These are my latest Gaziano & Girlingbespoke shoes, waiting to be made ready for a fitting (hopefully next week). They are a St James style (semi-brogue adelaide) in vintage cedar.
The trial shoe, or rather pair of shoes, is made out of cheap leather and given a cemented rubber sole. But the shape is exactly the same, so the customer can wear them around for a week or two and get a better idea of how well they fit – as they are walked in, as the foot swells during the day. These changes can be incorporated into the last and mean fewer changes are required on the finished shoe.