Thanks, Helen, for clearing up things about Charles Weaver. I do love this
group's temperance and clarity!!
Re work shoes - here in the UK, at least, and on the Continent (in Western
Europe) there is a growing move to wider and elegant flats; Roland Cartier is
one make. They usually have some genre of decor over the toepiece at the base
of the arch. Whilst Eastern European women, and women in City jobs, tend to
have to wear heels, I was at an academic job interview last week (no, didn't
get it!) and *every* woman there was wearing similarly flat shoes with skirts.
I have high arches, insteps, wide feet but narrow heels ('duckfeet') and
slip-ons CAN be made for my foot and look nice. Oh, yes - Gabor is another make
over here, which, like the UK's Van-Dal, specialise in shoes for normal feet.
Contrasting leather in the uppers, arch supports, and soles which allow
cobblers to replace them as they wear are high on my list of Must-haves...
I'm a small woman, but I have friends who are taller and weightier; hence, some
models must be available to make larger people comfortable. My (male)
sweetheart is incredibly lucky: he can get excellent shoes for his feet whihc
support his weight and height for about GBP 70 - about USD 120 - and they will
last him for at least five years. If I spent 70 quid for shoes they would never
be the same value for money.
kkaye at vax/ox.ac.uk