Killer-High-Heels

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Killer-High-Heels

I’m just surfing around for some new shoe ideas and I have found some lovely killer-high-heels and I thought to share them with you.

Are they not awesome? I think this killer-high-heels are truly art. I couldn’t find any information from whom they are or where to buy them, but just look at them! Amazing isn’t it?

With the shoe blogging legend Manolo on shoeblogs.com I’ve found these great Chelsea-Boots by Stuart Weizmann. The traditional two gore construction is getting an entire new look by this beautiful gore-design. That’s class, even I think, that the long vamp in the inside shows some wrinkles, which should certainly not be there, but while crimping such a long vamp, this can happen and it doesn’t seem to give any fitting issue’s.

I also captured this great court shoes from the master CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN. I must say, I’ve seen better styles from him, but I like to show you them, because of course they look great and as usual the workmanship too, but also I like to comment something on them, but first see the shoe:

The top-line shape is very low. If you have a slim foot, than no problems, but for all who are not been blessed with a model-foot, be careful! At this part of the shoe, the feet are quite fleshy and the top-line could cut into it and than it looks…arghh!

Hope you enjoyed the some of the ideas and always remember: First of all, shoes have to fit – except for our killer-high-heels above, they are worth to put them just on (not inside!) the shelf.

All the best,

Andre Gerdes (the killer-high-heels lover)

 

James Bond Shoes in Skyfall

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This are the new James Bond shoes, which Daniel Craig was wearing in the new movie Skyfall.

This is certainly of great interest for all shoe-enthusiasts and the answer to the question, who made the new James Bond shoes, is not really surprising, it’s Crocket&Jones.

I have to admit, unfortunately it’s not AG Leathers and one time to make some James Bond shoes, is certainly a dream of mine.

How much these guys paid for it, is undisclosed, but the new James Bond shoes are looking great. It’s all about the three “S” – Simple, Sleek and Stylish. Certainly the idea was: no surprises; everything looks clean and neat.

All the shoes are Goodyear-welted, which gives the durability for the James Bond action. For some of you it’s might be surprising, because the shoes are made with a full leather sole and they are slippery, isn’t it. Actually not. Leather soles are only slippery when they are brand new. After the polish is removed (within a couple of hours) they have a good grip and a rubber top-lift for the heel will give additional grip. The first three James Bond shoes are made with a very fine Top-Calf, that’s why you get this beautiful polished black. The last style is a kind of an Army boot, but adjusted for the cool James Bond look. A Goodyear welting is been done all around the heel with a rubber sole, which gives a more robust impression and this is matching with the burgundy/brownish look of the upper leather very well. For this boot they have used a milled and oiled cow-calf. The oil is giving this two-tone effect and is making the leather water resistant.

Here they are:

A simple  “one-cut” lacer.  Top-calf leather  and  Goodyear-welted  from heel to heel.  It’s more the casual than the next shoe. Nice to wear for informal meetings or along with jacket and jeans.

This is a Derby-type with plain vamp in Top-calf leather  and  Goodyear-welted  from heel to heel. A formal  shoe, which fits for every occasion. The “triangle” lock-stitch gives a special note to the shoe.

This one is Derby-boot, again Top-calf leather and Goody-welted. The interesting part of this shoe is the just two lacing arrangement. It’s practically, because the lacing goes very fast, just with one pull. The solution for a man in action!

The last shoe is a Army-type boot. Again a Derby-style and that’s not surprising, because the facing is easily adjusting to your instep of the feet. This time the Goodyear welting is been done all around the heel and gives more durability.

Really classic, isn’t it? Wearing them will make you certainly feel like James Bond and the appreciation from the ladies is guaranteed.

You like to see some more? No problems see the small video with some great images from the movie:

 

 

Feel free to share this and best wishes

Andre Gerdes ( the James-Bond cobbler )

 

Why my shoes don’t fit?

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The successful  article series “Why my shoes don’t fit?” is now available as a FREE-Ebook plus measurement instructions for your foot. A comprehensive guide for every shoe enthusiast – no technical knowledge is required. You will gain valid informations about your foot-type and the best shoe size conversion for you. Now, you can find the best fitting shoes for yourself!

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Just fill up the form and you will be directed to the download page.

Happy reading and share it with your friends!

Andre Gerdes

 

USA-Shoe-Size-Width-Length

These are the conversion tables for the USA-Shoe-Size-Width-Length in metric. The first table is for the gents, the second is for the ladies.

Men Foot Length Mens Wide Shoes Girth Measurements in Millimeters (mm)
B C D E EE EEE
Narrow Medium Wide X-Wide
219 197 203 210 216 222 229
223 200 206 213 219 225 232
231 203 210 216 222 229 235
236 206 213 219 225 232 238
240 210 216 222 229 235 241
244 216 222 229 235 241 248
248 219 225 232 238 244 251
252 222 229 235 241 248 254
257 225 232 238 244 251 257
261 229 235 241 248 254 260
265 232 238 244 251 257 264
269 238 244 251 257 264 270
274 241 248 254 260 267 273
278 244 251 257 264 270 276
282 248 254 260 267 273 279
286 251 257 264 270 276 283
291 254 260 267 273 279 286
295 260 267 273 279 286 292
299 264 270 276 283 289 295
303 270 276 283 289 295 302
307 276 283 289 295 302 308
312 283 289 295 302 308 314

Marilyn Monroe shoe in “Some Like it hot”

This is the Marilyn Monroe shoe, which she was wearing in the fabulous Billy Wilder movie “Some like it hot” from 1959.

 

It’s been done by Ferragamo and can be seen in their shoe-museum in Florence, Italy.

