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Switching to Allen Edmonds latest last designations


For some time now, Allen Edmonds uses slightly different designations for its last. I've now switched Sizeadvisors to use the latest ones.

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What's going to change at Sizeadvisors in 2014?


2013 was a good year for Sizeadvisors: The number of measurements increased by about 44 percent, the number of ratings increased by about 57 percent, and the software was running nearly without interruption after a database upgrade. On the first Christmas day, we reached 2200 ratings – thanks to all contributors for the nice present! – and we've already passed 2500 ratings. Over the year, I was busy trying to find ways to make Sizeadvisors better: Talking to members of the site and custom shoemakers, finding and testing other algorithms, fixing smaller problems, and so on. Meanwhile, I kept thinking whether there's a way to integrate all that feedback? It took me a while, but I think I've found it.

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What Everybody Ought to Know About the Latest Changes


According to a well-known anecdote, Thomas Edison was once asked by a French reporter how it feels to fail 999 times. Edison apparently replied: “Young man, I have not failed 999 times. I have simply found 999 ways how not to create a light bulb.” Well, I haven't found our light bulb, yet. But I believe I'm an important step closer.

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What Experts Can Tell You About Toe Allowance (Part 2)


Last week, I've discussed what shoe measuring device makers, and professional shoe fitters consider a sufficient, or ideal toe allowance. These groups differ slightly in their opinion, the first using a value of 2 UK/US units, while the latter recommends a value of 1.5 UK/US units. Here's the second part, where I look at podiatrists, and shoes manufacturers.

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What Experts Can Tell You About Toe Allowance (Part 1)


Shoe lasts are not perfect images of a person's feet; a last maker makes certain allowances or differences to a person's measurements to make a last fit. In this post, I look at the toe allowance, also called toe recede; that's the extra space in front of your toes to the tip of the last. It's often just called (the) allowance due to its prominence. Obviously, it matters. But what do the experts say about it?

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A Review of Allen Edmonds' Shoe Sizing Guide


Recently, Allen Edmonds had its home page redesigned, and now includes a shoe fit guide with sizing recommendations. Naturally, this was a perfect opportunity for me to compare them to Sizeadvisors' calculated sizes (available under 'Your Profile'): Would it differ greatly? Whose calculation is more accurate? Here's the story…

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Calculating Shoe Sizes: A Look at the Data


As a member of Sizeadvisors, you can get your shoe size calculated when you provide the measurements of your feet. Currently, you get your shoe size for the UK, US, and EU systems. Others may follow later. There's just a small problem. Some men think these numbers cannot possibly be true. In the following post, I'll try to show why these numbers are about right, and why some men think they are definitely wrong.

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