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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. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Interesting quarter brogue long wing. is it bespoke?
     
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    Piergiacomi!

    Lovely! I have that except same pair on the way in #08 shell. Love the bentivegna!
     
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    what happened to the trial shoe?
     
  5. hendrix

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    For me, he sent a trial shoe based on my foot measurements. I communicated with him a small adjustment, and he made the adjustment to the last and made the shoe. There was no need to send the trial shoe back.

    I don't know whether that qualifies as full bespoke - perhaps it is the next best thing. Either way the fit is better than any other shoe i've ever had.
     
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    who actually cares? the shoes seem to work for you. the trial shoe is not wearable?

    congrats to this accomplishment.
     
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    Same here, and for me this is the next best thing to a full bespoke as well...
     
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    sstomcat Senior member

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    Pictures speak a thousand words...
    IMO Piergiacomi finish, sole, welt stitching is perhaps the best I have seen so far... infact superior to VASS

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    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Let the battles begin...
     
  10. isshinryu101

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    Same price as Vass?
     
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    :crackup::foo:
     
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    This is based on your measurements, they send you a sample shoe and you provide your adjustments. I'm not familiar with Vass service and price for anything like this. But these are significant higher than their MTO lines for calf. You can find there prices on their website...
     
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    Beautiful craftsmanship!
     
  14. Kai

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    Lobb St. James. Shell Cordovan


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    Various Vass Bespoke:

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    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    What are your thoughts regarding the quality of your Lobb St. James? I'm thinking of making a change.

    Thanks
     
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    They are very high quality, for sure. I don't know if I could really say that they are better than others, however. I think that when you get to the level of high end bespoke, differentiation is more about style than quality.
     
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    Would you mind sharing your experience with JL St. James? No one else has admitted experience, at least recently, to my best memory. Thanks.
     
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    gorgeous. love the shell st. james
     
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    i always admired them from the moment you posted them some years ago. glad to see them again. ty.
     
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    Not too much to it. It wasn't recently. It was some years ago.

    I used to travel to London quite a bit on business. I wandered into their shop just to look around. They were nice enough to talk with me and let me watch them work. There was a guy in there getting fitted. He had a number of their shoes, and raved about them.

    Next time I came back, I made an appointment and got fitted. I can't remember the name of the guy who did the fitting. We talked about leather, and I told him I wanted brown shell cordovan. He asked why, and I said that it was because all the shell cordovan shoes I'd seen were Blucher style, and I wanted some shell Oxfords. He said that they didn't like working with shell. He said that there was little or no room for error when working with shell, and it was much easier to ruin a shell shoe than calfskin. (I have no idea why that would be.) I described the shoes I wanted, and he found a pair in the shop that looked pretty close to my ideal. We talked about welts, etc.

    Then, I got to pick out the particular skins that they would make my shoes with. There was a stack of the same color shell, and we went through the stack and picked out enough leather for two matching shoes.

    He spent some time measuring, poking, and handling my feet and asking me questions about my feet, arches, thickness of socks, etc.

    That was about it. Process from beginning to end was about an hour.

    Definitely more time spent than at Vass, where the whole measurement process took about 1/2 hour.

    A few months later, they sent me my shoes. I've enjoyed them ever since.
     

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