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post #796 of 14986
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Originally Posted by Wildsmith
well i didnt, my dad went to st. Edmunds school.

My humble apologies - I thought you were someone else. As RJMan has already pointed out, I'm not used to visitors.
post #797 of 14986
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Originally Posted by RJman
Wait, so your grandfather is the John Wildsmith who closed down the Princes Arcade shop and now only travels with Hilditch & Key?

The film was Lawrence.

Yes my friend, i think its them who he travels with, i know one of the chaps he travels with is John De Bua (pronounced bwa) who is a taylor. Iv learnt a lot about the company and its history from my father who is John Wildsmith (my grandpa) son. you may remember him or not, he was in the business but left about 13 years ago i think, he was with me grandpa for about 12 years.
post #798 of 14986
Strange auction.

The seller lists a pair of factory-made JL ready-to wear shoes in pebble grain.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-JOHN-LOBB-TA...QQcmdZViewItem

His pictures show a pair of JL (St James) bespoke shoes; picture stolen from the web site:
http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/catalog...rap_monk_1.htm

Definitely not the same shoes. Do all these people bidding like mad know this.

Maybe someone (Americans only) can mail the seller and ask if the picture shows the shoes on offer.
(Some sellers on eBay have chips the size of logs on their shoulders.)
post #799 of 14986
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
Strange auction.

The seller lists a pair of factory-made JL ready-to wear shoes in pebble grain.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-JOHN-LOBB-TA...QQcmdZViewItem

His pictures show a pair of JL (St James) bespoke shoes; picture stolen from the web site:
http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/catalog...rap_monk_1.htm

Definitely not the same shoes. Do all these people bidding like mad know this.

Maybe someone (Americans only) can mail the seller and ask if the picture shows the shoes on offer.
(Some sellers on eBay have chips the size of logs on their shoulders.)


There's more red flags in this auction than at the latest South Korea football game
post #800 of 14986
Quote:
Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
Strange auction.

The seller lists a pair of factory-made JL ready-to wear shoes in pebble grain.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-JOHN-LOBB-TA...QQcmdZViewItem

His pictures show a pair of JL (St James) bespoke shoes; picture stolen from the web site:
http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/catalog...rap_monk_1.htm

Definitely not the same shoes. Do all these people bidding like mad know this.

Maybe someone (Americans only) can mail the seller and ask if the picture shows the shoes on offer.
(Some sellers on eBay have chips the size of logs on their shoulders.)

Whenever I see high priced auctions offered on ebay by someone with a "story" or a new member, I just usually run in the other direction. His SKIM891 story doesn't make a whole lot of sense, at least in regards to these shoes. Also, I checked a couple of SKIM891's auctions and they all have three to four pictures of the items, funny how on this auction he only has two pics directly from the Lobb site. If people don't want to do a little homework before they spend that much money on shoes, I have a tough time feeling sorry for them. Of course, the auction could be totally legit but I would at least have a few questions for the guy plus a request for pics before bidding
post #801 of 14986
This is a very good way to describe how the wildsmith business was ran, original text lifted from a post made by "bengal-stripe"
Wildsmiths was very famous bespoke shoemakers at one point and we made our own shoes . When I say that we “made” the shoes I mean we designed them (our own designs) and co-ordinated the process but that the individual work was done by a number of outworkers, each one specialising in a particular field. That’s the way (up to these days) things get done in London.

There is one way to see if any shoes are truly handmade, have a look at the insoles. Do they have a row of dimples going all the way around the shoe? When the welt gets stitched by hand the stitches have a downward force and are seen from above as dimples. In a machine made shoe, where the welt is place onto a glued on linen strip, the force goes sideways and the stitches cannot be seen from above.
post #802 of 14986
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wildsmith
This is a very good way to describe how the wildsmith business was ran, original text lifted from a post made by "bengal-stripe"
Wildsmiths was very famous bespoke shoemakers at one point and we made our own shoes . When I say that we "made" the shoes I mean we designed them (our own designs) and co-ordinated the process but that the individual work was done by a number of outworkers, each one specialising in a particular field. That's the way (up to these days) things get done in London.

There is one way to see if any shoes are truly handmade, have a look at the insoles. Do they have a row of dimples going all the way around the shoe? When the welt gets stitched by hand the stitches have a downward force and are seen from above as dimples. In a machine made shoe, where the welt is place onto a glued on linen strip, the force goes sideways and the stitches cannot be seen from above.
How old are you? You are describing the Wildsmith bespoke process. Or the bespoke process of most London bespoke shoemakers. Your RTW was generally made in a factory by Green or Crockett up in Northampton. Some of the designs may have been yours, but Green also made shoes to the designs of Peal and Cleverley (Poulsen Skone).
post #803 of 14986
Those shoes were up for auction at least once before, under a different ID. At that time I emailed the seller to the effect that posting what are obviously pics of Lobb bespoke shoes in an auction for pair of RTW Williams wasn't good strategy. Williams sell well without any "help". He ignored me of course.
post #804 of 14986
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Originally Posted by RJman
How old are you? You are describing the Wildsmith bespoke process. Or the bespoke process of most London bespoke shoemakers. Your RTW was generally made in a factory by Green or Crockett up in Northampton. Some of the designs may have been yours, but Green also made shoes to the designs of Peal and Cleverley (Poulsen Skone).

i was wondering when someone was going to ask me that, im 17, what i was getting at is that before my grandpa had the shop Wildsmiths was a very bespoke shoe company, as yo said they made shoes for many, including films such as Lawrence of Arabia. but there has been about 6 or 7 generations of wildsmiths involved in shoes, and the majority of them were uniquely designed. All im saying is that the Wildsmith business may have declined in its reputation over the past years, but the shoes and there quality are always to the best standards, unless of course on the rare occasion there not.
post #805 of 14986
Sweeeeet Santonis...

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Handmade-SAN...QQcmdZViewItem

post #806 of 14986
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Originally Posted by aportnoy

Jeez Louise!!!! If only an inch shorter and 1/2 less wide.
post #807 of 14986
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Originally Posted by edmorel
Jeez Louise!!!! If only an inch shorter and 1/2 less wide.


I'm so with you on these Ed, they are amazing and unlike anything I've got. Alas, I could almost get both my feet into one.
post #808 of 14986
Niiiiice RLPL shoes from this dude:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZgibor30QQhtZ-1
post #809 of 14986
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Originally Posted by zjpj83
Niiiiice RLPL shoes from this dude:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZgibor30QQhtZ-1

I'm watching a pair of the monks. We'll see how it goes.
post #810 of 14986
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Originally Posted by zjpj83
Niiiiice RLPL shoes from this dude:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZgibor30QQhtZ-1

Whats the dilly on RLPL sizing? Is a 9.5 a 10 like the guys says?
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