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Understanding Lasts & Achieving the Perfect Fit

All About Lasts

Part of what makes Allen Edmonds shoes so unique is the extensive range of sizes and widths we offer that make achieving a perfect fit much simpler. Wearing the wrong size shoe can cause not only short-term discomfort but also long-term foot, back and joint ailments that could affect you the rest of your life. Doctors often specifically recommend Allen Edmonds shoes to their patients who suffer from such ailments because of our breadth of available sizes. If you are a first-time Allen Edmonds customer, it is vitally important that you are fit professionally at an Allen Edmonds Retail Store or Authorized Dealer who is familiar with the sizing and fit of Allen Edmonds shoes. By doing so, you will greatly increase the chances of being fit correctly the first time.

Allen Edmonds shoes come in lengths from 6-16. Each half size increases by approximately one-sixth of an inch and each full size increases by one-third of an inch. The widths of Allen Edmonds shoes range from AAA, the narrowest width, to EEE, the widest width, with a D width considered medium. Technically speaking, each width increases by approximately three-sixteenths of an inch in total girth.

Another benefit of choosing Allen Edmonds shoes is the wide variety of lasts we use. Lasts are foot-shaped forms that provide shoemakers with the basis for building a shoe. By selecting shoes manufactured on the last that most resembles the contours of your feet, you will achieve a superior fit, only enhancing the comfort of your shoes.

 Goodyear Welted Styles

Allen Edmonds utilizes different lasts in manufacturing our welted footwear. In most cases, styles designated by a four-digit style number. The last number is the same as the style’s final digit.

The 0 Last (000)

0 Last (000)
A more pronounced cone and elongated forepart with a subtly clipped toe create a sleek silhouette.

The 1 Last (511)

1 Last (511)
Similar to the 7 Last from heel to the ball of the foot, yet with a more rounded, fuller fitting toe.

The 2 Last (222)

2 Last (222)
Elongated toe with a slightly higher instep. Very similar to the 108 last.

The 3 Last (73)

3 Last (73)
Fullest girth measurement with a tapered toe and more room over the instep.

The 3 Last (333)

3 Last (333)
Slightly elongated profile with a square toe shape for a more euro look.

The 4 Last (234)

4 Last (234)
Modeled after the 7 last but with a fuller, squared-off toe.

The 4 Last (444)

4 Last (444)
designed for our cement Flat-Lasted styles in our ae by Allen Edmonds collection. This last is similar to our 4 last. The 444 last has a slightly squared toe and lays flatter in the toe area.

The 5 last (65)

5 Last (65)
This is the longest in length of all of our lasts; best for a long, narrow foot.

The 6 Last (606)

6 Last (606)
Broad flat toe provides a roomier forepart. Cone rises back farther back than a typical AE last.

The 7 Last (97)

7 Last (97)
Best fit for the average foot; lays flatter in the toe area.

The 8 Last (108)

8 Last (108)
Elongated forepart with a tapered and flatter toe; similar to the 2 last.

The 8 Last (678)

8 Last (678)
Modeled after the 4 last, but with a fuller fit and additional depth to accommodate Allen Edmonds removable orthotic.

The 9 Last (79)

9 Last (79)
Tapered back portion pushes the foot forward to fit low across the top of the foot rather than the instep.




Handsewn Styles

Handsewn Styles are constructed on one of six lasts. Look below to find the characteristics of each last.

The Handsewn Last 114

Handsewn Last (114)
Semi-round toe handsewn last with a slightly shorter vamp.

The Handsewn Last 145

Handsewn Last (145)
Tapered, square toe handsewn last with an elongated forepart; fuller fitting.

The Handsewn Last 555

Handsewn Last (555)
Shorter forepart and round toe with a tighter instep which give the shoes a snug fit.

The Handsewn Last 555

Handsewn Last (800)
A classic handsewn last with a semi-rounded toe and roomier instep; longer forepart than the 555.

The Handsewn Last 2592

Handsewn Last (2592)
A rounder, fuller toe handsewn. 1/8" longer than the 114 last to accommodate a fuller sock liner with heel-to-toe padding.




Haven’t found the information you are looking for? Give us a call, we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You may contact us by e-mail or by phone 1-800-235-2348 (U.S.A.) or 1-262-235-6512 (outside of the U.S.A.).
If at all possible, we recommend coming in for a professional fitting. Click here to find the nearest Allen-Edmonds company store or dealer.