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post #1336 of 1346
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Thanks for the introduction to Daisuke Yamashita. Reading his blog now.... so informative and interesting 

Yes the reason I chose Maftei as my first bespoke is "the best" value-for-money shoemaker. But that is of course subjected to the wearing of actual shoe when finished. 

Excited to hear your thoughts once received.
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What does maftei charge?

Do you have to come back or will the final shoes be shipped to you?

Maftei charges about USD 1200 for the first pair (including last fee which you pay once) and typically charges about $40 for shipping to the USA.
post #1338 of 1346
By now the measurement is considered done and he told me to come back the next morning for fitting... Wow that is a short turn around time! Turn out he is flying off the following afternoon to meet his family in Oslo as the day after is a public holiday in Austria. 

The following day...

True enough, my fitting shoe is competed. It is essentially some cheap leather upper with no welting done with just a cork sole attached to the bottom, unlike the Japanese bespoke maker I have visited last October, where they usually made with the same quality of leather even for the fitting shoe. And working pair as well. Well.... you get what you paid for in term of your fitting shoe..... Update :: There is always option for getting your fitting shoe at extra cost but for me I think fitting shoe will suffice. Important is the final shoe...
Fitting is done by wearing and walking around the atelier for about 10 minutes. Feedback is given after wearing the shoe for some time on how I feel on the fit. 
After walking for a while, Maftei has a feel on how my feet feel on the fitting shoe and counter check against my measurement again. 
Turns out the length is slightly longer on my last and width is abit narrower on my left feet. He did some adjustment on the spot to demonstrate how it is done..... 
My last and fitting shoe. Last still need to be refined further....
I think this is a critical and demonstrative point... The test shoe. The service you get from Maftei is incredible. He's turning around a test shoe for his traveling customers in less than 24 hours. There are some shoe makers who will produce a fully formed test shoe but that shoe will take them weeks to make and the final bespoke product will be 3-5 times the cost of Maftei Bespoke.

Alexandru and Lucian are extremely skilled and experienced craftsman - they have both trained at Sheer and have many decades of experience. Issues with the final product are addressed in a timely and professional manner... I am a very hard to fit person with orthotics and Maftei has gone out of their way to insure my satisfaction. Happy to hear you are giving them a shot - I think you will be very happy with the final product.
post #1339 of 1346
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post


Excited to hear your thoughts once received.

 

Yes I am waiting in anticipation, my first bespoke after all.....  : )

 

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Maftei charges about USD 1200 for the first pair (including last fee which you pay once) and typically charges about $40 for shipping to the USA.

 

Yap price is about there, I have opted for the hollowed shoe tree as well...

 

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Originally Posted by Mike147 View Post

By now the measurement is considered done and he told me to come back the next morning for fitting... Wow that is a short turn around time! Turn out he is flying off the following afternoon to meet his family in Oslo as the day after is a public holiday in Austria. 

The following day...

True enough, my fitting shoe is competed. It is essentially some cheap leather upper with no welting done with just a cork sole attached to the bottom, unlike the Japanese bespoke maker I have visited last October, where they usually made with the same quality of leather even for the fitting shoe. And working pair as well. Well.... you get what you paid for in term of your fitting shoe..... Update :: There is always option for getting your fitting shoe at extra cost but for me I think fitting shoe will suffice. Important is the final shoe...
Fitting is done by wearing and walking around the atelier for about 10 minutes. Feedback is given after wearing the shoe for some time on how I feel on the fit. 
After walking for a while, Maftei has a feel on how my feet feel on the fitting shoe and counter check against my measurement again. 
Turns out the length is slightly longer on my last and width is abit narrower on my left feet. He did some adjustment on the spot to demonstrate how it is done..... 
My last and fitting shoe. Last still need to be refined further....
I think this is a critical and demonstrative point... The test shoe. The service you get from Maftei is incredible. He's turning around a test shoe for his traveling customers in less than 24 hours. There are some shoe makers who will produce a fully formed test shoe but that shoe will take them weeks to make and the final bespoke product will be 3-5 times the cost of Maftei Bespoke.

Alexandru and Lucian are extremely skilled and experienced craftsman - they have both trained at Sheer and have many decades of experience. Issues with the final product are addressed in a timely and professional manner... I am a very hard to fit person with orthotics and Maftei has gone out of their way to insure my satisfaction. Happy to hear you are giving them a shot - I think you will be very happy with the final product.

 

I'm sure with the service Alexandru put in, I am able to get a pair of comfortable and fitting pair. Too bad I didn't visit Lucian who is based at the main shopping district, Stephansplatz. I didn't know that they have a showroom there and I pass by Stephansplatz almost everyday I am in Vienna! 

post #1340 of 1346
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Originally Posted by techaview View Post

Yes I am waiting in anticipation, my first bespoke after all.....  : )


Yap price is about there, I have opted for the hollowed shoe tree as well...


I'm sure with the service Alexandru put in, I am able to get a pair of comfortable and fitting pair. Too bad I didn't visit Lucian who is based at the main shopping district, Stephansplatz. I didn't know that they have a showroom there and I pass by Stephansplatz almost everyday I am in Vienna! 

Any word on your shoes yet? you should get something by end of summer i think (but August vacations slow things down)
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Any word on your shoes yet? you should get something by end of summer i think (but August vacations slow things down)

I am expecting this pair to be arriving soon. Maftei told me first week of July so it kinda of overdue by a week or so.

Any idea will there be any tracking send by them? He didn't explicitly tell me how they going to ship...
post #1342 of 1346
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I am expecting this pair to be arriving soon. Maftei told me first week of July so it kinda of overdue by a week or so.

Any idea will there be any tracking send by them? He didn't explicitly tell me how they going to ship...

 

At least in my cases (living in Europe) they have sent the shoes using the Austrian Post, and they are very slow. Been at least a week to get them from Vienna up to Sweden every time. Just so you know.

post #1343 of 1346
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Originally Posted by j ingevaldsson View Post

At least in my cases (living in Europe) they have sent the shoes using the Austrian Post, and they are very slow. Been at least a week to get them from Vienna up to Sweden every time. Just so you know.

Thanks Jesper for your insight. Any idea if they've given you any tracking number of it just pop up at your doorstep one day?
post #1344 of 1346
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Thanks Jesper for your insight. Any idea if they've given you any tracking number of it just pop up at your doorstep one day?

 

I've been given tracking-id in some cases at least, but I did most of my correspondence with Roxana and I believe she might think more about that sort of thing than the rest of the family :)

post #1345 of 1346
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Originally Posted by j ingevaldsson View Post

I've been given tracking-id in some cases at least, but I did most of my correspondence with Roxana and I believe she might think more about that sort of thing than the rest of the family smile.gif

I see... Yap I been corresponding with roxana for the appointment with Matfei. Have already send her for an update. Guess I'll just have to wait patiently : )
post #1346 of 1346

Anyone can help me with the contact number with maftei? Want to call for update.

 

Email to Roxana goes unanswered and I can't seem to reach Alexandru on the Vienna main line on their website.

 

PM me if too personal... Cheers!

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