Considering these or something from Alden, but I've loved every AS I've bought so far from AFPOS, so these are in the lead.
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Hi, was on your site looking for shoe wax and somehow got drawn to the AS Dalham which has the 7WK last.
My shoes are Cole Haan 9.5E - US size, and my feet measures 26.8cm by 10.4cm width.
Should I be getting the 9FX size?
Lastly(not a pun ), what colour Saphir wax polish would go with this?
Coincidentally, your foot measurement is practically identical to mine in length and flat width at ball joint (268mm length / 104mm width) - my ball circumference measurement is 245mm unweighted / 252mm weighted in a medium/thick weight sock.
I have the Dalham on the 7WK last in a UK size 8½. It is certainly a generous last - consider also that these are not a dress shoe, instead are a country shoe intended to be worn with thick sock - and the recommendation to take a half size down will I am sure work for most, however I personally find the toe box to be cramped.
Here is an image of the last. It is worth noting the taper of the toe and comparing to the shape of your own foot.
The volume of the shoe is felt primarily, and quite significantly, in heel through waist, while the actual toe box is narrower than the wide storm welt would otherwise suggest.
If like me you have a square, blunt toe shape you may find that 'sizing down' to an 8 (or as in my case, 8½) to be too constrictive. If you have a tapered forefoot/toe shape then you could do well.
Worth taking a foot tracing and looking at the shape. I can supply physical measurements of my Dalham if you would like them.