Oct. Tenth may be the most well known Chinese shoemaker in the world as it offers unmatchable value on its price for handwelted construction and other details incorporated from bespoke shoemaking. The brand is the date of the female owner, nickname Xibao. Let us have a look at this pair.
Green shoe box with golden logo and slogans on it.
Drawer like opening design.
Pull it out, a plastic shoehorn and two shoe bags containing of the shoes.
Velvet like shoe bags are tender and comfortable to touch, the end of string has two rings.
Maybe the best almond last in the world. There is one Japanese bespoke shoemaker very famous for almond last and this one is related.
You cannot find a single angle not marvelous.
Asymmetrical heel is beautiful and also functional to hold heel.
There is one issue (if it is) about this last which is the waist is not narrow at all, does it not support arch well?
Lazyman was the creation of George Cleverley for then UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill to serve his voluminous body so no need to bend over to lace up. And the original design was a full brogue wingtip, this one is brogued cap toe.
Brogued lines along quarter are exquisite.
I am not sure this pair is machine stitched or handstitched, and the stitches align with fudge, but not perfectly.
For handwelted construction, the key focus should be narrowed and blind waist. Blind waist cannot be achived by Goodyear machine and it makes a finer pair of dress shoes.
Execution of Oct. Tenth is top level and the stitches in waist is invisible at all.
Bevelled waist is very beautiful and double colours are not unusual. But the most iconic is the dividing curves like peach.
Very strong Cuban heel and the slope may be too much.
Maybe wax is too much and the pores are not so apparent.
Toe plate is installed by default, however the edge is not at the same surface with the sole.
No marks or anything everywhere, no logo, nothing.
I know many people fall in love with this last, and it is really great. Oct. Tenth’s craftsmanship are also well worth the price, a no-brainer choice.