Whether you’re choosing a pair of pumps, boots, loafers or strappy sandals, knowing the details of high-quality footwear construction and design can help you make the best purchasing decision. Women with a large size foot find it very difficult to find good quality shoes. There is also an even greater chance that your shoes are causing you some kind of pain, from calluses to pinched toes. The shape and size of your feet change in small, but meaningful ways throughout adulthood. Most large size shoes are made from stretching a small size shoe making the new longer shoe very unstable and uncomfortable. From the earliest stages of construction, a “last”, or the mold around which the shoe is made, should be designed with a larger foot in min. This is extremely important. Also large-sized shoe designers should continually focus on style and comfort, heel heights, toe box widths and the overall shape of the shoe. Once a last is constructed, skilled craftsmen use it to create works of art for your feet. The result is a great shoe that’s comfortable and ready for your most hectic day.
Only the very highest quality shoes are finished by hand. This includes the uppers, the inner soles, the outer soles, and the hand embellishments. When there is careful attention paid to construction and workmanship, the stitches are usually not visible, or if they are, they are fine and even. In high quality shoes the soles are glued, stitched or both, and heels are attached securely to the shoe using a steel bolt instead of just glue and nails. Higher quality shoes are made using higher quality materials including soft and supple leather, snake and other animal skins, patent leather, suede, canvas and other fabrics such as satin or silk. The soles of shoes should be made from leather stacked with other materials for durability, and the heels should be designed and constructed for stability and strength, then covered for a gorgeous finish that displays the finest craftsmanship. There’s a right way and a wrong way to make shoes, and everyone knows that leather soles are the hallmark of quality footwear. Traditionally made by molding leather to a wooden last, modern technology and many new materials have mechanized much of the manufacturing for most shoes. Leather soles affixed by skilled cobblers give the shoe a polished look and the undeniable feeling of pure luxury.
Shoes should not only look gorgeous on the outside, but beautiful on the inside as well. The shoe linings that are made from natural materials are flexible and absorb perspiration better than synthetic materials. The additional padding that should be in each pair of high quality shoes, softens your step, making you feel like you’re walking on air!