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Chisel toe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by DSM, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. DSM

    DSM Active Member

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    Was looking at the Cleverly bespoke seletion recently and did not particularly care for the chisel toe; but as it was the first time I had come accross it up close, perhaps I'll come to like it in time. With it's history, a great many people obviously do.
     
  2. lisapop

    lisapop Senior member

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    I like Cleverley's chiseled toe (which Edward Green offers, too, in one or two of their lasts), but what I'm not crazy about with Cleverley is what I see as rather feminine lines of their business-type shoes. A wee bit too long and slender.
    Grayson
     
  3. DSM

    DSM Active Member

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    The one question I have in addition to the style difference, is who in general makes a better last between EG & Cleverly. On the surface, I suppose it is a subjective question--but it is to me perhaps the most important consideration.
     
  4. lisapop

    lisapop Senior member

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    Many, including me, view Tony Gaziano, of Edward Green bespoke, as the master shoemaker of the moment, both in terms of sheer shoemaking skills as well as having a very strong appreciation for design, especially vintage designs---So, the nod goes to EG.  Coincidentally, Tony G most recently worked at Cleverley, and his departure might be the reason for EG's rapid ascent in the bespoke shoe community.  I'd rank TG/EG as just a notch or two below John Lobb Paris, given JL's slightly more comprehensive measuring/fitting process.  TG/EG excels in the areas of aesthetic beauty, finish, and workmanship/stitching.
    Grayson
     
  5. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Better?  That's hard.  Tony's (EG) lasts are a bit leaner and more elegant to my eye.  His chisel is definitely longer and narrower than Cleverley's.  I also think Tony does a rounded toe better than Cleverley does.
     
  6. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    Tony's shoe are quite elegant, and his customer service and attitude seem excellent.

    I've been told by one of the best makers in London that, in his opinion, Terry Moore of Foster & Sons is the best lastmaker in England. He makes a beautiful chisel toe as well.
     

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