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I've placed an order with Lu Yang - https://www.instagram.com/bespoke_shoemaker_luyang/?hl=enSpeaking of Chinese bespoke, has anyone tried the Chinese bespoke on this thread?
I know there are a ton of handwelt RTW option coming out from China these days, some bespoke as well, though the only guy who probably had experience in all of them is @ThunderMarch who doesn't post here anymore (and he probably just had a ton of bespoke in general, though seems like he has a lot more Italian/Japanese/Chinese than English).
how did he measure your foot, or did he measure it and now everything else will be done remote? how much are you paying for this experience ? seems rather counter-intuitive.I've placed an order with Lu Yang - https://www.instagram.com/bespoke_shoemaker_luyang/?hl=en
He's just starting on my last, but I can post updates here. It's all being done remote (so I'm not sure if most would consider it bespoke) and he works with a translator who has been excellent so far.
My only other shoe experience with bespoke is Mannina in Florence, the fitting was done in person, but I couldn't return for a second, so the shoes were shipped directly to me once completed.
I can understand that sentiment, remote "bespoke" is far more risky and simply won't be the same experience working directly with the maker.Well, I personally wouldn’t do remote bespoke, let us know how it turns out (especially the fit)
Instructions were provided on how to take measurements which my fiancee and I followed to the best of our abilities. We provided photos of the tape measure position and measurement value for all the requested info.how did he measure your foot, or did he measure it and now everything else will be done remote? how much are you paying for this experience ? seems rather counter-intuitive.
Those look great.Not true bespoke, but for those of you also interested in workwear-style boots, this guy is absolutely legit:
I just got those the other day and they're every bit as fantastic in person as in the photos.
Hand-welted and hand-sewn sole stitching.
Obviously a TOTALLY different aesthetic (classic-fit raw denim and a flight jacket are the way to go), and not quite the same level of make/finish as true West End–style bespoke – but also a very different price point.
So I can say from experience that some seriously quality custom footwear is indeed coming out of China.
got it, $875 is super competitive - worth a try and pics look great too. good luck with the process.I can understand that sentiment, remote "bespoke" is far more risky and simply won't be the same experience working directly with the maker.
Instructions were provided on how to take measurements which my fiancee and I followed to the best of our abilities. We provided photos of the tape measure position and measurement value for all the requested info.
Lu Yang typically provides 1-2 trial shoes depending on how the first trial shoe fits. I wouldn't try a remote service unless trial shoes were offered as I don't fit well into RTW which is my main reason for going custom.
It was about $875 at the time, though I know he has increased prices recently.
If I had the means to go the traditional/true bespoke route I would, that's still something I want to do in the future.
Those look great.
I'm sure the work can be quite good, but the stuff that I see that's a red shoe with a purple sole, aggressive fiddleback waist, dandy shoe stuff just isn't for me. As someone said, it's bespoke so perhaps you can get what you want. But seeing that type of stuff doesn't inspire me to order, no matter how good the work.
Ok a serious reply for you. If you really want to know more about Chinese makers, just ping TM on Instagram. He will not visit this forum even though he was the one that pinged me about getting dragged into this nonsense despite quitting 2 years ago.well, I don't want to send in my qualifying photos...
For what I like, if I want to pay up (vs. Chinese bespoke) might as well go Japanese (YK), would think I can at least trust that.
Please tell me you are not one of those loser online people that read online rather than be an independent individualMy opinion:
It was amusing when the screenshots first popped up but it got old really fast. And now what was once a beautiful, informative thread is clogged full of lame jokes and useless posts.
If you're in NYC, why not just use Nicholas Templeman when he returns? Of all the bespoke makers I've worked with, he's been the best. The prices are fair, the quality of the make is top-notch, and he's extremely flexible in terms of what's he's able to make. I've ordered three pairs from so far and they've each been pretty different. He'll work with you to get the exact toe shape you want, stitching style, etc.@ecwy
yup, Yohei Fukuda (so should be YF not sure what brain fart I did). Yup, I checked in with TM from time to time on IG, will definitely defer his expertise, though given if I visit China it would be Hangzhou + Shanghai at most, so it will probably just be limited to options around there.
On GC, I'm not sure I could persuade myself. The comment here are based on clients, which are amusing to say the least (even screenshot aside). The one really struck me was the part about how one has to be able to push back, otherwise GC walks over the client. I can't see any reason why client should be treat this way.