You often talk about the possibilities of getting a better fit with bespoke shoes, versus RTW shoes made on generic lasts. Another interesting part is the great possibilities of adjusting the fit of a bespoke shoe later on, since they basically always have both toe and heel stiffeners in real leather, and then the personal lasts that can easily be modified. The shoes above are my first bespoke pair from Gaziano & Girling, which I just got back after having this done.


The shoes did fit quite good, but were slightly snug at the pinky toes, and after I had another pair that were a bit tight here I had a small corn developed on the left pinky, so I got a little careful about using these. This fit part is corrected for my lasts at Gaziano & Girling, as well as some other things that we’ve improved, and what I then chose to do was send the shoes back to G&G where they soak the shoes, insert my modified lasts and make sure they get this fit. Since the toe and heel stiggeners are in leather, the material still lives and can be transformed quite a lot if needed. It does not work in the same way for shoes that have stiffeners in leather board or celastic/plastic. Now these rubber soled beauties fit as nice as my latest bespoke pair from the brand, my chukkas.