I don't know if anyone else has had this issue, but my BB Park Ave's fit tight like glove...my Elgin's fit perfect same with the Neumok...and the Strands I got for Christmas fit super super tight. So, I've decided to go up to a 12E. I hope this works out, but I was wondering if anyone else had gone though similar issues.
I'm not 100% sure but I believe all of these shoes are on the same last too!
BB Park Ave, Neumok and (I'm assuming AE, not BB) Strand are all 5 last shoes, but the Neumok can't be compared, it seems - it's just made differently (unlined, too). If the BB PA has a poron insole and that reduces the volume of the shoe, it should fit tighter, not looser. I've noticed in wearing the PA, 5th Ave, Mcallister and Strand (all 5 last) is that the PA and the 5th Ave ALWAYS have more volume (almost closed "V" versus .5 - .75 inch "V" on the Strand & Mcallister, which rubbed my right pinky toe a bit until stretch) - and all are an 11E.
I've even noticed a difference in fit between shoes in the same style (two strands or two Mcallisters) of the same size, and I am positive I am not the only one with this experience. People are apt to say 'but they're handmade shoes...they will never all be the same'. Yes - but they should all FIT the same, or not so dissimilar that you're swimming in one shoe and another is snug fitting... That's QC, and - whether or not it's seen as sacrilege in the thread - the quality of AE shoes seems to be suffering recently, whether it's leather quality (two different pairs of Daltons with VASTLY different leather thickness, fit and construction). what shoes are coming out of the factory as "firsts" (I've gotten two new shoes from Chicago flagship store in the last 2 months that were EASILY seconds), and everyone of AE's staff is NOT an Allison Meyer... Some reps are downright discourteous when responding to these issues.
Part of the "appreciation" of the brand (and it's shoes) should be the honest assessment of different aspects of the product, where the brand stands now vs years ago (tradition, reputation, continued commitment to quality), and it's comparison to other similar makers in terms of value.
Some of these things are 'hits' for AE, some are a 'foul tip'. I will add missing styles I like (not many left), and move on to other brands for more variety (different lasts, more stylish offerings). I will repurchase my favorites (if I ever wear them out), as some are worthy of such loyalty.
Lambaste me at your leisure... But I'm sure ALL of the senior members of the forum's shoes range outside of Allen Edmonds' offerings. It's the spice of life...