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Because I am recovering from the first of two knee surgeries, I spent last week paging through some old fashion magazines. I came across Union Works.  (I have absolutely no connection with this establishment) http://union.tvst.com/menu.html In addition to a large range of resole options, Union Works also does out of the ordinary modifications to ready to wear shoes. It is in the neighborhood, so I may stop in when my next pair of shoes needs repair.  In the magazine article, Union Works offers to perforate a customer initials into the heel cup of ready to wear shoes, or knock nails into the waist of the shoe in the shape of the customer's initials. Unfortunatley, there are no pictures of this on the website. There are photos of other "customization." They will stack and taper the heel: http://union.tvst.com/tapered%20heel.html Bevel the waist: http://union.tvst.com/berelled%20west.html Modify the eyelet openings: http://union.tvst.com/eyelet.html Accentuate the broguing: http://union.tvst.com/perfo.html What do the shoe experts think of this?  Trying too hard? There has been talk of the role of a craftsman (tailor, shirtmaker, what have you) when a customer asks for a cut or style that may be controversial on the customer. To parphrase for the sake of comedy, some suggest that the customer is always right, others that craftsman should ask a patron to leave if he asks for a product unsuited to the patron's body type. Not that I am thinking of doing this, but would it throw off the balance of the shoe to bevel the waist or stack the heel of a pair of Alfred Sargent handgrades? How about the Alden Cordovan Plain Toe Blucher Oxford (#990)? Bic