I purchased a pair of Allen Edmonds Sheltons about a month back. I wore the shoes twice. They are extremely tight in the upper part of the toe box (near the little toe). After my 2nd wearing I realize that they are un-wearable. I do have an old pair of Sheltons (too beat to re-craft) and the new shoes are different from my old pair. I have quite a number of Allen Edmonds shoes including Stands, McAllister, Park Ave, McClains, McNeils, to name a few. They all fit well.
I wear a 12D (my old pair of Sheltons are 12D and fit extremely well. I recently purchased Sheltons 1-511 last and the Norwich. The both are unbearable to wear. They hurt at the little toe on each foot. The length of the shoes fit fine. The 511 last is said to be fuller in the toe box but I don’t find that. The leather on the new Sheltons are thicker calf than my original Sheltons which are Cobbler’s leather that is thinner and fit like a glove. I didn’t expect the change in the shoe but I do like the new shoe.
I purchased the shoes via mail order from an AE store out of state as I don’t have any decent stores in the area that has a good stock of shoes.
I’m thinking of going with a 12E (which I’ve never purchased before).
I’ve read on other posts that AE is good with exchanging (even if worn). In your experiences should I contact the store where purchased or the AE main number?
Any insight is appreciated.