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Q: Custom-made shoes ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Custom-made shoes
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ma1lsort-ga
List Price: $7.00
Posted: 13 Mar 2006 05:04 PST
Expires: 12 Apr 2006 06:04 PDT
Question ID: 706708
I am interested in having some custom business shoes made.  My feet
are quite wide and many business shoes prove very uncomfortable.
I have had great success with using an online custom suit tailor based
in Thailand - please can you provide some reference links to similar
sites in the far east or elsewhere for shoes.  Ideally, these sites
will show me what and how to measure my feet and allow me to submit
these details,
choose a style and order online.


Request for Question Clarification by byrd-ga on 13 Mar 2006 08:48 PST
Hi ma1lsort-ga,

Are these the kinds of sites you have in mind?

If so, how many would you need in order to consider your question fully answered?


Clarification of Question by ma1lsort-ga on 13 Mar 2006 10:33 PST

These sites are ok but not as good as the equivalent available for
suits -
If you could dig out a couple more, that would be great.  If not, so be it.

Subject: Re: Custom-made shoes
Answered By: byrd-ga on 13 Mar 2006 13:08 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello ma1lsort-ga,

Thank you for your clarification. I was able to ferret out a good
baker?s dozen additional sources for you to check out as possible
makers of your future custom shoes. It was interesting to me to
discover that custom shoemakers don?t seem to be as plentiful in Asia
as custom tailors. Perhaps they just don't have websites. Actually,
there seem to be more ?bespoke? (custom) shoe makers in UK than just
about anywhere else, though most of them do not offer mail/online
ordering, but require a personal visit, at least initially. In the
end, the greatest number offering mail order services turned out to be
in the U.S., but (in addition to the two from Thailand already
provided) I did also find companies in Vietnam, Germany, Spain, Italy,
Australia and of course UK. I hope you'll be pleased with the list,
and from among them be able to find one that can make the best shoes
for you.

In alphabetical order, they are: 

The BigNWideShoes division of this large company has recently begun
offering a custom-made option. They have a .pdf document with
measuring and ordering instructions. and

CAPRI SHOES, Oscar Navarro Handmade Footwear. Fullerton, CA (USA)
This company says it is a full service shoe and professional footwear
company specializing in creating handcrafted one-of-a-kind custom
shoes.? They do provide measuring instructions and guidance on their
site. and 

This company?s site is a little thin, but they do offer a selection of
custom made styles at a very affordable price, as well as detailed
measuring instructions. and

ECUSTOM SHOES, (subsidiary of The Shulman Group) Franklin, MA (USA)
This custom shoemaker does not have measurement instructions on the
site either. However they claim to have a unique measuring system.
They say that once you place an order, they will send you a ?kit
[which] contains a foot mold, similar to oasis material for plants,
and a measurement sheet. You will take your measurements, and put your
feet in the mold. Always do this in the afternoon, when your feet
reach their full normal size. From your measurements and molds, we
create an individual ?last? for your feet. This is used as the base
from which we create your own custom made shoe or boot.? Check them
out here:

ESSENTIAL FOOTWEAR INTERNATIONAL, PTY., LTD., East Doncaster, Victoria, Australia
This Australian company specializes in orthotic footwear, but has a
large selection of styles including men?s business shoes. Their
website is rather thin and doesn?t give any information about
measurements, but they invite inquire and provide phone and email
contact information. Included for completeness? sake. 

E. VOGEL, New York, NY (USA)
A custom bootmaker, this hundred+ year old company also has a full
line of bespoke shoes. You can order a measuring kit which includes a
?VHS video, ritz stick, measuring tape, "How to Measure" book viewing
guide, Vogel boot catalog, order form, swatch samples and retail price
list.? There is a $50 deposit to order it, but that is applied against
the price of your shoes when you place an order. and

This Italian shoe company has a limited style selection, but they are
of excellent quality, and the site has illustrated directions for
taking self measurements. and 

Bespoke (custom) handmade shoes, including men?s business styles. They
do not have a ?how to measure? section on their site, but do appear to
have procedures for fitting when a customer cannot visit the shop in
person. They invite inquiry. 

ROBERT MATTHEWS, Custom Shoemaker, Deerfield, NH (USA)
This shoemaker has been making hand crafted custom fitted shoes for
over thirty years. For an additional $30 he will mail a fitting kit,
which will enable you to supply measurements that include ?outlines;
tape measurements of the ball, arch, instep, toe height, heel, and any
other indicated areas; and foam impressions,? and also indicate any 
?special fitting issues such as sensitivities, past injuries or
operations, and preferences.? 

MAIDA?S, Houston, TX (USA)
This company has been in business making custom shoes since 1901. This
page shows a nice selection of men?s work styles. You can design your
own, or they can custom design a style for you. You can request a
detailed measurement form, and there is an image of it available so
you can see the type of detail it includes.

The style selections here are a bit limited, but the shoes appear to
be of excellent quality, and measuring instructions are provided on
the site. and

Only two styles of bespoke (custom) shoes here, but they appear to be
of exceptional quality, and there is a page with very detailed
measuring directions, including both diagrams and photos.

T. O. DEY SHOES, New York, NY (USA)
This company has been in business since 1926 and offers many styles
and designs of shoes. They do not have measuring instructions online.
Here?s what they say about that: ?The First Time You Order Shoes From
T. O.DEY We Will Need Some Information About You. We Also Will Need
Accurate Measurements And Tracing Of Your Feet. If You Can Visit Our
Show Room In Person, That Is Great. If That Is Not Possible Do Not
Worry We Have Made Thousands Of Custom Made Shoes For Clients All Over
The World. For Specific Discussion Of Your Custom Needs Please Call Us
At (212) 683.6300. Store Hours Are 9:00 Am To 5:00pm. If Our Staff Is
Handling Other Customers, We Will Gladly Return Your Phone Call.
Custom Made Shoes And Boots Can Be Made To The Style Of Your Choice...
We Will Be More Than Happy To Make Any Adjustment That Is Necessary At
No Addition Charge.?


If anything isn?t clear or any links don?t work, please ask for help
in a ?Request for Clarification? before rating and closing your
question, so I can be sure you?re happy with the information provided
and have what you need. Good luck with your shoe shopping. May it be

Best wishes,

Search terms used: 

[shoes custom OR ?custom made?]
[online measure shoes "custom made" OR "hand crafted" or custom]
[order shoes custom OR ?custom made? OR bespoke?]
ma1lsort-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Thanks for all the links.  Your answer was great although the sites
are a little disapointing in the service that they provide.

Subject: Re: Custom-made shoes
From: frde-ga on 13 Mar 2006 06:00 PST
If you find a solution - post it here - as a pseuodo $2 question

I've been long wondering why the 'short and wide' shoes are no longer available.

For me Loakes had the best last - yet they now cater for slipper fairies.

Friends have told me to look at retired old gits in Northampton.
Subject: Re: Custom-made shoes
From: byrd-ga on 13 Mar 2006 18:45 PST
Dear  ma1lsort-ga,

You're welcome, and thank you very much for the five-star rating and
nice tip! I know what you mean about the service on those sites being
a little disappointing. I suppose the custom footwear industry hasn't
quite caught up with custom tailored clothing yet, at least in online
expertise. Maybe they will in future. In the meantime, some of them
did look fairly decent notwithstanding, so I do hope you'll find at
least one to your liking.

Best regards,

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