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post #316 of 477
In light of my comments on here mentioning my Kow Hoo shoe's did not fit well, they called me at lunch time today and requested I return them to be altered and relasted.

I am sure they will come back more comfortable.
post #317 of 477
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Originally Posted by Annadale View Post
Do Zee's also provide wooden shoe trees?

HK$150
post #318 of 477
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Originally Posted by dbc View Post
HK$150

^^ lasted/generic?
post #319 of 477
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^^ lasted/generic?

To my (not fully educated) eye, generic.
post #320 of 477
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Originally Posted by dbc View Post
To my (not fully educated) eye, generic.

Mind sharing your experience with Zee with your first pair ?
post #321 of 477
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Mind sharing your experience with Zee with your first pair ?

Went in on a Friday and told him to copy a pair of my own shoes, but in a different color and with a slightly sharper toecap. I picked it from a selection of leather he showed me.

On Monday, went in again for a fitting, but without the leather on. The sides were a little tight, so I told him to loosen them a bit.

His English is so-so (his daughter was there both times but I don't know her exact role in the business- I suspect she answers email) and my Canto is non-existent, but I was pleasantly surprised to be able to converse with him in Mandarin.

Shoes arrived in the mail with shoe trees (have to buy them) about a week later. Sides were ok, but I realized the front was a little tight. Emailed them and asked for the toecap to be stretched the next time I go up and whoever replied (they go by the name of "zees") said ok.

For the price- I paid HK$1600 each for both shoes which I ordered- I don't think it can be beat. My feet aren't that strange for OTR, but I get to specify more or less what I want and the fit is a bit better.

If they solve the problems with my second pair (at their cost since they misread my email), I will definitely buy from them again.
post #322 of 477
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Originally Posted by dbc View Post
Went in on a Friday and told him to copy a pair of my own shoes, but in a different color and with a slightly sharper toecap. I picked it from a selection of leather he showed me.

On Monday, went in again for a fitting, but without the leather on. The sides were a little tight, so I told him to loosen them a bit.

His English is so-so (his daughter was there both times but I don't know her exact role in the business- I suspect she answers email) and my Canto is non-existent, but I was pleasantly surprised to be able to converse with him in Mandarin.

Shoes arrived in the mail with shoe trees (have to buy them) about a week later. Sides were ok, but I realized the front was a little tight. Emailed them and asked for the toecap to be stretched the next time I go up and whoever replied (they go by the name of "zees") said ok.

For the price- I paid HK$1600 each for both shoes which I ordered- I don't think it can be beat. My feet aren't that strange for OTR, but I get to specify more or less what I want and the fit is a bit better.

If they solve the problems with my second pair (at their cost since they misread my email), I will definitely buy from them again.

Hi dbc

Did you have to make an appt with Zee before you dropped by the Friday you mentioned?
post #323 of 477
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Hi dbc

Did you have to make an appt with Zee before you dropped by the Friday you mentioned?

No appointments. I waited about 10 mins to talk to him as he had another client but that was ok cause I was with Peter (Lee Baron tailor).

Second time, I just said I'll be down when you open. No timing given or whatever. Walked in and fitting done ASAP. In fact, he kept my bags for me to go wonder about TST before Peter opened.

I imagine it might be worse if you go after working hours (I dont think they exist in Asia though! ).

No harm calling in though. I've already called in all my appoinments in HK- Chan, Peter, Ascot Chang for my jaunt to the Fragrant Harbour.
post #324 of 477
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Thanks, I'll try this.

I have to say, my Zees are turning out to be pretty uncomfortable/painful to wear, even more uncomfortable than some of my RTW shoes, which is a real shame. Not only do they cut into the side of my foot, the leather digs into the top of my big toe when I walk (i.e. where the shoe creases). They may get slightly more comfortable with repreated use over time, but I'm surprised that a shoe which has been measured to fit my foot is turning out to be so painful to wear.

I was happy to try Zees after reading good reviews here. I've had two pairs made and there will not be a third. Because of a narrow foot, I find it virtually impossible to find a good fit in HK apart from Ecco. Zees told me I'm a 9C and Ecco fit me well, but they have all fallen to pieces on me.....the sole has disintegrated on three pairs. Thus Zee sounded like a good idea.

Unfortunately, although the Zees shoes look terrific, the first pair had to be stretched in the toe area and adjusted inside as they were digging into the sole of my foot. Ouch!

