So another box arrived this week.
Responding to my comment that the first models looked blobby, Jon decided to teach me a lesson.
I was quite surprised at how they looked, since I expected them to look the same but fit better. Well, they looked better too!
Jon reminded me that these are nothing compared to what the final shoes would look like. So, these were hints of things to come.
The package came with the usual accessories: a shoe horn and a pen for marking leather.
There was no shoe horn in the first package. I used my own, but the models fit so tightly that it was difficult to get my feet in. I was too lazy to unlace the models part way, though, so maybe it looked like I didn't use a horn.
This time, however, I couldn't get my feet in at all without unlacing the shoes.
There was also a gap about three-eighth of an inch (3/8") in the lacing on both shoes, which wasn't the case last time. This is good.
The instructions were the same as the first time:
Wear the type of sock you will want to wear with the finished shoes. Using a shoe horn slip the shoe on and tie the laces. Stand up, walk around a bit. It is best to have an assistant help with marking.
1. With you standing comfortably, have your assistant mark the length of your foot at the big toe.
2. Next have them mark on the side of the model the centre of your ball joint. They should use their finger to locate this.
3. Have your assistant mark on the tongue along each side of the lace facings to indicate how far apart the laces are.
4. Now check your ankle bones. Are they rubbing at all on the topline of the shoe? If so, have your assistant make a vertical line on the model to indicate where the center of this bone is, then cross it with a horizontal line to indicate the underside of this bony prominence.
5. If you feel any part of the shoe is uncomfortable, mark this on the model. For example if any of your toes are pushing excessively against the side of the model, mark this. If you have any other general observations about the fit, make a note and send this along with the fitting models when you return them.
Wearing the same socks as last time (Pantherella wool socks @ year-round weight), I wore the models as I did some ironing, meaning that I walked little and stood a lot. There was no discomfort from the fit, only discomfort from wearing the models too long. Afterwards, I marked up the models as instructed.
(From where my big toe ended, one could see clearly these models were elongated.)
For some reason, the ball joint I marked was ahead of the crack in the sole from my foot flexing. Not sure whether I marked wrong or this was as things should be.
I also noted that there were no obvious gaps in the shoes when my feet were bearing weight.
So, barring any problems that Jon might spot, I think we're off to the final shoes!