I Live in Buffalo, which is a good 7-9 hours from Nordstrom in NYC. Not sure if there is one closer than that.
The place I bought them is just a smaller men's boutique. They sell AE shoes, and some suits, shirts, and ties.
I am definitely a 12.5. As I mentioned, I have always worn 11.5 - 12.5 dress shoes, and usually a size 13 sneaker.
I was surprised at how long the AE shoes were when trying them on. They did not have the strands there, but I tried on another AE dress shoe but I am not sure if it was made on the same last as the Strands.
I know that the toe should not touch the end of the shoe, and I always leave sufficient room, but maybe I did not realize how much they are tapered.
I think that is the issue....I bought the smaller size, and the taper starts too soon, therefore it is scrunching my toes into the small area and making my feet sore.
I can try taking them back, but I'm not sure how far that will go.
Anyone want a brand new pair of strands?
Did the salesperson measure your arch length as well? If so, do you recall what this measurement was?