Shoe Damage Report & Shoe P0rn Central - Part II

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oyaji, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    No, not really made to be worn. However, that doesn't mean you couldn't wear them.

    The point is to show that:

    1) While there are still some "shoe artisans" around now who have the ability to do work like this (and the 64 stitches per inch DWFII wrote about), they are very few. Obviously machines and big business made it no longer cost effective for most to spend a lifetime in the trade of hand-shoe making. The pool of people learning the trade is very small now, so the best of that group would be hard-pressed to compete skillwise with the best from the 1920's in the U.S. where literally hundreds of companies and thousands of shoemakers were doing handmade shoes.

    2) While US shoemaking is pretty much dead today (with a few exceptions, of course), the best of the US makers in years past was easily on par (or maybe even surpassing) the best from Europe.
     


  2. ljrcustom

    ljrcustom Senior member

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    Which if any of the US Makers are still around? Thanks.

    -LR
     


  3. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    Alden & AE use machines for welting. DFWII still does handmades...
     




  4. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    WOAH. Where do you find this stuff?! Amazing.
     


  5. isshinryu101

    isshinryu101 Senior member

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    OCD can be your Friend!

    Glad you enjoy them.
     


  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Isshinryu, those two pairs of shoes are pure decorative pieces of art!
     


  7. HORNS

    HORNS Senior member

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    HaHaHa!!!
     


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    HORNS Senior member

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    Nice shoes. I mean, the medallion is FREAKING HUGE but otherwise a good looking shoe.
     


  9. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Ish, those are beautiful. Any story on them particularly? I would love to get them over to the blogosphere.
     


  10. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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  11. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    DWFII has written about "Shoemaking Competitions" that took place long ago in the U.S. I believe he mentioned the "Holy Grail" of stitching being in the neighborhood of 64 per inch. Not necessarily wearable, but definitely showcases the maker's skills. Here are 2 entries from a similar competition that took place in the U.S. in the 1920's. Rather than shoe construction, the focus here was coming up with the most beautiful Re-Sole possible. First the shoe, then the soles. WOW!

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    Brass nail heel pattern? Hope the wearer has a padded ass.
     


  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Appears to be about an inch and a quarter military or "Cuban" heel with a scalloped breast. I don't think I've ever seen a scallop breast before...I kind of like it.
     


  13. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    DW, in your opinion how hard is it to do all of that sole work vs. what we typically see here (fiddleback waist, etc.)?
     


  14. The Shoe Snob

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    You are right, it is a bit big, but thanks nonetheless!
     


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