normally, i do not bring a pm to the public. in this case it is of wider interest...
Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it especially from someone so knowledgable on Astro Hungarian shoemaking.
thank you for your kind words. it's not false that i gathered some knowledge in this field over the years. one of the secrets of success is that i took my time and learned it step by step. mostly small steps.
My idea is for each last in their sizes to be sketched on a piece of paper with the measurements of the width and length together the toes, instep, arch included also. What will happen is that this can be posted online or any interested customer will be sent the outline and measurements of the last in which they can compare it with the measurements and outline of their own feet.
alright, it's easier to send the sketches in. the sketches must follow a certain standard and you need the mesaurements, when sitting and standing. the sketch must be in original due to the fact that an email, pdf or fax scales down or up the original sketch. it will never substiute a try on in the flesh, though.
My question is do you think this will be helpfull to a new buyer in determining his size?
imo, only if he's experienced as well. unfortunately most are not and struggle with basic things already.
Furthermore, a friend of mine is moving to Austria next week. I have always been fascinated with Materna and Maftei. Do yo think its possible for me to send my measurements and sketch to my friend for me to purchase a few pairs from Maftei or Materna?I'm new to the Austrian makers and I know you are quite familiar with them. Can the people at Maftei or Materna help determine my size based on the measurements?
why do you want your friend doing this? I've spoken with both companies recently and as i said you cannot substiute a personal try on. if it is impossible for you to show up, you have to ask which method they prefer. start with one each. choose a basic model and go from there. worst case is that you have to exchange one time, which is a minor cost factor.
I really appreciate your feedback on this.
i hope this helps. feel free to ask more questions and i try to lead you in the right direction.