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post #151 of 159

I was going to Atlanta for a business trip and so decided to Google "bespoke shoes Atlanta" and, although I found very little in the way of real bespoke shoe options in Atlanta, I *did* find Cobbler Union and, bonus! their N. Highland shop was right near where I was going to stay (and also where I lived for several years, so it felt like a neighborhood event ;-) )

 

Anyway, I tried on several models with Stephen, and chatted a lot about awesome shoes. But, in the end, they did not have a model I wanted to walk out with in my size and last. So Stephen and I resolved that I would simply order what I wanted from the EU shop when I returned home. 

 

I did so in early October. The shoes shipped last week and are due to arrive today according to the tracking information. I dealt with Daniel Gonzales over email and he was incredibly helpful and very personable -- even over email. So far, the experience all around for Cobbler Union has been a pleasure. 


I will post a review as soon as I have the shoes in hand and can get a few photos.

post #152 of 159

After reading this entire thread I ordered a pair of William II identical to those pictured in the first page.

 

https://www.cobbler-union.com/products/william-ii-jamaica-brown-on-city-last

 

I ordered size 8UK/9US which is my normal size.  My first impressions are quite good. I gave the shoes a very close looking over and could find almost no defects whatsoever. I found a few very small imperfections in the leather which you would never notice unless you were inches away and they will certainly disappear entirely on first polishing. There was one area where the dying on the sole got onto the upper, but again you have to be quite close to see it. The attention to detail on the stitching is amazing. I found no defects in the stitching inside or out even upon the closest examination.  The sample I have looks just as good as those depicted on the web site with the only difference being the shoes came unpolished.  Although I haven't polished them yet, they do strike me as the type of shoes that you could polish to a mirror shine if such things mattered to you. Other shoes/boots I own are made by AE, Herring, and Red Wing and the quality of the CU pair blows all of them away.  I've never owned a pair of $700 shoes, so I can't say if these measure up to that standard, but I can say they are head and shoulders above those I have owned in the $250-400 range.

 

The William II is made on the City last.  My largest foot measures just shy of the length and width most manufacturers spec for a 8UK/9US normal width, but not enough to go down a half size. I have very little asymmetry no observable deformities which differ from normal feet.  I found the fit to be spot on.  With thin socks the shoes hug my feet laterally quite well and there is just a small amount of extra room longitudinally, but not enough that my foot shifts during walking. I observed no heel slip that I typically get with a new pair of shoes until they break in, probably because the aft of the shoe already conforms just about perfectly to my heel. If I were trying these on at a store, I would not want to even try a size up or down. The leather of the shoes is a bit rigid and the shoes feel a bit stiff as you would expect from a new pair.  Even at that they do not feel at all uncomfortable and I fully expect them to be quite nice once well broken in. Arch support feels spot on.

 

The included laces are pretty much utilitarian. I expect them to perform well although they aren't very stylish. Only one set was included.  Shoe trees were not included.  I use a Nordstrom medium tree and it fits them well enough.  The shoes came well packaged inside included individual cloth bags.

post #153 of 159

I apologize for this being fairly late compared to previous replies but I was in Atlanta over the weekend and had only heard the name cobbler's union but didn't look into it at all. I headed into Ponce City Market on my last day and was immediately drawn into their store. The shoes are really beautiful, they all had a nice diamond-pattern quilted lining that was soft but firm enough to hold up, a beveled waist (with the exception of the rubber vibram soles), Goodyear welts and were made of a nice quality leather.  The Louis boot caught my eye the most, a country grain split toe boot. However the Guillame III balmoral boot in a light museum calf with a suede quarter insert. I didn't have time to try them on but from what I was able to see they were beautiful and of very high quality.

post #154 of 159

The Louis is a cool-looking boot.  One of these days I'm going to get there and eyeball it in person...

post #155 of 159
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The Louis is a cool-looking boot.  One of these days I'm going to get there and eyeball it in person...

If I had the time while I was there, that would be my first purchase for sure. A really beautiful boot, not too country to where you would have to wear a tweed suit with it. For what you are getting I think it would be a great investment. I will be sure to post anything when I purchase something.

post #156 of 159

Thought I would post in this thread real quick and then post in the "for sale" section early next week when I have a chance to take some photos. 

 

https://www.cobbler-union.com/collections/all-products/products/william-perfect-black-on-city-last

 

https://www.cobbler-union.com/collections/all-products/products/1003-oxford-balmoral-suede

 

I have one of each of these, lightly used, that I am going to try to sell to make some room on my shoe shelves.  I've discovered that I have little use for, and not much desire for, oxford laced shoes.  PM me if you want me to send photos before I post them.  I'm looking for a fair offer for these.

 

Almost forgot....  UK10

Thanks

post #157 of 159
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Originally Posted by cptslow View Post
 

Thought I would post in this thread real quick and then post in the "for sale" section early next week when I have a chance to take some photos. 

 

https://www.cobbler-union.com/collections/all-products/products/william-perfect-black-on-city-last

 

https://www.cobbler-union.com/collections/all-products/products/1003-oxford-balmoral-suede

 

I have one of each of these, lightly used, that I am going to try to sell to make some room on my shoe shelves.  I've discovered that I have little use for, and not much desire for, oxford laced shoes.  PM me if you want me to send photos before I post them.  I'm looking for a fair offer for these.

 

Almost forgot....  UK10

Thanks

Wish I could take the Williams off your hands, but sadly they're one size too big for me.

post #158 of 159
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Wish I could take the Williams off your hands, but sadly they're one size too big for me.


Damn.  I wish you could too.

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