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Melker Shoes - Norwegian-front boots

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The lake stitching is very nicely and neatly done, however given the style of the boot I would have preferred a longer stitch length such that each little square ends up being bigger.


Not sure if the image below is clear enough to anyone but a shoemaker, but there's a slight aesthetic difference in the way the apron is stitched by Edward Green, and the way Janne specified it. Apparently EG sews it from the inside of the lake towards the sides, whereas in the custom boot, it is sewn from the outside in.


 

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Fit/Comfort: Excellent all round but one adjustment will be required to give the toes on my left foot some more room. Given that there were no fittings involved, the fit is fantastic.

Elegance: These boots were never intended to be particularly elegant. In fact, the leather was supposed to be much heavier as were the sole and the welt. The last is quite a bit wider than my other shoes and I'd hesitate to order a dress-shoe on this last without somehow making it sleeker. Nonetheless, I think the overall effect for this style of boot is quite nice, and I have other boot ideas that would work well.

Workmanship/Quality: To my eye there is no difference in the workmanship of these boots compared to other makers I've tried. The finish, however, seems somewhat bland compared to, say, Edward Green antiquing, but I didn't exactly request anything special in that area.
 

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I sure do love a nicely bevelled waist...
 

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What's the price on those shoes/shoes made by him in general? I live like 40-50 miles from him, never heard of his business until I discovered this forum. Would be nice to support him if I could afford it.
 

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I forget what the price is in SEK but in USD for a pair of shoes (not boots) it comes out to around $1800.

Very nice. I'm jealous that you received yours so soon.
 

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It's one beautiful pair of boots, especially the waist.
 

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I don't know what I like more the shoes or the shoe trees.
 

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Originally Posted by Swededude
What's the price on those shoes/shoes made by him in general? I live like 40-50 miles from him, never heard of his business until I discovered this forum. Would be nice to support him if I could afford it.
His bespoke shoes cost SEK18,750 (which includes the 25% Swedish VAT - it's SEK15,000 for those outside of the EEC). I believe he also has a ready-to-wear line made on stock lasts which are less expensive.
 

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That's a bit steep for me to justify now, but who knows in the future.

Edit: And of course, congratulations for your shoes, they look fantastic!
 

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Great stuff thanks for posting
 

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