1. Welcome to the new Styleforum!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are to hang out in the new place. There are more new features that we’ll announce in the near future, but for now we hope you’ll enjoy the new site.

    We are currently fine-tuning the forum for your browsing pleasure, so bear with any lingering dust as we work to make Styleforum even more awesome than it was.

    Oh, and don’t forget to head over to the Styleforum Journal, because we’re giving away two pairs of Carmina shoes to celebrate our move!

    Please address any questions about using the new forum to support@styleforum.net

    Cheers,

    The Styleforum Team

    Dismiss Notice

Maftei Shoes - Vienna - Bespoke, MTO , RTW

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GusW, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    19,128
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2007
    In researching a trip to Vienna, I came across a number of shoe enthusiast articles and posts where Maftei is regarded as one of the great classic shoe makers. Here is a link to the Maftei website. http://www.maftei.at/#!about/c1enr

    From what I've read, the family has historically been offering a bespoke shoe but is now branching into MTO and RTW. I was wondering of any members of Styleforum have had any recent experience with Maftei? If so, was it in Vienna or at a trunk show?

    Here are some photos from the web. I especially like the look of the split toes derby.

    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. dresstokill

    dresstokill Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    69
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2014
    Laddage & Oelke / Crossfords Number One in Hamburg offers Maftei fittings - the next one is sometime in February if I'm not mistaken. I recently had a chance to take a look at one of their MTOs for the store - a really nice oxford captoe. I especially liked the last - lots of arch support, bevelled waist, nice chisel toe - altogether a really solid impression.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    19,128
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2007
    I just stumbled across a post from Styleforum member @j ingevaldsson from 2014 where he posts a link to his blog story and very nice photos about Maftei. It is in Swedish but the bottom right column has a translator button for English.

    Here is the link to his blog: http://www.shoegazing.se/2014/08/08/kopguide-maftei/


    Here are just a few of his many beautiful photos from his blog.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2016
  4. dresstokill

    dresstokill Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    69
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2014
    Found a picture on my phone of the captoe:

    [​IMG]
     
  5. dan'l

    dan'l Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    363
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2011
    Location:
    Hansestadt
    

    I thought that at the trunk shows they were offering full bespoke, no? Or are they also offering MTO now?
     
  6. dresstokill

    dresstokill Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    69
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2014
    You are right about the trunk shows being bespoke but their manager told that he was involved in the last design of the black captoe and it would be possible to get other models like a wholecut or chelsea on the same last - hence my assumption that it would be MTO. Maybe he meant the store can do MTO but not individual customers. I will try to find out during my next visit.
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  7. tchoy

    tchoy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,467
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2004
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    I got to know Maftei through chatting with our own shoe guru @fritzl he was instrumental for me ordering my first pair of Maftei.

    As I live in Australia going to a trunk shop or visiting Austria wasn't possible at the time. I posted them one of my best fitting shoes together with my orthotics to start the process.
    Although Lucian Maftei speak perfect a lot of my special request was interpreted by fritzl, he also foreseen the progress and kept me up to date on the progress, The first pair of shoes I received it was a little tight Lucian asked me to sent it back for adjustments, to my surprised they made me a brand new pair of shoes. The shoes turn out to be one of the best fitting shoes for me with the orthotic builtin to the arch.

    If you have a chance to attend a trunk show or visit a store please do these are amazing and very underrated on this fora. I know fritzl doesn't post here much anymore but I know he still lurks around here from time to time. His knowledge of shoes is second to none imho and his willingness to help I am forever grateful.





    [​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. comrade

    comrade Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,874
    Joined:
    May 10, 2005
    Location:
    Menlo Park, CA
    I can vouch for Fritzl., a simpatico guy who knows shoes.
    Spent a day in Vienna with him Oct. 2014. He's also a great
    tour guide.
     
