Originally Posted by fritzl
apple to pears. that's typical for bengal(have him on ignore) so back from the start. why should anybody care about 3 mm length. did anybody talk about the girth? not me.
I guess this is the question you didn't
ask your shoemaker.
As a shoemaker...one shoemaker, with one opinion among many, I suppose...I can tell you what I have observed from many years of studying the foot. The foot is, as I have said many times, one of the most architecturally complex structures in nature. Bones and muscles and ligaments fit together in a very precise (albeit unique) fashion...much like a suspension bridge. Ask yourself this: if a girder or cable were three mm short, would it make a difference on a bridge? If you knew that, would you cross? The foot was not intended to be encased in leather or wood. And when you look at a shoe with a single outsole you can have as much as 12 millimeters of stiff leather under your foot. But when you put your foot in a shoe it is held in an unnatural position against relatively unyielding materials. Combine the unyielding bit with the unnatural position bit and it's a recipe for problems...if only years later. The arch that is built into a size seven shoe is shorter than the arch that is built into a size seven and a half shoe. That arch is determined by the model of last and is ideally set to a standard length for that size last. If the foot is too short for the arch of the shoe, the arch of the foot will be pulled apart slightly. Can this ever be good? If the arch of the shoe is too short for the arch of the foot, the arch of the foot will not be supported properly and will tend to settle. Does this seem desirable? And to return to the main problem, the shoe is encasing the foot and, as a consequence, the foot has nowhere it can go. It must try to find accommodation with the structure it finds itself in. Again, feet are wonderful things and at least in the short run, they will adapt. But "in the short run" is not good enough for someone who considers it a responsibility to get it right for those that come with their trust and their money in hand. I harp on this stuff and I'm sure it seems picayune and obsessive...I'm sure I am on more than one ignore list myself...but that's my perspective. That's my job and I take it seriously. It's true, I suppose--some feet will never notice, but others will go downhill almost immediately. I, myself, as a shoemaker, would never so off-handedly dismiss 3mm in length. If I did, the damage done would be my fault. It seems easier to at least try to get it right than to adopt an attitude of all-knowing insouciance. BTW, from my point of view, Bengal Stripe is one of the most knowledgeable and generous contributors to this forum and I read everything he posts conscientiously.