For the shoes alone, sometimes I wished that I was alive back in the 1910’s-30’s. Seeing that Gatsby-esque model on the left makes me understand how truly far behind we have become and how much more amazing and unique shoes were (in terms of the slight differences to the standard, that set the shoes apart). Let me rephrase that. In this day, we are able do so much more through technology and the use of new materials, but yet we seem to do so much less (in terms of tastefully stepping outside of the norm – we either go way too gaudy or stick to the simple stuff). It’s hard to explain what I am saying without writing a novel but allow me to try. These days you get some adventurous designers (assuming that we are talking about classic men’s dress shoes), but the majority of them stick to the norm: cap toes, wing tips, full brogues etc., without trying to bend the lines (no pun intended) and create something slightly different. But when have you ever seen a spectator (co-respondent) done like this? Never! Or a boot with that green suede detailing like that. It’s different, yet still incredibly elegant. Every line on these old Crockett & Jones handmade beauties, is to sheer perfection. I have never ever seen a more elegant welt stitch. And that was done by hand!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love the shoes made today, but every time I see shoes from some English firm’s archives, I get more and more impressed by the level of craftsmanship and design differentiation that I see….
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