There are so many foot afflictions, and unfortunately I have never taken the training necessary to become a pedorthist. (A pedorthist is a professional who has specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs.) So, I have learned to decline most requests for custom shoes. However, every once in a while a person comes to me with a foot problem that I imagine I could help remedy.
Recently a woman emailed me who has Small Fiber Sensory Neuropathy. She couldn’t bear to have any roughness inside her shoe. I thought that if I could make her a shoe in which all the seams turned out, that perhaps that would be a shoe that she could be comfortable wearing. I chose to use elk leather as it’s very soft inside. The elk I have is tanned to a bright yellow color but that didn’t seem to be a problem for her.
She is now wearing the one shoe i made (I’ve learned to wait until the verdict is in on one shoe before making the other when i customize) to see if it causes any pain, and so far it seems to be comfortable.
I was pleased with the look of a shoe with all seams turned out, so whatever the “verdict” is I learned a new process!