- Aug 15, 2019
- Reaction score
Sorry everyone, the results will be up this week. Promise.
Jim McFarland actually completed the evaluations. I just need to chat with him tonight.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
I already have an idea for next year's competition:
1. Competition opens January 1, 2020 and closes June 1, 2020;
2. No monetary limit;
3. After submissions, first round of contest will be voting by members like the 2018 edition;
4. Final 10 will then be evaluated by a panel of judges for the top 3 finishes;
5. Criteria for evaluation will better reflect the realistic expectations of enthusiasts as opposed to amateur cobblers.
This will give everyone LOTS of time, and flexibility to work on the shoes as a side hobby. Plus I am integrating the evaluation system to bring members back in, and then leave finals to a panel of judges.
I can't make everyone happy, but I want everyone to enjoy and participate.
I like the above ideas, but I think a few categories would be nice and encourage participation at different levels of investment of time/money. Maybe a "cobbler's corner"; "turd polisher"; and "frame-on restoration" categories, for people who really go the extra mile to re-craft; people who turn a Georgio Brutini into an...Aldo(?!); and people who just generally get the best aesthetic change.
Also just want to go on record saying that I haven't given up on my after-the-buzzer 2019 project shoes - I have a set of vintage leather heel stacks that I've soaked and flattened, and that I now need to glue and press together and skive out to replace the rubber heels I removed.