Originally Posted by rqc0
Thanks for your input, we just happened to post at the same time.
Could you check my most recent post and give your thoughts on that? (Sorry if the pics are too blurry?)
Thanks so much.
Well, I was suspecting something like that, already.
EU 42 would have been the equivalent reference if your foot length is indeed close to 265 mm. Since measurement devises are calibrated to use half a size more, I'd have expected a 42.5 and this is what the devise indeed shows (since you overstep the 42).
So, your measurement is probably correct.
The reason why you wear shoes in larger sizes is very probably because your heel, instep, waist, and ball girth measurements are above average, as well. This is rather common. My feet are like that as well.
In other words, you tried shoes that are probably "true to size" (or close to it) although your feet are not!
The result is that you size up by about a full unit (from your reference size of US 9 to US 10). This is because the fit feeling mostly results from the volume of a shoe where the leather is close to the skin.
Meermin's lasts, unfortunately, generally have a low volume, including the New Ray. You may be able to get away with wearing a UK 9.5 in the New Ray. My gut says, you may even need a UK 10 but I have no data to back this up.
However, be aware of the disadvantages: If you buy shoes in higher sizes (than your reference(s)), the volume may match, but the shoes will be too long for your feet, which probably results in
- faster abrasion of the tip of the soles, and
- deeper creases than usual (maybe, deep enought to create blisters on top of your toes), and
- an increased risk of developing health problems in the long run (since a UK 9.5 shoe is 13 mm too long, and the soles act as a resistance that your feet have to overcome for every step).
Honestly, you should be looking at another maker.