It will come as no surprise to anyone that there has been a seismic increase in the online men’s shoe industry over recent years. And the world renowned shoe industry in the UK has been at the forefront of this development which has meant that the question over English shoe sizing is more pertinent than ever. There have always been various shoe scales for men’s shoes throughout the world, the major ones being: UK, European, Japan, Australia, US and Canada. Whilst within these each manufacturer will be using numerous different lasts, each of which may provide a slightly different fit.
The fact that there are five different major shoe scales internationally isn’t too much of an issue since there are readily available conversion charts such as:http://www.famousfootwear.com/shoe-size-chart
Therefore one can easily translate ones local shoe size to English shoe sizing when purchasing a pair of English shoes. However the fly in the ointment is that some UK shoe makers use lasts which are not sized regularly. There are two cases in point with regards to the brands we offer at Bradshaw and Lloyd. Both RE Tricker and Barker use some lasts which come up considerably larger than standard sizes. It would be too complicated here to go into their different lasts and which ones are not standard. Fortunately we are well experienced in all Trickers and Barker lasts so when ordering from bradshawandlloyd.com simply order your regular UK size and we shall then contact you if you have selected a shoe made on an unusual fitting last and advise accordingly.
Fortunately all Loake, Sanders, Sebago and our own Bradshaw and Lloyd brand of footwear have very regular English shoe sizing. However if you have any questions do contact sales@bradshawandlloyd or telephone us to discuss your shoe requirements and we will be happy to offer advice. We have over 25 years’ experience of the brands we offer.