I realize it's tedious, but can some people with experience suggest a good starting point for Vass F last sizing?
I measure between 7.5 and 7.75 on the Brannock, and I definitely have a narrow foot (even more so the heel than the forefoot).
I wear a 7.5 length in all the normal fitting Alden lasts (Hampton, Aberdeen, Leydon, etc) and could probably take a B width, though I haven't tried. I get a nice fit from the Hampton in 7.5C when I wear thick socks.
I'm a UK 6.5E in the C&J 325, though I can again wear thick socks so a narrow would be better. I take a UK 6.5E in the C&J 314, but that's a little short. A UK 7 extra narrow would probably be a better fit.
I'd like to figure out my sizing in the F last. Having read this whole thread... I'm trying to decide between a 40.5 and a 41. I'll probably pick up a standard width for fitting purposes rather than MTO a narrow right of the bat. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Ok - you're pretty much close to my sizing, so this is my feedback. I have average ish foot shape so I can fit into most without too many issues.
I wear UK6.5E for C&J 348/358 lasts and in the RL Marlow wingtip 325 (?) last I wear US7.5D - all three lasts fit ok however slight heel slippage for me
When I first attempted Vass F - I went for 40.5EU which ended up slightly too big, long in the vamp and oxfords closed completey (search my photos on this thread). Gutted I was and another 6-8 weeks wait for the MTO to be re-made.
I half sized down to 40EU which is perfect for me and incidently I wear 40EU in F, K and U lasts.
The F last for me fits nice width wise and the OEII has the nicest heel fit in all the shoes I own.
This thread has been on fire for a while now and it's been way too long since my last MTO!