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Advice on measuring and my first pair of MTO shoes


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Nov 20, 2013
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I have recently purchased a 2nd hand pair of shoes from an ebayer and have now been bitten by the quality shoe bug.
The ones I purchased are not in the league of EG's, Lobbs etc but I was amazed how comfortable they felt.
I have a pair of Shipton & Heneage Dartmouth in 8.5. They fit really nice and I am keen to get some other high quality shoe but am not sure where to start.

Whilst I think the S&H ones I have fit really well, I may be wrong and there may be an even better fitting that I should consider. Having done a very crude foot trace, it would appear the widest point of my feet is around 107mm.
The S&H shoes have several numbers and letters inside which I guess refer to shape and last size (but this is a rookie guess rather than an educated fact)
It says A 87 F Dartmouth 4313 8 1/2 230 when read from left to right on two lines.

My questions so far are these.
Would I be wise to get a proper fitting done at somewhere like Springline in Northamptonshire and maybe get a last made if I am looking to get bespoke shoes made? I am happy to invest money in this if it is not going to be wasted money.

Which manufactures would people suggest I look at. One particular style of shoe I am keen to get is a brown Double Monk and really like the one offered by Vass (a manufacturer I know receives some very good report)
They have quoted me around 470 euros delivered for a pair of DM's complete with trees.

I am interested to have a drive to Northamptonshire and check out some of the factory shops etc. Would it be wise if I knew my exact shoes size and width beforehand?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

I am not a suited London city worker and tend to wear shoes in a less formal manner. I do not study fashion and suspect some of my attire combinations may be frowned upon but hey, we are all individuals.



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