I thought so also. The general consensus in this forum is that you should get half a size smaller for F last, than your size in U last. But when I tried the F last in 42.5 in the Vass shop, it felt very tight and uncomfortable.
Maybe I am just lucky but I always get all of my orders.. 100%! I always have my orders shipped to my office in Makati so I deal with Makati Central Post Office and the customs officers there are already familiar with me.I'll post photos of my suit from the Secret Armory as soon I it is finished. Turn over time is around 4 months.
Cornell's is ok. Don't expect too much. I have switched tailors and I hope this will be better. I am currently having a suit made by The Secret Armory Bespoke. I will be finished by around first week of December.
For shoes, you can get Allen Edmonds in Rustan's and Church's in Univers Rockwell. But they are all way too expensive that you will be better off placing an order online. I never buy my dress shoes here.