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Posts by Nick V.

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Good points by DW and PB. I noticed something many years ago. Guys will often tell me "these are the most comfortable shoes I ever owned. Do what ever it takes". It's very, very rare that I hear a Woman say that. Why? Because they buy for style and color. Comfort and fit are low on their priority list. Often a Woman (usually mid-late 30ish) will complain to me my "shoes are killing me". I think my foot changed shape. I take her (normally high stiletto) shoe put it on the...
No question about that. I chose a severe case to make a point. There are many others that have less severe issues but severe enough that they simply can not get a proper fit from a RTW shoe.
That's one way of looking at it and practical in most circumstances.I have a frequent customer that loves to dress up for business. He can't wear any U.S. made shoe because of how there lasts match the configuration of his foot structure. He normally wears E.G.'s. He decided to have a custom made pair of shoes from a top maker in the U.K. When the fitter came to N.Y. He explained the whole process to him. They began taking measurements and sketching his foot. They made 4...
Fair enough but...what does one do when they truly have a difficult foot to fit regardless of the various lasts offered by various RTW makers? I see it quite often. In most cases they can not afford to have there entire rotation custom made.
In most cases when you use either of the devices mentioned they will tighten up the topline. How much? It varies.As you know I see some top high-grades on a daily basis. It always blows my mind when a customer brings in a new pair of shoes that cost $1500.00 or more and he has tongue pads slapped in them. Then again there are some with such difficult feet to fit that no RTW shoe will be a proper fit. In those cases it's use the OTC devices to improve the fit/feel or have a...
I agree anytime a shoe is not fitted properly it's a bad situation. If you use a thin piece of leather suede side out it will help grab the heel and eliminate some of the slipping. We are not talking about a bespoke shoe. The slight room it will take up would not have a noticeable impact on the treadline being moved.We are coming from different viewpoints here. I'm am focusing on making the shoe more serviceable without doing any damage and you are concentrating on the...
You may want to try a back liner and/or tongue pad to make up some length.
Interesting.....Thank you for your time.Just courious, do you do that with a knife -or- are there other hand tools used?
Interesting.....more evidence of how our businesses differ.Florshiem Gunboats have been very popular over the past several years. Not a day goes by that we don't see at least a pair or two. People are buying them used (Ebay/thrift shops). They bring or mail them in to us to custom finish the welts, mid-soles, bases and, out soles. Some request us to leave the welts as wide as possible. Others have us convert a 270 flat welt to a 360 storm.When you can post a photo, I'd...
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