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Alfred Sargent Handgrade - Pictures

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by clintonf, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. medtech_expat

    medtech_expat Senior member

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    I went in with the notion of a wholecut on the AS43, but in person I found the AS19 (almond-shaped) to be very lovely and visually elongating. It may be the nicest last I've seen since the EG82. I also keep thinking about that austerity brogue....

    Will give it 24 hours, by which point I'll either confirm with Chay or submit a revision for the first order. At the end of the day, I'm probably doing nothing more than rotating the sequence of my eventual orders. [​IMG]
     
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    I went in with the notion of a wholecut on the AS43, but in person I found the AS19 (almond-shaped) to be very lovely and visually elongating. It may be the nicest last I've seen since the EG82. I also keep thinking about that austerity brogue....

    Will give it 24 hours, by which point I'll either confirm with Chay or submit a revision for the first order. At the end of the day, I'm probably doing nothing more than rotating the sequence of my eventual orders. [​IMG]


    Ha! Agreed! Glad you had fun. Did you make it to W. Bill?
     
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    Wow. Are these tours available to any punters or what do you have to do to qualify?

    I'm a first-time AS customer, so I believe the experience is open to everyone.

    Ha! Agreed! Glad you had fun. Did you make it to W. Bill?

    Unfortunately, no. Honestly, I never expected to be on the ground for 4 hours, and after errands at EG and Cleverley I just couldn't make it. Will have to carve out time on the next trip as am off to Naples tomorrow. [​IMG]
     
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    Great pictures medtech,do you just live and travel to buy clothing?[​IMG]
     
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    like a full or half sock , it only means something to the collector - doesn't have much function, although that's been debated.

    this has a function, period.
     
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    Great pictures medtech and thanks for sharing them. The monk-strap and austerity brogue looks awesome.
     
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    I went in with the notion of a wholecut on the AS43, but in person I found the AS19 (almond-shaped) to be very lovely and visually elongating. It may be the nicest last I've seen since the EG82. I also keep thinking about that austerity brogue....

    Will give it 24 hours, by which point I'll either confirm with Chay or submit a revision for the first order. At the end of the day, I'm probably doing nothing more than rotating the sequence of my eventual orders. [​IMG]


    Thanks for the great post of the factory tour!
     
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    medtech_expat Senior member

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    I forgot to mention a few things:

    1) Chay plans to have a showroom in central London in the coming few months. This will definitely make things easier for those interested to view the finished product up close.

    2) he will be visiting San Francisco and Chicago during his next US trip (April, IIRC)
     
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    So I've finalized the first commission as a wholecut on the AS19 (almond) last in mahogany. I suppose that my feet are not as irregular as I imagined, as Chay indicated he will bypass the fitting shoe and go straight to the finished product (and will redo if it doesn't work out!). He sent me a file with 28 different toe medallions, and I've selected my 6 favorite here. Please help me by indicating your preference for my particular configuration - and plain toe is definitely in the running.

    btw, if anyone would like the entire file please PM with your email.

    #1
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    #2
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    #11
    [​IMG]

    #15
    [​IMG]

    #17
    [​IMG]

    #24
    [​IMG]
     
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    Numbers 2 and 17 are my favs, have seen those on some styles at the factory.

    EDIT: They don't look 'cock and balls' when on the shoe Trini.
     
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    #2, 17 and 24 are very cock-and-balls so you may want to avoid those.
     
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    #2, 17 and 24 are very cock-and-balls so you may want to avoid those.

    Ha! Now that you mentioned it, I'll probably always see it. [​IMG]

    Do you like any, or would you prefer a plain toe?
     
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    This is the one I'm using on a pair AS are close to finishing.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I am wearing AS shoes with the #11 today and it's pretty good

    [​IMG]
     
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    ME, would it be possible to post all 28 in the "ID the maker" thread?
     
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    ME, would it be possible to post all 28 in the "ID the maker" thread?

    +1! I'd love to see them all.
     
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    I was going to say the 11 and 15 would probably look best on a squarer toe but fullb proved me wrong
     
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    So I've finalized the first commission as a wholecut on the AS19 (almond) last in mahogany. I suppose that my feet are not as irregular as I imagined, as Chay indicated he will bypass the fitting shoe and go straight to the finished product (and will redo if it doesn't work out!). He sent me a file with 28 different toe medallions, and I've selected my 6 favorite here. Please help me by indicating your preference for my particular configuration - and plain toe is definitely in the running.

    btw, if anyone would like the entire file please PM with your email.

    #1
    [​IMG]

    #2
    [​IMG]

    #11
    [​IMG]

    #15
    [​IMG]

    #17
    [​IMG]

    #24
    [​IMG]


    It can be hard to envision how two "abstracts" will look together. Sometimes we pick two things we like, but when we pair them together, the results can be disappointing or visa versa. So, at the risk of sounding like a complete n00b (please accept my apologies in advance if it does), but is there anyway that Chay can send you either CAD drawings or stock photos of each design on the shoe that you chose? The reason why I ask this is because I'm sure that any of the designs he sent you would "work" for the shoe you selected. However, by seeing the designs on the shoes you selected (even if it's somewhat crude) could be instrumental in deciding what design works better, and ultimately best, as determined by your own preferences.

    Just a thought.

    I am wearing AS shoes with the #11 today and it's pretty good

    [​IMG]


    I think it works (btw, looks great) because it provides great balance to the broguing. However, ME's shoes will be wholecut, so that design may be too "heavy" on his shoes.

    Just my 0.2 cents worth...
     
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    S MTO Style: Templar + Medallion Last: 87F Colour: Mahogany Burnished. Ok, these MTO's have been in the works for sometime(several months). The reason for the length of time is due to the changes AS wanted to attempt in order to improve their Handgrade sole. I was not in any rush for them, so I was more than happy to allow Chay to 'express' himself. The colour, last, medallion were all my choice. The sole is the work of the skilled craftsmen at AS, the changes to the last, the ribbing, the lasting, the finishing are really something else. Those that follow his blog http://alfred-sargent.blogspot.com/ will have seen a picture of the sole last night. These are my pictures of the shoe itself and some more of the sole/heel. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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