The second pair fitted well but again, the sole of my foot is screaming for relief after half an hour. Absolutely no inner padding at all. Somebody here suggested that Zee said to insert an inner sole to make the shoes more comfortable.

If this is true, why would Zees not amend the process? Why have shoes made to fit if they are unwearable? I like the standard of work well enough and the service there is great, but it's turned out a disappointment.

Any suggestions from shoe experts in HK? Is there a decent RTW shoe brand that is likely to fit my narrow feet or should I look for another maker? I'm getting desperate for a good and comfortable shoe.

BTW I've looked on-line at sites like Herrings, but nobody seems to produce C or even D widths. Help!
post #325 of 477
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Originally Posted by Annadale View Post
Heading to Zee's on saturday after picking up my, hopefully, finished suit from Chan's. I am having the 'cloth shoe' fitting first, then I get to pick and play with the 'French calf' leathers. Looking forward to it. I saw a pair of Dainite soles on a readily accessible shelf, and am thinking possibly of a pair of brogues for my first pair. On the other hand, a pair of wholecuts with discrete brogueing on the cap have also piqued my interest. Any helpful suggestions? Zee's could be a godsend in shoeing my broad size thirteens, and all for just slightly more than a shirt from Chan's!
Do Zee's also provide wooden shoe trees?

My one piece of advice would be to be very specific with your instructions regarding the brogueing, as there have been huge variances in the output I have seen from them. A couple of times I have seen them execute brogueing well (neat holes, punched close together, nice pattern etc) but more often than not, the examples I have seen have been poor (poor pattern replication, holes punhced too large and too far apart from each other etc). This may simply be due to the fact that the shoes have been made by different workers, some of whom are better at brogueing than others.
post #326 of 477
No suggestions regarding narrow fittings forthcoming, so I did some exploring and found a site called
sizeadvisors.com. Here I did the measurements asked for and up came recommendations of shoes and lasts. Whereas Zee said I was a very narrow 9C the measurements punched into sizeadvisors.com came out as 9E UK fitting.

This site then recommended the following:
Edward Green
Last 666 9.0E
Last 82 9.0E
Last 202 9.0E
The site suggested the 666 last would be the best fit.

Wouldn't you just know that the shoe I get recommended is one of the most expensive? I mean, why couldn't it be Trickers, or CJ or AE or Cheaney?
Had a look at Tassels for the Edward Green and yes, they are gorgeous, but I'm not paying $1000US for a pair of shoes.

Again, any shoe experts who can offer a little advice?
post #327 of 477
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Originally Posted by ApplesHK View Post
No suggestions regarding narrow fittings forthcoming, so I did some exploring and found a site called
sizeadvisors.com. Here I did the measurements asked for and up came recommendations of shoes and lasts. Whereas Zee said I was a very narrow 9C the measurements punched into sizeadvisors.com came out as 9E UK fitting.

This site then recommended the following:
Edward Green
Last 666 9.0E
Last 82 9.0E
Last 202 9.0E
The site suggested the 666 last would be the best fit.

Wouldn't you just know that the shoe I get recommended is one of the most expensive? I mean, why couldn't it be Trickers, or CJ or AE or Cheaney?
Had a look at Tassels for the Edward Green and yes, they are gorgeous, but I'm not paying $1000US for a pair of shoes.

Again, any shoe experts who can offer a little advice?

then you should try G&G then at the armoury as people say they fit narrow and long perhaps go for a 8.5E failing that you have tassles
post #328 of 477
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post
then you should try G&G then at the armoury as people say they fit narrow and long perhaps go for a 8.5E failing that you have tassles

G&Gs fo sho, but they're going for HK$9000 and up at The Armoury :/
post #329 of 477
Thanks dbc. Shoes at $6000, $7000 or $8000 are no doubt beautiful things but I can't justify that expense. Prices at the Armoury and Tassels are out of my league. I didn't think it would be so hard to find a good looking, well made and correct fitting shoe at $3000 HK. That's a fair whack in my book. But I did receive private messages suggesting I look here for shoes at various price points in a 9E fitting, AND.......they are not Edward Greens. Thank you gentlemen. http://www.pediwear.co.uk/search/results.php?offset=0
post #330 of 477
Having emailed the address from the photo of their business card; I recieved a bounceback... so does anybody have a current email address for them? Also has anybody got a source for lasts in Australia? Or anybody that can make me a last from a drawing of the overall shoe as well as tracings of my feet?
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