Getting Shoes Made in Seoul

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  1. Brit
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    Hi all.

    Anyone have a favorite place to have shoes made in Seoul?

    I am thinking of taking my daugher there to have some shoes custom made. She was born with a congential foot problem. She is 18yrs old now, and her feet have stopped growing. Her left foot is a size 9, and her right foot is a size 4. So, 5 shoes sizes different. Her right foot is also much narrower than her left. Hence, it's really tough getting shoes to fit, not to mention expensive. I have to either buy two pairs, or go to Nordstrom (they will sell a split pair).

    Having shoes custom made here in the US is just too darned expensive, but people have told me that you can have shoes made in Seoul for a reasonable price (similar to how you can have clothes made in HK and BKK)

    So .... anyone have any fave places they can direct me to?
     
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    I knew a few people that got shoes custom made in Itaewon. I am sure a quick walk around there would help you in your search
     
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    Any idea on the average cost? Nothing fancy, perhaps black oxfords. It looks like I will be there later in the year and may get some made.
     
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    Chimpy, personally, I think you would be better off getting them made in BKK. My first pair cost $35. Ones after that closer to $50-60.
     
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    Is the quality pretty similar?
     
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    I would say so. I didn't get shoes made in Korea, but some friends of mine did. Regarding shoes made in BKK, I purchased my first pair in 2002. Apart from having the heel rubber replaced, they look like new
     
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    Hoi An in Vietnam is another consideration. With the warning that there has been such an explosion of clothing and shoe places in the last few years... you might not know the quality of work until later.
     
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    As your shoes fall off and you are left naked by the roadside[​IMG]
     
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    And then you have to go back and have your shoes re-seouled.
     
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    Interesting! Where in BKK? Any suggestions?
     
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    Soles in Seoul would have made a great title.
     
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    Seuol 2 sole
     
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    There are tailorshops all over the place, but can't say I remember seeing a custom shoe store.
     
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    I'll actually be in Seoul next month, was thinking of bringing some shoes that need to be repaired.. will probably drop by Itaewon to see if I can get them repaired (it may turn out cheaper to just replace them tho)..

    Thanks for reminding me though :)
     
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    Soles in Seoul for your soul....

    and I think I understood the OP was talking about some very special orthodics for his daughter. I hope that is what the rest of the replies are addressing.
     
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    The first place was between Suk soi 5 and 7 or around there. The second place was behind the Shangri la
     
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    Sorry, I musunderstood. I am talking about normal dress shoes.
     
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    There was another place at the start of the Soi near Bumrangrad Hospital as well. Near Ploenchit BTS
     
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    HI all. I started this thread.

    I'm actually looking for "regular" shoes rather than orthotics. My daughter was born wiht a congenital foot abnormality. She is missing the little toe on her right foot, her foot is much narrower and has a slight bend in it, and it is between 4 and 5 (depenidng on style) shoes sizes smaller than her left foot.
    She has an orthotic insert that she can use with sneakers, boots, etc. but what I'd really like is for her to have shoes that are the correct size for each foot. Orthotic inserts don;'t look so cool when you're wearing fancy stillettos at the Prom......[​IMG]

    Someone mentioned that Seoul would be a good place. (Love all the funnies - Seoul to Sole, etc.) which is why I started the thread.

    BKK would be great too, though. I would, in fact, prefer BKK so it's good to know that I can get shoes there. I was of the mindset that it was just clothes/bags, etc.

    If anyone has any more advice, I'd sure be happy to hear it!

    Thanks all!

    p.s. Brit is a "she" [​IMG]
     
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    Hey TuxTraveller. Would you be kind enough to post your experience here, so that we can determine whether it would be viable to have shoes made?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I'm not going till the end of March, but I'll share my experience on here when I get back :)

    The shoes I need repaired are more regular dress shoes, but I'll enquire about shoes fitted specially!
     

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