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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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