Some time ago, we published a blog post about a new web based bespoke shoe making service from a company called Adler Shoes. A company claiming to offer a web based service for making bespoke shoes, at very attractive price rates, to say the least. Still, no one really dared to try placing an order, since a purchase meant a considerable amount of money. Even though fairly cheap in the context of premium footwear, an as said above, a pure baragain when speaking about bespoke shoes. It all remained a mystery, until a few weeks ago when one of our daring english readers took the leap, and ordered a pair of Adler bespoke shoes!
In the original post about Adler Shoes, the comments ended up in a long infected discussion between Adler Shoes, and our reader/customer. Unfortunately, discussions based on differing opinions such as this one are rarely solved via comments in a blog, and rather tend to take unfortunate turns.
For the record, I have learned that the two parts in the verbal duel, has spoken over telephone, and rather swiftly solved those misunderstandings rarely possible to rectify in a webdiscussion. And even better, the shoes arrived to our buyer last friday.
I have also been much reassured that he is neither a competing cordwainer or in any way else involved in the shoe industry. Nor an Adler Shoes coworker, but a decent, ordinary, and might I add wery friendly, cheerful and pleasant to speak/email with chap from the southern english westcoast.
To begin with, it shall be said that all web bespoke services, takes patience to use. Shirts, and suits are usually delivered in perfect fit, only after a few orders, when you have had the opportunity to correct your own measurements and made all those small adjustments to obtain the result you desire.
All of us that have tried different web tailoring companies, know that this is a stage you have to go through to finally have a measurement profile that you yourself is satisfied with. Therefor, your first order should be one using materials of a lower cost to produce a first ”test dummy” garment. Then, when the adjusments are made, you can endulge yourself in miner sorts of cotton, wool, or in this case last leather, to create the shirt/suit/shoe models of your dreams.
Then, after having reached a satisfying fit, most of us would probably want to create/order shoes resembling models seen from manufacturers making shoes at a price level you for one reason or another can not afford to buy. Just as you perhaps would like your WebShirtTailors.bs shirt to resemble that model you’ve seen from Borrelli, Kiton or Barba Napoli, you might want to order an Adler Shoes brogue that visually looks alot like a pair of Edward Greens, or G&Gs?
Just my tuppence worth though 🙂
I would be rather surprized if anyone of you would want your web-bespoke shoes to resemble a pair of look-what-I-got-from-the-supermarket-for-£25-made-of-plastic nasty shoes? Because, as a customer, you have the possibility to alter the ordered shoe style, so it more or less looks just the way you want them.
Any way, after having sent the cast models of his feet to Adler shoes, our reader was told it would take four weeks for the ordered shoes to arrive. It took six weeks. Still, considering the time it takes to get a web tailor produced shirt, I wouldn’t say this is a very long wait. Adles Shoes would benefit from saying it might take six weeks to deliver the shoes instead. Rather than aiming for an in this context very short period from order to delivery, of four weeks.
When receiving the shoes, our reader experienced them to be somewhat tight. Adler Shoes immediately offered to have them stretched though. Adler also stated that they are changing the way that the cast prototypes are made, which hopefully will result in better conditions for obtaining a well fitting shoe. Our reader states:
”…the insole is the most well padded of any shoe I have bought, no doubt because the cast revealed that I had a high instep which off the shelf shoes cannot accomodate. However I will be surprised if the shoes can be stretched sufficiently so they might have to go back.”
Still he also says that ”-Once I am happy with the fit of this pair of shoes, which were a dummy run before I went for something exotic I will take the opportunity to buy a pair of crocodile skin shoes (or two, in time) that I could not have afforded from the mainstream suppliers.”
After all email correspondence with the man who made the order, I take this as a hard piece of evidence that Adler Shoes actually delivers what they claim to deliver. Hopefully, I will be able to fill you in on how this first order will end.
Meanwhile, behold an image of the shoes that were ordered here below. I can also assure you that it is genuine. A good reason I believe so is that the image number, followed the preceding imgage that accidently was attached to the email, resembling a cheerful young girl, skipping on a trampoline with a spectacular view of miles and miles of english plains in the background 😀