I am not affiliated with Skoaktiebolaget in any way but want to bring your attention to three GMTOs they are currently holding which offer sizes down to UK 5.0. Check them out here:
attempted, but not familiar with their last and sizes , and how can they come a lot cheaper compared to other hand welted brands like VASS and saint crispin's?
Loake cannon double monk(I believe this is one of their classic style)
size 5.5F(I think 5F may also work but don't have the oppurtunity to try)
fit: fits nicely, though I have to buckle the strap to the tightest of 3 holes(oh the low insteps), but it worked out fine!
here are some pics
a few shoe care procedures I do before wearing my new shoes:
1, use shoe cream/Reno on the stitches/welt, apply with a small brush if the upper is suede and you don't want to get the creams on suede; This will moisture the stiches on the welt at least;
2, for ordinary calf, apply renovateur on the upper, leave it for 30min, then apply shoe cream and let it absorb for another 30min; for suede upper, I use suede renovateur spray first, then water repellent product (this should be done in a well-ventilated area, not indoors, the solvent are supposed to be toxic);
3, brush with a big horsehair brush to remove excess cream on calf/use a crepe brush to smooth out the suede;
4, optional, apply wax and shine the calf upper, I don't need these but many would recommond it;
5, good to go!
one more thing on suede shoes, if the suede is good reversed calf suede, before the first wear I sometimes use renovateur on the grain side(inside) of the most stressed sites like the vamp, don't know if this is working but it won't hurt!
everyone are welcome to chime in!
well, I have worn none of your listed brands so can't really comment, you can try this site: sizeadvisors.com, it requires some measurements thought.
agreed, I think the original last is designed on a popular size like 8 or 9, so the look will be best for that size, the proportion of shoe compartments can be off at sizes on the edges, especially on the smaller end.
on a side note, I noticed that you wear the same size in JL and EG, do they fit the same on you? or being loose/tight for some models? for what I have read, people tends to size up 0.5 in EG compared to JL. or EG is half size smaller than JL.
It will help a lot to describe your own foot type (flat foot vs high arch, narrow vs wide, etc) and comment on the fit of each last on your feet.
Welcome to the club, Cheers!