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The Ultimate "HARDCORE" Shoe Porn Thread (Bespoke only)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Jul 3, 2010.

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  1. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Great link. Beautiful boots. How big a town is Derby and how big a firm was it?
     
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    Im glad the pics i took of those lovely boots find their way here and that it seems like to do their job of being conversational peices,
    Looking at work like that is a very humbeling and motivational experience and I always wonder who made them and what it would have looked like when they where made.
     
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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Are you Daniel Wegan? I hate to "out" you on your real name but I thought V said Daniel took the photos.

    Anyways...thanks to whoever.
     
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    Yes. I'm Daniel Wegan.
    I have been outed already so dont worry.
    Sadly I dont have time get involved in shoe talk here as much as I would like to because I have to meny shoes to make over at Gaziano & Girling.
    But I do read everything so every now and then I treat myself to minor participation.
     
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    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Thanks for taking the pics, Daniel and to Ville and others for posting them here.

    It's a very interesting shape. Is that how the boot would look with a foot in it, or would it take the shape of the foot? I wonder how stiff the leather is and how much the boot's toe would extend past the wearer's toes.
     
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    Those boots are super soft and the leg is probably stiffer than the bottom of the boot.
    considering the shape of the last and glove like nature of the leather I would say they would pretty much look like the foot with a duck beak like toe on it....
    With these boots for about 10 other shoes from the same exhibition. Most of them where single shoes on much scaled down sizes and straight lasts(no lefts or rights).
    So the fact that these where made as a pair and in a wearable size does justify the medal they where rewarded: ):slayer::slayer:
     
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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Thank you for the photos and thank you for your contributions.

    :cheers:
     
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    Yeah, most of the documentation I've seen suggests that by 1840 most shoes were being produced as a right and left.

    And of course, 12 years seems sufficient time for the Blanchard lathe to have jumped back and forth across the pond several times. I [COLOR=FF0000]wouldn't[/COLOR] be surprised if there was a Blanchard in operation/demonstration mode at the Crystal Palace in '51.

    edited because left off the "n't"

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    Perhaps the prize it was awarded was in the category of traditional symmetrical footwear or something along those lines, they had awards for everything at these Expositions.
     
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    These were a little controversial when I received them several years back. Russian calf slip ons by Cleverley. I've had lots of use out of these. Still v. comfortable and a great casual shoe.

    [​IMG]
     
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    what is your shoe care regimen for these?
     
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    Well they gave me this birch oil concoction to put on. It works fine, but I've since been putting bick4 on every now an again. This really hydrates and has minimized the cracking that is common on Russian Reindeer from the Metta Catharina.
     
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    they look well hydrated. what is bick4 and where to get it?
     
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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    :fistbump:
     
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    Thank you. It is indeed a very informative link.
     
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    BTW guys need some collective thoughts here.

    As I will be going to London from 2nd to 10th Apr, this time I want to get a pair of gator bespoke done.

    As I live in Hong Kong, I do need this brand to take up regular HK visit for my fittings.

    Any suggestions from you guys of where I should go?

    Price wise I want to keep it around 4500 pounds or less.
     
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    Of the London makers that travel to Hong Kong, Cleverley will be your only bet at that pricepoint.
     
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    Actually, I take that back. I don't know Gaziano and Girling pricing for croc, and they travel to Hong Kong. Anyone weigh in?
     

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