Originally Posted by smfdoc
I need some recommendations from the forum and I am new to this thread. I am looking for a balmoral laced dress shoe, similar to a park avenue from Allen Edmonds. I can wear 11 EEE in a blucher lace on several lasts from AE, but the 65 last is far too tight across the vamp even after having the shoe stretched. I do not wish to go to 11.5 as I am really closer to 10.5 in length. So, any recommendations on a nice Oxford that could come in a roomier last or a higher width? I am lost as to what a G or an H is like. Budget wise, I would need to find something similar to price range for Allen Edmonds. Thanks for the recommendations.
I'm searching for the right last as well and was about to post a similar question. 65 doesn't work well for me either. Have you tried going to the AE site and filtering by last? It's on the left toward the bottom. Maybe see what they have in an Oxford in wider last (201, 511, 73?).
In case it helps, here's what I've found on my oddly shaped shaped feet:
65 (Fifth Ave) - fits snug in the toe box and vamp, can't quite close the gap (small V)
114 last (Nashua) - not even close to fitting. I don't think going up 1/2 size would help much.
809 (Gobi) - pretty good fit. Plenty of room. Perhaps slightly too large.
201 (Sauk Drive) - fits large. Good room in the toe box, heel is loose. The boot seems long for a 10.5. Anybody have good luck going down 1/2 for this one?
97 (Sanford) - fits well. Probably the best fitting AE I've tried. I read the 97 last runs narrow, so am surprised this fits so well
678 (Ashton) - just ok fit. A little tight on my small toe - the taper gets me. Would not buy more of this last. Maybe an 11 EE would work?
Edited by Dario65 - 12/1/15 at 8:29am