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