I picked up these Balmain shoes because of the asymmetrical vamp. At that time, I had never seen an asymmetrical vamp, and thought this would be a nice detail. For the 5 mins I was walking around the store, they seemed really comfy, so I purchased them. I was even tempted to buy the brown pair, thank god I didn't.
So I decided to bring them to a cobbler for some advice, turns out this pair of shoes there was no arch support because the shoe itself was very narrow. It was so narrow that they couldn't add any thing for arch support since it will just ruin the shape of the shoe. These pumps also had a very shallow heel, which is why foot kept slipping out.
Their solution, was adding cork padding to the balls of the shoe so my foot wouldn't slip forward. I know what you're all thinking; those foot petal thingys would achieve the same thing. But trust me, they do not because I tried and this cork padding is so much better. I find when you use the foot petal padding although it does prevent your feet from sliding forward, but often your toes are pinched in all different areas. The perks of the corking padding, is that the cobbler can basically customize the padding. They can add or shave down the padding until they fit you perfectly.
|The cobbler removes the insole lining of your shoe and glues on the cork padding|
|Plus, the padding will never be visible|
These once unbearable pair shoes suddenly became a very comfortable pair of shoes! The cork padding was so great, I actually had the same thing done to another pair of shoes that I had the same issues with.
A good cobbler can save your shoes or at least make them wearable!