Recommendations are based on the ratings of other members you follow. Whom you follow is, in turn, based on your ratings. There are three main pages:
The following explanations presuppose Sizeadvisors found other members for you to follow, and these members rated at least some others lasts.
This page lists available shoe models build on the recommended fittings. Fittings are considered if they have an estimated fit greater than 3 stars.
By using your mouse pointer to hover over the images, you'll see the details of the shoe.Clicking an image opens the page of a vendor of that shoe in a new window.
Note: The list of available models is currently outdated.
This page lists all fittings – a last-width-size combination in Sizeadvisors' terminology – with an estimated fit. The estimated fit is based on the ratings of members you follow.
Here's how it currently looks like if you rated a shoe build on Loake's Capital last in UK 8.0-F with 4 stars (ie. as "very comfortable"):
You'll note that Loake's Capital last is the first one the list. This enable Sizeadvisors to show you models build on the fitting under "shoe recommendations" (see above).
Here's how to read the information for a single recommended fitting:
The variety of recommendations depends on the variety of your ratings. The more ratings you provide, the more members you'll follow, and the more ratings can be used for your recommendations. Also, the more precise the fit estimations will be, on average.
If you get no results, no other member rated the last-width combinations you've rated. Try adding more ratings – maybe, by going to the next store and trying a few popular last-width combinations.
For every recommendation, there's a page providing an overview why that fitting has been recommended, and its fit estimated as displayed.
The graph in the overview displays the estimated fit for every size that could be estimated. Which sizes can be estimated depends on whether somebody you follow provided a ratings for that size.
The list below the graph shoe how it was rated by the members you follow, including the annotations they provided.
You can also search (or filter) your recommendations. This is useful if you want to know which last-width combinations are most likely to fit well for a particular brand, or if you already pre-selected a particular model made on a specific last.
It's easy to add a rating if you don't have to enter all the information yourself. Check out the requests of members following you (most of the time, you're also following them) to see if you can help them by adding a rating.
Traditionally made shoes consists of natural materials. Depending on the brand, a varying degree of hand work is involved. Additionally, the shoe industry considers it the customers' responsibility to find and select a shoe that fits. Consequently, brands differ in regard to the consistency of fit.
In other words: shoes made on the same last, in the same size and width, may sometimes feel (slightly) different.
Sizeadvisors tries to take care about these differences by aggregating ratings for a particular fitting. But it takes a larger sample of ratings to distinguish brands who provide a consistent fit from those who do not.
For this reason, you should always use recommendations responsible: If you can, use a local dealer to test a particular pair of shoes. If it feels uncomfortable, ask for different pair of the same model, in the same size and width. You may find, it feels differently, and maybe better.
If it doesn't, provide an appropriate rating, so recommendations get better for everybody else.
If you need to order online, make sure to use an online store that makes it easy and inexpensive for you to send the shoes back.
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