    3 people like this.
  9. Mike147

    Mike147 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    232
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Location:
    East Coast
    Fritzl has helped me tremendously - met with him 2x in Vienna in the past 3-4 years as I have ordered shoes from Maftei. I saw him last month in Vienna when i ordered my 3rd pair of shoes. I will post photos when available - hope to get them some time next month. I also had my first pair resoled while in town - they will be shipped with my new shoes - will send pics of those as well.
     
    1 person likes this.
  10. stephenaf2003

    stephenaf2003 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    187
    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Location:
    Northern VA
    [​IMG]

    I visited Maftei in Vienna this past XMas holiday and was measured for a pair of bespoke button boots and split toe. I have Vass, EG, Zonkey, Carmina, Meermin, St. Crisp. The Maftei are by far the most comfortable shoes I own. Maftei and Zonkey are my shoe maker of choice.
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2016
  11. stephenaf2003

    stephenaf2003 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    187
    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Location:
    Northern VA
  12. stephenaf2003

    stephenaf2003 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    187
    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Location:
    Northern VA
  13. dan'l

    dan'l Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    363
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2011
    Location:
    Hansestadt
    @stephenaf2003, thanks for sharing your pics.

    Did you have a custom last made followed by a test shoe, or did they just measure your feet and send you your shoes a few weeks later?
     
  14. stephenaf2003

    stephenaf2003 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    187
    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Location:
    Northern VA
    I did have custom lasts made, but they are so good they nailed it in one visit. I was in Europe visiting family, but had to return to the States, so was not able to get a second fitting. 2 months later they delivered 2 perfectly fitted pairs of shoes.
     
  15. minimalko

    minimalko Member

    Messages:
    11
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2015
    I am fortunate enough to live very close to Vienna. Past years, I have been a loyal Carmina and Vass costumer. Then I found Maftei and there is no way of going back to the RTW shoes market.

    Lucien Maftei, the last maker is a very nice and humble person, who really knows feet and shoes. The very first pair he made needed no adjustments at all.

    While having closet full of handwelted RTW shoes, Mafteis are basicaly the only shoes I wear now. The shoes fit like leather socks. At price of 900 EUR for a pair, I think there is no competition.

    Now I only wish I would have realized earlier that it is much better to have one pair of more expensive perfectly fitting quality shoes instead of 2 pairs of less expensive quality shoes that fit just ok.

    Matej
     
    2 people like this.
  16. dan'l

    dan'l Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    363
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2011
    Location:
    Hansestadt
    @minimalko, nice first post and welcome to the forum!

    Would you like to share some photos of your shoes with us?
     
  17. stephenaf2003

    stephenaf2003 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    187
    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Location:
    Northern VA
    

    You summed up my experience as well. I own several models of EG, Carmina, Bonafe, Vass, Zonkey, St. Crisp, but none of them come close to my Maftei in terms of fit. When price is factored in it is a Maftei slam dunk.
     
  18. minimalko

    minimalko Member

    Messages:
    11
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2015
    Sure, Here is a picture of my black plain captoes (old english) for example as I am wearing them this very moment.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2016
    2 people like this.
  19. minimalko

    minimalko Member

    Messages:
    11
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2015
    Here are two pictures of my second pair of Maftei shoes. This time I went for brown half brogue oxfords. I asked Lucian to alter the last for this pair so the shoes are a bit longer and rounder than the black shoes. No natural light here at the moment, so the pictures were taken under a table lamp. Sorry about that.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I asked Lucian for the hollow shoe trees. They fill every inch of the shoe since they are in fact a handcarved copy of the last used for making these shoes. The trees are just awesome! Maftei also offers a hand carved three piece shoe trees which are very old world in a beautifiul way. For my next pair, which is currently work in progress, I am deffinitely going to go for these shoe trees.

    Matej
     
  20. stephenaf2003

    stephenaf2003 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    187
    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Location:
    Northern VA
    
    I'm curious what others experience is with that style of shoe tree. After three wearings of the shoe, mine has become very loose on one of the trees and loose on the other. I'm going to try the old world style tree the next time.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by