2021 - WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I was starting to believe that my feet would always hurt, especially while running. Turns out I simply needed the expertise of Best Made Shoes (versus the internet) to recommend the best shoes for my feet! I spent the summer and fall of 2020 running and walking without pain :) Thank you!
Oh my goodness Its like day and night. I couldnt figure out why my soles/heels were so painful when I got out of bed in the morning. This went on for yrs until someone told me about the father and son duo who specialized in fixing this issue with orthodics. I went to their store and explained my pain. They took a mold of my feet which they used to make a pair of orthodics. It was a miracle. I was able to walk pain free. I joined my friends on morning walks which I wasn't able to do prior to wearing orthodics made by Best Made Shoes or Best Made Feet!!
My Feet have never felt so good since I have been wearing diabetic socks snd tennis shoes . The men take their time fit you properly and always have a smile on their face . It’s an excellent place to get all your shoe needs
Thank You To The BEST Customers!
Testimonials from the past 44 years!
You guys are the best! Thanks for the great shoes! Michelle G.
We've been coming here for over
10 years! Thank you for everything you do!
Sue & Ron Bebb
You have wonderful shoes that feel great! That's why I've come back here for so many years! " Eva Szabo of Eva Szabo Spas
I've been coming here for over 37 years! You guys have kept me walking! -Andy C.
EVEN MORE TESTIMONIALS!
Due to the discomfort and pain of hammertoes, I had been buying the wrong size shoe. Marc fit me in the correct size, then added a Birkenstock orthotic and I felt like I had bought new feet!
- Michelle Jeffers
Love my Alegrias! My feet FINALLY feel good! Thank you! You guys are the friendliest most helpful service around! - Denise D. Miller
I am a Registered Nurse, which requires me to work busy 12+ hour shifts on my feet. I purchased my first pair of Allegria shoes at your store last year, and absolutely love them. I still receive many compliments on my shoes, both from patients and fellow nurses. I highly recommend Allegria to anyone who needs a comfortable and functional shoe, while still remaining fashionable. Now I can focus fully on my patients at work and do not have to worry about how bad my feet ache during my shift; thank you so much! - Chelsie Snyder
Love your shoes!!! You are a sole-saver!!! - Karen Maurer
You put insoles in my shoes and found a pair of Finn Comforts and now I can walk and walk! - Jane Dayton
Expert fitters, good products, and skillful repairs add up to a truly unique shoe store that is known well beyond Pittsburgh!
- Judy Rosenstreich
My feet never knew what they were missing - Daniel Nist
Love your shoes. They truly are the best-made. I often tell my friends about your store. - Martha Jackson
I have trouble with my arches, they are falling a bit from a lifetime of aerobic exercise, (jumping). Your shoes transformed my life. My feet and legs no longer ache after a walk. Thank You! - have trouble with my arches, they are falling a bit from a lifetime of aerobic exercise, (jumping). Your shoes transformed my life. My feet and legs no longer ache after a walk. Thank You! - Catherine Lafferty
Best Made Shoes is awesome! I receive compliments on my Alegria shoes almost every time I wear them. I am on my feet all day at work and they are so comfortable!! - Tenley Bower
My brother has diabetes and his feet swell up and hurt all the time. Your shoes made it possible for him to enjoy walks in the park. Thank you! -
You finally found me shoes that fit my feet and have all but resolved my foot pain! Thank you! -Paul Corrie
I was minutes away from throwing a pile of money at the Good Feet store when my husband suggested that I "think about it." That thinking lead me to your store, where I've been a very happy and loyal customer ever since. Happy Anniversary, and thanks! - Betsy Gerson
Alegria shoes saved me from another fusion surgery on my left ankle. Couldn't be happier. -Debbie Thomas
Came in with lots of pain day and night and within a week of wearing my new balance shoes the pain was gone. It is now one year still wear the shoes and no pain. Time for new ones! - Adele Simile
We love your store! . - Oliva Mayers
Finally have located properly fitted shoes that work for me after many years of trying, thank you so much. - Roberta Latwin
5 stars - My mom and I visited Best-Made Shoes in Bloomfield. She has a lot of joint problems and has a very difficult time finding comfortable shoes that also provide adequate stability and she was able to find everything she needed at this store. Marc is extremely knowledgeable and actually helped even out her different leg lengths with an insert to hopefully promote less pain and better stability. He exhibited extreme patience while determining the best shoe and fit for my mom and it was a wonderful experience for both of us. Best-Made Shoes is the only place we'll shop for her footwear. Since our first visit she has gone back twice for additional styles and each of those visits was equally rewarding as far as customer service and quality of their products. - Judith Moscov
5 stars - Mailed in my husbands Birkenstock for new cork & soles and they did a great job for less than what a new pair would cost. And they were very fast to return them. - Elizabeth Haydel
Name: Kathleen Trautmann
Subject: Plantar Fasciitis
Message: I was having pain in my right heel due to plantar fasciitis. No matter what shoes I put on, I wasn't able to get any type of relief. Walking was so uncomfortable. I wondered if I would ever get any relief. I happened to be in Pittsburgh visiting family and we stopped in at Best-Made shoes. I explained the pain I had in my right heel and that no shoes that I owned felt comfortable. I tried on a couple of shoes that were suggested by Marc. I found a pair of Alegria shoes that I could wear to work that were comfortable and provided my right heal with the support that it needed. I also found a pair of New Balance athletic shoes with wonderful cushion in the heel. My plantar fasciitis finally went away but any time I feel that I need that extra support, I have two pair of "Go-To" shoes in my closet that do the job.
