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post #1 of 13
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Hi,

My father has wanted a pair of bespoke shoes for a few years now, so I plan to book an appointment for him for his 50th this year.

I know he will be using these shoes for work everyday and after reading the posts in the forum, about the lack of quality found at some shoemakers, where do I go to get a very high quality, long lasting pair of shoes?

Thanks for the tips!
post #2 of 13
This thread that helped me decide may help:

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=51898

In the end, I went with Gaziano & Girling and will have my first fitting in a few months.

Good luck with your search, and I hope your father enjoys the present.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by rolledshouldersapparently View Post
Hi,

My father has wanted a pair of bespoke shoes for a few years now, so I plan to book an appointment for him for his 50th this year.

I know he will be using these shoes for work everyday and after reading the posts in the forum, about the lack of quality found at some shoemakers, where do I go to get a very high quality, long lasting pair of shoes?

Thanks for the tips!

fosters may be the go for him...
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by rolledshouldersapparently View Post
I know he will be using these shoes for work everyday

If this is truly the case, then I would recommend against bespoke shoes.
post #5 of 13
No harm with every other day, though. If he's 50 now, the right pair of oxfords might last him to retirement. It's amazing how durable shoes can be if they really fit and are well-made from good leather. Another 2 pairs, and he need never wear RTW between Monday and Friday.

Cleverley is the single safest choice I know of, although from all accounts Foster's is a dark horse worth investigating.
post #6 of 13
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If this is truly the case, then I would recommend against bespoke shoes.

My thoughts exactly.
post #7 of 13
You will have seen G&G, Cleverley and Fosters mentioned and their prices are all about the same at £1,400-£1,500 plus VAT plus trees. They are all fine makers and you father would be delighted with any of them I am sure. Cleverley and and Fosters both have shops in London where there is always someone who can measure so the logistics may be easier (its still worth making an appointment the first time though). If cost is a consideration Trickers do bespoke at £850 but the last-maker is only in town once a month and their shoes have a more country style to me.

If as you say he is to wear them every day perhaps two pairs of MTO shoes from G&G would be an alternative. Any good shoe should be given a days rest at least between wears.
post #8 of 13
As others have written, if he needs to wear the shoes every day get two pair of machine made shoes instead of one pair of bespoke. Daily wear does not permit the leather to dry out and ages the shoe prematurely. That's an inconsiderate thing to do to bepoke shoes that will last a lifetime with proper care.

Of the five bespoke makers in London, James Taylor has the lowest prices and you might consider them in addition to the firms already named.
post #9 of 13
By the age of 50, he probably has 2 pairs of machine-made shoes already. So bespoke is in addition to.

If his tastes end up getting more expensive than his wallet can bear after your gift, introduce him to the Edward Green, Crockett & Jones, or Gaziano & Girling MTO shops. Not a patch on bespoke, but all very well made and classic in appearance.
post #10 of 13
I think any of the following London makers will work well for your father's needs:

1. John Lobb
2. WS Foster
3. Gaziano & Girling
4. GJ Cleverley

I have personal experience with both GJ Cleverley and WS Foster, and highly recommend both firms.
post #11 of 13
How does he feel about bespoke shoes, or shoes in general? This might be what you want from him but it might not be what he wants.

Does he have any foot, leg or knee issues?
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Concordia View Post
It's amazing how durable shoes can be if they really fit and are well-made from good leather.
Funny you should say that, as he wears and has been wearing Marks and Spencer's black oxfords for over 18 years now with a general lifespan of about 4 years per pair. Oh and he loves the idea of having a pair of bespokes! Thanks for your tips guys, i'm going to mull this one over as I have until December to decide which establishment visit. I have thought about it and decided that two pairs will be better than one. He's not a tight one my dad, believe me there have been many occasions where my mum has gone ballistic over his latest purchases, however he doesn't have the time to go out and find out whats available. I think after the initial exposure to the right shoemaker, he won't have enough space for his new shoes.
post #13 of 13
if you was not wanting to make and appointment and just wanted a walking shop i would go to Cleverley's!

having just spent a week in london i did some bespoke shoe window shoping and i found the gents at Cleverleys to be the nicest less pushy, and have the best modals on disply,

if you was wanting to make an appointment i would go to G&G for the above reasons!
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