After the measuring I selected the style and materials. He explained that the busy time was upon him as children were beginning to rehearse their dances for Eisteddfodau – I opted for the non-dancing version without fancy buckles and frills. I foolishly said I was in no rush which is why it took 12 months!
I went for a fitting at which my toes were pressing into the front end. A few days later I went back to collect the final product which now fitted perfectly. At the moment I’m wearing them for 20 minutes or so a day to break them in and get used to them.
With a wooden sole carved out of large chunks of sycamore (from Glynllifon, just up the road) there is a definite technique to be mastered. Next time you’re on holiday in the area why not order a pair? What a souvenir.