[quote]I also sent e-mail to Herr Rollig to ask a bunch of my typical pesky questions and to point him to this topic (his response: "Now it becomes clear why we have so many requests from individuals lately."). Here's the sizing chart:I received these Saint Crispin's wholecuts from Ian yesterday: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....MEWN:IT They really are quite beautiful in person--unfortunately I don't have a digital camera yet, but I intend to purchase one, maybe this week, and post some pix. Â A few fun facts regarding Saint Crispin's: Size is 7 F, and it seems fairly true to 7.5 D Â U.S., if slightly roomy in both the toe (yes, it is rounded and slightly "bulbous", though not at all unattractive) and heel. Actually, my orthotic insert fits in quite nicely and really snugs them up, the one caveat being I am then unable to completely close the laces. Comfort vs. vanity--which would you pick? The color is listed on the box as VND 074, which is described above as a light tan, though I would Â describe it more as a medium tan w/ darker shadings ("tamponing" is apparently how they describe the process whereby darker color is applied on top of the original, lighter color. I'm not sure if this process is in addition to antiquing, or if they are one & the same). Depending on the light, the shoes can actually take on a reddish, mid-brown tone. They have quite a high lustre. The sole construction is listed as GE8, the very one mentioned here in jcusey's post. As suggested, it is indeed a very fiddled fiddle-back waist, and I think I can see where the cowboy boot analogy comes into play. I admit to being somewhat at a loss in terms of what constitutes a "pegged" waist, though I can see tiny, subtle plugs along either side of the waist that could perhaps be construed as pegs (?). This is my first foray into anything more exotic than a Grenson Masterpiece or C&J handgrade, and I haven't the grasp that some of our more knowledgable brethren here have regarding the subtler aspects of shoemaking, so I can't add much more at the moment regarding construction. Perhaps some ensuing photos may provide more clues to those who are interested. A few additional details: The shoe's lining is extremely soft, like a very fine nubuck suede. The trees that came with the shoes are indeed works of art; hand carved and hinged, with a hollow bore through the heel for easy removal, they fit like a hand in glove (or tree in shoe as it were). Even the bags supplied with the shoes are substantial, constructed from a fairly heavyweight flannel-like fabric with a shimmering, satiny lining. It is obvious herr Rollig pays attention to details. One last item of curiosity. On the box's label, to the right of the calligraphic size & color information, is written the name "Grasso". Since the shoes appear to be designated by model number rather than name (in this case Mod. 114) would this then suggest the possibility that the shoes are bespoke, made for someone named, duh, Grasso? Add that the two pairs Ian was offering were both 7.5's....hmmm. If the shoes were custom made however, would the standard sizing information still be written on the box, and stamped into the bottom of the sole (7F)? There is no information written inside the shoes, other than a "Saint Crispin's" imprint on the insert. To be honest, when I first tried them on last night before I'd even considered any "bespoke" angle, I got the impression that the 2 shoes appeared slightly different, though I could not quantify it other than to say I like the overall look of the right shoe better. Though the width and length of the outsoles appear identical, there seems to be something in the line of the uppers that differs slightly in each. Not that I desire bespoke in this case, since it would be based on someone else's foot measurements, and the RTW's are said to be handmade as well. Perhaps the answer lies in the variables of a truly handmade shoe, that the lines of the left may differ slightly from the right (though this doesn't seem right, particularly at this price point and level of artisanship)? Perhaps it is just a testament to my obsession that I have written so much about so little, as well to yours, for having read it all: Saint Crispin's novella.
Originally Posted by TimelessRider,08 Nov. 2004, 7:02
Did they include any kind of sizing chart? Â If so, would you mind sharing? Â
Quote:US\tEUROPE\tU.K. 3\t35\t Â 3.5\t36\t Â 4\t36.5\t Â 4.5\t37\t Â 5\t38\t Â 5.5\t38.5\t Â 6\t39\t5.5 6.5\t39.5\t6 7\t40\t6.5 7.5\t41\t7 8\t41.5\t7.5 8.5\t42\t8 9\t43\t8.5 9.5\t43.5\t9 10\t44\t9.5 10.5\t44.5\t10 11\t45\t10.5 11.5\t46\t11 12\t46.5\t11.5 12.5\t47\t12 13\t48\t12.5 14\t49\t13.5 15\t50\t14.5 S.C. Fit. E Â½ \t= approx.\tEngl. Fit. D\t\t(rather narrow to standard) S.C. Fit. F Â½ \t= approx.\tEngl. Fit. E\t\t(standard) S.C. Fit. G Â½ \t= approx.\tEngl. Fit. E - EE\t(standard to rather wide) S.C. Fit. E Â½ \t= approx.\tEngl. Fit. F - \t\t(really wide)
Quote:Other interesting things that he revealed: The only last available for RTW shoes is the 1746, which appears to be a rather bulbous, deep round-toe last. Some of the pictures in the RTW section are of bespoke samples, which accounts for some of the different toe shapes apparent there. Saint Crispin's has four different sole constructions available for their RTW shoes. One, the GE8, is particularly interesting. It has breast-to-breast welting, but sole-stitching only goes from the top of the waist to the top of the waist. The waist of the shoe is pegged, similar to the waist of an American cowboy boot (although Herr Rollig points out that cowboy boots aren't welted through the waist while his shoes are). The result is a very fiddled fiddle-back waist.