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post #16 of 54
I was impressed with the Rider boots at Kabbaz's thing. If I wasn't set for chukkas, I might have ordered a pair on the spot. Very nice design and a wide variety of attractive leathers, including some killer suedes.
post #17 of 54
Cross post (possibly duplicate post? Pardon me if I am breaking protocol); Rider Boot trunk show at Leffot in NYC on July 23, 2009.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=128741
post #18 of 54
Old thread I know, but still I wanted to ask that can anybody compare Rider Boot Co. last 46 to any UK last? My UK size is 9G, but as G is hard to find I usually wear 9.5F depending on last. Most elegant last I have is Crockett & Jones 348 (Lowndes) which is just perfect in size 9.5 (fits like a glove, any smaller and it would not fit).

Would Rider Boot US size 10.5 fi me?

Thanks!

- J
post #19 of 54

I've always kind of liked these:

 

post #20 of 54

Just got these from J Gilbert today.

 

 

post #21 of 54
As it appears the original Rider Boot affiliate thread is no more, I thought I would necrobump this thread with two comments.

1 - Ron is still awesome. I've been having some issues with the polish on my RBCB1s (still the sharpest, most versatile, most satisfying shoe I own) and they'd also started to just wear out from overuse and undercare. He quickly responded to my e-mail and asked for me to send them to him for him to carry with him to Italy, where they are being reconditioned. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

2 - Am I the only one who's noticed Rider Boot is no longer available through Franco's? I don't know if something blew up there... or maybe they simply parted amicably, but it seems a little bit strange being that they're both in Richmond.
post #22 of 54
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

As it appears the original Rider Boot affiliate thread is no more, I thought I would necrobump this thread with two comments.

1 - Ron is still awesome. I've been having some issues with the polish on my RBCB1s (still the sharpest, most versatile, most satisfying shoe I own) and they'd also started to just wear out from overuse and undercare. He quickly responded to my e-mail and asked for me to send them to him for him to carry with him to Italy, where they are being reconditioned. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

2 - Am I the only one who's noticed Rider Boot is no longer available through Franco's? I don't know if something blew up there... or maybe they simply parted amicably, but it seems a little bit strange being that they're both in Richmond.

I'm planning on going to Franco's this weekend. I'll ask because I'm curious as well.
post #23 of 54
A follow up: I picked up some Saphir from Franco's after my haircut. While I was looking at the Aldens I got to talking with the salesmen about the Rider's on sale on a back table. He mentioned that those were the last and that Rider Boot Co. is no more. In it's place, he said, will be a Franco's brand shoe line. I inquired if they would be made to the same standards and his response was they will be at the same level of quality and made at the same factories as Rider.
post #24 of 54
That's odd. No mention of this on his facebook or twitter.
post #25 of 54

 

I got these from Franco's a couple months ago. They were super dry and I had to condition them pretty thoroughly but I really like them. Comfortable. I went TTS even though it suggested sizing down a half. Really happy with my decision too.

post #26 of 54
I wondered if something like that might be afoot. Too bad.

There's a great interview with Ron here:

http://www.keikari.com/english/interview-with-ron-rider-from-riderboot/

(that seems to have a shadow forum comment appearance from the shadowy RJMan)

from just this past summer that indicates that Ron's larger business lines are private label coordination (hello Franco's line made at the same factories and to the same quality) and distribution. But it also mentions he was going to begin pushing Rider harder as a brand - which it is obvious he never developed all that aggressively. Anyways, I am sure he is still around, though if Rider Boot is truly gone it is a shame. The RBCB1 is a truly amazing shoe, and his boots had a definite style of their own.
post #27 of 54
Yeah, the more I poke around, the more I'm not buying it. Ron has some recent twitter activity that indicates new stuff is coming. Maybe they're reshuffling a distribution concept, but I don't think Ron or his boots are gone yet. I'm hoping not.
post #28 of 54
Seems like a trip to Francos to do some RVA intell is in order.
post #29 of 54
Just got a email from Francos introducing the new shoe specialist Jim Norwood. I have no idea what this means?
post #30 of 54
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Yeah, the more I poke around, the more I'm not buying it. Ron has some recent twitter activity that indicates new stuff is coming. Maybe they're reshuffling a distribution concept, but I don't think Ron or his boots are gone yet. I'm hoping not.

Indeed - all is well and the F/W boots start arriving by the end of the month, it appears. You can always keep up with us here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rider-Boot-Co/104656026236651

I don't really keep the blog updated though......have a lot on my plate and just can't do everything well so some things I stepped back from. We did start this though, since our main Season is just getting under way:

http://instagram.com/riderbootco

Anyway, have not been at Franco's for a couple of years now - left to work exclusively wholesale back in '11. My wife and I are now totally independent. We are expecting to have a good update on the website over the next few weeks, and will be shipping to some new shops as well. We've never stopped working with Leffot or JGilbert out in Seattle, and can be found at LeatherFoot, HKT in Atlanta, Michael Allen's in Portland later this Fall, ToBox in Philly (opening in 2 weeks), as well as Khaki's of Carmel closer to Winter....a few more irons in the fire but have to see exactly where boots are going over the next month. Wouldn't expect to see me any longer on the shelves at Franco's though - after I left they went in a different direction, which makes perfect sense. Have no idea what they are doing shoe wise as I am not involved in any way, shape or form. So, we are in the same town, keep in touch socially, but not connected business wise if that clears anything up.

We just keep doing what we do -
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