I'm currently looking to get the Loake Strand, but locally I don't know anyplace that carries it, only managed to find a shopping mall that carries about 5 models from Loake, but none from the 1880 line.
But I digress, point is they don't have Strand. So I've tried something closest to what I can compared to Strand, which is a Stitch.
Stitch: F fitting, Ridge Last.
Strand: F fitting, Capital Last.
I tried UK 8 size, width is alright, but the length is a bit long, I'm thinking maybe a UK 7-7.5 would be my size, but the smallest size they have are UK 8. (BTW, I wore a medium thickness socks to test.)
So asking here for any advice on my situation, or should I just try my gut feeling and order online say a UK 7.5 for Strand.
(I did emailed Loake asking for advice too, though still waiting for their response.)
I did asked the same question on a local forum, one of the users there suggested me to go and try out a pair of Carmina Oxfords on Rain Last and get the Loake Strand in the same size. (As there is a Carmina boutique store locally)
The Ridge is designed to be true to size although it is on an elongated last, so the extra length is supposed to be purely cosmetic. What people tend to find is that with some lasts the width/shape of their own foot isn't large enough to create the barrier that prevents the foot from sliding forward and as such the "cosmetic" length becomes occupied.
You should find that Strand is a tiny bit more narrow and possibly not as long but if you felt that the Ridge last was noticeably large then my advice would be take the 7.5 over the 8 and not to think about a 7.