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I met with George Glasgow today in New York and ordered my first pair of bespoke shoes. I was hoping to travel to Vienna to try out an Austro-Hungarian shoemaker but due to a very hectic family & work schedule I just don't see it happening any time soon. George comes to NY at least 2 times per year and I plan to travel to London in the next 6 months for a quick business trip. In addition, his reputation is stellar, so I really feel like this is my best option.

I use a thick orthotic and have only been able to wear Alden's Modified Last - the fit is acceptable but FAR from perfect. I've literally wasted thousands of dollars in the past 8 years trying to find good-fitting, business appropriate dress shoes. I am very happy with my orthotic (have had the device for 6 years) - sure wish it was thinner of course but it corrects the medical/pain issues I have with my feet.

Mr. Glasgow gave me two options after looking at my shoes, orthotic and feet - 1. Build a bespoke shoe that will better accomodate my foot and current orthotic; or 2. Build a bespoke shoe with added arch support and metatarsal padding added directly into the shoes.

Mr. Glasgow recommended option #1 - He thinks we can achieve a very good fit along with the comfort and correction that comes along with my existing medical orthotic. He was very honest - stated that he is not a Doctor and despite the fact that he does build custom adjustments into footbeds for his clients, given my situation, there is a chance that the final result could be disappointing.

George believes that he can build both an elegant and comfortable pair of shoes for me. I believe him so I took the plunge. I ordered a pair of Bespoke Black Calf Imitation Full-Brogued Oxfords (Cat No 51 on the website) - some might find them boring but I think they're beautiful. Now the long wait begins...
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cool thread I'd love to see the results.
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Can wait to see the results 

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I met with George Glasgow today in New York and ordered my first pair of bespoke shoes. I was hoping to travel to Vienna to try out an Austro-Hungarian shoemaker but due to a very hectic family & work schedule I just don't see it happening any time soon. George comes to NY at least 2 times per year and I plan to travel to London in the next 6 months for a quick business trip. In addition, his reputation is stellar, so I really feel like this is my best option.
I use a thick orthotic and have only been able to wear Alden's Modified Last - the fit is acceptable but FAR from perfect. I've literally wasted thousands of dollars in the past 8 years trying to find good-fitting, business appropriate dress shoes. I am very happy with my orthotic (have had the device for 6 years) - sure wish it was thinner of course but it corrects the medical/pain issues I have with my feet.
Mr. Glasgow gave me two options after looking at my shoes, orthotic and feet - 1. Build a bespoke shoe that will better accomodate my foot and current orthotic; or 2. Build a bespoke shoe with added arch support and metatarsal padding added directly into the shoes.
Mr. Glasgow recommended option #1 - He thinks we can achieve a very good fit along with the comfort and correction that comes along with my existing medical orthotic. He was very honest - stated that he is not a Doctor and despite the fact that he does build custom adjustments into footbeds for his clients, given my situation, there is a chance that the final result could be disappointing.
George believes that he can build both an elegant and comfortable pair of shoes for me. I believe him so I took the plunge. I ordered a pair of Bespoke Black Calf Imitation Full-Brogued Oxfords (Cat No 51 on the website) - some might find them boring but I think they're beautiful. Now the long wait begins...
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This is going to be a good 'boring' shoes
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Can wait to see the results  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I met with George Glasgow today in New York and ordered my first pair of bespoke shoes. I was hoping to travel to Vienna to try out an Austro-Hungarian shoemaker but due to a very hectic family or 2. Build a bespoke shoe with added arch support and metatarsal padding added directly into the shoes.

Mr. Glasgow recommended option #1 - He thinks we can achieve a very good fit along with the comfort and correction that comes along with my existing medical orthotic. He was very honest - stated that he is not a Doctor and despite the fact that he does build custom adjustments into footbeds for his clients, given my situation, there is a chance that the final result could be disappointing.

George believes that he can build both an elegant and comfortable pair of shoes for me. I believe him so I took the plunge. I ordered a pair of Bespoke Black Calf Imitation Full-Brogued Oxfords (Cat No 51 on the website) - some might find them boring but I think they're beautiful. Now the long wait begins...

Me too , have a friend whos in a similar boat to the OP !! (lives not too far from you JCW actually in West Bradford)
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Me too , have a friend whos in a similar boat to the OP !! (lives not too far from you JCW actually in West Bradford)

Did your friend seek a similar solution? I'd love to hear about it...
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cool thread I'd love to see the results.


Same.
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I know I'm many, many months away (6 months) from a first fitting but the question is - How should be-spoke shoes fit?

I've read comments by forum members that mention that bespoke shoes fit differently than RTW - I've been wearing 'blah' fitting shoes for so long that it's difficult for me to get my arms around what that means. Does anyone have a cross-post or article that discusses fit and comfort? Opinions welcome - I have to believe that there are many different views on this subject.
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I know I'm many, many months away (6 months) from a first fitting but the question is - How should be-spoke shoes fit?
I've read comments by forum members that mention that bespoke shoes fit differently than RTW - I've been wearing 'blah' fitting shoes for so long that it's difficult for me to get my arms around what that means. Does anyone have a cross-post or article that discusses fit and comfort? Opinions welcome - I have to believe that there are many different views on this subject.

 

Would be interested to know as well.  Comments like fitting like a gloves do not really help, since some shoes can/do fit like a glove but hurts like a mofo after a 2 mile walk or a 5 hr standing day...

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Originally Posted by kev777 View Post

Me too , have a friend whos in a similar boat to the OP !! (lives not too far from you JCW actually in West Bradford)

Did your friend seek a similar solution? I'd love to hear about it...

Sorry Mike bit late in answering but he's in the same boat as you and is currently, as you are, going down a very similar route as you with a.n.other shoe manufacturer to see if he can get himself a pair which suit 2 purposes. One to look good along the lines of the Cleverleys and two to suit his needs regarding his medical problem. I'll keep you posted as i'm fairly sure he'll have his before you.
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