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post #16 of 24
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ohhhh found some shoes in hampton last

http://www.aldenshop.com/details.asp...ze=10&width=21

any experience with those shoes? pretty nice
post #17 of 24
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also where are aldens sold besides the internet and their store? any chains sell them?
post #18 of 24
I find the vass U last and mantellassi to be the most comfortable for my high instep.
post #19 of 24
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just looked up vass, seems that they are only sold in bergdorf in usa? that means i have no chance of afford them.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
I've found this to be true, too.

I've found that, as a general rule, English- and US-made shoes are "flatter", with lower insteps, whereas Italian-made shoes are often higher. My Santonis fit me very well and are very comfortable, even in a narrower fitting.

Of course, not all lasts (shoe shapes) are the same and some lend themselves to fitting a high instep better than others. I've often had trouble fitting into Crockett and Jones (C&J) shoes, but I recently bought a pair of C&J made for Brooks Brothers/Peal & Co and whilst they are not perfect, they are a pretty damned good fit. Now all I need to do is find out which last they are on so that I can see if I can buy some more!

So, in my experience, there is no quick fix. It's really a matter of experimenting with different shoes to see which fit your foot the best. As noted above, I've found that Italian brands typically have higher insteps than other brands but there are still some English shoes out there that fit my foot very well.

I have the BB Peal & Co., punchcaps by C&J and the fit is not bad for an oxford. I've read somewhere that the 341 last is good also. I have the Polo Darltons and two C&J chukkas and both are good, but they share the same open lacing as derbies.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
I find the vass U last and mantellassi to be the most comfortable for my high instep.

I love the look of Vass U last but had always assumed they wouldn't fit my foot. How do you find the width of the Vass? My right foot is a bit wide, such that RLPL Edward Greens were never comfortable? Are the U last similarly narrow?
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post
I've often had trouble fitting into Crockett and Jones (C&J) shoes, but I recently bought a pair of C&J made for Brooks Brothers/Peal & Co and whilst they are not perfect, they are a pretty damned good fit. Now all I need to do is find out which last they are on so that I can see if I can buy some more!

Should be written on the inside of the shoe as a three-digit code (325, 240 or similar)


/U.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
I find the vass U last and mantellassi to be the most comfortable for my high instep.

Ed, that's good to hear. I've bought a couple of pairs of Tramezzas from you and they fit me very well, so perhaps I should try the Vass U-last, too. What size do you take, if you don't mind me asking?

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Originally Posted by UFN View Post
Should be written on the inside of the shoe as a three-digit code (325, 240 or similar)

/U.

Thanks for that - I'll have a look inside the shoes tomorrow morning.
post #24 of 24

I have the same problem.  "getting fitted" is hardly a solution at 90% of stores because no one that works at most shoe stores even understands the term "instep."  I've found that loafers are damn near impossible to find that fit.  I've also found that rubber sole shoes hurt my feet worse than leather soles.  Cole Haan's used to fit me and not hurt my feet, now they have rubber soles and it hurts my feet.  I am tempted to just buy a pair of Cole Haan's and have them immediately re-soled with a leather sole.

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