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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. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    At one time, Horween produced shell cordovan either with a smooth surface or with a grain. So the shells were either worked with smooth or textured rollers.

    It is possible, they will still do the grain cordovan at special request. It is also possible, this was a supply of dead-stock which fell into Cleverley's lap.

    Here is another Cleverley in that same textured cordovan:

    http://the-shoe-aristocat.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/gj-cleverley-grained-cordovan-full.html
     
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    The Horween pebble grain #8 cordovan is still one of my favorites! In this case Cleverley had the hatch grain pattern pressed into smooth butts that they purchased from Horween. The texture looks alot like Russian calf. I have to say that the way they are breaking in is fantastic.
     
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    Thank you. They have the hidden elastic making for a very comfy pair of shoes...
     
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    I had one Alden pair with grain cordovan, the texture is definitely fascinating; the luster of cordovan kept in check by the matte grain. For some reason the cordovan didn't ripple like it usually does. JB has struck gold!
     
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    Cross post from the Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell: Official Affiliate Thread
    We hope this post belongs here, please let us know if it doesn't.

    Our historic bespoke shoe collection Foster & Son/ Henry Maxwell
    Crocodile Loafer:

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    This crocodile loafer is a perfect example of a timeless Foster & Son bespoke shoe. It is incredibly versatile and could, at a pinch, be worn anywhere. It was the inspiration for our Aston Ready to Wear loafer.

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    It was made before 1930, during our time on Duke of York Street, when London’s bespoke shoe makers were in their prime. The leather is still intact and the shoe still on display in one of our cabinets at 83 Jermyn Street, where it always attracts interest.

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    The detailing is superb. The stitch count on the welt features 15 stitches to the inch and the stitching on the upper remains consistent throughout.

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    We would love to hear your thoughts and welcome any suggestions for classic shoes you might wish to see featured on Style Forum. If you find yourself in London come along to see us at 83 Jermyn Street.

    Foster & Son
     
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  8. ThinkDerm

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    working on something with DW
     
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    Alas I misunderstood and it was just a fitting. Should get them on the next trip, I also ordered a pair of grey loafers for next summer. I am quite happy to order and invest in just one shoe a year at this stage.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That sounds awesome. Would be great if you could share the experience with the rest of us. Please keep us updated! :fonz:
     
  11. mimo

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    +1 I thought he had something like a three year waiting list right now.
     
  12. ThinkDerm

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    DW and I started March 2012. :slayer:
     
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    I think you're right ahead of me in line, TD. Btw, in case anyone missed it, I visited DW in his workshop a few weeks ago and posted several pics in the old thread that detailed his construction of my shell boots. The new pics start here. DW was able to make some notes for changes to the last for the new pair: chelsea boots in brown buffalo.

    Also, in the cowboy thread, I posted several additional pics of the workshop and some cowboy boots he's made.
     
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    M: looking forward to us both enjoying our new footwear. I'm excited.

    :)
     
  15. DWFII

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    At one point in time I was four years backlogged.

    I am semi-retired now and not actively seeking new customers. I might be backlogged somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 months from the time I take an order to the time I get close to delivering an initial fitter's model. Getting a final approval on the fitter can take some time depending on the individual.

    I also fly fish for anadromous rainbow trout (AKA steelhead).
     
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    ^It's well worth the wait. Enjoy the fishing, DW.
     
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    Can't wait to get the latest fitters model.
     
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    I would be very interested in seeing more photos and history of Foster historic bespoke models and those by all bespoke manufacturers. I do not know if this is within the forums rules.
     
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    mimo, many thanks for your kind words. Foster & Son
     

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