Originally Posted by Michael Ay329
Jupiter, would you mind sharing with us your bespoke experiences through James Taylor and G&G...and how did they compare to Cleverley?
My first bespoke experience was with James Taylor. I had a pair of shoes made and my motivation to use them was that they are specialists in problem feet. The end product did not fit well at all and I regret using them. There was major heal slippage to the point that my heel would pop out with every stride and so much excess width that my foot would slide sideways. My experience with Taylor left me feeling that they are not interested in making a quality product. Additionally, it is difficult to get a true one-to-one experience as the shop is constantly busy with other customers and it is the proprietor, not the lastmaker, who takes the measurements. I hope others have had better experiences with Taylor than I did.
How do they compare to the Cleverley's? They are not even in the same league. Any problems I have are corrected by Cleverley's ability to make an excellent shoe that conforms to the actual shape of my foot and is extremely comfortable all day long. In comparison, the shoes from James Taylor are like wearing Kleenex boxes on my feet.
I had a much different and better experience with Tony from G & G. He was recommended to me by many members here and I arranged to meet him on Savile Row. He was very flexible regarding timings. Tony takes the measurements, makes an excellent shoe and is a committed professional. The shoes he made for me are very elegant, and when I wore them to my tailors I received a very nice "those are very nice shoes, Sir".
Tony's shoes are better finished than my Cleverley's (and many I saw in the shop) and he can accomodate many requests. I found him to be very personable.
The decision of whether to continue with Cleverley or G & G came down to very finite points. I found both to be extremely professional and committed (Teemu from Cleverley) to making me the best shoe possible and a real one-to one experience with people who live and breathe shoes. I do not think you can go wrong with either.
I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to send me a message if you require more detail.
To the OP: enjoy the experience.