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The high end Chinese Shoe Thread

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Hi all, first post here :)

Just received in a pair from Helen Shoemaker / Blazing Wonders today. Happy to say that I am pleased with the final result. I provided my measurements through Instagram and was a bit weary that it would not fit right but Helen seems to know her lasts very well. Considering i have a difficult foot to fit (narrow heel, wide width but low instep), the stock Z last holds my nicely with no heel slippage. To compare, I've put it next a pair of Oct. Tenth Adelaide oxfords on the Huang last which is the best shoe in my small but growing collection. I would say overall, I still prefer the fit & finish of Oct. Tenth Pair but you can't deny how good that sole looks.

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Looks great! What guidance did you give her to have to select the Z last
 

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Looks great! What guidance did you give her to have to select the Z last
Opting for the Z last was mix of the foot reference provided and my desired toe shape. There was a video Shellvedge did on foot tracing which helped provide a good representation of my feet to her
 

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Hi all, first post here :)

Just received in a pair from Helen Shoemaker / Blazing Wonders today. Happy to say that I am pleased with the final result. I provided my measurements through Instagram and was a bit weary that it would not fit right but Helen seems to know her lasts very well. Considering i have a difficult foot to fit (narrow heel, wide width but low instep), the stock Z last holds my nicely with no heel slippage. To compare, I've put it next a pair of Oct. Tenth Adelaide oxfords on the Huang last which is the best shoe in my small but growing collection. I would say overall, I still prefer the fit & finish of Oct. Tenth Pair but you can't deny how good that sole looks.

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Helen is great to work with and really helpful. I wanted a soft square and she suggested the Z last based on my Oct Tenth Huang and Pu lasts fittings and feet shape and measurements.

The Z last is a nice last.

Finishing wise I don’t see a considerable difference. The welt finishing on my Oct Tenth split toe derby wasn’t clean tho my Oct Tenth Oxford pair was much cleaner.
BW welt finish was not bad.
When you factor in the price difference, it makes BW a great proposition.
 

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Helen is great to work with and really helpful. I wanted a soft square and she suggested the Z last based on my Oct Tenth Huang and Pu lasts fittings and feet shape and measurements.

The Z last is a nice last.

Finishing wise I don’t see a considerable difference. The welt finishing on my Oct Tenth split toe derby wasn’t clean tho my Oct Tenth Oxford pair was much cleaner.
BW welt finish was not bad.
When you factor in the price difference, it makes BW a great proposition.
I can agree that there is little between the two shoes to justify the additional spend. Between BW and Oct. Tenth there was a $350 ($1000 BW > $1350 Oct10) AUD difference for me. I guess you can argue that you get the hand finishing for the sole stitch makes up for that price but i forget that the minute there on my feet anyway.

Sons of Henry was running a decent discount at the start of this year which is the only reason I ordered my upcoming Split-toe derby from Oct Tenth.

Would love to try out Jim Jun in future or Acme if they ever fix their website
 

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Opting for the Z last was mix of the foot reference provided and my desired toe shape. There was a video Shellvedge did on foot tracing which helped provide a good representation of my feet to her
That’s good to know. I’m hoping she will be familiar with Yeossal lasts as well for reference to fit.
 

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A follow-up to this MTO journey:

3/27 - MTO commissioned
4/12 - Received try-on shoes
4/15 - Consultation with cobbler via WeChat

I reiceved my try-on shoes after about two weeks. I commissioned the pair in size 41 to start things off, knowing my left foot is half size smaller at roughly about size 40.5, and have asked the Oct Tenth team to give me some additional roominess for my instep.

(Please excuse my dirty floor. Was too excited to try these shoes on without doing house keeping.)

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At first glance, it's basically what I had commissioned for: an altered take on single monks with a chiseled toe.

This pair of try-on shoes were made in cheap leather without interlining, but eventually these are going to be made in dark brown Janus suede.

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(I had a difficult time choosing between tan/sand Repello on the left and dark brown Janus on the right)

There are problems, however, and I am glad I spent additional money to have them make try-on shoes for me before going straight to a finished pair.

As you can see Oct Tenth basically made both shoes too long for me. I was able to fit about 1.5 fingers into the empty space at the heel, and I would say these were roughly half a size too large for me.

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Upon consultation with their cobbler online, Oct Tenth proactively offered to make me a new pair of try-on shoes while having these old ones for me to keep.

I am expecting the new pair to arrive before May.



Try-on shoes round 2. Great fit all around. No gaping as well.
Need to adjust strap points but that should be an easy fix.

Timeline:
3/27 - MTO commissioned
4/12 - Received try-on shoes
4/15 - Consultation with cobbler via WeChat
4/26 - Received try-on shoes round 2

 

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apologies for the slight hijacking. Re: Sons Of Henrey (ie. Oct. Tenth/Vekla).

Has anyone heard of how this company is doing? IG is inactive since several months.

I would appreciate an update, perhaps also if only OT or Vekla related (same owner).

Thank you

EDIT: clarification, Tom is only importer of OT, not the owner. Thank you.
 
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apologies for the slight hijacking. Re: Sons Of Henrey (ie. Oct. Tenth/Vekla).

Has anyone heard of how this company is doing? IG is inactive since several months.

I would appreciate an update, perhaps also if only OT or Vekla related (same owner).

Thank you
SoH sounds like a **** show. I wouldn't hand over any money to them
 

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SoH sounds like a **** show. I wouldn't hand over any money to them

thank you for your feedback. Since I merely pointed their lacking IG content, I was asking about experiences more than stating anything at this stage. How was yours?
 

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thank you for your feedback. Since I merely pointed their lacking IG content, I was asking about experiences more than stating anything at this stage. How was yours?
My personal experience with SoH was fine. It was when Tom was still an affiliate here so the access to him was a much better. I've got two pairs, a navy Utah penny loafer that we did as a GMTO and some brown Utah chelsea boots.
 

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