Getting Grensons, Not Sure About Sizing/Soles

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrPsellus, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. MrPsellus

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    Hey everybody,
    I have weirdly shaped feet. I was a big kid, and I think my feet splayed a bit, and I have a pretty high instep. I can fit in to an American 12-I wear Bass Saddle Shoes in a 12 with substantial difficulty, and fit perfectly in to Converse High-Tops after a month of blood blisters. To be totally honest, I'm sensitive about my feet size-they kept me from some great shoes in the past.

    I'm really in to Tan leather Grenson shoes, of the Fred-Sharp variety. Particularly the Sharp.

    http://www.grenson.co.uk/sharp-2416
    http://www.grenson.co.uk/shop/fred-v-670

    The biggest difference I am sure about is the bit more brogue going back, but in other pictures there seems to be more of a difference.

    I live in the American Mid-West, so my online suppliers of Grensons are limited, and I will be living in snowy-icy conditions for a long time. I'd prefer to get this with a boot sole, but I can't find the Fred V in a UK 12 anywhere besides Barney's, and Barney's is 50 dollars more expensive. And annoying.

    I am concerned about sizing, so shipping/returns are an issue, so I'm probably going to buy the Sharps on Mr Porter
    http://www.mrporter.com/product/177003
    in a UK Size 12.

    Does anyone have experience with these? Is there something weird about the sizing? Does anyone know how I could buy the Tan Leather Freds with the boot sole? Any reason I might fit in to a UK 11? I have not bought boots since I was a kid. Is there something different about sizing them?
     
  2. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Not what you're looking for, but free shipping both ways if you just wanted to test out their sizing (not that I'm telling you to do that :smarmy:):Grenson on bonobos

    I have a pair of the Stanley, and they definitely fit large. Size down .5-1 based on my experience.
     
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    Run large as in for a UK (making a 12 something like a 13.5) or running large for an American (making a 12 something like a 12)?
     
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    Runs large for UK. I have 9.5UK and typically take an 11US. May have been able to squeeze a 9UK even, but meh they look good.
     
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    So what are the odds that I would fit in to an 11? If it is about a 12.5, I might be, but if a 12 is really more like a normal 13 then that would be fine.
     
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    Stop squeezing your feet into shoes that are slightly too small. I know how it feels to be subconscious about your foot size (I wear a 12UK also) but comfort is better than your perception that a half size down will make a difference in appearance.

    Walk comfortably, friend, or you will regret it later.

    Trust.
     
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    The primary issue here is not the size, so much as the sole. I really want a boot sole so I can wear it when it is a bit icy, but the Sharps have a plain leather sole.
     

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