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Back strap!

 

Indeed, originally a customer request I believe!

 

Foster & Son

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Foster and Son Vintage Bespoke Collection

 

Gentlemen,

 

We thought you might like to see this vintage balmoral shoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foster & Son


Very dandy...fantastics.

post #828 of 1064
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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 patina is well done and I can see this was kind of an all out very attempt at showing off something unique.

 

My thought is that at 1,200 GBP ($2,000), I'm buying a classic shoe that one I can one day show off to my grand kids (those who have more money then me may have less ambitious goals). In that case the antiquing here is a little too aggressive in my taste to stand the test of time.

Unless a customer specifically request aggressive antiquing it's a little too much (although it does remind me of the finish on a nice Gibson guitar).

 

I can't help think that this last would look great as a punch cap. Perhaps a very modest antiquing on the toe cap, but as Mafoofan mentioned a lot of other firms have overdone that. I don't think one buys a pair of fosters on impulse, rather they do so after evaluating the alternatives and doing a fair bit of research. Trying to be too trendy should never really be a concern, because that isn't your strength.

post #829 of 1064

I'd buy that side lace show...

 

when is the trunk show in ny and where?

post #830 of 1064
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I'd buy that side lace show...

 

when is the trunk show in ny and where?

PCK1,

 

Thanks for your message, the team will be staying at the Barclay Intercontinental on March 10th 9am-6pm, 11th 9am-6pm, 12th 9am-Noon. 

 

Jon and Andy hope to see you there.

 

F & S

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I think the patina is well done and I can see this was kind of an all out very attempt at showing off something unique.

 

My thought is that at 1,200 GBP ($2,000), I'm buying a classic shoe that one I can one day show off to my grand kids (those who have more money then me may have less ambitious goals). In that case the antiquing here is a little too aggressive in my taste to stand the test of time.

Unless a customer specifically request aggressive antiquing it's a little too much (although it does remind me of the finish on a nice Gibson guitar).

 

I can't help think that this last would look great as a punch cap. Perhaps a very modest antiquing on the toe cap, but as Mafoofan mentioned a lot of other firms have overdone that. I don't think one buys a pair of fosters on impulse, rather they do so after evaluating the alternatives and doing a fair bit of research. Trying to be too trendy should never really be a concern, because that isn't your strength.

 

MSchapiro,

 

That's really helpful and much appreciated. We are looking at more conservative finishes to the next set of samples and I will ask specifically that we make an Oxford punch cap, it will certainly show off the last design more clearly. And perhaps we could do the traditional Foster antiquing too?

 

Foster & Son


Edited by FosterandSon - 3/1/14 at 11:42am
post #832 of 1064

Just to clarify because my previous point was pretty unstructured :).

 

The antiquing is cool and a nice feature. If my main point of contact for shoes, meaning I have more than enough money but little time or willingness to shop around, I would be happy that you are offering something like that. It would be a nice compliment to an already very full wardrobe of English shoes.

 

In general if I wanted an antiqued shoe I'd go to septieme if I was on a budget or Antonio Meccariello if I wanted something very unique and as a novelty.

 

If I want a shoe for the boardroom that I know is perfectly crafted and durable with an extreme attention to detail, that is when I go to Fosters (at least conceptually). I may decide I want a Fosters shoe with a little more flare because I know your line well and really like how it fits and money is not a major point for me. In that case I'd want the traditional antiquing or patina. I think Berlutti's model of adding in finishing effects post purchase would actually be a great one for you, because current fosters customers are the most likely ones to want a more interesting shoe from you guys.

post #833 of 1064
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Just to clarify because my previous point was pretty unstructured :).

 

The antiquing is cool and a nice feature. If my main point of contact for shoes, meaning I have more than enough money but little time or willingness to shop around, I would be happy that you are offering something like that. It would be a nice compliment to an already very full wardrobe of English shoes.

 

In general if I wanted an antiqued shoe I'd go to septieme if I was on a budget or Antonio Meccariello if I wanted something very unique and as a novelty.

 

If I want a shoe for the boardroom that I know is perfectly crafted and durable with an extreme attention to detail, that is when I go to Fosters (at least conceptually). I may decide I want a Fosters shoe with a little more flare because I know your line well and really like how it fits and money is not a major point for me. In that case I'd want the traditional antiquing or patina. I think Berlutti's model of adding in finishing effects post purchase would actually be a great one for you, because current fosters customers are the most likely ones to want a more interesting shoe from you guys.

 

MSchapiro,

 

Much appreciated, we've been discussing the new shoes for the past few weeks and Andy Murphy has been looking at what we do with samples moving forward. It has generated a significant amount of debate and your input is very welcome.

 

Foster & Son

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Foster and Son Vintage Bespoke Collection

 

Gentlemen,

 

We thought you might like to see this vintage balmoral shoe.

 

 

 

 

Foster & Son

 

That's fantastic.  I would totally rock something like that here and now.

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That's fantastic.  I would totally rock something like that here and now.

 

RogerP,

 

And you would carry it off perfectly!

 

Foster & Son

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That's fantastic.  I would totally rock something like that here and now.

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post #837 of 1064
A question to the Foster & Son team. Great shoes by the way. I was looking on the website in advance of the upcoming New York visit and the pricing on most of the calf models looks like it is closer to the Lobb Paris bespoke price range than Cleverley. I had always heard that Fosters was priced at the lower end of the scale. Has there been a change in pricing recently or was I simply misinformed? Thanks
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A question to the Foster & Son team. Great shoes by the way. I was looking on the website in advance of the upcoming New York visit and the pricing on most of the calf models looks like it is closer to the Lobb Paris bespoke price range than Cleverley. I had always heard that Fosters was priced at the lower end of the scale. Has there been a change in pricing recently or was I simply misinformed? Thanks

 

agjiffy,

 

Thanks for the kind words about our shoes. Our pricing hasn't changed significantly recently, though leather costs are increasing throughout the industry and at some point will have to be factored into our cost calculations. We can't really comment on the relative pricing issue though we'd be interested to know what JLP bespoke prices are at the moment?

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

post #839 of 1064
In New York bespoke Lobb Paris in calf are $6700, although i think there is an increase coming for March.
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In New York bespoke Lobb Paris in calf are $6700, although i think there is an increase coming for March.

That's the pricing from 2012, no?
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