English shoe fit issues

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dacs7, May 4, 2005.

  1. dacs7

    dacs7 Member

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    I've been able to get some idea from searching the forums, but I still haven't found a complete discussion of this:  how should English shoes fit?  I just bought my second pair of C&J handgrade in 10.5uk, and I'm an 11US.  They are very comfortable, but I've never seen shoes with such a large heel space-- I can fit an entire finger behind my heel, even though the fit otherwise seems perfect.  With Italian shoes, I have almost the opposite problem.  Are English shoes designed for thicker socks, is it just a preference?  Any secrets for determining what's the right fit (even good salesmen seem a little blase about this...)
     
  2. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    I also want to know why the damn shoes are so narrow most of the time.
     
  3. Fashionslave

    Fashionslave Senior member

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    IMO,I feel that English shoes tend to be wide.
     
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    shoefan Senior member

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    Dacs7:

    Seems to me that the shoes are too long for you; you should not have that much space behind your heel. If they fit in the front of your foot, it sounds like you need a 1/2 or 1 size shorter shoe, which then would mean you need a greater width (since width decreases as you go down in length -- a 10D has a smaller width/girth than an 11D). If you do go down in size, make sure the ball of your foot is still in the proper place in the shoe, i.e. at the widest part of the shoe. If not, then the last is not the right one for your foot.

    AFAIK, no shoe should ever have much space between your heel and the back of the shoe.
     
  5. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Have to agree with shoefan on this. Based on your description, the big problem seems to be that the shoes are too long if you have that much room behind your heel when the shoe is on your foot. If your response is that they fit perfectly in the toebox and a smaller size would pinch your toes, then it may be both a width and a length issue (get shorter yet wider shoes).
     

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