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Shoe fit question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ord, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. ord

    ord Active Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    I have what's probably a dumb question...

    I just bought a pair of Peal cap toes at Brooks Brothers during the recent sale.  They fit fine in the store, but after trying them on at home, I noticed an issue I've never had before with any other dress shoes I've owned.  It seems the heels and the sole aren't on the same plane.  In other words, when the sole of the shoe is flat on the floor, the heel is not parallel to the ground.  While wearing the shoes, I can teeter back and forth between the sole and the heel.

    Is this a defect in the shoes, or will they eventually adjust themselves as a part of the breaking in process?
  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Mar 23, 2002
    London, UK
    In every well-made shoe there is a curvature of the sole to facilitate walking. Shoes are not wooden planks and you do not want to walk like Father Christmas...tap...tap...tap. You roll your sole while you are walking. This curvature ensures that you will.

    There might be some discussion between different manufacturers about the degree (can't remember the correct term, might be "pitch"), but it certainly will be there.

    Nothing wrong with the shoes; they'll put a spring in your step.
  3. Horace

    Horace Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    I've got a pair of Peals -- probably the same as you. They do have a slight pitch -- but I don't notice it until looking at them now.

    Another shoe fitting question:

    Is it true that one's foot never stops growing?

    Another shoe fitting observation:

    For several years I think I was wearing too small of a shoe, on occasion.

    Yet another shoe fitting observation:

    It makes a difference whether or not you walk a lot or not. I take a size 11 in the Alden Barrie last -- which is a rather large, wide last I think. But walking in Manhattan, from CPS to Batt Park, and back, by the end of it, the shoe is still comfortable. But then again, I take a 10.5 in a Peal cap toe.

    I once walked from Battery park up to 125th across and down back to lower east side and over to Battery park in a pair of Brooks shoes.

    My feet didn't hurt. But the rest of my body was in pain for about 3 days.
  4. johnw86

    johnw86 Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Mine have grown. I used to wear an 8 from about age 16 to 30. In the last 14 years, I'm up to an 8 1/2 or 9 depending on the shoe.
  5. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

    Aug 7, 2004
    Regarding foot growth in maturity, I might relate my own experience as one of the oldest regular posters in this forum. From the time I was about 15 or 16, my feet were a size 13 B or C (depending on the last) and remained so for the next 30 years. Sometime in my mid 40s, they widened to a D width and have remained so ever since (approx. 17 years). Suits me fine, since the D width is much easier to get in my size than the narrower widths.
  6. joseanes

    joseanes Senior member

    Oct 25, 2004
    Marlborough, MA, USA
    Funny you mention it, and goot it was discussed in the forum. I recenly bought a pair of Cordovan AE. On the store's carpet they felt great, on my kitchen floor they had that feeling you describe. Never felt that before (but then again, those are the first good shoes I get). For a moment I thought they where defective [​IMG]

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