Name: Amanda Woodside
Subject: Thank you, sole savers!
Message: My feet were KILLING me spending 12+ hours on my feet working in the hospital. My podiatrist prescribed custom inserts for $400 out-of-pocket. Best-Made Shoes made custom inserts and fitted me with a heel lift and supportive shoes for less than half of what my podiatrist wanted. My feet and wallet are happy and thank Best-Made!
Subject: Saved my soles.
Message: I got diabetic shoes from you and my feet are no longer sore and tired. Your shoes are super comfortable and durable and have saved my soles.
Name: William A Ogorodny
Subject: Best shoes
Message: Thanks for getting the correct size of shoes for me! I appreciate the personalized service.
Name: Claudia Deithorn
Message: I brought my Birkenstock’s in for new soles. When you saw the wear pattern on the sole, you immediately new you had to look at and measure both feet. You created a little arch that you inserted into the left shoe. This corrected uneven wear on sole and helped with knee pain. You have also let me ship you my shoes and return them to me in South Carolina after repairs were completed. I may not miss cold weather but Best Made Shoes is high on the list of things I miss in the Pgh area. Thanks so very much!
Name: Jonelle Krise
Subject: Best Made Shoes helped me get my independence back
Message: I am used to feeling pain when I walk; that has been my normal for 20+ years of my life. Super flat feet are common in my family, and I just so happened to get that gene. Shoes never really seemed to fit correctly no matter where I shopped. Every single department store, big box shoe store, and everywhere in-between where I have every purchased shoes never had shoes that fit me properly. Even when seeing a podiatrist who prescribed custom orthotics to me, I could never find a shoe that seemed to fit with the orthotics nicely. Over time, I just accepted that as my reality. After living in Bloomfield for several years, I decided to stop in to Best Made Shoes on a whim last summer; I had not purchased sneakers for myself in years and wanted to support a local business. I was kindly greeted when I walked in the door, I explained my issues and what I was looking for, and the person working - who was incredibly friendly, attentive, patient, and professional - went to the back and came out with the perfect pair of sneakers.
They professionally sized my feet, and it turns out I was never even wearing the correct shoe size! Rather than a 10 wide, I was fitted to a 9.5 extra wide which I would have never known; most places do not even carry extra wide shoes. They found a pair of sneakers for me within minutes - literally the first pair brought out to me - after spending most of my life unsuccessfully finding any shoe that felt supportive and comfortable to my unusually flat feet. I never ever expected to leave that store with an instant feeling of hope, comfort, and painless walking. It felt almost too good to be true - like a fairy tale for my feet!
Six months later, I am still amazed by how much just a pair of shoes and this local business changed my everyday life. I never walked much around my neighborhood because it was painful. Around the same time I purchased the shoes, I was going through a breakup with my partner of 10 years. I do not own my own car, so when my partner and I separated, I no longer had transportation readily available to me; I had no option but to walk everywhere. Filled with dread about this new lifestyle that would equate to increased physical pain, I found myself able to increase my walks to distances beyond a mile, which is major and not something I have been able to do for a very, very long time. The staff at Best Made Shoes were the reason I could walk without pain and allowed me to take care of myself following a drastic life change. If I had not received the attention and quality of service that Best Made Shoes provides, the past six months would have been literally very painful for me. It's incredible how something so simple (but rare) had such an impact on my daily life. Each walk feels like a blessing. I know it may sound dramatic, but after feeling pain with nearly every step taken for YEARS, this is a dream come true. I have never felt more enthusiastic about a small business, and I cannot say enough good things about them. I cannot wait to go back, and I will never ever buy shoes elsewhere again. The customer service alone is the best I have ever received (they took the time to size my feet AND put them on my feet without me doing anything at all!). My only regret is that I did not go here sooner. They truly changed my life, and Pittsburgh is really lucky to have them here.
Name: Linda Jansen
Message: You have made sure my shoes were correct for my feet in both fit and size. Any time I had been in your store you have always been extremely helpful. You have also done wonderful repair work.
