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This is a lot of work
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It is a lot of work, but it's work he can be proud of. He is very skilled and does a beautiful job of repairing boots. Nice video. 8)
 

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Does look like a lot of work but almost relaxing at the same time
 

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Good as new
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Interesting video. Had me in stiches for a bit. Wonder if he likes working sole-o?
I'm here all week and don't forget to try the veal.
 

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I love handmade footwear. A real appreciation and respect for what cobblers do. When I went away for school, before I'd made any new friends, a very friendly cobbler, whose little shack was the closest business to where I was living, while fixing a hole in my skateboard shoes, somewhat befriended me. A fascinating thing to me, but even as watching that video, I wondered how long until that craft becomes factory repetition and wanting to run your head into a wall. My goodness does that ever look tedious. Impressed he didn't have his fingers taped up to protect them from cuts when pulling the cord. That cobbler I mentioned had his hands taped up like he was wearing gloves.

I've never heard of this guy. Must only sell in-store customs? No website, which is why ask. I like that he seems to make a lot of monkey/roofer styled boots, with the lace going very forward and way down on the toe. I've always liked the looks of that style. Similar to these:

https://www.midwestboots.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=TH814-4233
 

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He's a true one-man operation. I see he did a limited edition of 25 pairs. No prices anywhere. Have to email him. I understand that approach, but at the same time, I have to admit that is a hurdle.

Nick's handmade boots and shoes has a decent youtube channel. I've learned a lot about shoe making watching those. They go over different leathers, different soles, the different lasts they use, etc. Very informative videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCF7zgsHhUlbqQ6MDHEgOA/videos

I forgot to link the reddit forum on handmade footwear:
https://www.reddit.com/r/goodyearwelt/
 

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Boots can be expensive
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That pretty much addresses everything in life. Would most people spend, if they had the disposable income, $100K on a stereo system? Nope. I would in a heartbeat. I don't want a 10,000ft home or a yacht or a vacation home. I want an insane stereo system. That's a dream purchase for me. Or a $10K bicycle would be on my list (arbitrary $, because I don't have one in mind in particular). A $100 bicycle from Walmart is perfectly fine for most people. Pipes. Shoes. Fountain pen. Cars. Boats. Whatever.

If you see everything through a purely utilitarian lens, then NONE of this would make any sense to you. As he put it, if you can see the artistry, developed craftsmanship, philosophy, and whatnot behind the thing, then all those aspects are assigned a value of some sort.

Robert M. Pirsig addresses this, at least in part, in his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Classical vs. Romantic.

Pirsig writes, “A classical understanding sees the world primarily as underlying form itself. A romantic understanding sees it primarily in terms of immediate appearance.”

Romantic thinkers are fueled by inspiration, intuition, creativity and imagination. They value the outer beauty or art and are led by their feelings. Classical thinkers value systems, laws and logic. To them, the inner workings of a thing is much more important than its surface appearance.

https://morethaneyecandy.nl/two-ways-of-looking-at-the-world-classic-vs-romantic-understanding/
 

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Nick gets a good review...more reasons to buy a pair of boots
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I was glad to see Brian the Bootmaker show a tear down and resole of a pair of Corcoran 1500 jump boots. I have pairs of both the 1500 and 1525. Comfortable boots that I used to find for $40 in surplus stores. The 1525s were good winter boots in the upper Midwest. I'm a little less impressed with the 1500s. I've wondered what they looked like underneath. Nevertheless, for what they cost, I was impressed.
 

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You waited too long for your cowboy boots
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That's f'ing awesome. I haven't worn cowboy boots since I was maybe 4 or 5, but I appreciate that detailed work.
 
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