About a year ago, I visited Florence and, thanks to reading about him here, decided to visit Roberto Ugolini's shop. He is a lovely man. His prices are more than reasonable. I said to my wife that the problem was that if I ordered a pair, we would have to come back to Florence for a fitting. She said, "and the problem with that is?" Therefore, I got measured and ordered a pair of shoes. I selected a dark brown dress casual derby/blucher for my first pair. I did not got with the "U last" nor the "round last" but his other last that he called his "first" last (first one he designed). Here are some pics. What surprised me most is that my shoe size in custom is about 1.5 sizes smaller than the shoes I had been buying off the rack. After the initial surprise, the reason became obvious to me. I cannot wait to get them broken in. I already have a couple more pairs on order. The only dow
nside (for my pocket book) is that my wife has now ordered a pair so we will, once again, have to return to Florence....;)
Last pics are in comparison to a pair of Gaziano and Girlings I have that are the closest thing to Roberto's shoe. Note the size difference. Price is roughly the same.