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List of Bespoke/MTO bootmakers?

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by thenextep, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. thenextep

    thenextep New Member

    Oct 5, 2016
    Hey peeps. First time over here at SF, but the good people at Reddit thought some here might have some more info for me. I did some basic searching but still came up with nothing addressing exactly my question.

    I've been on a serious boot hunt for well over a month now and cannot seem to find exactly what I want, so I have been thinking about having a boot designed for me. I like the styles from Truman, Viberg, Oak Street Boots, and even White's Semi-Dress, but what I want is to be able to have a custom-designed toe cap something like a mix between an austere brogue and what Wolverine did on their small-batch run of LTD 721's). Of course, I have contacted especially Truman, White's, Dayton, Wesco, even Santalum in Indonesia, and unfortunately these MTO outfits all have a standard set of options that they don't really deviate from, so they can't/won't custom-cut a design of my own for the toe cap.
    I was recently pointed in the direction of Brian at Role Club in LA, but I live on the east coast, and I would really prefer to be able to sit down with someone before I invest upwards of 1k+ on a pair of boots I hope to have for a lifetime. The same with Julian boots - they look great, but he's still in LA. I have found it incredibly difficult to find much on bespoke bootmakers - particularly for that market that wants a more casual boot than what someone like John Lobb typically offers. I figure, living close to NYC as I do, surely there's someone in the vain of Brian/Role Club around, right?
    Another thing is that I would really like to keep the cost at or under $1k. I know this might be just asking too much, but I also don't need them to be bespoke. Really, I just want a pretty standard service-type/semi-dress boot that's a casual cross-over.

    In any event, what I'm really looking for is if anyone knows of someone on the East Coast, particularly around NYC, who might be able to do such a thing. Am I missing something, or is the market too small for the casual-workwear styling to sustain bespoke makers?
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2016

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