick the best. I'm also going to push Foster's out because there are some really beautiful shoes in this thread, but you already know about those.

is about as close to the best as can be I would imagine, though I personally love the look of Ricardo Bestetti's work. Gaziano & Girling's bespoke work looks sublime. St. Crispin's as well.

If I have to choose from RTW that I've seen, it would have to be St. Crispin's. I very much enjoy the styling of G&G and both Tony and Dean were stand up guys - helpful and courteous - when I met them. However, From the examples that I've seen of St. Crispin's they are at least stylistically on par with G&G, but the level of construction is superior. Vass should also be mentioned. Bestetti has a RTW line - I believe it's called Freccia.

In both cases though, there's the Japanese makers, which I know nothing about.

 

mktitsworth,

 

Glad you've approached it like that and if my original question was a little inelegant then I apologise. There seems to be a small consensus developing for St Crispin's in terms of style, notwithstanding dopey's very sensible comments about fit. Who else has it in the rtw style stakes?

 

Foster & Son

post #770 of 1125
Thread Starter 

Golfing competition question

 

A question for golfers, same terms as usual.

 

Legendary golfer Ben Hogan famously had his golf shoes made by Henry Maxwell, who can tell us what unique addition he requested in the style?

 

Foster & Son


Edited by FosterandSon - 1/29/14 at 6:13am
post #771 of 1125
An extra spike.
post #772 of 1125
Thread Starter 

dopey,

 

I haven't been told the answer myself yet. Is that something you know or is it just a guess?

 

Foster & Son

post #773 of 1125
It is correct. He had an extra spike added in the middle because he thought it added more power to his swing.
post #774 of 1125
Thread Starter 

dopey,

 

Congratulations, you're the winner in the shortest competition we've ever run! If you pm your details we'll get the polish and cloth straight out to you.

 

Foster & Son

post #775 of 1125
Quote:
Originally Posted by FosterandSon View Post

dopey,

Congratulations, you're the winner in the shortest competition we've ever run! If you pm your details we'll get the polish and cloth straight out to you.

Foster & Son
done
post #776 of 1125
Thread Starter 

Styleforum Special Offer

 

Gentlemen,

 

Our sale is in its final week (see http://foster.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Catalogue-Christmas-Final-2013.pdf for our catalogue) and will be finishing on Saturday 8th February.

 

We have a few pairs of our Studley Chukka boot left in black or red suede. We will make them available to Styleforum members only at the price of £240 including international delivery and VAT (for customers outside the EU the price is £199 inclusive of delivery). The boots are an E fitting on the 318 last, have a Vibram micro- sole and will be perfect for those sunny evenings on the Med!

 

Please PM or email marketing@foster.co.uk for your size.

 

 

 

 

 

Foster & Son

post #777 of 1125
post #778 of 1125
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by beaur View Post
 

Did you guys know who he was?

 

http://saintcrispinsblessing.tumblr.com/post/75258462812/amazing-customer-service-at-foster-sons

 

Beau,

 

We did and he was the epitome of charm, a real pleasure to meet the great Maurice Greene, a true gent.

 

Foster & Son

post #779 of 1125

Good to know the man who formerly held the world record for the 100-meter dash with 9.79 seconds still takes care of his feet with some nice shoes!

post #780 of 1125
Quote:
Originally Posted by FosterandSon View Post
 

Styleforum Special Offer

 

Gentlemen,

 

Our sale is in its final week (see http://foster.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Catalogue-Christmas-Final-2013.pdf for our catalogue) and will be finishing on Saturday 8th February.

 

We have a few pairs of our Studley Chukka boot left in black or red suede. We will make them available to Styleforum members only at the price of £240 including international delivery and VAT (for customers outside the EU the price is £199 inclusive of delivery). The boots are an E fitting on the 318 last, have a Vibram micro- sole and will be perfect for those sunny evenings on the Med!

 

Please PM or email marketing@foster.co.uk for your size.

 

 

 

 

 

Foster & Son

I really like that red ...

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