I am polishing our itinerary for autumn trip to France by the end of this month. I noticed that our hotel in Marne La Vallee is near a popular and huge shopping complex called Val d’ Europe. Trip Advisor reviews says that one will find all brands here from clothing to shoes and children’s apparel. I already talked this out to Hubby and we chose to visit on a weekday and buy a pair of bespoke boots.
I know we will be overwhelmed with choices but I know one thing for sure, I want handmade shoes for Hubby that will last for years and years to come. Five years of shopping for corporate attire, I think I pretty much trained my eye how to spot quality shoes. Nevertheless, I want to be thorough so I researched online. I share with you then some tips:
1. The differences are many, but the most notable are leather quality, construction, and sole and heel.
2. Leather upper should be smooth and consistent with a fine grain.
3. Leather upper should have minimum blemishes and also barely touched-up with any artificial color/sealants.
4.Insoles should be made from leather, which will make them durable and prevents unnecessary foot odor because it allows the foot to breathe and absorb perspiration.
5. The lining should be smooth at the folds around the seams and edges (needless to say, it should also be stitched, not glued).
6. The outside stitching should be as inconspicuous as possible, and be concealed from the top to the bottom of the dress shoes.
7. Stitching along the soles should be well-hidden under the channels cut within the soles.
8. Heels should be layered with leather and nailed together with brass pins.
Two last things. First, durability. Good quality expensive shoes will significantly last longer. Second, comfort. High end shoes tend to mold themselves to the wearers foot and over time that means a much greater comfort level.
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