Originally Posted by Son Of Saphir
Can you describe fit of both maker?
Who maker do best fit?
Great Question SoS. I would say that they both fit excellent. In fact, I have never experienced any shoe maker who has made me a better fitting shoe than Koji or Anthony. By far, both of these gentlemen are perfectionists, which is demonstrated, for example, in the fit of their respective product.
Anthony spent a year, I believe, in Germany attending an orthopaedic shoe making school. One thing that he incorporated in the shoes that he made for me was an orthopaedic insole. This insole is padded and form fit to the bottom of my feet. It is very comfortable and also has pragmatic results.
The plantar suport in the metatarsal area gently elevates the foot, bringing my lateral toes inward. This prevents my outside toe from rubbing on the lateral aspect of the shoe when I walk. Without this feature, I am yet to have a shoe maker produce a pair of shoes that fit me properly (Although, I forewarn all the shoemakers, who all respond in kind that they will have no problems fitting my feet. Their predictions/assertions, I have found, have ultimately failed in part.).
Besides this special feature, the shoe fits outstanding-for me, as perfect as humanly possible. Keep in mind that nothing fits perfectly.
Koji, does not put the orthopaedic insole into my shoes. I was not aware that he he had the knoweldge, until after my first pair from him. I asked him to do it in the pair that I just posted, however, he did not do so.
Despite this shortcoming, however, I will not send the shoes back because they still fit equally as well as Anthony's shoes. Koji's shoes are obviously not as comfortable in the footbed area without the padded insole, but they fit every bit as well otherwise. Anthony made the shoes fit me a bit tigher than Koji in the thoat, collar, vamp areas, although remarkably, still not too tight.
Koji made the heels fit a bit tighter than Anthony, but they too are not too tight (meaning no pain, aggitation, or physical manifestation, i.e., redness, tenderness, blistering, etc.) Koji made my vamp noticeably looser than Anthony on this pair. Both have found a way to preclude irritation of my outer toes, which normally gives shoe makers problems.
As far as the discussion that members have posted on the varrying or opposing style compared between the two makers, I must say that they leave out one substantial factor for consideration-I asked for the different styles.
It was not the shoe makers who chose these two models of shoes. To more accurately compare the two makers, one would have to compare the same model of shoe by the two respective makers or allow them to make the style of shoe to their own individual preference, not the customers.
The only main characteristics of style that I could "generally" comment on are 1) finish of the welt and outside portion of the heel lifts; and 2) the toe shapes.
Koji prefers to finish the exposed portion of the welt and heel lifts in a much shinier manner than Anthony. I have also noticed that Koji has an affinity for certain toe shapes and Anthony others distinctly different from Koji's preference.
However, these are just preferences that I have noticed. If a customer makes a request that differs from their respective preferences, of course each maker will accomodate the customer.