AE Park Avenue Sizing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by amiroquai, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. amiroquai

    amiroquai Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    New to this forum with a question regarding my soon to arrive first pair of Park Avenues.
    I already know all about the lasts but still kind of torn regarding the practical sizing of it.
    If you measured my feet you'd find them to be a 10.5 and tend to be a tad wide on the front.
    After trying on a few sizes at the Allen Edmonds store, here are my thoughts:

    10D fits quite snug with no complaints about the length, shoe fits snug width wise with a slight pressure on the widest part of my left foot (it's a tad bigger than the right) .I get the right (according to AE guy) amount of flair between the eyelets when tied.
    10.5D also feels snug with a little less discomfort (better orientation on foot bed perhaps?) on the left foot but with very little heel slip on right foot.
    10 E feels as comfortable in every aspect as my New Balance 992's (pretty darn comfortable!) right off the bat with no break-in, but, eyelets are parallel when the shoe is tied which according to the AE guy is not something you'd want before the shoe is broken in and the leather is obviously going to stretch and I'd end up swimming in the shoe...

    AE store guy said I should be fine with the 10D

    Considering all that I ask you PA veterans, What should I go with? the 10D or 10.5D?


    Will the width snugness on the 10D eventually loosen up? I don't seem to be having any issues with the length of it.

    Will one day of wearing around the house walking on carpet be sufficient and a good enough indication regarding how much "give" the shoe will have? I have the 10D heading my way and should be here pretty soon.


    Thanks a bunch,

    Amir
     


  2. Henry Boogers

    Henry Boogers Senior member

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    It's tough to comment without truly understanding how tight is tight and what your preferences are regarding shoe fit but I would go with the 10D if I am reading this correctly. I find that erring on the high side has been a costly mistake for me as leather tends to stretch, thus making the problem worse, and I actually prefer shoes on the tighter end of 'correct' given the choice between the lesser of two evils.
     


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    For the AE PA, I go down 1/2 size from my normal size and up 1 width... I generally wear a 9D, but I take a 8.5E in the AE PA.
     


  4. amiroquai

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    For the AE PA, I go down 1/2 size from my normal size and up 1 width... I generally wear a 9D, but I take a 8.5E in the AE PA.

    That's what I was thinking of doing but apparently 10E is too wide...
     


  5. amiroquai

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    It's tough to comment without truly understanding how tight is tight and what your preferences are regarding shoe fit but I would go with the 10D if I am reading this correctly. I find that erring on the high side has been a costly mistake for me as leather tends to stretch, thus making the problem worse, and I actually prefer shoes on the tighter end of 'correct' given the choice between the lesser of two evils.
    It's tight, not very uncomfortably tight but just tight. This is obviosuly something personal that no words could explain but I wouldn't want it to remain this tight. Obviously the shoe will break in and get more comfortable/stretch out a little, I just wonder to what extent, and would I get a good impression of how much by wearing it for one day around the house. I'm going to give the 10D a shot, wear it for a day and let it rest overnight with a combination shoe tree inside it, perhaps that will do the trick... Thanks for your reply
     


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    amiroquai--did you end up liking the 10D size?
     


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