The shoe has a 9 cm high heel and leathers soles. The upper is made of two materials; black patent in the toe and heel part of the shoe in combination with beige color suede in the quarters. The suede is usually been done from goat-skin.

Marilyn was a big fan of Ferragamo’s work and in their museum you can find many more shoes from her. If you plan a trip to Florence, you might like to visit it.

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Andre Gerdes (the Marilyn Monroe shoe-lover)

 

Quality Shoes – Here you can see the difference

Recently I saw an article on the blog http://www.yournextshoes.com/2012/09/cap-toe-pump-collision-steven-fearles-vs-nicholas-amore/ , “Cap Toe (Pump) Collision: Steven Fearles VS. Nicholas Amore, Which Would You Grab?”. I would call it:

Quality shoes vs crape or quality shoes – here you can see the difference.

Two similar pump shoes and here are out contenders:

Or how they have called it: “Suede vs Leather” (by the way suede is also a leather!) or even more spicy “Gold vs Silver”.

Let’s start with the price. The left, the gold one, is a fair 149 USD, the right one, the silver one, is a whopping 259 USD. Price doesn’t matter? I agree, provided we get quality shoes for our money and these two shoes are giving us a good example for what makes good quality shoes and what are rubbish quality shoes.  Start to open our examination’s.

Let me start with that, that the adhesive is not removed properly. This is not a big deal, we can hardly even make it out and it’s not doing any harm to the shoe. But it says already something: careless. This continuous with the lining not been trimmed. My question is, how blind a final inspection in the factory must be, that they don’t see these two very obvious problems? I’ll bet, they don’t care. Now before we continue with more serious problems, let me mention to you: mistakes happens and if you find a pair of shoes with such small issues and everything else is fine, you certainly have a good opportunity for a great bargain. May be 10% for each issue like this to start with. Take a rubber, clean the adhesive and take a good sizzler and trim of the lining yourself or just leave it like that.

Unfortunately, my experience tells me, that it’s not stopping with these small mistakes and so it’s here the case too. Look at the opening off the top line, it’s ugly bend and this can not be fixed, not with a hammer or a pincer, this will be forever like this. What happened is, while operating the folding of the leather edge, it got too much tension and it bended. This is clearly an operator mistake and should not have passed any final inspection – again. A shoe with such an error is normally to be considered as a rejection!

Let’s have a look from the back off the shoes:

Just compare the two back seams of the shoes. The left one is straight and flat, good job. The right one is twisted and fat, urgh. Look at how the heel are closing the back of the shoes. The left one looks smooth and elegant and now look at the right one, it’s too short and the heel is not fitting at all. Than look at poor lasting work. Wrinkles everywhere. Who has manufactured this shoe must have done before my be trainers, but certainly no ladies shoes. We come now to our final round of the contest:

Let’s have a look at the width of the shoes. Who has designed the left, gold shoe, had for sure not in mind an older lady with brought feet. For sure, they wanted to design a reasonable slim shoe for younger women. So we can certainly assume, that they have chosen a slimmer shoe last for achieving an elegant statement. Now, if you look at the right shoe, we can clearly see, that may be only a baby doll with super slim feet would fit into this “shoe”. It looks extremely narrow, like almost unwearable.

I certainly do love shoes with cool designs, but quality shoes should not only look great, they need to fit and the workmanship should speak for itself. Quality of the materials and  workmanship must be considered as more important than a silver or gold toe cap. Never mind, some small mistakes here and there can happen – shoe making is really a complicated manufacturing process and it shows also that shoes are still made by manual processes. Yes, of course we use machines for industrial, manufactured footwear, but still the manpower is the most important part. The operator is doing the stitching and operator is doing the lasting process, they both use machines for that, but they need skill for the operations to achieve great quality shoes.

I hope, that I could give you some valuable information’s, which are might be useful at your next shopping for a great pair of quality shoes. Please feel free to comment or leave a reply.

Andre Gerdes ( The pumps-lover )

 

UK-Shoe-Size-Width

This conversion table is for determining your UK-Shoe-Size-Width.

How to do it correctly, please read the article “Why my shoes don’t fit? (Part 10)”

 

Size  Groups
UK E F G H J K L M N
2 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5
2.5 20.75 21.25 21.75 22.25 22.75 23.25 23.75 24.25 24.75
3 21 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25
3.5 21.25 21.75 22.25 22.75 23.25 23.75 24.25 24.75 25.25
4 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5
4.5 21.75 22.25 22.75 23.25 23.75 24.25 24.75 25.25 25.75
5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26
5.5 22.25 22.75 23.25 23.75 24.25 24.75 25.25 25.75 26.25
6 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5
6.5 22.75 23.25 23.75 24.25 24.75 25.25 25.75 26.25 26.75
7 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27
7.5 23.25 23.75 24.25 24.75 25.25 25.75 26.25 26.75 27.25
8 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5
8.5 23.75 24.25 24.75 25.25 25.75 26.25 26.75 27.25 27.75
9 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28
9.5 24.25 24.75 25.25 25.75 26.25 26.75 27.25 27.75 28.25
10 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5
10.5 24.75 25.25 25.75 26.25 26.75 27.25 27.75 28.25 28.75
11 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29
11.5 25.25 25.75 26.25 26.75 27.25 27.75 28.25 28.75 29.25
12 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5
12.5 25.75 26.25 26.75 27.25 27.75 28.25 28.75 29.25 29.75
13 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30
13.5 26.25 26.75 27.25 27.75 28.25 28.75 29.25 29.75 30.25
14 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5
14.5 26.75 27.25 27.75 28.25 28.75 29.25 29.75 30.25 30.75
15 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5 31
15.5 27.25 27.75 28.25 28.75 29.25 29.75 30.25 30.75 31.25