What is involved in ordering your boots and shoes?
Assessing your foot
Before we start making your bespoke footwear we first ensure that we fully understand your foot condition. It may be that you have entirely normal feet and simply want a fine pair of bespoke shoes or boots, or you may suffer from one of a range of foot problems that require a proper assessment. Here at James Taylor & Son we have orthopaedic footwear specialists with many years of experience in dealing with all kinds of orthopaedic and medical foot problems. We also work with other specialists, including your own clinician, to ensure we have a full understanding of your needs.
Choosing a style
We have a wide range of mens styles and ladies styles that you can see in our shop, and we will advise you on which of those would be most suitable for your feet. We can also make shoes and boots to any design, based on samples, photographs or your own drawings and ideas. And, of course, we can make your footwear in any colours and materials you wish.
To get an idea of how some of our styles work with different leathers and colours, try out our new Online Design Tool. You can choose from a range of designs and see how they look with samples of real leathers!
Measuring your feet
This task is now handled using our world-leading 3D foot scanning system. You simply stand on the device, and we scan each foot in turn to create a precise, full colour digital cast. It is quick, pleasant and a completely safe photographic process.
Making your bespoke lasts
Our last makers use a specialist CAD system to transform the digital cast of your feet into a pair of uniquely bespoke lasts. They are designed to meet the fit tolerances and any corrective needs that our specialists recommend, while ensuring that the shape remains attractive and correct for the shoe style you have chosen. They are then milled in beech and hand-finished to produce a unique pair of production lasts for your shoes.
The trial fittings
Within a few weeks (faster if you are using our express service) we will have the first of several trial pairs of shoes ready for a fitting. We will invite you back to our shop, where you can try on the shoes and discuss the fit with our experts. If you are having a new design, then that can also be assessed and discussed with our pattern maker.
The finished shoes
After the fittings we then complete the making of your bespoke footwear, including any alterations that were needed.. All of the manufacturing techniques we use in this process are the same as they were 150 years ago - leather cutting, hand stitching and closing, Goodyear welting and hand finishing. The result is a beautifully made and perfectly fitting pair of shoes.
So, if you want to find out more about we can help you and your feet, please call our specialist team on 0207 935 4149, or alternatively email us.
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