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I've been eyeing online a pair of black Edward Green Burhams but I'm not sure which will fit better: a UK 9.5 or a UK 10. Typically I wear between a US 10.5 and 11, or around 28.5-29cm. The actual measure of my feet (from heel to toe) is around 27cms. I've been looking at size charts online and there doesn't seem to be any definitive answers. Essentially, my final decision is still going to be a guess, but would it be better to guess larger or smaller? Any of you EG fans want to take a stab??
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Length measurements aren't that useful by themselves. Feet are three-dimensional objects, and so are shoes. You obviously won't be able to get your feet into shoes if your feet are longer than the shoes, but something won't necessarily fit just because it has the right length measurement. FWIW, EG usually marks their shoes (at least those shoes intended for the US market) with both American and UK sizes, and the UK size is always 1/2 size down from the American size. Although there is variation according to the last used, I've found this to be appropriate. I'm almost always a US 10D, and the UK size that works best for me in EG shoes has always been a 9.5E (although I can wear a 9.5D in a roomier last such as the 606). In your case, a UK 9.5 would almost certainly be too small. Based on your description of your US sizes, a UK 10 might be too small if it's on a narrow last like the 808. If it's on something roomier like the 606 or the 89, you will most likely be fine. As you wrote, though, it's going to be a guess and you're going to be taking a risk if you order the shoes without trying some EG shoes on first.
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This is too hard to answer without knowing what size you wear in a specific brand of shoe or, better yet, the brand and the particular last (so that there is some metric with which the EG can be compared). My experience with EG has been that the length runs fairly true to size. I am a US 9 and I wear a 8.5 UK in EG. The only issue I have had with EG is deciding the proper width. Of the lasts that I have owned (202, 606 and 89), the 89 is by far the widest and the longest. Until yesterday, I used to think that the 606 was the second widest. However, I have been communicating with EG the past couple of days and learned that the reason I thought 606 was wider than 202 is that my pair of shoes on the 606 last is the Dover model. That particular style has more room in the instep, which makes it feel like it is wider, even though it is not. According to EG, 202 actually has more room in the toe box than 606. This is consistent with what others have said about their experiences with 202 and 606, and may expain why others thought the 202 was actually less roomy in the toe box (i.e., they were comparing them to the Dover, which is an apples to oranges comparison). If you live in either California or New York, there are a number of stores that you can go to try on some EG styles and learn what size you are. If that is not a possibility, you might try faxing EG an outline of your foot (they are very helpful and are used to receiving a lot of inquiries).
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Sorry, I should have been a little more specific about the shoe size, they are Size 9.5/10 E, last 888. I have relatively narrow feet, and I've read that 888's are made to be rather slim, so hopefully things will work out. Though, I do plan on taking the advice of those that responded and head out to try on a pair next weekend. Hopefully what I'm looking at won't be sold by then. Thanks for the tips, Gatsby
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Sorry, I should have been a little more specific about the shoe size, they are Size 9.5/10 E, last 888.   I have relatively narrow feet, and I've read that 888's are made to be rather slim, so hopefully things will work out.  Though, I do plan on taking the advice of those that responded and head out to try on a pair next weekend. Hopefully what I'm looking at won't be sold by then. Thanks for the tips, Gatsby
If my memory serves me correctly, the 888s are made to be a bit wider than the 808 or 88 lasts. As all these lasts are elegantly long the 888 is generously sized. I would choose a smaller size than that usually taken. Edward Green is truly the Iron Shoe -- or it will be once I have the steel toe taps put in.
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