Re: Vendor Question - Mattimore
I have a pair of MJN's version of the Jefferson Bootee, a pair of Tom Mattimore's version of the same, as well as a pair of his Page Lapham C.S. Oxfords. All are superior in accuracy and construction, and although the toe portion of the MJN boots start out a bit lower in profile(and I mean just a tad), you will find that after a few days of wear, they all collapse to about the same shape anyway!
As a leather worker, I can tell you that nearly any ACCURATELY made brogan can be reshaped by simply wetting the interior of the toe, reshaping, and letting it dry completely. I have done this to all of my period footwear, and am able to achieve the proper low and narrow toe shape via this method.
I believe that it was Tom who explained in several (lost?) posts from the old board, that most reproduction footwear made today is by necessity made to accomodate the modern man's wider/larger foot. This does change slightly the proportions and profile of these modern copies Vs. those extant examples of 1860's brogans(which, to the modern observer, can more often resemble a ladies shoe! What small feet many gents had then). The two above craftsmen come as close as is currently possible IMHO, however the remarkably low price that Tom Mattimore has maintained for his quality boots and shoes gives him the definite edge, without any compromise in quality or accuracy. Cheers.
Last edited by Michael Semann; 12-23-2003 at 02:44 PM.
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