Today I went to a funny little old fashioned place near where I work, which I had never really looked at before. They actually make shoes to order, how wonderful I thought, and they also sell a few other types, including Birks, which they have to send for. The chap was SO nice and helpful and friendly, I could have hugged him too. I now have the catalogue of styles and prices to think about, and I am going to see the doctor again on Friday and ask him to recommend me to a chiropodist or whatever, as I was not very happy with his pronouncement last week that "Nothing can be done". Rubbish. I refuse to accept that!
I didn't ask how much personalised handmade shoes would cost, but IF I ever make my fortune, which could take a while!, that is something I will go for, definitely.
Good luck in your search.