A Visit to a Local Cordwainer

Thruth

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Someone go introduce seal flipper as the next big trend on StyleForum.
It might just work. I think an array of Arctic leathers for discerning gentlemen: seal flipper, caribou (anyone can get old Russian reindeer), walrus (great for wet weather if seal is too pedestrian for you), Arctic snow snake, Beluga whale for lovely spectators.
 

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I guess the general foot shape is uniform enough that linear dimensions are sufficient, or are they just making little notes like "high arch, narrow heel" to account for the actual 3d curves?
 
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I saw the Lobb or was it Cleverly guy do it and make notes as well. I was too polite to look and read as it was someone else's bare foot.
 

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Good question Russell Street Russell Street , the measurements are fairly standard across all makers. He also did a "pat down" to identify anatomical anomalies that might have to have relief incorporated into the boot. He also measured ankle height and position. Apparently my ankles are more anteriorly placed than the average bear. He does ask if there are any biomechanical issues that should be noted, use of orthotics/insoles. The foot tracing also accounts for arch height.
 

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I'm getting the sense that this process correlates to a MTM suit with measuring done by a bespoke tailor. We've seen the results of cheap igents sending linear measurements over to some foreign land and getting things back that meet the specs but are tight and loose in various spots. The expert knows what to look for and account for, as this is not some plug and chug grind or such a thing as MTM footwear would be more prevalent.
 

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I'm getting the sense that this process correlates to a MTM suit with measuring done by a bespoke tailor. We've seen the results of cheap igents sending linear measurements over to some foreign land and getting things back that meet the specs but are tight and loose in various spots. The expert knows what to look for and account for, as this is not some plug and chug grind or such a thing as MTM footwear would be more prevalent.
Exactly. Remotely sending linear measurements only gets you so far because as you correctly assume there is a whole lot more involved in rendering a 3-D product. Even with bespoke, adjustments have to be made because nothing is ever perfect the first time. Better than RTW but never perfect.
 

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3D Printing and Scanning doesn't really work for bespoke shoemaking as the machines are high cost and measurements are imprecise. It will get better for rubber molded shoes as the materials have much more give than leather.

Leather soles are nice, but not applicable to most parts of the world. Thankfully the drought in California will prolong my sole life by a year or more.
 
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But, but, but, igents and DWF say leather soles are de_ rigore , au courant, and correct. How could a civilised human wear anything else?
 

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Really depends how frequently you go outside ...
well, not from my personal experience, though. weather is my least concern, also.

actually this topic is predestined for a "cat bites into her own tail"- discussion. also, whether I think that Ops' decision is totally stupid. it doesn't matter. its his preference and particularly its his boot.

... but feel free to discuss the topic of sole choice in the very own shoe care thread.
http://www.dressedwell.net/forum/threads/shoe-care.105/
 

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They have been promised just prior to Christmas. I will post pics. I've asked him to take progress shots but he is sometimes like a fart in a windstorm: all over the place
 
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