Updated: Feb 26, 2018
I commissioned this pair of MTO Decon Chelsea boots a few weeks ago and after exchanging emails with Norman we spoke directly to discuss the patina, the soles and the fit and our common passion for shoes. I own two other pairs from Norman Vilalta after having tried his test shoes during the 2017 London Super Trunk. I knew that a 9.5 UK would be a perfect fit for me.
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Bench grade, Goodyear welted construction
French box calf leather from Tanneries du Puy
Black box calf lining
Custom handmade burgundy patina
Rubber encrusted soles
Hand nailed and hand polished brass initials in the sole
Lasted shoe trees.
Undoing the Derby laces and slipping your foot in comfortably thanks to the side elastics is a breeze and I did hear the "suapss" of a well fitting shoe. As Norman posts on his website:
They have a fitted entrance but it's very flexible, you will hear the "suapss" sound when entering inside the shoes as you would hear in a bespoke shoe. That translates into comfort.
You cannot go wrong with NV shoes, once you know your size you should be able to get a good fit in most lasts.
I made our RTW lasts with the idea of bringing the advantages of a bespoke fitting to our RTW line of shoes. - Norman Vilalta
More information and links on our Norman Vilalta page