Handmade luxury goods often take longer to make than we would wish. The best approach is to consider it part of the deal. If you can't stand the wait then your only recourse is to consider another maker next time. But this is where it all breaks down - because there aren't so many good ones out there, are there? You think it's tough getting shoes - try getting a $500,000 hand made murano glass chandelier on time. We normally advise our clients to assume at least 6 months later than quoted by the maker and to not get too upset if it's any less than a year late. Art and commerce are a tough mix. If you wants the good stuff done your way you gots ta wait! Regarding shoemakers, I do wish they would give you more realistic estimates however, it seems unproffesional to make promises you can't keep. I'd rather be told that I have to wait six months and receive them in five than be told two months and receive them in five.