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

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  1. srivats

    srivats Senior member

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    Those boots are simply fantastic DW ! The lines (curves, rather) are beautiful.
     
  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks, Sri.

    They're not bad...that you can see them through all the quill sockets is a testament to your powers of perception.

    "Lines" it is.

    PS...there's a clearer and better photo in the "Gallery" on the CC.
     
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  3. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Why the leather look mess here?
    lt not clean.
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  4. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I think you're making some unwarranted assumptions. Any item that is made of full quill ostrich...if it is not just laying flat...will tend to have this.

    The leather is "tight to the wood", but quill sockets aren't just on the surface of the leather, they extend two inches or more into the skin. And really good Klein Karoo ostrich is a strange leather. The corium--the layer below the grain surface--is like a puff pastry...it's comprised of really loose sheets of fibers.

    So...

    When you block ostrich...whether it be for a jodhpur or a cowboy boot...you're stretching the leather. But where the feathers were in the skin---the quill sockets--that leather may not ever stretch taut if it is being pulled in a direction it doesn't want to naturally go. In extreme circumstances (such as blocking) it's being pulled in several directions at once and the socket is essentially a hole in the skin. The grain will pull one way but there's no guarantee the corium will go with it..simply because there's no connection where the quill was embedded.

    And that's the best answer I can give you for what you're seeing...which really isn't what you think you're seeing. Unless you've tried to block a piece of leather for a full front pair of boots (full wellington) or block an ostrich front for a pair of jodhpurs, I don't know if you can fully appreciate what is going on in the process. But through forty years of working with Klein Karoo ostrich I've seen it many times.

    PS...as I said, or implied at the beginning, I wasn't real enthusiastic about making jodhpurs out of ostrich.To a large degree because I knew these socket shadows were nearly inevitable. But I have to say they are pretty good as regards to being tight to the wood (tight to the last). And as a result, I'm unabashedly proud of them.
     
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  5. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    me think that might be reason,
    just want to ask to make sure.
    Me know it probably leather,
    or it might be bad photo.
    Me not make assumption,
    me just ask.
     
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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I understand that...or at least I hoped. Which is why I took the time to explain.

    But with all due respect, words like "mess" and "not clean" are not neutral language and if you have not worked with ostrich...don't have first-hand experience...it's hard to see how you arrive at such judgements without assuming.
     
  7. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Me use bad choice of word.
    Me not mean to put the boot down.
    Me see your work on calf so know your standard very good and you last and block excellent,
    so me know it leather and photo issue.
     
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    You explain good.
    Me learn some thing today. :cheers:
     
  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    No worries, mate.:cheers:
     
  10. culverwood

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    I know many do not like antiqued black but a plain black brogue was too dull.

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    Please excuse poor photography I will try and upload better photos later.

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    I am afraid I will never win any awards for photography,
     
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  11. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Fosters?
     
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    A lovely shoe Culverwood congratulations.
     
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    Congratulations to makers and customers.
     
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    After looking more carefully at these, are they bespoke?
    My question might sound stupid given the name of the thread, but the waist does not seem bevelled, and a bit wide compared to other Fosters bespoke. Of course the latter may be due to the specifications of your feet.

    Anyway they are still beautiful!
     

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