I've been perusing the forums for some time and have only started posting recently (mostly in the Saddleback and "poor man's watch" forums). I'm 5'2 and wear a size 7...which makes any kind of shopping, let alone shoe shopping, a frustrating experience. I found some guides online for shorter gentlemen and one such page linked me to AE's website. After researching this forum as well as a few other review sites it seems that they are a reputable and worthwhile company. What I am interested in, in particular, are custom shoes - in this case a 7D.
Do most of you purchase shoes "off the rack" or have any of you tried ordering custom shoes online? I'm stationed in Germany so I can't go to an in-store location. If there are any other shorter gentlemen lurking around these forums please chime in and please share any other shoe vendors that make custom size shoes.
I'm interested in a two-toned "saddle" shoe as well as suede shoes. Does anyone know where I can get good leather boots in 7D? I was impressed with Johnston & Murphy's website but unfortunately many of the patterns I liked were only offered in size 8 or above.
Thanks for the advice/opinions in advance!