Wow, you guys are great - wish I could get my people to care this much about details. The questions about Weston and lasts are good so I thought a little background might be interesting. Btw, my earlier response about Euro/Amer lasts pertained to Italian factories as that is where most of my experience is. The Weston company is an interesting and unique manufacturer. In 1904, Eugene Blanchard, the son of a shoe factory owner in Limoges, France, traveled to the US to serve an apprenticeship at a boot factory in Weston, Mass. This is where he learned the Goodyear construction which is now the Weston trademark construction. He returned to France in 1919, took over the factory from his father, and changed the production from one that concerned mass-production to a craftsman-type range. He changed the marketing from one that sold volumes of shoes to chains of stores, to one of individual Weston boutiques. Weston owned these boutiques and designed patterns/lasts/leathers for each shop. Blanchard died in 1955 and the company has changed hands a few times - finally in 1976. The Weston firm maintains it's independence within it's parent, and insists that they still market, design and manufacture for individual markets. Today, Weston makes over 60 models with 18-20 geared to the US market. As far as lasts are concerned, as you can see, Weston evolved from the American tradition of offering numerous sizes/widths. They offer far more than the typical European manufacturer - the 11,12,and 18 lasts being developed with the "Anglo-American" market in mind. As far as my reference to combination lasts and straight lasts, I simply mean a combination of D across the forefoot, C around the instep and B at the heel counter, for example. This differs from some older, mass production factories that used a last which does not contour to this degree. One more note on Weston, they provide their accounts a chart with the different lasts/patterns marketed here and how to change the fit from the brannock measurement. For example, style #677 (called the Hunt - last #32) is suggested to add .5 length. The style # 180 (called the signature loafer - last #41) is to add 1.5 in length. So you see, you have to try the shoes on without regard to the size stamp.