Fit and sizing is one of those things where we all have a personal preference, some like their shoes tight while others don’t like their feet to be choked. After years of speaking with customers, we have found some useful sizing guidelines which we hope will help nearly everyone find the perfect fit.
When shopping on our website, you will always find a sizing recommendation in the description.
All of our sizing references using The Brannock Device.
The Brannock Device®
Designed in 1927, The Brannock Device is a standardized way of measuring your shoe size and once you know your Brannock Size, ordering shoes online will be much easier than trying to compare brands for sizing. We strongly recommend getting sized on The Brannock Device when determining your true size. Nearly every reputable shoe shop, and many cobblers, will have The Brannock Device on-hand if you’d like to get measured. Some customers have inquired about buying The Brannock Device online, but it really is best to be measured by someone familiar with its proper operation.
TRUE TO SIZE
Order your size as measured on The Brannock Device.
This means most will find a perfect fit with their size as measured on The Brannock Device. When new, our True-to-Size footwear should fit slightly snug, but will break-in after a few wears.
HALF SIZE DOWN
Order ½ size smaller than your size as measured on The Brannock Device.
Footwear that will fit best when sized ½ size smaller than your size as measured on The Brannock Device. Half-Down footwear should fit snugly when new, but will stretch and conform to your foot with wear.
FULL SIZE DOWNOrder 1 full size smaller than your size as measured on The Brannock Device.
It’s critical that some slip-on loafers fit extremely snug when new, since there are no laces to further secure them once the leather stretches—and it will stretch considerably. This is why we strongly recommend you order 1 full size smaller than your size as measured on The Brannock Device. This is especially true for those who wear loafers with thin or no socks.
The type of last used determines the aesthetic and ultimately the fit of a particular style.
We use a variety of lasts for different styles of shoes, including those we developed specifically for our collection and a few time-honored American classics.