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Do you ever wear shoes that don't fit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jay Gatsby, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    While suits/coats are alterable, shoes are not. But the same logic suggests that a RTW shoe will not fit any foot perfectly.

    this is an urban myth [​IMG]

    certainly, a shoe cannot be altered like clothing, but they can be fitted i.e. by a decent cobbler.

    half a size in length are 3 mm = 0,008 inch.
     


  2. TintinATL

    TintinATL Senior member

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    3 mm = 0.1 inch



    this is an urban myth [​IMG]

    certainly, a shoe cannot be altered like clothing, but they can be fitted i.e. by a decent cobbler.

    half a size in length are 3 mm = 0,008 inch.
     


  3. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    if you wear ill fitting clothes, you just look retarded, but shoes that are too small you get like blisters hammer toe and all sorts of wierd disgusting foot disorders. i would recommend against it.
     


  4. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    certainly, a shoe cannot be altered like clothing, but they can be fitted i.e. by a decent cobbler.

    half a size in length are 3 mm = 0,008 inch.


    Shoes that are too big can be padded out internally (to a certain extend). Question is, whether this is a satisfactory or desirable solution.
    It is like a furry lining put into a coat that is too big. It will reduce the internal, but not the external measurements.

    Shoes cannot be altered in length, unless they are totally re-lasted.

    Don't forget, if a pair of shoes gets bigger in size (without a decrease in width), the shoe will get bigger everywhere: the heel, width and depth.
    The widest point of the shoe might well not correspond any longer with the ball of your foot.

    Good fit gets established in the rear section of the shoe.

    Half a size in length, English and American sizes = 1/6 " (4.2 mm)
    Half a size in length, continental sizes = 3.3 mm (just over 1/8 ")

    If the shoes get remade in the factory, they possibly could use a smaller or narrower last. But only to a certain degree,
    otherwise there are problems with the pattern.
     


  5. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    bs, a perfect description as always.

    ps: sorry for the mistake in the conversion of mm to inch.
     


  6. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I hope nobody says yes. I buy things because of quality and how they fit. I also admit that labels play a major role in considering my purchases but if you are buying things that dont even fit just because your getting a great deal on a label, then you sir, are the worst kind of brand whore.

    That's a pretty sweeping statement! I bought a couple of pairs Barker Black Stratons recently. One in black, one brown. Really good price. Unfortunately - they only had brown in half a size too big.

    No huge problems - thicker socks and they fit just right. I liked the look of the shoe - understand the quality of build and the price was great.

    If a shoe was too small on the other hand - I'd agree with you entirely [​IMG]
     


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    I have a pair of CJs with a half insole.

    Worked out fine!
     


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  10. Dewey

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    These threads with clumsy questions about fit are always a train wreck, even when there is a legitimate question in there. The idea that you might wear something that "does not fit" = Bat-Signal for the Fit Police. Really the OP should know better than to ask if people wear things that "don't fit." Shoes that "may be a half size too big" are more or less your size. It's not likely that your size is some one number in all shoes. Better question: Do you wear shoes in more than one size? I think the answer from any long-time shoe person is going to be yes, since sizing varies from make to make and style to style. You'd have to be OCD about size numbers and oblivious to fit if you had 25 pairs of shoes, from all different makers and in all different sizes, with matching size tags. If a shoe is tagged a different size than you normally wear, that does not mean the shoe does not fit if it fits. And yes it makes sense that you might be able to wear two half-sizes in the same shoe with great pleasure, if the last is a good fit for your foot. And thicker socks are fine if you like thicker socks. Just as your winter-weight sports coats might be a little larger to fit over a sweater, so might your winter boots allow for thicker socks. This is not Fit Heresy. And sock preference is 95% subjective. If you prefer thick crew socks to thin wool socks, no one will ever know so long as you do not cross your legs and air your ankles in public. We might as well debate the proper thickness of boxer shorts.
     


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    How much room is supposed to be in the toe? I'm not sure I've EVER worn a pair that fits right- I appreciate BS's post, but I have shoes that fit in the heel but seem like they have a lot of room up front. But I've always been comfortable enough, I suppose, so I must be doing something right.
     


  12. MalfordOfLondon

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    How much room is supposed to be in the toe? I'm not sure I've EVER worn a pair that fits right- I appreciate BS's post, but I have shoes that fit in the heel but seem like they have a lot of room up front. But I've always been comfortable enough, I suppose, so I must be doing something right.

    Depends entirely on the shape of the last I suppose? the pointier a last - the more room there should be?
     


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    If i saw a pair of John Lobbs for £100 and were half a size bigger then damn yes i would buy them... otherwise never..for my feet a half size bigger makes a difference a big difference. They may fit OK for the first few days but after a short while my feet will be sliding all over the place!!
     


  14. Sanguis Mortuum

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    I have a few pairs that I bought on impulse hoping they would fit but they're too small. Never again.
     


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    I wore a pair of AEs that I got a couple widths too narrow a couple of times. I don't wear them anymore.
     


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