Shoes With Character

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    kolecho Senior member

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    I don't mean to be disrespectful but I have Bostonians that even after being worn over 430 times in a three year period don't look at all worn and dilapidated like this pair of shoes.
    Yeah but we don't have stray pubes psychologically terrorizing us. I think you lose. Anyway.. are Kolecho's shoes on a wide fitting? They look a touch wide, or stretched out in the forefoot.
     


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    I don't mean to be disrespectful but I have Bostonians that even after being worn over 430 times in a three year period don't look at all worn and dilapidated like this pair of shoes.
    Do you have any suggestions for me? I don't think these shoes would ever be suitable for use in a professional setting, but it would be helpful if I could bring them to the level where they would be appropriate in a semi-professional setting like a weekend corporate retreat or, say, team building exercises in a suburban industrial park.
    What are those? I'm dying to know.
    They are bespoke. The original order was to use Horween's waxed calf, but the shoemaker later sent me some samples of this leather that he had and I thought it more interesting. I like the leather very much and think itvery suitable for this style shoe.
     


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    ^ I like them. If they were mine I'd try Propert's leather conditioner. It doesn't alter the color much, if at all, but imparts a finished or cared-for look.
     


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    They are bespoke. The original order was to use Horween's waxed calf, but the shoemaker later sent me some samples of this leather that he had and I thought it more interesting. I like the leather very much and think itvery suitable for this style shoe.


    I want a high vamp loafer made from that stuff. That leather would go over big with the streat wear guys that like the distressed leather shoes from NDC and Paul Smith. Do you mind sharing the name of the maker with us?
     


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    Jan-Erik Melkerson by way of Pelle Kraft. I believe Jan-Erik sourced the leather himself from another shoemaker. Jan-Erik measured me in NY and made the last and cut the pattern, etc. Then the shoes were sent to London were Pelle Kraft made them. I hope I got that right and if not, Jan-Erik will correct me. I wish Jan were able to come back to NY as he was a real pleasure to work with.
    Here are a bunch more pictures, including some photos of the making and some final shots from when they were new:
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    The wild and the pure.
    ^^^ That is an extraordinarily nice example of my favorite style of shoe.
     


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    Thanks Dopey, beautiful shoes.

    Jan-Erik posts here on SF and is a great guy.
     


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    My goodness man! Those are extrodinary. I don't even like that style & yet cannot deny the simple beauty. Thank you!
     


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    Thanks, all. I posted about these about a year and a half ago when I first got them. Around the time when I placed this order there were a bunch of slightly similar shoes being posted on the LL. I have always liked the Weston Hunt Derby, but I needed to go bespoke for a shoe like that for fit reasons, and decided to give some thought to what appealed to me about that design and what variants I might like better. I asked Jcusey if he would do a sort of comprehensive study of the different chasse designs, e.g., the Weston Hunt Derby, the EG Dover and the bespoke variants people had had made. He did a great job and I am sure the article is still available on the LL site. In the end, based on what I saw in that article and this model from the old Lobb catalog and discussions with Jan-Erik, this final design is what we settled on. The old Lobb design is here: [​IMG]
     


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    Dopey, you would love Austria.

    I have seen very fine examples, like yours, recently. Though these makers "wouldnt" come to NY.
     


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    Dopey, you would love Austria.

    I have seen very fine examples, like yours, recently. Though these makers "wouldnt" come to NY.


    stop teasing us with these comments and show us the picture insted![​IMG]
     


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    Fritzl has an awesome thread with extensive pics. Search his name [​IMG]
     


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    Fritzl has an awesome thread with extensive pics. Search his name [​IMG]

    Thanks bb [​IMG]

    Luk-cha knows the "old" thread well.

    He is always pushing me with his requestes for pics. [​IMG]
     


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    A so called "Haferlschuh"

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