Hi, I'm new to posting here, but I have half a dozen pairs of AEs. I was wondering if there is a set of AE last fitment rules of thumb anywhere? I've previously been fitted in an AE store before for the lasts of the model shoes I was interested in. However, for lasts that I haven't fit on I've been able to find tips here and there. Has anyone ever compiled tips for all the current lasts for themselves?
This is what I've noted for myself. I'm really not 100% sure about the 3 and 4 last tips. I'd be interested to know the experience of others.
1-511 brannock size
3-73 brannock size + maybe 1 width ??
4-234 brannock size I think ??
5-65 brannock size minus .5 to 1 size depending on model + 1 width
7-97 brannock size
The 3-73 is their widest last. I'd be surprised if sizing up a width were ever necessary, but if you've had to, I can't argue with your experience. If anything, I'd think going down one width would make more sense (but I went true to size).
For the 5-65 last, I think it depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I am true to size from a comfort perspective, but the shoe flexes and creases in a funky way. I found that going up a half length and down a width kept the same comfort, but made the shoe flex/crease much more appropriately.
For the 7-97 last, up a half length is better for me, but I can pull off true to size.
I'm true to size in the 1-511, and haven't messed with the 4-234.
I'm true to size on the 2-222 and the 8-108 lasts.