AE Strand - Wide gap in lacing, need advice on sizing.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Yaniel, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. IrateCustomer

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    Nice, that's how they're supposed to look. Glad it all worked out for you.
     


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    Generally, the quarters won't come together completely even when properly fit. And you're supposed to have some room up front. AE describes the #5 last as long and narrow, but that can be deceiving. Some of the "extra" length is designed to be dead space. Regarding length, the ball of your foot should fall at the same point as the ball of the shoe. (The "ball fit" has been discussed previously on the AE thread.) As long as your toes are not fitting the front of the toe box, you're probably fine.

    The fit of the 9.5 looks much better. Spend some time walking around in the shoes and post an update on the fit.

     


  4. Gauss17

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    Pay close attention to the heel fit, make sure it is snug enough that you are happy with it.
     


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  6. Yaniel

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    If I want the heel to be more snug, then I'd need to go down in width to an E from the EEE?
     


  7. Gauss17

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    Going down in width or size will snug up the heel. In most brands, going down a half size and upping the width will also snug up the heel. Shoes are made on combination lasts, where the heel size is two sizes smaller than the shoe size. For example you might notice if you have a 12D shoe, on the inside it is marked 12 D/B or 12 B/D. The "D" is the shoe size (or more specifically the ball of the foot of the last) and the "B" is the heel. So, if you go from a EEE to a E, you will go from an E size heel to a C size heel. Going down in size also does this as a 10B heel (for example) is smaller than an 11B heel, it would also appear (from my experience) that a 10B heel is larger than a 9.5C heel. I just looked at my AE's and it is not marked for the combination last sizes (usually on the inside heel of the shoe), but my Alden's and C&J's do.
     


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    Thanks for posting this. I've been wondering why there will be two widths on a pair of shoes.
     


  9. PhiPsi32

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    I don't think AE uses a combination last. In comparison to my Aldens, I don't see this being true.
     


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    Now that the shoes fit, it may be time to treat yourself to some new socks...
     


  11. PhiPsi32

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    Psycho Bunny . . .
     


  12. Yaniel

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    I was amazed and a bit saddened that I had yet to experience the SF snark. Thanks for making my first posting experience whole. :fonz: Socks are definitely on the agenda, but I'm trying to get the major purchases out of the way then go to the small things, but I definitely want to pick up a lot of nice socks.


    That's what I had in mind.
     


  13. joshuadowen

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    No need to get anything fancy. Just, you know, dress socks to wear with the dress shoes.
     


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    Psycho Bunny . . .
     


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