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Nicholas Templeman: A Bespoke Shoemaker

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieworkwear, May 26, 2015.

  1. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Mine is a vintage pebble grain from Annonay.
     
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    Thanks, it is awesome.
     
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    Crivens, been too busy to even check in here until now. NYC and Boston have been fantastic, now I'm sat in the departures at Logan waiting to see what San Fransisco brings.

    Been travelling with Steed Tailors for the last few days, first time combining trunk shows with someone and its been great to have some company.
     
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    Here is 'voxsartoria' a day or two ago, trying on a pair of oxfords by Nicholas Templeman:


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    http://www.voxsartoria.com/


    I believe, he is also expecting a fitting by Foster &Son in a week or so.

    I'd love to be fly on the wall to see whether Nicholas or Jon Spencer (Foster's lastmaker) got the better fit for him.
    But then, vox might not be able to feel any significant differences.
     
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  5. dieworkwear

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    That would have been a fun comparison. He's missing F&S on this trip though, so we'll have to wait six months to hear his thoughts.

    I think my and @dopey's Norwegians can be see in the back of that photo. Excited to try my shoes on tomorrow.
     
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    Now that's a shame. Foster are due in Boston on 19th/20th of April.

    So last week's fitting would have still been vivid in vox's memory, helping the comparison. But in six months, lots of water will have flown down the Thames and the Charles River. (Thanks google, I had no idea which river flows through Boston.)
     
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    Agree, it's a shame. Hopefully we'll get a Fosters + Templeman comparison once both are done though.

    Not sure if this is redundant, since I already ordered a pair of Norwegians, but I really like @dopey's shoes and am thinking about getting something that's between that and JM Weston's Chasse.

    I've always liked the Chasse, but like @Grammaton Cleric, suspect it might not be very versatile. Wondering if I can get something like it, but just a touch less aggressive from Nicholas. Maybe a less prominent Norwegian stitch and only a double -- rather than triple -- leather sole.

    Other option is to get a pair of casual boots, but I don't have a good idea of what I want them to look like.

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    Jon already bested me in the dance off, I really could do with a win here.
     
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  10. Andy57

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    Had my fitting with Nicholas this afternoon, in San Francisco.

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    It's like wearing gloves, only for your feet. These are norwegians but not split-toe and have no back seam, either. Nicholas will tweak a couple of things but they already feel pretty great. Trying on shoes that have no sole or heel is strange, but it was possible to feel how the shoe would fit, I think. It was a most interesting experience.

    Edited to correct over-zealous autocorrection.
     
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  11. dieworkwear

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    Just got back from meeting Nicholas. All of the shoes looked great, but I especially liked Andy's pair. Was a little iffy on going with that braided stitch for my shoes, but it does look really good in person (although, also happy with my split raised choice).

    Shoes without a sole look a bit funny -- a bit flat and elongated. Nicholas put a stack of leather under my heel and suddenly the proportions came together. Really excited to get them.
     
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    Thanks, Derek. The apron on your pair looks elegant and suits the leather very well.

    What to do next? I'm torn between something immensely practical, like a pair of dark brown perforated captoes, or something wild from the unobtainium file, like a pair of tan & off-white spectators (I can see 'em in my mind's eye right now).
     
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    Tough call. I wouldn't have though stitched cap oxfords would be very interesting, but Vox's shoes looked really nice.

    Will at A Suitable Wardrobe had a post a few years ago about calf + buckskin spectators. I think RTW manufacturers only use reversed goat and nubuck, when they use suede at all for spectators. Not sure he ever posted a photo of his shoes, but that combination sounded interesting.
     
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    The practical side of me is of the opinion that when commissioning something like bespoke shoes, you should something that will used a lot. That would be a pair of dark brown oxfords, most likely. The rest of me recalls reading Will's article and thinks what better way to get exactly the unique shoe you want and simply can't buy at retail.

    The practical side of me is not often paid much attention.

    Then there's a small part of me that believes that he who dies with the most clothes wins and is questioning why it is necessary to make a choice at all.

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    Haha, good find. I think I was probably showing John something I'd found he night before on 4chan.
     
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    was it:


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    involving multiple
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    Well, just as long as it was found on /b/, it was surely worth his time -- warts and all.
     
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    I think I'm still banned from /b/
     
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    Some new images: Steven Hitchcock's finished shoes, some Japanese press, and some vintage (I think) Freudenberg calf leather

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