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Texasmade

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None. I only have ready-to-wear and made-to-order shoes, mostly John Lobb and Gaziano & Girling. Currently awaiting a pair of loafers made by Perticone Bespoke, but they are actually made-to-measure, that is an existing last was used with small modifications.

I post pictures of shoes I find worth to be seen.
Once you go bespoke, there's no going back to RtW or MTO.
 

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Once you go bespoke, there's no going back to RtW or MTO.

On one hand I can figure it would be an exciting experience and the result should be a great product with a perfect fit, on the other one I've read of less than optimal processes and final products with issues. And yes, time and cost also play a role of course.

If you have rather regular feet and have found that some lasts work well for you, the need and the wish to go bespoke would weaken.
 

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Probably not something I would commission, but these chukka boots in hippopotamus leather with Norwegian welt look quite amazing. Philippe Atienza.

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I’m looking for the shoemaking version of Sam’s tailor.
For bespoke shoes, meeting in person is a must. Shoemakers who travel to where you are facilitate the process. I’m not likely to try anyone outside of the English based makers for this reason, even if their pricing appeals.

In another week I will try on fitting shoes from Canons—which, to my surprise, are my actual burgundy monk strap uppers with a cork or similar temporary sole. The fit can still be adjusted to some extent. This method was news to me as I thought fitting shoes were always disposable and only made to assess the fit. I will say I am enjoying the process with Canons so far. Excellent communication with Simon Bolzoni and his team. I will visit their workshop and have another fitting this summer. If all goes well I would presume finished shoes could be ready to ship by the end of the year at most.

I’m still trying to understand how the most iconic maker, JLL, can go straight to a finished shoe without a fitting beforehand. At that point there’s not much adjustment.
 

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For bespoke shoes, meeting in person is a must. Shoemakers who travel to where you are facilitate the process. I’m not likely to try anyone outside of the English based makers for this reason, even if their pricing appeals.

In another week I will try on fitting shoes from Canons—which, to my surprise, are my actual burgundy monk strap uppers with a cork or similar temporary sole. The fit can still be adjusted to some extent. This method was news to me as I thought fitting shoes were always disposable and only made to assess the fit. I will say I am enjoying the process with Canons so far. Excellent communication with Simon Bolzoni and his team. I will visit their workshop and have another fitting this summer. If all goes well I would presume finished shoes could be ready to ship by the end of the year at most.

I’m still trying to understand how the most iconic maker, JLL, can go straight to a finished shoe without a fitting beforehand. At that point there’s not much adjustment.
Oh that was a joke: someone said they wanted a bespoke shoemaker in Bangkok. So I was joking about the region & sams “tailor”

 

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