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post #796 of 1115
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

So they are like MTO, but in RTW mode, as in the customer will pick the size and model, and wait for the shoes to be made? Like the St. Crispin RTW?

 

wurger, we expect to have a reasonable stock in most sizes of the initial designs so that customers can order them for immediate delivery. But the MTO route will also be available for special make ups and so on.

 

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daizawaguy, it is based on a previous classic model, please see the pictures below.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Seems like a very high quality offering--but please don't do the faux antiquing. There is a lot of that out there already, on shoes much less expensive nonetheless. I imagine the customers likely to be attracted to these shoes will better appreciate more understated, honest finishing.

When I think Foster, I think traditional, straightforward English craftsmanship, not fake aging.

 

mafoofan, very good point. We wanted to see what our people could do so sort of 'chucked the kitchen sink' at this one.

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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

Well... that side-lacer is a weird model, but actually quite useful as a sample for showing the shape of the last. And I know some people like them. Obviously, whether or not to do antiquing is the customer's choice, but the version shown is, literally, the opposite of the window-bleached style Foster is known for.
Btw, I do like the last shape from what I can see.

 

dopey, many thanks for the feedback. the side lace shoe can look quite challenging but it's definitely a shoe that takes on its full character best when it's worn. We wanted to see what our people could do and the side-lace is a fairly difficult design to get right first time. As we said above in response to mafoofan we were very keen to throw everything at this one and see where it took us. The changes to the next sample detailed in the final photo will take us another iteration towards getting it absolutely right.

 

Please keep the opinions coming in gents, we really do value the time you've taken on this one.

 

Foster & Son

post #797 of 1115

The handcrafting I am sure will be top notch and I really appreciate the possibility to have a patina, the latter adding extra

personality to the shoes however  I find the patina in the shoe in the photo to lack finesse.

 

Furthermore is the pair pictured on same last as the Fallway (sp?)? I find the tip to be an unlucky attempt to a chisel toe whilst keeping a round form.

 

In any event good luck in the launch of the new lines, Will you have a chisel toe à la Chaves?

post #798 of 1115
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The handcrafting I am sure will be top notch and I really appreciate the possibility to have a patina, the latter adding extra

personality to the shoes however  I find the patina in the shoe in the photo to lack finesse.

 

Furthermore is the pair pictured on same last as the Fallway (sp?)? I find the tip to be an unlucky attempt to a chisel toe whilst keeping a round form.

 

In any event good luck in the launch of the new lines, Will you have a chisel toe à la Chaves?

 

AlexG33,

 

Understood entirely re the patina.

 

As far as the last is concerned it's different to the Fawley and is actually modelled exactly on a bespoke last. When I handled the shoe I thought that the toe shape was much more 'Foster' than the Fawley. However, I take your point and will feed things back to the guys.

 

Much appreciated.

 

Foster & Son

post #799 of 1115
...yeah, Foster, if you could just change that dog ear heelcup seam to a cleaner one, that'd be great. The last looks great, with a tight welt to boot. How about some toe burnishing instead of a full-on collision antique dye job?
post #800 of 1115
Thanks for pointing out the stock level! No need to wait is great.
post #801 of 1115
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Thanks for pointing out the stock level! No need to wait is great.

 

Pleasure, it's important to for us to be able to deliver from stock

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Originally Posted by FosterandSon View Post

New Premium Ready to Wear Hand Welted shoes – first sample shoe

Gentlemen,

We’ve been working for many months now on our hand welted ready to wear range. This is a completely new offering from Foster & Son and features:
  • Hand lasting
  • Hand welting
  • Hand sewn sole at the waist
  • Part-pegged heel
  • A new last

The shoes are made by us, we are not using any of the Northampton factories for this work.

The first sample has been delivered to us in time for our US Trunk shows and we thought that you might like a sneak preview. It is a side lace shoe made on a Foster & Son last, sole stitching is 9-10 spi and we took the opportunity to see whether some ‘patina work’ would be attractive (please let us know what you think).

We have evaluated the shoe and come up with a list of areas that we will change for the next sample, the final photograph shows the list of changes that we will be making.

Production examples will have all the changes and will be available, with or without patina, as part of our ready to wear range in June. Price will be £1,200 including lasted shoe trees. We will share the next sample with you.

Any and all opinions very welcome.





































Foster & Son

I think the heel can be more cuban and slightly higher...

Otherwise excellent model.
post #803 of 1115
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I think the heel can be more cuban and slightly higher...

Otherwise excellent model.

 

 

add911_11,

 

Will definitely feed that back

post #804 of 1115
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

...yeah, Foster, if you could just change that dog ear heelcup seam to a cleaner one, that'd be great. The last looks great, with a tight welt to boot. How about some toe burnishing instead of a full-on collision antique dye job?

 

VRaivio,

 

It's on the list of things to change, toe burnishing could be an interesting alternative.

 

Foster & Son

post #805 of 1115
I might go for a solid silver or brass tip to the laces.
post #806 of 1115
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Originally Posted by rabiesinfrance View Post

I might go for a solid silver or brass tip to the laces.

 

That's a nice idea, we were thinking about our special hand made laces. Many thanks for that!

post #807 of 1115
What about a side seam? devil.gif
post #808 of 1115
If possible, I'd add a tiny Foster & Son stamp to the tip - very refined.
post #809 of 1115
What about a seamless whole-cut?

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post #810 of 1115
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

What about a side seam? devil.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by rabiesinfrance View Post

If possible, I'd add a tiny Foster & Son stamp to the tip - very refined.

 

 

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What about a seamless whole-cut?

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Gents,

 

I will pass all of these suggestions on and then bankrupt myself buying each and every pair!

 

Foster & Son

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