I could have gone for either or both of the boots - the series five All Saints replicas came from the same source - but since I own an actual pair of the boots they were copied from, I didn’t see much point in buying those, at least not yet (there is another reason too, which at some point in the future I’ll explain).
But for now what interested me much more are the series six custom boots, which cannot be found anywhere else.
At the moment I can’t name the company concerned, but I went along to their workshop to initially be measured for my boots with a view to having them made.
To get measured I was asked to stand on a sheet of plain paper, and the outline of my feet were traced. Then measurements were taken around the ball, arch and ankle of my feet.
From this a pair of lasts of my feet were made. These were built on a stock shape, with leather padding attached to create an accurate representation of the size of my feet.
LAST is the name given to the wooden carved models of feet used to shape footwear around. These days they are made from plastic, with adjustments made by attaching leather patches where needed.
His replica All Saints boots were quite advanced, and he had his fitting (see left).
He had persuaded her to order some clothes from the homeland (he had fled to Russia) and as part of it she goes to his bootmakers. There she sees racks upon racks of wooden lasts, commenting they look like a graveyard. “They are all very much alive, and kicking!” the proprietor tells her!
At the time of making his boots it was not yet widely known he had the part, so instead of having his name on them it just says WHO (see inset). How cool it that?!
Anyway, now armed with my sizing I left them to it.
I didn’t want to annoy the bootmakers, so I kept a respectful distance while they worked on them for me.
It took a little while, but they soon had the upper part of my boots made (see left).
Then earlier this week I had a call to say the boots were ready for a fitting! I arranged a day I was free and went along to see them.
For the purposes of the fitting the completed uppers had been attached to a basic sole, with a simple wooden spacer in place of the heal.
It just so happens this weekend there is a generic convention taking place at Earls Court (The Entertainment and Media Show), and it was my intention to go in Smith clothing. Having the boots would be the icing on the cake for that!
But I bet no-one notices them at the event. Ho hum.
Check out next week when I’ll report on how the weekend went.