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post #271 of 371
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Just got back from meeting Nicholas. All of the shoes looked great, but I especially liked Andy's pair. Was a little iffy on going with that braided stitch for my shoes, but it does look really good in person (although, also happy with my split raised choice).

Shoes without a sole look a bit funny -- a bit flat and elongated. Nicholas put a stack of leather under my heel and suddenly the proportions came together. Really excited to get them.
post #272 of 371
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All of the shoes looked great, but I especially liked Andy's pair.

 

Thanks, Derek. The apron on your pair looks elegant and suits the leather very well.

 

What to do next? I'm torn between something immensely practical, like a pair of dark brown perforated captoes, or something wild from the unobtainium file, like a pair of tan & off-white spectators (I can see 'em in my mind's eye right now).

post #273 of 371
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What to do next? I'm torn between something immensely practical, like a pair of dark brown perforated captoes, or something wild from the unobtainium file, like a pair of tan & off-white spectators (I can see 'em in my mind's eye right now).

Tough call. I wouldn't have though stitched cap oxfords would be very interesting, but Vox's shoes looked really nice.

Will at A Suitable Wardrobe had a post a few years ago about calf + buckskin spectators. I think RTW manufacturers only use reversed goat and nubuck, when they use suede at all for spectators. Not sure he ever posted a photo of his shoes, but that combination sounded interesting.
post #274 of 371
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Tough call. I wouldn't have though stitched cap oxfords would be very interesting, but Vox's shoes looked really nice.

Will at A Suitable Wardrobe had a post a few years ago about calf + buckskin spectators. I think RTW manufacturers only use reversed goat and nubuck, when they use suede at all for spectators. Not sure he ever posted a photo of his shoes, but that combination sounded interesting.


The practical side of me is of the opinion that when commissioning something like bespoke shoes, you should something that will used a lot. That would be a pair of dark brown oxfords, most likely. The rest of me recalls reading Will's article and thinks what better way to get exactly the unique shoe you want and simply can't buy at retail.

 

The practical side of me is not often paid much attention.

 

Then there's a small part of me that believes that he who dies with the most clothes wins and is questioning why it is necessary to make a choice at all.

 

:facepalm:

post #275 of 371
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Found this old article on John Lobb, and I think that's Nicolas in the window? Looks like he and his pal are texting a bird.

http://kayburton.com.au/lifestyle/design/john-lobb-bootmaker-s-australian-origins

post #276 of 371
Haha, good find. I think I was probably showing John something I'd found he night before on 4chan.
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Haha, good find. I think I was probably showing John something I'd found he night before on 4chan.

was it:


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post #278 of 371
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Haha, good find. I think I was probably showing John something I'd found he night before on 4chan.

Well, just as long as it was found on /b/, it was surely worth his time -- warts and all.
post #279 of 371
I think I'm still banned from /b/
post #280 of 371
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Some new images: Steven Hitchcock's finished shoes, some Japanese press, and some vintage (I think) Freudenberg calf leather



post #281 of 371
Daisuke Yamashita, a Japanese blogger who criss-crosses the world, meeting tailors and shoemakers, has met-up recently with Nicholas Templeman (I seem to remember, DY has “done” NT previously):

http://daisukeyamashita.blog28.fc2.com/blog-entry-650.html

The text (admittedly in a computer translation) left me somewhat confused:

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In the 82-year, 7 years at the John Robb, he worked as a last-maker, independent of the 15 years, Nicholas Templeman (Nicholas Temple Man) 's.

So, this Templeman-guy has been working for the last 82 years as lastmaker: 7 years at John Lobb, 15 years independent; which leaves another 60 years elsewhere. (Not even the eminent Terry Moore can clock-up eight decades in the profession.) That must make the Templeman-guy somewhere around hundred years of age. Well, I must admit, he doesn’t look his age at all!



Presumably he has some ‘Dorian Gray’ type portrait tucked away up in the attic.
post #282 of 371
After completing my apprenticeship with Joseph Box I was "turned" before being locked in a coffin, the coven waiting until the right time to wake me from my slumber and fulfill my destiny as the worlds premier undead shoemaker
post #283 of 371
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my destiny as the worlds premier undead shoemaker

Hubris, dear boy...
post #284 of 371
Please name a better undead shoemaker than me
post #285 of 371
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

Daisuke Yamashita, a Japanese blogger who criss-crosses the world, meeting tailors and shoemakers, has met-up recently with Nicholas Templeman (I seem to remember, DY has “done” NT previously):

http://daisukeyamashita.blog28.fc2.com/blog-entry-650.html

Strange translation aside, that's a pretty cool blog.
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