he measures with barefoot or a thin dress sock on.
in terms of how he treats the measurements and the tracings, there's no doubt that he allows for space--space to get your feet in, room for the fluctuations in the foot's size.
considering the fact that fit has not been an issue for shoes made from real-life appointments, i think it's quite clear that we need to work on making the self-measurement process more precise.
i'm definitely not saying that the poor fits are necessarily customers' faults, but rather that the process needs to be improved.
i've got a list of precautions that the shoemaker handed down to me which i'm going to post on the website.
i've also told the shoemaker to leave more extra space in the toe and assume for a higher angle than he otherwise would with brick-and-mortar customers.
now, if somebody can make a machine--a la Brooks with their suit measurement--that can get a 3D reading of someone's foot, or have some material that will mold to one's feet and can be taken off...i'd be very interested.
Originally Posted by tiger02
Coatandthai, or seok: is that the premium leather?
Seok: I think the fit is something you need to work out with the maker. The numbers that are coming from self-measurement should be exactly the same as the numbers that the pro measures. The difference would be in how he treats the measurements and the tracing. If he makes a last that is exactly the size and shape of the foot, the shoe is going to be too small. When he measures in person, does he measure the bare foot, or with a sock on?