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The high end Chinese Shoe Thread

andreasky

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Blazing wonder shoe factory. They are on Instagram. They are suspected of being the factory that white labels Yeossal handgrade shoes. BW also sells direct to consumer. See my question above about communicating with them.
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Fresh in the mail. First time ordering so was hesitant given the cost to go for a made to order. They do allow returns for a 25% restocking fee so at least there’s that. After providing alternate brand sizes they recommended 10F for me and it fits like a glove. Very happy with the quality of work. Gotta be my favorite technique as far as installed toe plates at the factory. The norvogese looks nice and the actual leather is a beauty. Horween Russian hatch oxblood.

Will try spade soles next time.
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Can you furnish us with some insights about sizing and last? TIA
 

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Can you furnish us with some insights about sizing and last? TIA
Absolutey! I have very flat feet and have had to size up and down with different shoemakers and lasts. I wrote to Yeossal customer service about my sizes with Allen Edmonds, TLB and Cobbler Union along with length and width measurements of my feet. They recommended 10F UK. For reference I wear 11E US with Allen Edmonds, 11.5 US on cobbler union City, louvre, 371 lasts and 10 US on their 312 last. I also wear 10G UK from TLB on Bryan, Van Gogh and ***a.

My Yeossal’s were the Cluny model on the YC3 last. A soft square that appealed to me on their site. To be honest I always struggle when looking at bare lasts to imagine how the final shoe will look. They offer a helpful description next to each selection and I would say for me it came true to description. They described a a generous toe box for This last which felt comfortable but also not overtly large when wearing the actual shoe. I only wore them in the house on carpet so will be able to attest to break in probably next week when I take them out.

My recommendation is to definitely write to customer service. As I said above they do allow returns for MTOs which is unique for them as far as I can tell. It’ll cost you $150-$200 depending on the shoe but it’s better than eating the $700-$800 shoe then try to sell it. This gave me some peace of mind when ordering.
 

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Thanks for your kindly response. I have write them them already. Cheers!
 

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Medallion. I am perilously close to ordering a new pair from Acme. I met the patina artist, who seems a very competent person. She studied in France and learned from the best. The salesman/manager is absolutely great to talk to; he is very knowledgeable and is genuinely excited about the minutia of shoemaking.

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Those who bought from BW. Any advantage or disadvantage vs ordering through Yeossal? My understanding is that the price points are similar.
 

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Yes, it is a great store. Unfortunately, nothing in my size (10.5UK or so, depending on the brand). The store I visited is in Pudong, Shanghai.

Outside maybe Japan Medallion got to be the best multi brand shoe store out there, definitely hoping to make a visit when I’m in china next time, is that the Beijing or Shanghai store?
 

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Those who bought from BW. Any advantage or disadvantage vs ordering through Yeossal? My understanding is that the price points are similar.
Good point. I do not find their prices so competitive compare to other chinase makers. Does anyone have any experience with their BW1010 last?. If there is not much info about last shapes and sizing I think I will not pull the trigger.
 

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Those who bought from BW. Any advantage or disadvantage vs ordering through Yeossal? My understanding is that the price points are similar.
Based on 2 purchases from Y and 3 from BW. Prices are roughly the same.

Y: Allows for return (with fee), have detailed information about their last and sizing. Did not like customer support sometimes took week+ to answer emails. Both purchases took 60 days.

BW: Only return if visible defect. Extremely awesome communication with a couple of caveats. Information regarding lasts/sizing is sparse at best. Language barrier can be an issue. Though they will reply to as many inquiries you have and will send a bunch of photos. All three orders received in less than 30 days.

Because I had purchased Y prior to BW I had an idea bout fit. I would say Y is a safer bet in order to nail down fit (just cause of return possibilities).
 

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