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British shoe sizing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Nick M, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

    May 1, 2002
    I don't have much to add to the mix but this cautionary tale.  I was very happy when C&J offered to recommend a size after I had sent them outlines of my feet.  I took the tracings at night, when I assumed my feet were their largest. I sent the tracings by mail (not fax), and described the shoes I was interested in.  Models in the 337 last were on my list.

    C&J made recommendations, but based on the sizes of other English shoes in my closet, I added 1/2 to them.  The models in the 337 last that I recieved (even with my 1/2 size adjustment) were simply too narrow to be worn out of the box. I have stretched them several times, and they are now wearable, but they will never be the most comfortable dress shoe in my closet.  This situation may apply only to my Fred Flintstone shaped foot, and your mileage may vary.  As someone who has ordered at least a dozen shoes over the Net (mostly with good result, the above tale notwithstanding)I can say with conviction that nothing really beats trying the shoe on.


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