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Hi, Has anyone experience of designing their own shoes / boots and getting them made? If so, any advice on design, where to get them made, etc. I'm thinking of having something special made for an anniversary.

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Yes I have. :D I could reccommend my local shoe maker Achilles but unless you live within an easy distance of east London, that won't be much help.

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Hmmmm, east London is not that close, but thanks anyway. I wasn't thinking of anything too 'outlandish', 4 1/2" heels (maybe metal), with a cross-over ankle strap and a long pointed toe, open sides, something along the lines of Bod Weave Ankle strap shoes the Schuh recently had. (Don't worry, she's got a pair of those already, :D )

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Do you have a drawing? I would think this would be a good first step.

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Dr Shoe Is the Achilles you mention the same as whose name has featured in various vintage photos? (will search for the photo I mean and add to this message) If so, do / will they still produce the styles of the past. Big D

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Anyone had experience designing their own shoe. Well working on that right now and have already built some shoes of my own design and ran them totally into the ground. My current projects are a pair of ballet heels and open toe or camel toe stiletto lug sole. What I want here is a high top boot with a heavy duty work boot sole with a stiletto heel, actually all high class and elegant shiny leather with a work-boot out-sole. Just got my grommet setting pliers today and soon getting the clay to make the last. If I go open toe they will be front lace and if I build the camel toe that will be side zip.

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Just got a few more pictures posted of the open toe lug sole HH boots. Just now I am in the process of sewing the liner together. After that probably I will stretch the liner around the last made of potters clay and build the rest of the boot from there. The clay of the last is recyclable but likely I keep them for other boots or even someone else that needs some HH size 43.

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The custom design is coming slowly but it is coming. Just now completed molding the clay for the last of the left boot. When it dries I plan to stretch the liner over the shape and start to plan the next layer of leather.

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