Originally Posted by Caveat
Thanks. Do you mean drop a half size from my brannock measurement, or a half size from other Tricker's lasts? I assume you mean the former, but I don't know how other Tricker's fit so I want to be sure.
Also, how does the scotch grain hold up to repeated scuffing? I have a weird gait where I can't help but scuff the front of my shoes constantly. Is scotch grain better or worse than smooth leather when it comes to that? Seems like it might not look good over time.
Tricker's themselves, like most other UK Shoemakers consider just 'Half' a size difference between UK and US Sizes, so a regular fitting Dress Shoe in US 9, would be equivalent to a UK regular fitting Dress Shoe in 8 1/2.
The Tricker's Grasmere on 4497s Last in Wide fitting 6 though, is considered around Half a Size Larger than a regular fitting Dress Shoe.
This means a average US 9 would be roughly equivalent to a UK 8 in the Grasmere.
My best policy with all of my customers is total honesty, so I must tell you that the above information is only an 'average' based on findings working with very many customers in our store.
The only exceptions to this 'average rule' would be if a customer has a particularly Wide Foot, or a High Instep.
For information, there is an average measured difference in Length in a Half Size, of just 4mm, and less than 3mm in the Width. This means if nothing else, there is very little margin for error.
Grained Calf or Smooth Calf?
For me, I would alwys go for Grained, if the Upper is likely to be scuffed or scratched a little. It can be much easier to accept marks on a Grained Leather. The 'Brown Zug Grain' Calf that the Grasmere is made form is perhaps a little rugged looking anyway, and might not look so bad with a few 'scars' here and there.