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He still has over half his Cleverly videos still up including the ones with Senior and Adam Law. It’s just my guess but I think it has more to do with Jr than anything else.
 

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Loafer by Perticone in a lovely pigskin.

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An elegant and distinctive design on this model by Nicholas Templeton.

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I already said it, I much prefer a plain, rich colour, coming from a tanned leather, over any fancy patinas.
 

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Pre-covid, they had an in-house guy from Japan handling their bespoke stuff. I'm not sure if he's still there or not.

Thank you! In terms of aesthetic, is there a difference between their regular and hand-welted line? Or is the only difference the internal/unseen work?
 

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Thank you! In terms of aesthetic, is there a difference between their regular and hand-welted line? Or is the only difference the internal/unseen work?
I can’t really answer that but I assume they have a house style based on their samples
 

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I recently had a second fitting and visit at the at the Canons Bespoke workshop in London. I have a good deal of respect for the personable Canons team!

These are my actual unfinished uppers on a temporary cork sole with no heel (Canons do not go the scrap leather fitting shoes route but do remake as necessary). The second fitting was remarkably much better fitting than the first with no areas in need of improvement. I’m excited that we’re moving forward with the making process with finished shoes projected to ship sometime in September. The color will be more of a true burgundy with mild color enrichment at the toe and heel.

I’m having an excellent experience with Canons Bespoke and feel as though I couldn’t be in better hands. It was such a pleasure to visit with Simon, Reece and Conor and learn more about the bespoke shoe making process.
 

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I recently visited with Tony Gaziano of Gaziano & Girling for a bespoke shoes fitting. I don’t think there’s a last maker working today with the depth and years of experience Tony has! His love for the shoemaking craft is apparent and he’s a really nice man to boot. I greatly appreciate Tony’s hospitality as I was able to tour the workshop in Kettering and ask lots of questions.

Much was learned regarding my fitting shoes. Adjustments to the lasts will be made and another pair of fitting shoes will be ready to try in early October. I so appreciate Tony’s detailed fitting process which helps me feel confident I’ll end up with a satisfying pair of shoes. We’re aiming for a pair of vintage dark oak semi brogues with punching similar to the EG Cadogan or GG Kensington.
 

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Last week I visited with Daniel Wegan (Catella Shoemaker) at his workshop in Kettering, England and what a pleasant and informative experience it was. Daniel measured my feet for a pair of medium brown smooth calf Chelsea boots (just above ankle high). The color reference is shown in the photo of the semi-brogue oxford.
I like to ask questions about shoemaker processes and methods. Daniel works only with another shoemaker on site. They divide tasks to a large extent with some overlap—probably with final finishing. Daniel carves the lasts, makes and cuts the patterns. I think he does the closing as well. “Nothing leaves the premises.”

I decided to commission a pair of boots with Daniel because he had several years of experience as the leader at Gaziano & Girling Bespoke, has several years of being on his own, and it’s clear he loves the craft and is dedicated to delivering first tier bespoke shoes.

Daniel’s bespoke method is also different in that just the two craftsmen are involved at Catella. There is no reliance on using traditional outworkers. As a bespoke shoes noob, this also added appeal—even though one way is not necessarily superior to the other (although it’s clear the traditional bespoke method does allow for a wider diversity of skill sets and specialization).

I’m fortunate to live near Los Angeles, a city that is regularly visited by bespoke shoe, tailor and shirtmaker outfits. I also greatly enjoy visiting England at least once a year, so this helps facilitate the bespoke process. Catella Shoemakers is my third and final commission for 2024. Earlier on I was hoping to work with Emiko Matsuda on a commission of bespoke shoes but decided against for mainly logistical reasons. I have another shoe or two in mind for 2025. I will most likely be a repeat customer for one or two of the three bespoke shoemakers I’m currently working with.

At this point I will say I have a mountain of respect for the companies I’m involved with. I’m optimistic about achieving shoes that look great and fit well. It’s clear there’s a great deal of skill and effort that goes into this enterprise.
 

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