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AE Lasts- how do I know?

post #1 of 10
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Can I assume that any qualified shoe store carrying AE shoes could size me up for the proper last I should be in? I am not sure how one finds out whether they should be in a last 4, last 5 or last 8? My first step is to toss the Aldo's that look like crap in 6 months and get some quality footwear.

post #2 of 10
NO. Although at an Edmonds store, they are trained to help you obtain a good fit, in the final analysis, you put it on ( with the proper sock ), and walk around the store a bit. I always bring my own socks, casual- dress- etc. , for what I'm looking for.
But from the way I read your post, I'm getting the idea, that you are under the impression that you think, you can pick out a shoe design and get it in a certain last. Although you can order many of their shoes customized, as far as leather- color - sole- etc. , if it comes in a 5 last, it's a 5 last.
Go to a store and try on several different styles that come in different lasts and you will know how each last fits you. Myself, I take a 9 1/2 D (med ) in most shoes, but in some lasts ( styles ), I differ, in size or width. Foot size can also vary during the day ( swell ). I try to go shopping for shoes in late afternoon or early evening, to get the average amount of swelling.
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Originally Posted by Cabana Boy View Post

Can I assume that any qualified shoe store carrying AE shoes could size me up for the proper last I should be in? I am not sure how one finds out whether they should be in a last 4, last 5 or last 8? My first step is to toss the Aldo's that look like crap in 6 months and get some quality footwear.

 

Step 1:  Go to any Nordstrom or AE store and pick out a shoe you like.

Step 2:  Try that shoe on in the size the clerk recommends after sizing you.

Step 3:  If it fits, buy it.  If it does not, go back to step 1.

post #4 of 10
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Thank you both. This did straighten me out. I assumed every model was made in a variety of lasts, so Roger set me straight on that. New Shoes1, I hear ya. No need for me to overcomplicate this. Got it.

 

Thanks

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Cabana Boy View Post

Thank you both. This did straighten me out. I assumed every model was made in a variety of lasts, so Roger set me straight on that. New Shoes1, I hear ya. No need for me to overcomplicate this. Got it.

 

Thanks

 

AE's are like women; you've got to try them on before you get the perfect fit. There's no magic formula. You've just got to get inside and see how it feels.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

AE's are like women; you've got to try them on before you get the perfect fit. There's no magic formula. You've just got to get inside and see how it feels.
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Edited by md2010 - 10/4/12 at 8:04pm
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

AE's are like women; you've got to try them on before you get the perfect fit. There's no magic formula. You've just got to get inside and see how it feels.

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You've just got to get inside and see how it feels.

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post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am pumped to slip into some new AE's. I have never really had any decent footwear. I did not wear garbage, but nothing approaching mid to high end at all. The junk is going out and I am making room for a little quality in my life.

post #10 of 10
Do get the right fit you need not only find the right length as in case of Aldo shoes), but also the right width. Most retailers will only have the standard D-width in store (including Nordstrom). If possible go to an AE store where you can try different length - width combinations.
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