Width fitting.

I was disappointed after taking the time to take 12 different measurements of my feet, 10 of which are foot width measurements, not to actually get a width calculation of my feet.

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Claus June 8, 2011

Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry you're disappointed about the lack of a width calculation.

Unfortunately, it's impossible to calculate "your" width. Widths are not absolute measures; one can't say a certain width equals, say, 30cm. Widths are only relative (to the initial ball girth of the last).

This is a common misunderstanding because sellers often use words like "narrow", "normal", or "wide" to describe widths. A better translation would be "less than initial", "initial" and "more than initial". Since there is no standard for what "initial" means mathematically, the absolute numbers can and do vary across different lasts.

Consequently, you may want to wear a D width for one last, an E width for another last, and maybe a C width for yet another last.

Hopefully, this explanation helps a bit. Again, sorry for the disappointment.

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