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Lace Gap concern........

Elegantly Defined

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Just received these AE Strands in 10.5 B...Love these shoes but they are pretty tight. What do you guys think?

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Way too narrow. Why did you get a B width? Did you try on a D or E?
 

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Didn't try them on because I purchased them online. There is still some space regarding the length of the shoe but I'm afraid 10 might be too small. Has anyone else dropped half a size in AE?
 

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Didn't try them on because I purchased them online. There is still some space regarding the length of the shoe but I'm afraid 10 might be too small. Has anyone else dropped half a size in AE?

What made you think you were a B width?
 

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Just received these AE Strands in 10.5 B...Love these shoes but they are pretty tight. What do you guys think?


How do they feel across the ball of your foot (that's the widest part of your foot, behind your toes)? Are the shoes too tight at that point?

Unless they are too tight at that point, then your issue is not the width, but rather the instep height - the vertical height of the shoes at the part where they lace up. As you can see, you've got a huge "v"-shaped gap where the laces do up and that, to me, indicates that the last (the shape on which the shoe is built) is unsuited to your instep height.

I've got the same issue with Allen-Edmonds shoes, particularly the "5" last which certain models like the Park Avenue and the Fifth Avenue are built on. It's simply too flat for my feet and the shape doesn't have enough vertical height where the shoes lace up.

It is possible to try to overcome an instep height problem by getting wider-fitting shoes or by going up half-a-size (or both), as that gives your feet more space, but it's hardly an ideal solution as it means that you're getting a shoe that is too large or too wide for you, so as to deal with a fit problem in a different part of the shoe.

If there's somewhere near you that stocks Allen-Edmonds shoes, then try on some different sizes and widths, but be prepared to accept that the fit of that particular last is simply not for you, and look around for shoes that have higher insteps.
 

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@journeyman, that may be it. I'm having the same kind of pressure/pain on and on top of my 5th metatarsal with my cavanaughs...Which are made on a 114 lasts. I have a fairly normal arch from what I've been told.
 

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