The most aesthetic shoe last

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  1. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    MY question is: Which is the most visually appealing shoe last in your opinion (so I am not asking for fit here, because here "good" is very subjective based on foot anatomy). I hope to learn more about lasts from makers I had little experience so far ... photos and links are much appreciated.

    I have mainly experience with shoes from Carmina, Edward Green, C&J, Allen Edmonds, Ed Meier and looked at plenty of real life examples from John Lobb Paris, Alden, Church's. For other makers my knowledge consists mainly of photos, which may or may not give a good impression of the real shoe.

    My current favorite is the Simpson last of Carmina. I like soft chiseled, slightly squared-off and slim-waisted lasts and the Simpson is closest to my ideal.

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    The C&J 348/358 comes 2nd for me. The C&J 337 is not slim enough. I love Edward Green shoes based on finish and construction, but the 888 and 890 look a bit chunky at the toe; the 808 is nice, but seems to be used less and less. Allen Edmonds may have many merits - beauty of lasts is not among them IMHO.
     
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    I also really like the Simpson but it doesn't fit me well.

    The Vass U last and JL 8000 are great for me because they have a nice chisel shape but don't make my feet too elongated.

    The Vass F, EG 82, Carmina Robert and JL 7000 are nice, more conservative lasts.
     


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    AlexE Senior member

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    True, I saw the Vass U-last in their store in Budapest once and it I really beautiful. Unfortunately most Vass shoes I find in shops are e rather chunky traditional Budapester lasts...
     


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    Carmina Simpson fo life!!

    If there is a more aesthetic last then I've not seen it yet...........
     


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    As opposed to aesthetics, which are not subjective? [​IMG]

    Some of my fave lasts.

    Vass F:

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    Vass K:

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    Vass U:

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    Whatever Anthony Cleverly last this is:

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    Carmina Robert:

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    EG Triple 8:

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    EG 82:

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    Bonafe 976 (aesthetics only - it does not fit me very well)

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    St. Cripin's Classic

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    G&G MH 71

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