Originally Posted by rnoldh
Prior to my SF days I made a huge mistake. A friend of mine ( a whale like Larry Flynt ) was given a pair of hand made sea turtle boots made for Larry Flynt. My friend didn't care for the boots and he gave them to me. I am an 11D and the boots were an 11 1/2D ( so a wee bit too big ). I gave them back to my friend and don't know what I was thinking! Had it been during SF days, the boots could have been 12 & 1/2s and I would have kept them.
this reminds me of a visit to a bespoke shoemaker recently:
a forumite asked me for the favour to pay this workshop a visit while in vienna, for the reason he needs assistance with the research for a portrait of some shoemakers in one of the capitals of shoemaking.
i knew the shop since years but i never walked in, so off i went to mr. karl weiner, of whom i have read a short introduction in the german forum newsaboutshoes.de
first of all, his shoes are in a class of its own and his small shop has a lot of charme. after our nice conversation about shoes and declining leather quality, i found out, that his business model includes handmade shoes for "walk ins". in other words, he stocks some basic models in various sizes and colours. having some sf shoe nuts in mind i.e. vox, luk-cha, phat guido, foo etc., who have smaller feet, i asked politely about size 7 or 7.5
mr. weiner, who was looking for something in a drawer on the bottom of the counter, looked up and said: what do you mean 7 or 7.5? the difference is 0.012 of an inch. so why would somebody care? i nodded silently, whith the thought flashing through my head, ...but these guys on styleforum think otherwise...