Factory made vs handmade made
First and foremost, you’re looking at comfort. A pair of bespoke shoes is made specifically for the customer, and for each foot separately. An off-the-rack factory made shoe is always made on a generic last a 3-dimensional wooden or plastic mould upon which the shoe is constructed, so there is always going to be a compromise in the fitting. A handmade shoe is also much higher quality than a ready-to-wear shoe made by a specialist craftsman.
The sustainable feature of bespoke handmade shoes is fit. Factory made shoes do not always fit, this is why 70% of people surveyed said they own shoes that do not fit. What this means is that billions of pairs of shoes made in factories each year never get worn or are thrown into landfill.
Made to measure bespoke
Feet are like fingerprints each foot is unique. At A.McDonald Shoemaker we make a trace of each person’s feet to ensure that the shoes are fitted to your unique shape, rarely are both your feet the same measurements. Custom shoes ensure each shoe is made for your unique feet.
I would always recommend that the customer go for a classical shoe to begin with. Something that is going to be timeless that they can wear with any outfit, something that’s going to be versatile. If you decide to go and order more shoes, then we can start thinking about something a little bit more unique.
Even if you requests a classic shoe, it can be designed with a twist. Some really unique details, like monogramming, or unique pattern or punch hole detailing a myriad of personal customisation is available.
The main issue when buying hand made shoes is the delayed gratification of purchase. It takes anywhere from 6-10weeks before your first pair of shoes are delivered, with three appointments minimum to ensure the fit and overall design is accurate.Thereafter it will then take 4-6 weeks for any new order to be delivered.
Brief description of make process