Hello all, this is my first post on SF. Been lurking around the forums for a few months now, mainly around the WIWT and shoe threads.
Right now I'm looking for a shoe that's good enough for formal wear (I'm still a student). AE isn't going to make it for me as their shoes are priced rather high and also shipping cost would make it not worthwhile.
Hence, I've narrowed my options to a few shoes and I need your opinions on them. My main concern now is the fit (especially width wise, I have flat foot) as I've never bought shoes online before.
My foot size (drawn on paper and measured) is 4.4 inches wide and 10.77 inches in length. I wear about 10.5US now and have a size 44 Birkenstock sandals, so I think the measurements are about right. I've tried Clarks DB at a local store and I fit into size 9.
Some shoe I'm considering now are:
Loake 1880 (Strands/Aldywch/Churchill)
Herring Classic (Knightsbridge/Hampstead)
Meermin 101198 Dark Brown Calf
Meermin 12153 Dark Brown Calf
Herring Classic and Meermin Classic isn't discussed as much as the Loakes 1880 on the web so I was looking to get some insights for them from anyone that has experience with them.
Shipping from Meermin isn't very practical though as it's 40 pounds for 1 or 2 shoes and I'm only looking to get one.. which would make getting Herring Classics/Loakes 1880 and Meermin cost around the same total.