Just as the way people look varies around the world, people’s feet also are different depending on where you come from. Here a large review of feet shapes around the world.
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Loafers are, as most know, always more difficult to get a good fit on, since you have no opportunity to easily adjust the way they fit with laces or buckles. Most common is that they slip at the heel, for this a simple self-adhesive tongue pad is an excellent solution.
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.
It’s quite common that people in some shoes experience a certain discomfort over the foot’s instep, under the tongue. It can be hard to understand what it’s all about, but it’s often due to a relatively thin tongue, which makes the lacing push through and becomes “sharp” for the foot. Here’s how to correct the problem.
I often get questions from people who choose between two sizes in a pair of shoes, one is a bit tight and the other is slightly spacious. As a rule of thumb, I always answer that they should go on the larger size. Here I explain why.
This is a topic that I constantly get questions about: how much the gap at the lacing should be on oxford shoes. There are obviously individual differences, but there are guidelines that I and many others agree on.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard or read things like “the shoes hurt like hell for a week, but now they are really comfortable.” Classic quality shoes, which are more or less entirely made in leather, shouldn’t be used fully directly, both the shoes and especially the feet will feel much better if they are broken in carefully.
Due to the fact that a vast majority of the shoes sold are Ready to Wear, and many of them are ordered online, it’s very common that they doesn’t fit perfectly. Ideally, it would have been to change that shoe to another model in another last that fits one’s feet better, but it’s often not done. Fortunately, it’s possible to make a lot of corrections both to make shoes smaller and bigger, which even it might not create a perfect fit it can be a great improvement.