How Should Swims Galoshes Fit?

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  1. enigmax89k

    enigmax89k Member

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    Yesterday, I went to an Allen Edmonds store to try on some black Swims galoshes. I wear a 10.5 in Allen Edmonds which according to Swims size charts is borderline between a size L and XL, so I tried on both the L and XL sized galoshes. The L galoshes were very tight and took some time wiggling around the shoe to put on. Also, they were a tad bit too small in terms of length (like 1/10 of an inch), so when I put them on my shoes, theres a tiny tiny gap of air between the back on my heel and the back heel of the galoshes. For the XL galoshes, I had no trouble putting them on as they were very spacious and simply slipped on to my shoe. Unfortunately I didn't actually get up and walk around to see if theu'd be too loose. The sales rep told me that the L (smaller of the two) was a better fit because the XL was too easy to put on. I wasn't sure if his rationale was accurate, so I was goping that I could gain some wisdom from you fellow styleforumers.

    Thank you!
     
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  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    The sales rep was correct. Too much room and splash water will get inside.

    Try Tingley's instead.
     
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    go with the XL. you want to be able to put this on easily. If you are struggling to get them on, they are too tight.
     


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    Thank you both for your recommendations. I would really appreciate any other feedback from you both and others as well since there seems to be contrasting views on the proper fit for Swims galoshes.
     


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    bry2000 Senior member

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    To give you some perspective, I wear a size 9 and have the size Large SWIMS. They slide on easily and I have never had a problem with water seeping in. You want to be able to put these on easily, especially if you ever wear shoes with rubber soles like Dainite, etc.
     


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    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Only to say this...they are made stretch-y for a reason. I used to wear Tingley's with aluminum bars on the bottoms over my wading boots for years and years (everybody did back then). The were the kind that covered the whole shoe up to the ankle. They had to be tight otherwise you would lose them in the rock of the river bottom. And they weren't that hard or time consuming to put on. A moment, that's all.

    If they're so hard to put on that you can't be bothered, why bother at all? Just get yourself some vinyl rain booties with the snaps.
     
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    Just to add another data point to the questions around sizing for SWIMS - I wear a 9D in Park Aves, and tried both a Large and Medium. While the Large is technically the right size for me. I didn't like how bulky it made my shoe look, and there was too much room for some 8.5D shoes I have. I exchanged for a Medium, which is tight but not hard to get on. I think you can go either way, but I personally like the snug fit.
     


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