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Schubert Custom Pics, At Long Last

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Spencer Young, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. Spencer Young

    Spencer Young Senior member

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    Today I received my two pairs of shoes I ordered from Schubert Custom (http://schubertcustom.blogspot.com/ , check the Buying/Selling forum for more). I figure people would enjoy seeing pictures from various angles, in case you are curious or interested in purchasing.

    Disclaimer: I'm graduating college in a month, and currently my nice shoes are a black pair of Rockports and a brown suede/nubuck pair of Hushpuppies. I can't make references to really nice shoes; I just know these are significantly nicer than what I had. I'm pretty minimalist, and I just wanted nice basics that will serve me well at work and around the city. Not a fan of broguing - I just want something sleek and versatile.

    I've tried my best to get the pictures as crisp and true-to-color as possible. Unfortunately it's nighttime here, so Photoshop was used a bit to fix the pictures up. The flash on some of the pics makes the leather look sorta weird, but hopefully with the set of pictures you can get a good feel for the shoes.

    Black Double Monkstraps

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    Buckle Detail [​IMG]

    I'm very impressed with the monkstraps. The leather is extremely smooth and shines very nicely with polish. The soles are mostly some kind of black surface, I'm assuming rubber. Fine by me.

    Brown Captoe (Bluchers? I still don't know exactly what those are)
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    Side (Closest color to real life) [​IMG]

    The brown shoes are quite plain, just as I wanted them. I'm more of a black shoe person (heresy!). The leather feels and looks very high quality, with a nice texture that my crappy shoes don't have. Definitely needed a shine; they were almost matte when they came out of the box.

    Both pairs are made from the same measurements, so the fit is (surprisingly) prettymuch the same. My biggest fear was that they'd show up and not fit at all - thankfully, they fit very well. I can tell they are made to my foot, as there isn't some random pocket of extra space that most normal shoes have. Snug, but not uncomfortable. Both are also made from pictures I supplied. The real things are very accurate to the pictures.

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    Customer service was top-notch; he may be aiming to be the Jantzen of shoes, but price and quality seem to be where the comparison stops. I was a bit weary of paying for shoes halfway around the world upfront, but was relieved when Seok was taking the time to email back and forth about the measurements, pictures, and everything else. Responses were prompt. Packaging was secure, and comes with a little sheet on basic maintenance.

    Overall, I'm quite happy. The price is definitely right for someone in my position; hopefully once others have theirs they can chime in about how it compares with AEs and all those. I'm interested to see what others think about them.
     
  2. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I think that those are quite nice for the price. The black pair looks terrific. I am very impressed relative to my expectations.
     
  3. kcgreg

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    Today I received my two pairs of shoes I ordered from Schubert Custom (http://schubertcustom.blogspot.com/ , check the Buying/Selling forum for more). I figure people would enjoy seeing pictures from various angles, in case you are curious or interested in purchasing.

    Disclaimer: I'm graduating college in a month, and currently my nice shoes are a black pair of Rockports and a brown suede/nubuck pair of Hushpuppies. I can't make references to really nice shoes; I just know these are significantly nicer than what I had. I'm pretty minimalist, and I just wanted nice basics that will serve me well at work and around the city. Not a fan of broguing - I just want something sleek and versatile.

    I've tried my best to get the pictures as crisp and true-to-color as possible. Unfortunately it's nighttime here, so Photoshop was used a bit to fix the pictures up. The flash on some of the pics makes the leather look sorta weird, but hopefully with the set of pictures you can get a good feel for the shoes.

    Black Double Monkstraps

    Top/Side [​IMG]
    Top [​IMG]
    Side [​IMG]
    Sole [​IMG]
    Buckle Detail [​IMG]

    I'm very impressed with the monkstraps. The leather is extremely smooth and shines very nicely with polish. The soles are mostly some kind of black surface, I'm assuming rubber. Fine by me.

    Brown Captoe (Bluchers? I still don't know exactly what those are)
    Top [​IMG]
    Side [​IMG]
    Sole [​IMG]
    Side (Closest color to real life) [​IMG]

    The brown shoes are quite plain, just as I wanted them. I'm more of a black shoe person (heresy!). The leather feels and looks very high quality, with a nice texture that my crappy shoes don't have. Definitely needed a shine; they were almost matte when they came out of the box.

