Hello I've been lurking on the forums for quite a bit without registering and posting but I've read to a large extent about the large amount of shoes available and I need some advice on buying shoes.
I've always worn a Euro 44 / UK 10 shoes and I've discovered recently that the main reason for doing so was really because of the width of my foot. My feet measures 28cm/11cm or 11"/4.3" which actually puts me in the wide category.
I tried some fittings recently and the results are:
UK 9 Carmina & Loakes : The length feels snug but the width absolutely cramps. My toes and front of the foot feels a lot of pressure.
UK 9.5 Carmina: The length is fine but the toes are a little cramp with no room to wiggle.
This gives me the impression that UK 10 fits best because of width (it does need some stretching / breaking in to become comfortable) or UK 9.5 with wide width.
So I'm left with two choices:
1. Buy a leather shoe at UK Size 10 Medium Width (I know where to buy these shoes from)
2. Buy a leather shoe at UK Size 9.5 Wide With (I don't know who sells these with patina)
3. Custom build a leather shoe at UK size 9.5 Wide Width (I don't know if anyone provides this with patina)
My budget is currently at 400 Euros for Option 1 & 2 but I would consider going up to 700 Euros for option 3.
My personal preference of design is the French and Italian designs with patina (e.g. Carmina, Altan Bottier etc.) but I can see that they are generally built for Medium width.
What can you guys advice for shoes that fits these requirements?