It's really hard for me to say, as everyone has different feet. As an example, on the C&J 337 shoes that I have (Audley etc), the "v" in the laces has closed up a bit with wear, as the leather has softened and stretched. With the AEs that I tried on, however, the gap was so extreme and the shoes so uncomfortable that I cannot imagine that ever happening. AE models like the Park Ave and the Fifth Ave are uncomfortably "flat" and so I've learned that I just can't wear them. Thanks for the comments, fxh. I have, in the past, tried some US EE and English G width shoes because, as fxh notes, the extra width can help to compensate for the lack of height in the instep. It's always a compromise, though - it's not as though the shoes fit well and there is excess space at the sides of my feet. I tried that trick with the AE Park Avenues that I tried on (back when Peter Sheppard still stocked them, which I don't believe they do anymore) and I even tried a EEE or EEEE fit. Whilst it was tremendously wide, the top of the shoe was still very low and as soon as I tried to do up the laces it felt extremely uncomfortable. I'm sometimes willing to suffer for fashion, but I could never have worn those shoes. I have found that, as a rule, Italian shoes tend to have higher insteps and so I have tended to purchase more from brands like Santoni, Ferragamo's Tramezza line and so on. The Vass U-last also has quite a high instep and it fits me very well. Finding shoes that fit a high instep is really a matter of trial and error, and of trying them on whenever possible before buying them. I asked some questions about shoes for those with high insteps a few years back, and got a few responses - here is one of them, which may be of some assistance.