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Bespoke Shoe Damage: WS Foster & Son

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Eustace Tilley, May 9, 2008.

  1. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    The "Thomas" wholecut model in a brown-burgundy calfskin. Well executed and the sole, in particular, is stunning (the tightest fiddleback I have seen). Needless to say, the fit is perfect. As with my Cleverleys, I had my initials punched on the inside corner of each shoe.

    It was hard to get a picture that showed the real color of these shoes - the artificial light, coupled with a strong flash, makes the shoes appear to be more red than burgundy. In real life, the color of the shoes is exactly like the color of medward's G&Gs below:

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    You may notice that I'm using RTW shoe trees - that's because the lasted shoes trees are being worked on and will be mailed to me shortly. I'm been very happy with the customer service provided as well.

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  2. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Dude, they look nice but they spilled red paint on parts of the shoe! [​IMG]

    You need some better trees but I really like the toe box.
     
  3. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Woohoo, what a waist! Congrats.
     
  4. HORNS

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    Welt at the tip of the toe and the metal plate are great. Everything looks very "polished".
     
  5. medwards

    medwards Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I must admit to having been intrigued by this particular design for quite a while. When I first saw it, I didn't realize the shoe in my hand was, in fact, a whole cut with a captoe effect added on. The adelaide-type design rising along the laces and then descending and continuing around the shoe like a classic Balmoral added an elegant sweep to the look as opposed to the rather straight horizontal line of most galosh-type oxfords. At the time, Mr Bolzoni suggested that the design was brought to them by Charlie Watts, who had found it among images of some older offerings. In any event, it is wonderful to see how nicely the shoe makes up. Enjoy!
     
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    They look great. The toe is too square for me, but I like everything else about it, and since I don't have to wear them, ignore my quibble.
     
  7. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Very nice.

    MEdwards, you are a customer of Foster as well?
     
  8. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    I must admit to having been intrigued by this particular design for quite a while. When I first saw it, I didn't realize the shoe in my hand was, in fact, a whole cut with a captoe effect added on. The adelaide-type design rising along the laces and then descending and continuing around the shoe like a classic Balmoral added an elegant sweep to the look as opposed to the rather straight horizontal line of most galosh-type oxfords. At the time, Mr Bolzoni suggested that the design was brought to them by Charlie Watts, who had found it among images of some older offerings. In any event, it is wonderful to see how nicely the shoe makes up. Enjoy!

    Yes, it is a very nice design. I like the pitched heel also; how high is it?
     
  9. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Thanks guys (medwards, I agree - the uniqueness of the design drew me to the Thomas). I really wish I had taken a few better pics of the waist - it is really something.

    grimslade - the toe, as is, represents Fosters default house style. I quite like it myself, as it reminds me of EGs 888. Thanks for the comments.
     
  10. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Yes, it is a very nice design. I like the pitched heel also; how high is it?

    1.25" as per a special request on my part.

    Thanks RJ.
     
  11. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Finger lickin' good. Spectacular.

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  12. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    1.25" as per a special request on my part.

    Thanks RJ.


    Yeah, that is what I am talking about...a 3cm pitched heel is also what I requested on my bespoke order!
     
  13. grimslade

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    grimslade - the toe, as is, represents Fosters default house style. I quite like it myself, as it reminds me of EGs 888. Thanks for the comments.

    I'm aware. I've decided I don't really like the 888 either. [​IMG]

    Still and all, they're gorgeous. I think the improvement on the traditional galosh still (which I find unharmonious) is inspired.
     
  14. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ET great looking shoes this was the design out of allt he F&S shoes that i liked the most apart for the ones on JK's site, may they bring you years of good wear!![​IMG]
     
  15. Panzeraxe II

    Panzeraxe II Senior member

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    Beautiful shoes. What I love about the design is that its fresh and unique without being gimmicky.
     
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    ET - You are clearly on a roll with yet another outstanding commission!

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    Like Grimslade the toe does not sing to me but otherwise that is a lace up shoe I would pay bespoke money for. They rock.
     
  18. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Thanks jjl, Panzer, and culverwood (love your Fosters btw).

    grims - no love for the 888 [​IMG]???
     
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    grims - no love for the 888 [​IMG]???

    What can I say? I tried on a pair at the Mansion yesterday. They left me cold.
     
  20. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Welt at the tip of the toe and the metal plate are great. Everything looks very "polished".

    Paul Davies made my first pair of shoes with the toe welt squared off like that. It took me a while to get it, but once I did, I liked it. Even so, I concluded that it looks best with a wing tip, because of the angled lines, rather than with a cap toe. My next pairs were cap toes, so I asked for the round tips. While I like ET's shoes, I do think the squared toe welt looks a bit funny to me with the lines of a cap toe. Perhaps it would grow on me. That aside, I love the overall design of the shoe. A lot. It is an exceptionally beautiful design.



    Minor question: Is there a heel seam on the upper part of the heel area? It looks like the lower part is whole cut, but I see a small tab on the upper part which makes me think there is a seam. It is hard to be sure because there is no direct shot of that area.
     

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