Received my first special order this morning from Ron Rider - or just plain RIDER - over at Franco's Fine Clothier. I wanted a dark brown dress shoe - something relatively sleek, chisel toe and all that - and with medallion detailing on the tip. In the end, I went with the Martegani 'u-wing long wing bal', on the '3B' chisel-toed last, and just asked for whatever Ron could provide in dark brown leather. I also went a half-size down from my usual size, as per everyone's suggestion, and they were right on the mark, as usual - they're a great fit, and I would definitely be getting some heel slippage in my left foot, had I gone with my regular size. They're very much an elongating last... I'm still fuzzy on shoe construction - despite owning the Vass book - so I'll just subtly gloss over that part. Read up on Jcusey's Martegani post of you want the goods... Now, pictures. (Picture links for anyone who can't see the pictures above...) Pic 1 Pic 2 Ron was a pleasure to work with, and I'll definitely be making a few more orders ASAP.
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12/6/04 at 8:22pm