Excuse me, but John Lobb's ready made shoes are grossly over-priced. Â Call it the "Hermes effect." $800--$1,000+ for shoes churned out in a factory in Northampton are a r-i-p Â o-f-f. Â JM Weston is a much, much better value. Â
Shoes made in a factory in Northampton are a ripoff but shoes made in a factory in Limoges aren't? Please. JM Weston's price point, especially for lace-ups, isn't much lower than Lobb's. They're good shoes, but the design aesthetic is considerably clunkier than that for Lobb (and EG, for that matter). There's nothing wrong with that, but you're comparing apples and oranges. Your disparagement of Northampton shoe factories (which would include Edward Green, too, you know) notwithstanding, Lobb shoes certainly are not "average" in any universe that I know of and represent just about the pinnacle of machine-made ready-made shoes (and there are some others, including EG, in the same class). With the exception of Vass shoes purchased in Hungary, you're going to have to spend considerably more to get a real hand-made shoe.
And, how absurd of you to state that the measuring technique, or lack thereof, at Jay Kos is irrelevant. Â Puh-lease. Â When I spend several hundred dollars for a pair of shoes that will last many years, you bet I want to be fitted by an expert. Â Now, go play in the traffic.
Only if you'll join me. Â
The Brannock device is useful in determining a starting point for size, but that's it. Different lasts and different makers fit differently in different sizes. Just because a Brannock device says that I'm a 10D doesn't mean that a 10D in a particular shoe is the best fit for me. If a 9.5E fits the best, I'm going to buy the 9.5E regardless of what the tool says my size is. And if I'm going to drop several hundred dollars on a pair of shoes, I'm going to know enough about how shoes should fit to tell the salesman whether they fit and not vice versa.