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Shoe conversions (AS vs. CJ vs. Online sellers)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kingston83, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Kingston83

    Kingston83 Active Member

    Apr 11, 2013
    Could someone explain to me the different conversions between UK and USA sizing? I've had a notoriously difficult time fitting into AE's #5 lasted shoes, and decided to just go with English shoe manufacturers. I've just received a pair of Alfred Sargent double monks in a tagged US 9.5/UK 9 on the 87 F last. They are a near perfect fit with maybe just a bit more room lengthwise in the heel than I would prefer (I attribute this to the elastic on the strap allowing the foot to ease slightly forward).

    From my understanding (and I know so many factors contribute to the overall fit of the shoe and sizes will vary between manufacturers/lasts/models on the same last), the Brannock device's conversion between UK and US sizing is only a half-size, i.e., a US 9.5 is a UK 9. This is the same tagged sizes that I find on my AS monks. However, when looking at Bodiley's, Pediwear, Cheaney, etc., they all seem to indicate a full size difference between UK and US equivalents. Which one is correct? I recall reading that this is the same conversion for Crockett and Jones as well. Is it that these suppliers/manufacturers are sized larger than the Brannock's measurement system and if one were to measure a 9 on said device then they should size a half-size down?

    For reference I measure between a 9.5 and 10 on a US calibrated Brannock (depending on which foot is being measured) and between a 9 and 9.5 on a UK calibrated Brannock device.

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