- Jun 7, 2017
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Yeah, I prefer leather on all my shoes, in general. However, I wanted a few pairs to wear in the rain. However, if I do buy from Weston again, I won't buy their rubber soles. I have since just gone with a pair of boots from Church's and AE, both with rubber soles for rainy weather. Both have held up nicely.I prefer leather soles on my Weston’s outside of the Ridgeway sole on the 641 Golf. I love the Ridgeway on the 641. I think the standard 4x4 boat shoe with the lug sole is fine but not for me. I’ve personally never worn boat or deck shoes.
I don’t think all of Olivier Saillard’s designs are all misses. I liked the designs of the Miles collection outside of the use of rubber soles on the models. I wanted to purchase the light brown triple sole 180 but the NYC store didn’t carry any of the triple sole 180s in their store. I purchased the standard single leather sole 180 instead.
I liked how they worked through the wearability of the triple sole 180 in advance. Since the uppers of the 180 doesn’t have the support like the Chasse or the triple sole wingtip models they lightened up some of the ball region to make it more wearable. See pic below.
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I really liked this Norwegian construction 180 but I just know it would be extremely expensive and overpriced so I didn’t even try to pursue it.
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After my black 677 Chasse purchase I inquired about a special order 677 in Chestnut brown. I wanted the chestnut brown Chasse to have antique brown edges instead of the standard black edges. I was told the surcharge would be 50% on top of the total price. I commissioned a bespoke shoemaker to make the shoe for me instead. No point in paying more for RTW than I would for bespoke.
I think the Norwegian construction is beautiful in general, but I don't think I'd buy a pair from JMW. Also, you're right about the cost of special order/MTO from JM, it is nearly half or half of the total shoe retail price. It's ridiculous. I had long ago asked about it because I wanted a pair of their shoes in burgundy, the same color they offered in other models, but they said I would have to place a special order. Wasn't worth it.
The Miles collection was appealing to me at first simply because it seemed to offer something "new," but I wasn't that impressed with them when I tried them on. I think putting leather sole on them would have been better. And I don't know if I would call putting a triple sole on the 180 a 'design" since Weston has had triple sole shoes before on other models. But sure, I would admit I'm being unfair to Saillard. My frustration should be directed at Weston more than the designer.