Second, sorry I was at a loss for words/thought when thinking of "shoe trees"...didn't know such high fashionistas had to be so exact. But I was NOT mentioning the "shoe trees" b/c I thought that's what made the actual shoes new...I mentioned them in reference to "the shoes are so un-used" that they still have the original shoe trees in them that AE put in after they made them, custom made to fit his foot. Again, being an adult, I know what the purpose of shoe trees are you db.
Shoe trees last and are used for decades. Their presence means absolutely nothing in regards to the age or newness of the shoe. And they would be custom to the last the shoe was made on, not your grandfather's foot, as, unless I'm sorely mistaken, Allen Edmonds has never done bespoke.
Based on that alone, I could tell you don't know much about dress shoes. Rather normal in this day and age, but don't be an ass and belittle those who do have some idea. Your posts still read like you think people remove the shoe trees and throw them away when they first wear the shoes. Such a basic (for this board, anyway) lack of knowledge made me doubt just about everything else you said about the shoes.
As for the rest of your post, it's stupid beyond words, and does not deserve comment.
Does a shoe width not convert evenly between US and UK sizing? In other words, does a UK sized shoe with an E width convert to and American D? Sorry if this a an ignorant question.
Amstokes, it's not an ignorant question, being asked all the time as it relates to specific shoes/boots, as the size varies depending on the materials used (leather, suede, exotic, etc.) and the last upon which they're made. Then, there's actual fit for any given foot--i.e., your arch etc. Lasts are made with the "average" foot in mind, which doesn't necessarily include everyone [and reason why many members once they go bespoke (have a shoe lasted especially for their specific foot) never go back to ready-to-wear, but of course it's $$$$ .... ]. That said, for those of us who do fit in the manufacturer's idea of "average" foot (which of course be the majority, others able to tailor-fit with insoles, etc. if required), the general rule when it comes to sizing b/w UK and US/Canadian standard sizing is as follows: A UK 8 is a US 9 (i.e., drop down one-whole size, depending on the materials, etc.). In the UK, a standard US "D" equates to a UK "F" (a 6 Fitting in the old UK system, still used by Tricker's). A UK E fitting is a narrower fitting, equating more like a US/CDN C (being a snug, tight dress fit for the average male, a fitting 5 under the old system, and a comfort/relaxed fit for a woman whose ordinary/average foot is a US/CDN B width). Now, many men can squeeze into a UK E [assuming a narrow foot, unless a very tight fit is desired, but that's not very comfortable for most if you plan on wearing them for any length of time, and reason why most men go up a half-size to accommodate the difference b/w an E (narrow) and F (standard) fit]. For e.g., and once again generally speaking, a UK 8.5 E in a Crockett Jones, being a similar fit to say an Alfred Sargent 8 F or a standard US 9 D, would be a Tricker's 8, Fitting 6. This of course, is very general b/c it does depend on the actual last and materials, as said, but it's a good rule for comparative purposes (and reason why most online stores in the UK allow customers to try on and return shoes/boots if they don't fit right, provided they're returned in the same condition in which they were sent--i.e., tried on in a carpeted area so as to not mark the soles, etc.). To recap: Average Width and comparison, using a US 7 D as an e.g., which is an EU 39.5/40. UK 6 F is standard; a UK 6 E is more like a US 6.5 D (an EU 39), and a relaxed fit for a woman whose ankles generally speaking aren't as wide as are a man's. A UK E equates to a C width, which is narrow/tight on a man who, for a standard fit, would go up a half-size to UK 6.5 E, to accommodate the difference, should a narrow/tight fit not be doable, nor desired. Same is true if a wider fit to accommodate a wider foot is desired--as in, say, a US/CDN 7 E (wide)--i.e., can go up a half size (as in, a UK 6.5 F) or, alternatively, go up in width, as in a UK 6 G (which equates to a US 7.5 D, or a 7 E). Remember, suede and calf leather when warm will give, as will kangaroo. Other materials are not quite so generous, nor are whole cuts (like RM Williams boots, for e.g., which are made from a single piece of leather as opposed to different pieces stitched together). In turn, if considering a pair of shoes/boots from the UK, you might request the actual measurements of the boot/shoe you're interested in from the seller, so as to have a better idea. Also, it's very likely depending on what you are interested in that others here have discussed that shoe/boot in depth, such that it's always worthwhile doing a search here first to see if what you're looking for has been discussed before (it probably has, and if not, can put the question out there since someone here somewhere is likely to have experience with it which if asked they'd love to share). Cheers!
Does anyone have experience with their tailor ADDING surgeon's cuffs to a jacket that currently has NO button holes whatsoever (on the sleeve)?
most jacket sleeves that can be made as surgeons cuffs dont come with button holes, that way the tailor can adjust the lenghth first. it all depends on the tailor. some are better than others. make sure you know from reliable sources that the tailor can do this job, and do it well
i know this has been discused before, and i did search but most of the results was a few years old, and i want to make sure things are the same. so, im looking to buy my first pair of C&J's most likely the edgware. i usually wear size 12 US, but the last shoes i got were zegna and they were size 10 1/2 i assume eurpoean, maybe UK? any idea what UK size will most likely fit me best? i have to buy online, no retail stores near me that carry them. thanks in advance
Edgware is on the 348, so full size down. If you're a true US 12D, you will need UK 11E. Italian shoes often use odd sizing system (not EU, US, or UK), I bought a pair of Barrett in size 8, but fit huge, at least 9.5 or 10. However, I have not seen this on Zegnas, my Zegnas fit only a half size larger.