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  1. edetal

    Dress shoes

    This is a common technique used to cut costs. Unfortunately they are used in many of the "luxury" brands. I have seen them personally during my time as a cobbler. Leather wrapped plastic heel blocks, to full on wooden blocks, etc etc etc. There are so many ways to trick the unknowing customer. So many customers of mine come in thinking that wooden heel blocks are standard, and are always surprised when I tell them that they are supposed to be hand stacked leather. And then, there's leather heel stacks, and there's "leather heel stacks". The quality of leather used for the stacks makes a big difference as well.
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    Dress shoes

    If all their shoes are hand welted with a carved leather rib, I think they should put that on their marketing collateral. Not many companies can claim to hand welt all their shoes. I myself only do hand welting for bespoke commissions. Without many many skilled workers, it is simply not efficient to hand welt every single pair. Vass and Saint Crispins comes to mind.
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    Dress shoes

    Agreed! Very nice work in that case! Good to see other Asian manufacturers living up to standards and debunking the myth that only Europe makes good shoes. Some notes on the term Goodyear welting though; it is usually used for Goodyear welted shoes, i.e. when the welt is stitched down with the machine. The term Goodyear is inherited from the inventor of the machine. In this case, I would say that that particular pair of Sagara shoes are hand-welted, a superior technique when used with a carved leather rib.
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    Dress shoes

    Wow, that's a revelation. I honestly didn't think that Church's would use wooden heel stacks. We do learn something everyday!
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    Singaporean members

    Singapore is a melting pot of cultural differences. Many many dialects are spoken here, Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew being the more common ones. Many Singaporeans can speak more than one dialect.
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    Dress shoes

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.416058278458893.99702.210041095727280&type=1
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    Visit to Ed et al in Singapore

    Dear friends, We are proud to present to you our next development in striving to bring the best quality shoes we can. After listening to alot of feedback, both from customers and from various forums, we have decided to center our focus back to what we do best, classic men shoes. Various aspects of the shoes have been upgraded, notably our leathers and our finishing techniques, even down to how we stitch the uppers together. We won't be able to share too much information now, but please be assured that we are constantly trying to improve, and we would like to thank all of you guys who has given us your feedback. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page as we will roll out details later, and those of you on our mailing list should get an email from us shortly. Thank you all, very very much, and do drop by the showroom to take a look at what we are doing! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.416058278458893.99702.210041095727280&type=3
  8. edetal

    Dress shoes

    Thanks guys for the feedback. In fact, our next collection is going back to our basics, which is producing dress shoes. Some designs includes an Adelaide, a wholecut, a two tone Saddle Oxford, and another design that I'll keep under wraps for now. Also in the works are some loafers with a twist. As we are very young still, we need some time to find our way in terms of our design philosophy. But first and foremost we are dress shoe makers.
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    Singaporean members

    Yep, we live and learn!
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    Singaporean members

    Yep, agree once again. We are not competing against the likes of the powerhouses though, just doing our thing and hope people talk about us and spread the word. The odd bad piece of publicity is unavoidable I suppose. Just one bad review on forums can achieve that effect too.
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    Singaporean members

    I agree with this, but as small makers we need every ounce of publicity, especially when it's free. I do acknowledge that we need to be more selective with granting interviews, but we also have had very good journalists from mediocre publications do very good pieces (our recent coverage on the Chinese paper Lian He Zao Bao being one of these). It makes it difficult to decide when to reject free coverage, if ever.
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    Singaporean members

    I couldn't agree more. I had a magazine feature done on us awhile back and one of the quotes totally twisted my words, and in some instances misrepresented me.
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    Visit to Ed et al in Singapore

    Since launching our second collection we have received alot of enquiries on the availability of our shoes in Malaysia. Please rest assured that we are now actively looking for a stockist in KL. As an aside, I am very keen to do a weekend trunk show in Kuala Lumpur in early September where we will take custom orders and also open a special book for pre-orders for Malaysian customers. We are tentatively looking at the 8th and 9th of September 2012. Is there any interest for us to do this?
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    Singaporean members

    Haha, that's on there for aesthetics only! You failed to mention the collection of whiskeys on the shelves below!
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    Singaporean members

    Am more a whiskey man myself but I'm sure I can find something good!
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    Singaporean members

    Hey guys! I just saw the video and to be honest I didn't realise they were going to put so much emphasis on the prices instead of the work. However, I do think it was more the editing and questions they posed that made it so rather than my client being ostentatious. By the way, my showroom doors are open for private Kerbau events if desired! No selling, just gathering around some whiskies! Let me know and I'll be keen to organise something!
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    Visit to Ed et al in Singapore

    Dear friends, I am proud to present our Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook! Please excuse the model as we couldn't afford a real one! Our thanks goes to Kevin Seah of KEVIN SEAH BESPOKE for the fantastic wardrobe support and Ervine Wu of Palette Pictures for a wonderful shoot. http://edetal.sg/lookbook/lookbook.pdf We would also like to extend an open invitation to members of the forum to attend our VIP Preview happening this Friday, 11th May 7pm at Front Row in Raffles Hotel. Hope to see you guys there!
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    Visit to Ed et al in Singapore

    Ouch! I'm so sorry to hear that the shoes are giving you grief! They most definitely shouldn't be taking skin away from anywhere. Please let me know if the situation doesn't improve. You could also try taking it to professional cobblers to get them stretched out.
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    Visit to Ed et al in Singapore

    Thanks joonian! We are seriously contemplating about doing a trunk show in KL, and we would very much appreciate any help we can get!
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    Visit to Ed et al in Singapore

    Dear "6", unfortunately we do not do half sizes as the standard we use, the Euro standard, is relatively small in its graduations. We do apologize for having left your emails unanswered!
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    Visit to Ed et al in Singapore

    Thank you very much KC for the positive write-up! I hope you had enjoyed your visit as much as we had. The issue with the back of the heel causing discomfort should subside as the outsole breaks in. What usually happens before the sole becomes flexible enough is that there will be a bit of slippage at the back counter which causes the discomfort. Regarding the old lasts, they somehow do not present well in photographs from certain angles. We've had multiple feedback that it looks much better in person. We are also happy to announce (The Kerbau is the first forum to know!) that we are going to reproduce some of our best selling models from our first collection in the new lasts. These models, namely The Shenton, The Raffles, and The Merlion, together with 8 brand new designs will form our new collection, slated for launch at Front Row, May 4th 2012. As we flounder in our first year of existence, we are very appreciative of the support shown to us. We take into account all positive and negative comments as we try to better our designs, constructions and operations. Please excuse us if emails sometimes goes unanswered; we do not mean to ignore anyone! Please give us the benefit of the doubt and email us again; we are a very small operation and things do get overlooked, but definitely not intentionally!
  22. edetal

    Dress shoes

    The trees are hinged but not hollowed.. They now come lacquered as well!
  23. edetal

    Dress shoes

    Just a note to all that the work I've posted up are all our custom and bespoke grade stuff. This means that they have a higher level of finishing as compared to our RTW shoes. When we produce in quantity it is impossible for a small company like ours to finish every pair of shoes to the standards we set for our higher level of work. That said, I have had customers who finished the shoes themselves to a very high standard, once again reinforcing the fact the leather we used are of a high enough quality to take polishes very well.
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    Dress shoes

    The next collection will have a similar design.. but in a Derby. Due April, I hope!
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    Dress shoes

    Yes, the new collection will be based off these lasts and other similar ones!
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