    Both pairs are made from the same measurements, so the fit is (surprisingly) prettymuch the same. My biggest fear was that they'd show up and not fit at all - thankfully, they fit very well. I can tell they are made to my foot, as there isn't some random pocket of extra space that most normal shoes have. Snug, but not uncomfortable. Both are also made from pictures I supplied. The real things are very accurate to the pictures.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Customer service was top-notch; he may be aiming to be the Jantzen of shoes, but price and quality seem to be where the comparison stops. I was a bit weary of paying for shoes halfway around the world upfront, but was relieved when Seok was taking the time to email back and forth about the measurements, pictures, and everything else. Responses were prompt. Packaging was secure, and comes with a little sheet on basic maintenance.

    Overall, I'm quite happy. The price is definitely right for someone in my position; hopefully once others have theirs they can chime in about how it compares with AEs and all those. I'm interested to see what others think about them.


    I am waiting for my pair - they should arrive in about 3-4 weeks. I cannot wait. Very impressive with the price range. Enjoy the shoes and I'll try to post some pics up when I have mine.[​IMG]
     
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for the pics. Very interesting. I particularly like the double monk style you chose. I hope you get a lot of wear out of them.

    A few questions: On the brown shoes, is there a channel for the stitching on the bottom? Or does the stitching sit on the surface of the sole? Hard to tell from the pic. Also, can you see any stitching on the insole inside the shoe, up around the edges of the toe area? If not, can you feel any under the insole?

    Finally, your brown shoes are, in fact, bluchers. That means the pieces of leather that hold the laces overlap the leather below them. On balmorals, the leather below overlaps the pieces holding the laces. For an example of balmorals, check out AE's Park Avenue.

    Thanks again. Appreciate all the effort.
     
  5. Spencer Young

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    A few questions: On the brown shoes, is there a channel for the stitching on the bottom? Or does the stitching sit on the surface of the sole? Hard to tell from the pic. Also, can you see any stitching on the insole inside the shoe, up around the edges of the toe area? If not, can you feel any under the insole?

    There is a channel for the stitching on both pairs. The insole inside of the shoe is canvas or something, so I can't see any stitching. I feel some underneith it, where I imagine stitching would be.
     
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    $50 off special was until Sunday, but if any of you just missed the deadline or planned to order, let me know and we could work something out. It was, after all, Easter Sunday...
     
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    SY, question: the original brown shoe pic looks a lot sleeker than the one you got. Any comment? I ask because I've got two pair on the way myself, and am hoping for an Italian aesthetic rather than English.
    Thanks
    Tom
     
  8. Spencer Young

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    SY, question: the original brown shoe pic looks a lot sleeker than the one you got. Any comment? I ask because I've got two pair on the way myself, and am hoping for an Italian aesthetic rather than English.
    Thanks
    Tom


    The original pic does look a bit sleeker, but I think much of it is the color/shine and the angle. I was just holding the shoe up to the monitor and comparing, and it looks pretty close. It's certainly not unecessarily bulky. I'm not well-versed enough to know the intricacies of English/Italian shoe style, so I can't comment on anything specific.
     
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    $50 off special was until Sunday, but if any of you just missed the deadline or planned to order, let me know and we could work something out. It was, after all, Easter Sunday...

    So they're $165 or $215? Unclear.
     
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    $215 is the baseline price for calfskin MTM (picking a style on the order form). the special was for $50 off from all product choices on the order sheet.
     
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    If it's not too late, I've been sort of interested in ordering, but could use some guidance on the whole measuring and selection process since I'm not entirely clear on what the options are. I have some schoolwork to do at the moment but I'll try to drop a PM later tonight.
     
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    per user requests, photos with correct lighting and background now up on the website. some of the shoes are pre-shine.

    i'll add more photos throughout the week...

    also, i will be introducing a top line of shoes--superior to the SC-grade Schuberts--with great leather quality and even sturdier construction. photos coming soon. i love the benchmade look of them.
     
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