Name: John taylor
Message: HEY YOU AND YOUR STAFF ARE SO VERY PROFESSIONAL, MY FEET HAVE NEVER FELT SO WONDERFUL. YOU ALL ARE HEAVEN SENT,MY THE LORD ABOVE BLESS YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY FOR EVER !!!! THANK YOU!!!
Name: Tina Long
Subject: Birkenstocks - Arizona
Message: Quite a few years ago, my mom had heard, saw a commercial about the Birkenstock brand from Best Made Shoes, she grew up in Bloomfield, so of course she kept bugging me and bugging me about them.... I was younger, a senior in highschool, they weren't the "in" shoes to wear back then..... Finally, she just got mad after we found out I have diabetes and got me a pair. They are the most comfortablest shoes, I highly recommend them, I still have my original pair, I keep getting the soles repaired, I am 49 so you figure over 30 years ago.... Life long lover of Birkenstocks, always recommend them, and even got my hubby and daughter wearing them.
Name: Danielle Novick
Subject: Best made shoes
Message: I was starting to believe that my feet would always hurt, especially while running. Turns out I simply needed the expertise of Best Made Shoes (versus the internet) to recommend the best shoes for my feet! I spent the summer and fall of 2020 running and walking without pain :) Thank you!
Name: Jim Voland
Subject: The search is over! Comfortable shoes for all feet condition are available at BMS!
Message: Words can’t express how thankful that I am for Best-Made Shoes! After several wasted hours of online research exploring shoe companies (popular and orthopedic brands), phone calls, in store consultations, and trial and error online purchasing, I had absolutely no success with finding shoes that meet my needs. I suffer from sensory neuropathy and have Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, and this causes the muscles in my feet to be in constant pain, progressively lose muscles/function, and require me to wear different types of bracing. Frustrated and upset, I went back to researching custom made shoes and podiatrists online. It was as if there was a huge spotlight shining down on me, a chorus of people singing in the background, and an arrowing pointing directly at Best-Made Shoes’s website. I looked through the site and emailed them explaining my shoe situation. Not long after I sent the email, Marc reached out and kindly explained various options for me and invited me to Best-Made Shoes. Upon arrival, Marc and I discussed my abilities, looked over my current shoes, analyzed my walk, and tried on different options he knew would work for my condition. I was surprised how quickly I felt relief and was able to walk more correctly than any of my previous shoe purchases from other companies! Not only did he find the right shoes for my ASO braces, but he also made me custom insoles (that supported me better than my previous insoles!) and perfectly fit me for a pair New Balance shoes with the rollbar technology to work with my Arizona braces. Marc and the Best-Made Shoes team are very knowledgeable, professional, and caring. They will clearly explain your options and give you different choices. Their prices are competitive with other retailers and are not marked up. They will not put you into an uncomfortable situation to purchase shoes. I sincerely thank Best-Made Shoes for all their guidance in making my difficult shoe search become an easy guided process. I am definitely a returning customer to Best-Made Shoes and highly recommend them to anyone!
Name: Katherine Schwartz
Message: Oh my goodness Its like day and night. I couldnt figure out why my soles/heels were so painful when I got out of bed in the morning. This went on for yrs until someone told me about the father and son duo who specialized in fixing this issue with orthodics. I went to their store and explained my pain. They took a mold of my feet which they used to make a pair of orthodics. It was a miracle. I was able to walk pain free. I joined my friends on morning walks which I wasn't able to do prior to wearing orthodics made by Best Made Shoes or Best Made Feet!!
For anyone who wears Birkenstock’s or has favorite shoes that fit just right but do not look the best here is a solution. Since I was a teenager I have been wearing Birkenstock’s. They are not comfortable at first so sometimes people do not like them. When the footbed molds to your feet they feel amazing and conform to the foot to provide comfort like an orthodic with the type of cork footbed that they have. These Birkenstock sandals shown in the photos I have are so comfortable that they are the shoes I mostly wear when I am home doing computer work, phone work, house work, cooking (standing for hours), cleaning, yard work, etc.., When I lived in Pittsburgh, Pa.￼ for over ten years I learned so much about my feet from Marc of Best Made Shoes. We recently talked about these shoes which I often wear and he said he could fix them. That made my day. While he was fixing them I had to wear another pair of new Birkenstock’s that I already had that were not broken in yet while he was fixing my old shoes. My feet and legs were sore for a couple weeks trying to break them in. None of us have the same size for each of our feet and mine are a size 7 1/4 N for my right foot and 6 1/4 M for my left foot. They are just as comfortable as before but look so much better. Here are photos of the before and after what the shoes look like. I do not have many shoes but the ones I have are good shoes and fit well with the suggestions of Marc at Best Made Shoes. They also make custom orthodics and shoes. Thank you so much to Marc and his father for all the work you do to provide comfort for those who do not have the easiest feet to fit.
"Thank you so much for helping me!
I really appreciate everything you do."