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    Shoe Tree Fit

    My apologies in advance for the newbie question.

    I just received a couple pairs of shoe trees from Nordstrom.

    According to their sizing chart, my 10.5D from AE should be a large size for their trees.

    I got them in with a little wiggling but it was a little tough to get them out. They seemed very tight in the width as well.

    I realize they should fit snugly but I was concerned they might be too snug. The shoes are brand new so that may be part of the issue.

    Any wisdom to share?

    Thanks.

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    I understand your shoes are not bespoke. What I am about to do is give you an example.

    With bespoke shoes, the fit is so tight that you can't put them on without a shoe horn. Of course, a fit like that won't damage the shoes. Since your shoe trees seem to be a little easier to put in, I imagine your situation is fine.

    You can always call them, explain your situation and see if you can try the mediums.

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    FWIW, I just checked the shoe tree fit in three pairs of my AE oxfords. All of them have light friction when removing the tree but I wouldn't say I have to fight them. But my shoes are a little bigger than yours -- two pairs are 11E and one is 11.5 D. The shoe trees are Allen Edmonds brand in size Large.

    One thing I will say is that it helps to rotate the trees a little bit as they go in or out. I seems to help them slide past the interior contours of the shoe a little better.

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    Not all shoes are created equal. A 10.5D from one brand may be similar to a 10D or even a 9.5D from another brand. The same can even be true when comparing two different styles of shoes from the same brand. Shoe tree fit charts are generalizations - the best tree choice may be different from what is shown on the charts, especially if you're close to the upper or lower end of the shoe size range for one of the tree sizes.

    Are you AE shoes perhaps made on the 511 last? That last is a bit lower-volume in the forefoot area than their other lasts. Also a lower instep IIRC, so a bit more care may be needed when removing shoe trees.

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    They will probably ruin your shoes if you don't stop using them right away.

    But I wear 12-12.5, so they sound perfect for my shoes. You can ship them to me if you like. DM me, and I'll send you my address.

    Okay, joking. They sound fine to me.
    Intentionally overdressed for almost every occasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skriefal View Post
    Not all shoes are created equal. A 10.5D from one brand may be similar to a 10D or even a 9.5D from another brand. The same can even be true when comparing two different styles of shoes from the same brand. Shoe tree fit charts are generalizations - the best tree choice may be different from what is shown on the charts, especially if you're close to the upper or lower end of the shoe size range for one of the tree sizes.

    Are you AE shoes perhaps made on the 511 last? That last is a bit lower-volume in the forefoot area than their other lasts. Also a lower instep IIRC, so a bit more care may be needed when removing shoe trees.
    It's the 65 last. 5th Avenues.

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    Thanks all for the help. I'm going to order a tree in the next size down and compare.

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    AE's will stretch a little bit as you break them in, so given they're brand new I wouldn't worry too much.

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