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Shoe Fit: How Close the "V"?

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When fitting shoes, how close should the "V" that the uppers form be?

Is there a generally agreed rule for that?
 

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Originally Posted by kolecho
EG in London told me about a quarter to half inch at the top of the V.

i was told the sqame thing in tassels in HK too so i wouls use this as a guideline too!
 

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What if they close and there's no gap, but the shoe fits well?
 

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Originally Posted by josepidal
What if they close and there's no gap, but the shoe fits well?

you could say that is personal choice, i do have this with a pair of shoes and with no real problem but they have become more loose over he months and there is no way i can tighten them and i refuse to put in a instep, perhapsd try a more narrower shoe! or 1/2 size smaller
 

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Flusser says a quarter inch. In my experience, if they close completely, the shoes are too wide.
 

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Part of this is an aesthetic preference. In general, the English prefer that 1/4" spacing, at least in RTW. All of my bespoke English shoes line up parallel. I prefer no gap, myself.
 

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I like tight laces, and on the shoes that line up perfectly in parallel, I don't get all the support I would like. I do think that one should have nearly parallel quarters, but there should be some room to cinch them up.
 

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I guess if we are considering a "V," we are discussing balmorals. However, I believe the consensus is that the gap should be wider on bluchers, with which the gap may not describe a "V." I'm with Manton on balmorals; I think that having the facings parallel with virtually no gap looks best. On bluchers, a gap of maybe 1/4" to 3/8" looks best to me.
 

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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
Flusser says a quarter inch. In my experience, if they close completely, the shoes are too wide.
My shoes are RTW, but I think I simply have wide feet so it's all good.
 

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Yes, balmorals.

So, an inch gap is a sign that the shoes are too narrow, right? I guess I should return the ones I just purchased.

Thanks for all the advice.
 

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Originally Posted by Sartorially Challenged
Yes, balmorals.

So, an inch gap is a sign that the shoes are too narrow, right? I guess I should return the ones I just purchased.

Thanks for all the advice.


Not necessarily. "Narrow" refers to the measurement in the toe box area, more or less. An inch gap at the throat could mean you have a high instep. I have plenty of shoes that fit me well but have fairly wide gaps at the throat because of my high inteps.
 

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Ah.

The toe box area actually fits really well. But I do have a fairly high instep.

I thought the new shoes looked good and fit well... except that the "V" is rather wide at about an inch or so. So perhaps I should keep them.

I am actually 9 1/2C, but I usually buy 9D. Usually that fits well in length, but a bit wide. I recently tried 9 1/2B, and found to my surprise that it fits much better in both length and width (not too snug in length, but just snug in width for that form fitting feel). The only problem is this gap at the V.
 

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the 'rule' i guess is to have a quarter inch gap at top, but i dont concern over that as long as the shoe fits and is comfortable long term.

saying that if there is no gap that the shoe is too wide, is too general of a statement because it really depends on the make and design of the shoe.

a shoemaker who believes in a quarter inch gap may construct the leathers around my 10D shoe to have a quarter inch gap. if i put on a 10.5 D shoe of his , it may just well close up at the top.

but another shoe maker who does not concern over that, may make my 10 D shoe to have it close all the way at the top, and if i wear his 9.5 D maybe it may be too small and there will be a quarter inch on top.

so you cant say anything about what is correct in general, just case by case according to the shoemaker and how they constructed it.

actual gauge is not the superficial look on top, but the way it fits around the ball,instep, and arch of foot.

you can have a quarter inch spread , but the fit around your feet mayb e too tight.
 

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