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Borgioli Singlecut and Suede Monk Shoe width??????


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Jan 18, 2010
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I have 4 pairs of Borgioli shoes in Size 11, 3 of which I've not worn yet. I tried them on in the shop and they felt ok but most of the shoes I buy feel ok in the shop but when I start to actually wear them for a little while that's when the agony starts by which time it's too late to take them back as they've been worn.

I have wide feet and I wondered if anyone knows what the standard width fitting is for the Borgioli Elite shoes I have in Size 11. I can't find any reference to the width on the shoe. If they are generally a narrow shoe I'll have to put them on Ebay. The retailer I bought them from knows I have wide feet and assures me they'll fit but I'm not so sure. So does anyone know if these Wholecuts and Suede Monk Borgiolis are a wide shoe or not? I really can't tell by wearing them around the house if they are going to give me trouble in normal use or not. Thanks in advance for any replies.


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Mar 14, 2008
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Probably your feet are different in size from morning to afternoon. On the other hand, if the Borgioli are, as I suspect, Rapid-Blake's, the break-in process can be extremely painfull, and will be longer than Goodyear. You can get them streched by a cobbler and put some shoe stretcher foam on the inside until they are broke in (had this problem with a pair of Martegani, which took around 2 years - 6-7 wears in the meantime because it was too painful to wear them). The italian shoes are on a "sleeker" last than the english, which it translates in the fact that I wear a 10.5 in english (best fit on Tricker's, could wear them one day long out of the box) and a 11(english) on most italians - Santoni, Fr. Rosetti, Stefanobi). Try the stretch, if not put them on e-bay!

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