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Bespoke Shoe Damage: WS Foster & Son

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

  1. jjl5000

    jjl5000 Senior member

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    ET - You are clearly on a roll with yet another outstanding commission!

    [​IMG]
     


  2. culverwood

    culverwood Senior member

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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.
     


  3. 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]???
     


  4. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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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.
     


  5. 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.
     


  6. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Thanks dopey. The square welt doesn't bother me at all but I do see your point. Perhaps I may change my mind with time.

    Yes, there is a seam on the heel.
     


  7. Brad

    Brad Senior member

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    I might like these even more than your new Cleverleys. You've got great taste, ET.
     


  8. Panzeraxe II

    Panzeraxe II Senior member

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    Eustace - how would you compare your WSFs to your Cleverleys?
     


  9. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Eustace - how would you compare your WSFs to your Cleverleys?

    I had a feeling someone would ask this. [​IMG]

    In all honesty, they're both great shoes, and I intend to order more from each firm in the future. The toe shapes are similar, the styling is equally British in nature, and the service provided by each firm was exceptional.
     


  10. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I think Foster is also slightly less expensive, by a one or two hundred pounds.
     


  11. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    I think Foster is also slightly less expensive, by a one or two hundred pounds.

    Its just a 50 pound difference when you factor in the trees (they charge more than GJC for bespoke trees).
     


  12. EL72

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    Beautiful shoes. What I love about the design is that its fresh and unique without being gimmicky.

    +1. Great shoes and the design is very unique - classic but with a twist. Those 1/4" grout lines however are too thick [​IMG]
     


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    Good timing on this thread - I finally bit the bullet and went into Fosters today to be measured for my first (ever) bespoke shoes. I was really pleased to hear that Terry Moore will probably make my lasts, although I met Micky and I'm sure he'd do a great job too.

    Now I need to think about style and would appreciate the thoughts of those of you who've been through this before:

    - I have large feet (size 12 UK) and feel some patterning on the front of th eshoe would be a good idea

    - I'm pretty much decided to go for an Oxford for my first pair

    - Am wondering about a captoe (perhaps with an Adelaide brogueing) or a wholecut with a toe medallion. My heart says a full brogue but maybe that wouldn't be right for what will be a fairly formal shoe

    - I love the chisel toe but Terry is going to advise on whether this makes sense with the shape of my foot

    - I have pretty much decided on a deep aubergine leather (almost black). I was also tempted by the antiqued black samples in the shop but worry that they'll require too much upkeep (I keep my shoes at work and get them cleaned by a street polisher in the City).


    Edit to add that I am now seriously tempted to copy ET's design!
    Anything else to add to the mix?
     


  14. Lawman

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    Wow. That is one amazing profile.
     


  15. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ET..you are quickly making a spot for yourself in the Shoe Fairy's Hall of Fame.

    Exquisitely done![​IMG]
     


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