Originally Posted by jjgold
I have a closet full of Edmonds...some C&J...My feet are flat and nothing seems to fit comfortably! My wife said maybe it is time to get a pair made. I would prefer an American Maker. I am sort of price conscious. Business Shoes. Any help or recommendation? Thanks jjgold
Price conscious and bespoke really do not belong in the same sentence. What I can suggest, given that I too have the same problem with flat feet, is the combination of orthotics and a shoe with a bevelled waist. The bevelled waist helps to partially support weak arches and this is reinforced further by having orthotic arch supports: http://www.orthaheel.com/
I have recommended these over at AAAC and people who tried the mail order service found it very efficient and reasonably priced. I recommend the regular model. Take these to a store where you can get Edward Greens or John Lobbs and try the shoe on with the orthotics in place. EGs nearly all have bevelled waists, whereas only the top of the range JLs do. Another source of EGs with a bevelled waist is RLPL but your choice of lasts will be severely limited. Choose the shoe based on the fit of the last more than on the style. If you can get EGs spend time trying their different lasts until you find the one that suits your foot. The results should be excellent arch support at around 1/4 the price of bespoke shoes. Alternatively, you may find the Orthaheel insoles alone to be the solution to all your woes anyway (but don't tell your wife I said that!). I like them so much, I keep telling myself I must get a spare pair for the car and the desk at work in case I rush out of the house forgetting to put them in. It just about ruins my day if I go without them.