Originally Posted by Nakedsnake
Wondering if anyone could give me some insight on the barrie last? I've read a bunch on here, and I am still somewhat confused, or just need some clarity. Everyone says you should size down a half, but why? Is it because the Barrie is a long last, or a wide last? or is it both? I'm normally 12D/E. 12D is usually pretty good fit, but a touch snug on the sides at time, depending on the last. (12D on the AE 1 last is great with thin socks, 12E with thicker socks). Would someone who is 12E wear a 12D in the barrie?
i would size down 1/2 size from your normal size. going tts in the barrie is alot like, you know, when you get a hot dog with too much bun; like 1/2" extra on both ends? the sausage is dwarfed in comparison to the bun. sure you have a lot of room for your sport pepper, and pickle, a line of mustard and ketchup and mayo (if your into that sort of thing), but you bought the bierwurst for the meaty, garlicy, fatty flavor. you could go down a bun width but will still be too long for the sausage. so sizing down 1/2 size ensures that their is just the right ratio of bun to meat allowing still plenty of room for either a thin or thick sock. i hope that clears it up