How to Custom Fit a Pair of Shoes

How to Custom Fit a Pair of Shoes

The Complete Shoe Making Process: Part 5

One overlooked aspect of the fitting process is how do you measure the sensitivity of the foot. This can only be done through a series of fittings that show the true fit of the clients foot.

Custom fitting is the process of taking the foot measurements, building a last and then making a test shoe for the client to  try before the shoe is built. Typically the process involves 3 fittings but this can vary according to the requirements of feet and footwear.

Taking measurements is only one step in the fitting process. Analysis of previously worn footwear, notes on what styles and materials the client has previously worn and how this corresponds to their measurements are all taken into account. This can only be done by a series of fittings that show the true fit of the clients foot.

  1. The first fitting foot measurements are taken and the style, size and materials are chosen.
  2. The second fitting a test shoe is made for the client to try and any adjustments to the last and pattern are made.
  3. The third fitting the shoe is complete and finer adjustments are made ready for delivery.

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