A delivery from Philadelphia
The internet makes it very easy to make new friends from far away. Last August I received an email from a young entrepreneur called Darrell Cleveland, who owns a men’s shop called Doc C Custom Clothier in Philadelphia. Darrell wanted to run in a magalog he produces for his store some excerpts from my book SHARP SUITS and one of my features on footwear. Once I had granted permission and emailed the stuff over, Darrell kindly offered me a pair of his custom-made shoes.
These fine, pared-down, suede lace-ups are my choice. Darrell emailed over to me his look book to choose the style, upper leather, type of sole and so on. He also sent me instructions to measure my feet. Below are the plans I sent back to him.
I am very pleased with the result. The fit is not quite perfect – I’d prefer them a little tighter across the feet – but I like the make very much, they are a noticeably better fit than most off-the-shelf shoes I have, they are comfortable and I am pleased to have an interesting-looking pair in my wardrobe. The presentation in a handsome large box that is ideal for storage, complete with shoe bags and cedar shoe trees is exemplary. Since they arrived at the end of 2012 it has done almost nothing except rain and snow, so they have been worn only very occasionally, but I am looking forward to drier weather so I can step out in them more often. The heel plates that coem as standard should ensure that it will be a while until I have to take them to the cobbler. Thanks for getting in touch, Darrell. Maybe one of these days we will actually talk to each other, rather than just emailing.
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