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Deja "Shoe" All Over Again! More Questions About Fancy English Dress Shoes


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Oct 21, 2006
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With apologies for the pun on the subject line to Yogi Berra, John Fogerty, etc...

Anyway, I've posted before "lusting" for a well-built and orthopedically supportive sensible but stylish English or possibly Italian derby lace-up that I can afford, to about $350.

Several more lingering questions:

My foot size in an American shoe is 12 C. The 12 in an English equivalent is no sweat, it is usually an 11 and a half. But the "C" has presented lots of problems with several English shoe companies I've contacted. "C" is considered a narrow width and many British shoes will be too wide. So are you aware of a good English derby offered in an equivalent to a "C" width? And will I have the same sizing problems with Italian shoes?

Several of you recommend Grenson as a nice moderately priced UK shoe. But are they sold here in the USA?

Are there any good "brick-and-mortar" shoe shops in Chicago, New York, Houston ( or another big city) that specialize in nothing but the imported upscale shoes? I realize there's a Crockett & Jones store in NYC but that's the only line they sell. I surmise that in some major city there must be an upscale multi-brand import store, with a good reputation for customer service.

Has anyone had experience with the "Trask" Italian shoe???

Is it wise to buy some of these brands as used? I've always sort of shied away from that idea because of worries of inherited foot disease, but I suppose a responsible dealer would sanitize the shoes. I thought it might be a chance to get into a Lobb or Greene or Weston for my budget. Then again finding my size used in a black or mahogany derby might be pretty tough...

Is there a really reliable shoe store in the USA that does specialize in preowned luxury shoes?

But it comes back to whether I can find, new or used, a very nice pair of English or Italian fine leather derby lace-ups that will fit my 12-C foot...which I'll remove from my mouth as I await your replies


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