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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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