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Austro-Hungarian school of shoemaking

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by fritzl, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

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    Thanks laufer,
    seamless wholecuts are Maftei speciality, so you should go for these!

    yes, I specially asked for Thomas heels because already got it on the another pair. It kinda works as an arch support I believe, at least it feels like this.
    And again yes, I asked for the full wood pegged sole, but for the opposite reason - because I never had it before [​IMG]
    I also opted for the elongated last, bevelled waist, medallion, three-nails heel design and six eyelets.

    I asked Alexandro to make a sort of "JL museum-calf" finish, you can decide how he succeed with this.

    The hollowed shoetrees were nice surprise (or Alexandro gift maybe), as I asked the regular ones.
     
  2. laufer

    laufer Senior member

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    Yes the finish looks spectacular I forgot to mention that. My first pair was with the fully wood pegged soles. My second pair will be hand-sewn and yes I went for beveled waist too.
    Of course the seamless whole-cut is in the plans for the future. Your pictures have certainly helped to steer me in that direction.
     
  3. Burton

    Burton Senior member

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    That is a really nice shoe.
     
  4. NYDRH

    NYDRH Senior member

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    Thank you for sharing the final result of your experience. The shoes look great in the photos. Is the fit as good as you had hoped?
     
  5. Burton

    Burton Senior member

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    Sdolina, I have done some reading on Maftei and I am curious about their connection to the Austo-Hungarian school of shoe making. They are lovely shoes but Maftei isn't really part of this tradition is he? Not a criticism of the shoes --quite nice--but certainly a blurring of the lines of to say the least, no?
     
  6. Mike147

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    Alexandru Maftei was trained and worked for many years at Rudolf Scheer. Most of the men and women in the Maftei workshops have apprenticed at Scheer and some family members continue to work there. Check out the article below - If you check out Maftei's workshops in Vienna, I can assure you that he is part of the AH tradition.

    http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2012/02/maftei-interviewpost-by-claymoor.html
     
  7. Burton

    Burton Senior member

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    When i read the article, I get the perspective that they are Romanian and there is a uniqueness due to that heritage. I get that he was trained in the A&H school, but I see something different in the shoes. Having been to Budapest, and visiting the shops there, they are different to me. They are more angular and triangular in shape. This is not bad-- just a difference. I see less A&H than you do. This is ok. Just making an observation.
     
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  8. Pliny

    Pliny Senior member

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    wow, those rok. A true wholecut's such rare gem. Nice curves and the finish is great too.
     
  9. Mike147

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    I get where you're coming from but I think that as a bespoke maker, Maftei is going to build what his clientele wants (within the realm of Maftei's philosophy and flexibility). So shoes out of Vienna may look quite different in last/style than what someone will want out of Bucharest or New York. Many of Vass' newer lasts are built to appeal to an expanded audience outside of their traditional shapes / lasts but they still maintain their traditional lasts.

    What I saw in Maftei Vienna was very traditional AH - what I saw at Maftei NY was a combination of AH and also very modern/sleek, with a lot of wholecuts on display. Different strokes (shoes) for different folks - I think Maftei will prove that the core of their quality, construction, finish and customer service are a step above many of their global competitors in the Bespoke space (and at a much lower price point).
     
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  10. VRaivio

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    Re-invigorating this nice thread: a MTM austerity oxford in orange-brown Italian buffalo leather with round but chiseled toe, natural welt with white stitching, dark purple lining, flush steel toe guards and single oak bark leather soles with beveled waist.

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  11. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    This thread needs an update...

    Crosspost from the shoe porn thread: Latest acquisition: a pair of seamless wholecuts from Austrian bespoke maker Maftei. Very pleased with the shoes. On my blog you'll find a substantial buyer's guide to Maftei, lots of info and with more pictures, among others from the production of these shoes. Use the translation tool in the sidebar to make it understandable.

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  12. sd2002

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    Amazing shoes J. What do you call the color?
     
  13. BeSpiffington

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    Simply stunning. Real artistry and craftsmanship. Beautiful!
     
  14. j ingevaldsson

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    Thank you both! Don't know what you call the color, I had two different Maftei shoes, one dark brown and one lighter brown, that I showed to them and told them how I wanted the toe and heel lighter. Turned out exactly as I had hoped.
     
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    Gee. Nice guy. [​IMG]
     
  17. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Um, what's going on here?
     
  18. gsugsu

    gsugsu Senior member

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    I think Fritzl thinks Mr. Shoegazer is shilling for Maftei & the trunk show he is involved with. Now Butthurt, Mr. Shoegazer brings it to the attention of the forum in a Robinsonesque redux rather than dealing with it quietly.
     
  19. justsayno

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    This is stunning.

     
  20. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    The shoes are superb, as is the photography.
     

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