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The high end Chinese Shoe Thread

kid1002

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For tassel loafers I ended up buying this from Mattina directly. I've been wanting to sell my Alden 664 with another textured or non-smooth pair of tassels.

This is Mattina's 'Rosseti' in black horween hatch grain leather. Size 41 with an additional layer of insoles added to each shoe.

I love Oct Tenth's Huang last, don't get me wrong, but I thought the slightly chiseled toe would not entirely work with more workwear-inspired looks that I would also like to wear with my tassels. The almond toe C last from Mattina would arguably work better.

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Only reason I would think of bothering go to OT factory is to get measured. Would be visiting in laws so got like a day or so in Shanghai, doubt I can detour to there
 

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chisel tassel is too sharp for me too, it would definitely be a second tassel. What’s wrong with Alden it’s pretty much the ideal tassel in the look department for me (unfortunately Aberdeen is a poor fit for me so that’s a no go)
 

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Only reason I would think of bothering go to OT factory is to get measured. Would be visiting in laws so got like a day or so in Shanghai, doubt I can detour to there
I haven't been to their factory as well. It's just too far away from the city.

Depending on how my MTO turns out I might visit them in the future. I've heard good things about their hospitality and professionalism. Will definitely share my experience here when I do.

chisel tassel is too sharp for me too, it would definitely be a second tassel. What’s wrong with Alden it’s pretty much the ideal tassel in the look department for me (unfortunately Aberdeen is a poor fit for me so that’s a no go)
Nothing's really wrong on the Aldens. I guess it's just my excuse to buy a new pair of loafers :brick:

With that being said, I think my love for Alden's short-vamped, Ivy-styled loafers had been lessened after I saw Seiji McCarthy's more elegant take on the style. This would be my grail item... One day...

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I visited Roiluxe over the weekend. Roiluxe is the exclusive stockist of Oct Tenth RTW in China, and, fun fact, they were also the first stockist of Mattina before Mattina decided to open their own retail store in Shanghai.

I have a pair of dark brown suede single monks being MTOed (in the making), but I decided to try on a few pair of Oct Tenth's RTWs.

Shown in the below is Oct Tenth's 'Massenet' Tassel Loafers in black calf. It's in Oct Tenth's Huang last, which, in the brand's own words, "features a soft square toe and curved last shape that follows the natural form of the foot". This is also the last I'm having my single monks made in. I'm wearing a pair in size 6.5 here.

Overall I love the last shape, but it's a real pitty these just don't suit my feet off the rack. My right foot is half a size larger than my left, and my right foot also has a higher instep with a more prominent bone. The left shoe fits alright, but my right foot immediately felt some hyperemia after squeezing into the shoe.

I would say, however, it's still a relatively forgiving last for average folks and maybe even for those with only the slightest of flat-footedness.

My single monks will see a fitting shoe arrive roughly in a week time, and I'll likely ask Oct Tenth to make my right shoe half a size larger than the left.

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Continuing from this visit...

Here is the 'Ferguson' 5-eyelet derby in dark brown calf. This pair is also in the Huang last, but I tried on a pair in size 7 instead of 6.5 due to availability. I should definitely take a 6.5 for my left foot.

Not a big fan of derby shoes, and at RMB¥4,980 these are out of the question for me. Not bad per se, but just not for me.

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I'm interested in getting a pair of CNES shoes after seeing them on the Parisian Gentleman/Sartorial Talks with Hugo Jacomet. I typically wear a size 6 UK and have a wide fore foot. I wear the following:
  • Carmina Forest and Rain: 6
  • Trickers 4444 and 4497: 6
  • TLB Mallorca Goya and Van Gogh: 6
Their size chart indicates a 38 would work, does that seem in line with what others have experienced?
 

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