Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 23 January 2009

Difficult Feet

Hello there followers. A pair of tricky shoes here. The essence of bespoke shoemaking. There is a fine line between troublesome feet and orthopedic. This client has no specific or diagnosed problems with his feet, but they are an unusual shape. Very wide at the joint, and full around the top edge. The other thing is that feet like these change in size and shape a lot when at rest and when the full weight is on them. The only thing to do in these cases is to take the measurements; make the lasts; get the shoes ready for a try-on and then be prepared for a series of adjustments and fittings. You get there in the end, but patience is needed on both sides.

Now they are made and ready for delivery, there is an element of trepidation. Will they fit? All that work, time and energy. It's not the end of the world if they don't, but... If they don't fit, we will be able to tweak and adjust. I will let you know how we get on.

I think this shot really shows the unusual shape. Ever seen a shop bought shoe like this? That is what you get with bespoke shoes though. It's a process; an investment of time and work, both by the maker and the client. You get what you pay for I suppose. Will let you know what the customer says. Fingers crossed!


Anonymous said...


I know, most of your work is 'bespoke' but wondering...if you had to do with surgical bootmakers. You may have had come across a few people with real medical difficulties in getting shoes. Anyway, I am sure you have contact with some.

My question is would you still use leather toe/heel stiffeners or synthetic. I have heard surgical bootmakers have stopped using leather for about twenty years. This is because it is must stronger & keeps shape better. I can't believe this.

Just wondering..if you would know more about this?

Many Thanks

jimmyshoe said...

Hello, I am really sorry, but we do not do orthopedic work so havo no idea what they would normally use. I imagine they might stop using leather stiffeners because of expense and the fact that you have to prepare them. Synthetic ones will be cheaper and easier to use I imagine. Shoemaking in any form is not well paid for the hours involved so any way to cut costs and save time would be used. Best, jimmyshoe