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I make your boots to measurements of your feet, using my 35 years experience in orthopedic shoemaking to precisely fit you. I have years of training under Austrian and German Master Shoemakers in both very traditional bootmaking and the latest knowledge in orthopedics. In addition I completed the Graduate Program in Prosthetics at UCLA with the entire attendant curriculum in anatomy, kinesiology, gait assessment and pathomechanics. I bring all my training and experience to making your boots.
The boots are a traditional Tyrolean design taught to me by an old Tyrolean bootmaker. The boots have all leather uppers, lining and insoles. The outsole is Vibram and easily repaired. The design has a padded full bellows tongue and the boot is made with a minimum of seams, all double or quadruple stitched with the strongest thread. A pair of men’s size 12 boots weighs about 4 pounds (less than two kilograms). This is the lightest that all leather boots can be made and still be sturdy enough to maintain their support over the years. The leathers used in the upper and lining are supple and easily broken in. I choose only the best leathers and components to make your custom boots.
Shock Absorbing Midsoles
The midsoles are made from a special shock absorbing rubber which I import from Germany. I have used this material for years on my own shoes and boots, and the difference in comfort is incredible! This rubber does not breakdown, and your knees and back will thank you every time you take a step.
Strong Heel Counters
One thing that Heinz, my teacher, taught me is that “the counter is the soul of the boot”. The counter is the stiffener that wraps around your heel between the upper leather and lining of your boot. I use specially tanned counter leather from Europe, reinforced with orthopedic material, to make the counters for your boots. I pre-mold them to the lasts I have made for you, unlike pre-made factory counters that break down and lose their shape after a few months. Nothing is more essential to the longevity of the fit of your boots than good heel counters. A counter is like a soul, you can’t see it, but it is important!
One Piece Heel Lining
The most common place for blisters is the heel of your foot. There is no seam in the heel lining which helps prevent heel blisters. In addition, I shape the width of the lasts to match the size of your heels so the boot will comfortably grip your foot, preventing heel slippage.
Custom Foot Orthotics
Every pair of boots includes a pair of custom foot orthotics made from your molds. I fill the fit kit crush boxes with plaster, modify your molds to your requirements, and vacuum thermoform your orthotics for an exact fit. If you desire, I will return your molds so you can have duplicate orthotics made in the future.
Custom Walking Shoes
Custom walking shoes and orthopedic footwear are also available. Contact to inquire about your requirements.