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That is great! I wear a 10.5 3E in Allen Edmonds. They only have the option to remove the insert on their sneakers though. I tried an 11 E (after insert removal) and it went very poorly.
That would be a 44 in our size! Even though we always suggest to measure the length of your feet before, more info here in the size guide
 
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Hi,

The project is awesome for those who wants a perfect sneaker. For myself, most sneakers in the market is awkward, e.g.low quality, poor design, looks as same thing.

I like the John lobb's Levah and the Loro Piana' suede sneaker which has the best design, materials and comfort. Leavh has a very distinguish sole which is not commonly used on other brand's sneakers, and it is a unusual half dressed sneaker. LP makes the same color of sole and leather, shape is great, suede is very well quality.

Just give some advice for reference. Hope you could design and made awesome sneakers for gentlemens here. Thank you.
Hi!

Good that you mentioned the 2 shoes. I personally love the Loro Piana sneakers' design, not really a fan of the John Lobb Levah.

What I don't like though, is the mark-up scheme they, and most of the notorious "luxury" brands, adopt. The Loro Piana Sneakers you mentioned are sold for $1175! Hard to call it a "fair price".

What we are trying to do here is to get the best design chosen by the community, use the best leather and materials in order to deliver you what we would call "The Ultimate Sneakers" at the fairest price. The whole process will follow the path of transparency (you will be informed of the costs involved in the making of the shoes) and quality (we'll make sure our craftsmen will use the best materials in the market).

We're basically offering the community the possibility to get the same (or better) "luxury" sneakers at an affordable price, without the excessive mark-ups.
 
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That would be a 44 in our size! Even though we always suggest to measure the length of your feet before, more info here in the size guide
That is perfect! I did want to clarify, for US sizes a 3E is extra, extra wide. I took a look at your site and it looks like E is a regular width and G is a wide width. Is that correct? The ball of my foot measures 11” around and my foot is 10.5” long.
 

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That is perfect! I did want to clarify, for US sizes a 3E is extra, extra wide. I took a look at your site and it looks like E is a regular width and G is a wide width. Is that correct? The ball of my foot measures 11” around and my foot is 10.5” long.
I was just measuring our Ghirlandina: for a 10.5" length the width is around 4 3⁄8". According to this size chart I'd say that our Sneakers width is a 2E/3E
 

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Hi SF community,

We’ve got some pretty exciting news. We’ve been quite the obsessive sneakerheads for some time, and we’ve wanted to create the ultimate classic Italian leather sneakers for just as long. We’ve been tinkering with our own design for some time (making mistakes along the way) and have gone through four different versions, building on each and finessing details in the stitching, shape and more.

Then, it occurred to us that we couldn’t possibly create the ultimate sneaker all on our own. We decided we needed some help, and where better to get it than the community which is most passionate about ultra-high quality, with an intimate knowledge of iconic luxury products?

We’ve had a chat with Fok and Arianna from Styleforum, and we would like to create a sneaker made in complete collaboration with the community, which we will sell to the community at cost. We estimate that would be $128 dollars, for a hand-cut, handmade Italian leather sneaker (to clarify: our sneakers use hand cut leather, they are mounted by hand, and stitched by a hand-operated machine). It would be available exclusively to Styleforum users, and if we were ever to sell subsequent runs to people outside the community it would be through our standard pricing model and cost $200. Here’s how it will work in practice:

  1. Fill in our short survey (www.archibaldlondon.com/survey/styleforum-x-archibald) to share your thoughts on all aspects of the sneaker- material, design, laces, padding- you name it.
  2. We’ll then share the results in the forum for open discussion and feedback, which we’ll also take into account as part of the research and design phase.
  3. Our trusted craftsmen in Italy will create 3-5 samples of the sneaker which we’ll share on the forum through photos and videos for any final thoughts and feedback.
  4. Pre-orders will open up for all 3-5 sample designs, and we’ll take it from there!

We’re excited to get the ball rolling, and nothing is set in stone in our mind. This is a collaboration between us and you, so if you think the process could be improved or had any other suggestions feel free to share them. And we really look forward to making something special with you all.

Orlando, Maja, and Rohan
Heads up everyone... the survey is now LIVE! We can't wait to read what you have to say:
www.archibaldlondon.com/survey/styleforum-x-archibald
 

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I love that you have kangaroo leather; from what I can tell it's a really sustainable choice (for those who are concerned about such things). It's what I voted for.
 

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I chose white soul because there was no off white option, but I would prefer. It’s less harsh.
Also, there was no option for choosing the kind of soul, ie margam soul.
In regard to the kind of leather I chose calf, but I am curious about kangaroo, never seen nor touched it
 

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I chose white soul because there was no off white option, but I would prefer. It’s less harsh.
Also, there was no option for choosing the kind of soul, ie margam soul.
In regard to the kind of leather I chose calf, but I am curious about kangaroo, never seen nor touched it
Interesting point on the soles, we actually did use margom soles in our first ever samples but found there was limited customisation options for the quantities we wanted to make. We ended up going with another, smaller rubber sole producer our craftsman recommended and have been happy with those for subsequent runs, but are looking into going back to margom for future runs. If anyone else has thoughts on margom sole vs our current supplier let us know in the thread!
 

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Looking forward to seeing what comes of this. Really hoping for kangaroo leather myself!
 

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