True Gault
Business Insider

When it comes to footwear, there are two types of women: The type that effortlessly glide down the street in four-inch heels, seemingly oblivious to their precarious footwear, and the type that avoid wearing heels unless absolutely necessary.

I belong to the latter group, although I’ve always wanted to be in the former category. For me, it’s not a matter of aesthetics or a political statement — they simply hurt my feet.

So when I heard about a startup called True Gault that makes shoes designed specifically for your feet using 3D scans, I was intrigued. Would it solve my high heel woes? Would I suddenly become confident and comfortable and — best of all — four inches taller?

I decided to give it a try.

For now, True Gault is only available to users with an iPhone 5 or newer. Once you download the app from the App Store, you’ll set up your account and tell the company a bit about yourself (like your height, weight, and standard shoe size) and your preferences in terms of colors and styles.

For now, True Gault is only available to users with an iPhone 5 or newer. Once you download the app from the App Store, you'll set up your account and tell the company a bit about yourself (like your height, weight, and standard shoe size) and your preferences in terms of colors and styles.
Vanity prohibits me from displaying my weight here, but that’s about as personal as the questions get. Although the app asks for your ethnicity, you can opt not to say.

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Once you’re registered, you can shop True Gault’s selection. There are 19 styles to choose from, and many of the styles have the option of a two-inch or four-inch heel. In total, there are more than 70 leathers and fabrics to choose from.

Once you're registered, you can shop True Gault's selection. There are 19 styles to choose from, and many of the styles have the option of a two-inch or four-inch heel. In total, there are more than 70 leathers and fabrics to choose from.
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I decided on the Devin, a four-inch lace-up pump that comes in five different materials. I chose a cobalt blue called “Royal Blue Suede.” Like all the pumps, Devin costs $250 (True Gault’s boots cost $350).

I decided on the Devin, a four-inch lace-up pump that comes in five different materials. I chose a cobalt blue called
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While $250 or $350 isn’t cheap, it’s a bargain for customized, genuine leather or suede shoes. Designer brands often retail for double or triple that price, and they’re not fitted perfectly to your feet.

Here they are in a snakeskin print. Cute, right?

Here they are in a snakeskin print. Cute, right?
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Once I picked out my shoes, it was time to scan my feet. The scan takes about 15 minutes and requires six total photos of your feet (two takes of three different angles). While it’s possible to take the images yourself, True Gault CEO Sandra Gault was kind enough to lend a hand for my scan.

Once I picked out my shoes, it was time to scan my feet. The scan takes about 15 minutes and requires six total photos of your feet (two takes of three different angles). While it's possible to take the images yourself, True Gault CEO Sandra Gault was kind...