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    You might want to consider these Chukka Boots, the owner, because it's a small company, is very responsive to emails. He might be willing to build your lift into the shoe for a small price increase. I don't have his shoes yet, but the belt I purchased is very nice.

    Good year welted, great materials, and you can communicate directly with the owner, unlike Mr. Allen or Mr. Edmonds

    I like supporting small US startups and the prices are reasonable as well.

    https://www.parkhurstbrand.com/colle...sort_by=manual



    Also, don't forget, for about $40 more, you can get AE to customize the sole on many models.

    I think these Strandmoks would look great with a black Dainite sole:

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...r=5555#start=1

    Also these have black soles already:

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...r=2820#start=1

    These brown leather sneakers have black soles:

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...#start=1&sz=72

    And a black sneaker with a black sole:

    https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...&start=1&sz=36

    You might check out these shoes made by Carlos Santos for Herring. I think both the black and the tan/blue combo come with black soles:

    https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/herri...and-navy-suede


    https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/herri...ers/black-calf

    Also, these Carlos Santos boots--I have a pair and love them--are available in several colors with very dark brown soles:

    https://www.herringshoes.co.uk/carlo...uimaraes-grain
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    When you say "travel and all around," that could mean so many things. Do you want to wear these shoes to work? In foul weather? To a bar?

    Without further insight I'd vote for chelsea boots as well. You can dress them up or down, they can be rugged and waterproofed for bad weather, and with enough time they'll mold to your feet and feel really comfortable to walk around in.

    Black Allbirds would be nice too -- they feel like slippers, you can walk around all day in them, and potentially even do some athletic activity in them too.

    Or black leather sneakers.

    Good luck!

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    Doesn't the lift go inside the shoe? How is it so visible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perseus View Post
    Doesn't the lift go inside the shoe? How is it so visible?
    They say you can do an inside lift of up to 1/4", though I doubt it, and I need more lift than that. If you've got a spare 1/4" vertical in your shoes, those shoes don't fit right? I can't just buy huge shoes & lift the short leg internally, because then the foot on my long leg will be in a huge empty shoe.
    So the shoe for the short leg gets cut open on the sole, colored foam is added across the whole length, glued back on. Foam is visible, a bit porous so even if it was a perfect color match to begin with (it won't be) it'll dirty up at a different rate, and its generally in the vicinity of the other unmodified shoe so it's very noticeable. Its a bit less noticeable the darker the shoe. This is more lift than I need, but here's an example - https://cnetorthopedic.com/
    Not the biggest problem in the world, and I've got a lot less knee pain since I finally got a good diagnosis and started modifying shoes. But if possible I'd like to draw attention away from the clown shoe. I've ordered a pair of the all black allbirds, considering chukkas or leather sneakers next.

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    A few years ago I found out I have a short leg. It's amazing how even a small difference can cause significant issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stepping It Up View Post
    They say you can do an inside lift of up to 1/4", though I doubt it, and I need more lift than that. If you've got a spare 1/4" vertical in your shoes, those shoes don't fit right? I can't just buy huge shoes & lift the short leg internally, because then the foot on my long leg will be in a huge empty shoe.
    So the shoe for the short leg gets cut open on the sole, colored foam is added across the whole length, glued back on. Foam is visible, a bit porous so even if it was a perfect color match to begin with (it won't be) it'll dirty up at a different rate, and its generally in the vicinity of the other unmodified shoe so it's very noticeable. Its a bit less noticeable the darker the shoe. This is more lift than I need, but here's an example - https://cnetorthopedic.com/
    Not the biggest problem in the world, and I've got a lot less knee pain since I finally got a good diagnosis and started modifying shoes. But if possible I'd like to draw attention away from the clown shoe. I've ordered a pair of the all black allbirds, considering chukkas or leather sneakers next.
    I wonder if a good cobbler could cover the lift with a layer of leather that matches the shoe or come up with some idea that would be helpful.

    I belong to a Facebook group, North American Shoe Rebuilders. One of the members there, Sunny Yoo, did some beautiful work for me and other cobbler members have posted other beautiful pictures as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/479066169504995


    Perhaps you can post a question there and ask if they have any ideas on how to make the lifts more visually appealing.
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