The Vine: March 21, 2008
All of my other resources have let me down; your readers are possibly my final hope.
Here's the situation: I have an incredibly hard time finding shoes. Like, "I wear a women's size 14 narrow" incredibly hard time. I know Zappos, I know Shoebuy, I know designershoes.com; the problem is just that there are only a handful of manufacturers out there that make women's shoes in size 14, and for some reason most of them think I want to wear 3-inch kitten-heel sandals, which just ain't me.
I've decided that the solution is to find someone who can handmake a few basic pairs of shoes for me. Sure, I know it'll be expensive, but apparently shoes made based to fit just your feet last a really long time, so I'm trying to convince myself that it'll be worth it. Thing is, I can't find anyone who does this. Looking online, I found a few makers of "bespoke" gentlemen's shoes in London, but I don't think that's going to help me out.
So, do your readers know anyone who does this sort of thing? Bonus points for someone near Boston, SF, or San Diego (or, heck, London for that matter), since those are places I regularly get to.
I've found a few sites for drag queens, so if I wanted knee-high leather platform boots I'd be all set!
Dear Knee-High Leather,
Have you tried visiting or calling the shoe-repair shops near where you live, and asking if they do that sort of thing, or can recommend someone who does? It's probably relatively rare, but if Daniel Day-Lewis did it for two years or however long, it's not that rare; you've probably got someone in your area who does it. You could also try posting a Craigslist ad, or searching your local online yellow pages for "custom shoe."
Failing that, you've got the TN readers. Readers?
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