[quote=dopey;910110]Thank you for taking the time and effort to photograph and post those. I like the lasts, generally and the construction is interesting, but will take some time for me to look at more carefully.[quote]
The beauty with Maftei is that they will do whatever you want! If you sort of or kind of like a last, you can show them a picture as a base, and then tell them exaclty what you want to have it modified. Words of wisdom with Maftei-tell them exactly what you are looking for in a last, i.e., how rounded on inseam and outseam, what specifics you want in the footbed-support mid-plantar region or built up arch, they will have no problem doing this and doing a damned good job, as compared to some other makers that I have dealt with. But, don't be bashful or shy, tell them or show them exactly what you want and they will do it to the letter.
IF you notice that Begnal Stripe mentioned earlier on this posting that he was surprised to see that Maftei had gotten away from their traditional Vienna "potato" last were the words that he used. Well, he is right, in my opinion.
Maftei does use a more of a traditional Viennese "potato" style last (for the most convenient word available). But, keep in mind, like Mr. and Mrs. Maftei explained to me three days ago, in Vienna, social norms dictate this sort of last as popular and socially acceptable. Thus, Maftei must produce this style of last. However, this does not mean that Maftei does not or can not produce any other type of last that you want. They like producing rounded waists for me, but they said that no one in Vienna would wear them if they produced them on a regular basis. Klemann told something similar when I asked him to produce a rounded waist for my shoes.
The point is, Maftei is not limited to what you see them ordinarily produce. They will make you whatever you want and not stop until you are satisfied. This is one of the reasons that they make shoes so cheap, compared to competitors at around $2K to $2.5K Euro Dollars. If you do not like the way the shoe came out, they have no problems starting over from scratch. They did this for me when I created my own design and asked Lucian to make it. When completed, I did not like the look, and Lucian recreated the shoes with my requested changes. It came out great in my opinion. I will post it this weekend.