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Roetzel: Truth about Custom Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bengal-stripe, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Bernhard Roetzel, throwing the cat among the pigeons:

    Has he got a point?
     


  2. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    I agree, though admittedly w/ only a little experience behind me. But I made a similar point in an earlier post about there being custom suits and there being Despos.
     


  3. Cary Grant

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    The most enlightened response I can think of:

    "Well duh..."

    Of course "custom made" doesn't mean it automatically gets a

    [​IMG]
     


  4. LynahFaithful

    LynahFaithful Senior Member

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    My custom shoes fit better and are better made than anything that I have owned previously. To me his point is not valid nor do I care what he thinks. What matters is what I think about my shoes and their value to me.

    Also he says he doesn't want to "...offend all you cobblers out there." He might be offending "cordwainers" but I doubt he is offending "cobblers."
     


  5. countdemoney

    countdemoney Distinguished Member

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    Of course. There are bad bespoke clothes as well, but when done right . . .
     


  6. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    This is exactly why if you find your one shoe, you should only by that shoe in different hides and colors.

    - B
     


  7. Cary Grant

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    This is exactly why if you find your one shoe, you should only by that shoe in different hides and colors.

    - B


    Interesting. I find a close correlation to underwear.
     


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    This is exactly why if you find your one shoe, you should only by that shoe in different hides and colors.

    - B


    Who needs different hides or colours?
     


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    My custom shoes fit better and are better made than anything that I have owned previously. To me his point is not valid nor do I care what he thinks. What matters is what I think about my shoes and their value to me.

    Also he says he doesn't want to "...offend all you cobblers out there." He might be offending "cordwainers" but I doubt he is offending "cobblers."



    To be fair, it is not improbable that he wrote the text in German. Might just be the translation.
     


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    Isn't he pretty much saying Bad Craftsmen makes Bad Shoes?

    Custom Made isn't automatically perfect... but that is due to the skill of the maker. I cannot believe a Bespoke master cobbler would make an unfitting shoe.
     


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    What an obvious thing to say. This statement was interesting:

    [​IMG]
     


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    Roetzel getting old = bla, bla, bla...
     


  13. Master Squirrel

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    This is impossible... Everything handmade is better. ALL THE TIME. I used ALLCAPS so you know it is true. [​IMG] I think I just found my new favorite website: www.regretsy.com
     


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    Roetzels book might be nice, but all the interviews with and essays by him I have seen are either stating the obvious or kind of weird.
     


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    My bespoke shoes are all very well made but I cannot say the fit is better than many rtw I have. For basic shoes, I would rather get rtw and save the money.
     


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