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

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  1. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know every maker in the world but I've never seen better.

    And if I were 30 years younger I would camp out on his doorstep until he took pity on me and took me on as an apprentice.
     
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    Roy Senior member

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    I have never seen a pair of Delos' in person. But from what I can see on several photos his work looks impeccable. I have e-mailed him a few days ago to make an appointment. I would love to have a pair.
     
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    Would you mind discussing what you see that has you come to this conclusion? Is it the refinement or some technical detail? How do you think Delos compares to John Lobb Paris from which he trained? Thanks.
     
  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I don't mind discussing it at all, I just don't know if I can convey it.

    It's a whole lot of little things, subtle things, precision things that add up to beautiful.

    When I take on a student, one of the things I tell them is that everyone makes mistakes even master shoemakers. And one mistake won't ordinarily destroy the impact of a shoe or make you question the skill that was brought to bear. At least if the mistake is not in-your-face-obvious. Two mistakes aren't gonna kill you nor are three but enough mistakes and it adds up...to ugly.

    The human eye wants to see symmetry. It wants to see smooth graceful curves. When symmetry is interrupted, when curves become corners, you might not immediately recognize it. You might not gasp and say "oh how terrible!" But somewhere, on a gut level, the mind sees, knows, and is either perplexed (at asymmetry) or put off by the fall from grace.

    Delos never seems to fall. From presentation to the tiniest points of execution,everything speaks to refinement and care.

    Hope that helps...
     
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    Chris "Italia" Senior member

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    This is truly one of the greatest threads of all time.


    Does anyone have Bontoni bespoke? Absolutely Heavenly.
     
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    this is correct. sometimes harder to point out with words what the eye sees.

    Sometimes, the eye just sees.
     
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    Can you show some examples? I'm a fan of their RTW lines. Underrated in my opinion, even though they do a lot of blake.
     
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    I have seen their RTW collection and yes they often get overlooked among the Italian shoemakers.

    As for bespoke, sadly I haven't seen any collection yet; which is why I was wondering if anyone had gotten them yet...
     
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    I think Delos' shoes - from the photos I have seen and the discussions with Lasbar - are some of the best in the world. I would like some in the future. His round toe is just so "right". I do like the Foster square toe about as much though and rate Emiko Matsuda (Fosters) highly as well. Maybe Mr Delos also makes mistakes... sure he does, but maybe he is more rigorous about what comes his shop than some other makers. Either way his shoes are exquisite yet still masculine. Precise without being over designed.

    I think the medallion on the George Cleverley shoe above is punched off centre. If the emperor has no clothes on let's just say so! I don't think it's the trees. I do not consider such mistakes as "charm"'. If my eye can see it is off centre then I consider that this should have been apparent to the maker too. It should not have been presented to the customer. If there is some technical reason why this was necessary - I can't think of one - then fine. Otherwise, I think the shoe should have been fixed or discarded whilst in production.

    I agree that the eye/mind likes symmetry - even when the shoes are not actually symetrical due to differences between the left and right foot.

    I remember seeing a bespoke shoe with the screws attaching the metal toe caps to the sole protruded through the welt. This was sent to the customer... who probably should have sent it back with an angry letter. It put me off that maker, I can tell you. To be frank such mistakes are unacceptable at such a price point. J
     
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    Well said.
     
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    They are DEFINITELY gorgeous shoes to look at to the eye. Their antiquing is very well done, and the models I have seen are very tasteful while being "eye candy" at the same time.

    Personally, I prefer them to the Berluti models, which get all the fanfare.
     
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    How much does a Delos go for these days?
     
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    You can find the prices on his web-site, beginning at EU 2500 for the first pair:

    http://www.anthonydelos.com/5.aspx?sr=1
     
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    Generally a cap toe dub monk guy but God are those beautiful. Deets?
     
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