Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.
looking good, fellas
Septieme Largeur - Model Alphonse on the 199 Last - Custom Patina
^ Lovely - wear them in good health.
Would be interested to know which colour you'll polish them with and please do post pics as they age...
I'll use olive, neutral, tan, perhaps I'll pick a jar of something a bit yellow/orange as well. Not too worried about color as each polish imparts only a little bit of additional dye.
I'll probably not wear these much until spring, as they don't feel much like a winter shoe to me. But I'll post pics again after they get some wearings.
Interesting, I have never heard of this maker before.
Thanks Gdot - I really do like the colour. I am waiting on a pair of C&J Cliffords that I have requested in olive, just hope the colourway looks as good as your 7L
It's a new line by Markowski. They are not super high quality, nor price. Something along the lines of the french version of Allen Edmonds. Goodyear welt (gemmed of course), pegged at the waist, closed sole, full grain calf, cork insole, but certainly not the finest leathers, nor workmanship.
They do the custom patinas at the store after the shoe is built. So they stock the shoes in an unfinished state and you chose your patina at the time of purchase. Mine took about a month from the time I ordered until the time I received them. Which was exactly as promised.
Sort of a poor man's Berluti or Corthay - although I suffer from no delusions that they are comparible quality.
Time will tell how well they hold up.
Your Clifford will be a much better built shoe than these are. Although I doubt the finish/patina will be as interesting right out of the gate. But you do get some hand finishing with C&J Handgrades so perhaps they will.
It's sort of like comparing apples to oranges though.
The-shoe-snob.blogspot.com has several articles on Septieme Largeur's offerings. An interesting maker; not high-grade, but it seems to me they're able to offer much in their price-range.
Sure, it's my 3rd pair of Cliffords, the last just works very well for my foot. Interestingly the pair will be hand finished in Paris under the supervision of Dimitri Gomez. A while ago I requested a pair of Rosemoors in oxblood and they came back with an amazing patina - again from Paris.
Ah, you will indeed get quite a finish. I've been looking at Dimitri's work online. There was a photo of a beautiful bespoke captoe in black with beige undertones (on a green sofa) floating around here recently. They were incredible. Your shoes will definitely surpass those I just posted.
Does C & J undertake the coordination of the finishing or do you do that separately?
Over the past 18 months or so I have started to make my C&J purchases through their Paris operation. I was getting tired of the longer waiting times through Jermyn Street. The special MTO service arose as a result of this together with perhaps my finicky nature driving C&J up the wall!
It is funny that you brought these up, I just found this image today to send to my mother is response to "What do you want for Christmas?"
I would have thought the beige in them qualified as too much colour for you Patrick?
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