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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. fritzl

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    misread. all good
     
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    Butler, those shoes seem incredibly round at the toe...is it the photo playing tricks on me?
     
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    While I applaud the skill of Lobb's many makers, I'm always left wanting when seeing their lasts. They lack contours and the toe is more fat than round on most pairs. I interviewed one of their makers about a year ago, she said the customer has the last say when it comes to lasts. Evidently most decide to leave it to Lobb, who favours rotund toes. Wonderful examples are rare, but I've seen a few.
     
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    Beautiful shoes.

    I must say, I'm becoming more and more enamoured of square waists.
     
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    Cleverley.
     
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    good to see ya postin' again!
     
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    Indeed. I've been waiting more than 3 years to spam this thread.
     
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    Very nice
     
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    How often have you seen shoes like Butler's on the foot, in real life? In my opinion there is a preference on SF for shoes which photograph well. Lobb St James's, Church's, and so on, look great as shoes, as opposed to statues.

    Church's is a good example, because it is by far the most popular "good" shoemaker in the UK, but receives next to no attention on SF.
     
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    questionable how many Church's shoes are good today.
     
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    It is far from "good," in SF standards. It may be good along the lines of Ferragamo, but its construction leaves a lot to be desired and seems to be heading the wrong way as opposed to the right way. I also fail to see your "photograph" logic. If something is attractive, it will look attractive, yet if something is ugly, it will look ugly.
     
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    My point is that shoes are worn and moved about in and comprise only one part of an outfit. They are not stand-alone works of art, which is how they are often presented here. Chiselled-toe shoes by a company like G&G will look great sitting perfectly lit on a velvet cushion, in a way that a pair of Lobbs won't, because the shape of the former is more dramatic. Will a person wearing the G&Gs look better put together? In my opinion, and it's all just opinion, the answer is no.

    My own feeling is that shoes are one of the least important parts of an outfit: they should be high-quality, well-polished, and discreet. I'd rather see somebody who has dark trousers on wearing boring black Loakes than tan Cleverley's which stick out like a sore thumb. Maybe that's why I take the view that I do.
     
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    Well fine - but I'd argue that the reason, say, C&J is infinitely more popular here is not because their shoes are better-made than Church's (even if they are in fact better-made) but because they look a certain way. Nothing wrong with that, but I think that this aesthetic preference exists partly because of "shoe porn" and the type of photo that it entails.
     
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    I'm glad that you recognize that your opinion is inherently your own. Shoes, like anything involving aesthetics, posses a certain individualistic element. I find the shape of the bespoke Lobb, and most British shoes, to be overly boring and "blobby," whereas I prefer a starker look, as seen from G&G, Corthay, etc. To me, the uniqueness gives the shoe an artistic element, much like I would any other piece of art. I can appreciate the beauty of classical artwork, but at some point I go "great, another Jesus." That's how I am with British shoes.
     
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    agree 100%
     
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    Perry Ercolino. We don't see much of his stuff here. He shares space with Ercole in NYC.



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    I've always loved Ercolino's stuff, but he is a classic example of what happens when you lack marketing and CRM acumen.
     
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    Never heard of him before...
     
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