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.

Welted Lasts

Allen Edmonds utilizes different lasts in manufacturing our welted footwear. In most cases, styles designated by a four-digit style number.

Known more simply as the 5 last, the 65 last is our most popular, classic fitting last. The longest in length of all of our lasts; best for a long, narrow look; and often the best fit for those with high arches. Our best-selling Park Avenue is made on the 65 last.

Shoes built on 65 last

Known more simply as the 3 last, the 73 last is designed for classic American designs. The 73 last has the fullest fit measurement in the ball of the foot with a tapered toe and more room across the forefoot.

Shoes built on 73 last

Known more simply as the 9 last, the 79 last has a tapered back portion which allows for lower, shorter vamp designs creating a low fit across the top of the foot.

Shoes built on 79 last

Known more simply as the 7 last, the 97 last is the best fit for the average foot. The 97 last is one of Allen Edmonds early lasts, and has a soft, slightly pointed toe. It lays flatter in the toe area for a classic American look.

Shoes built on 97 last

Known more simply as the 8 last, the 108 last has an elongated forepart with a tapered and flatter toe. It is similar to the 222 last with a longer, narrower fit and a rounded toe.

Shoes built on 108 last

The 201 last is the newest last introduction from the Product Development team. This last has a higher cone, providing more room for a higher instep and contemporary shelf appeal. The toe down has fuller forefoot width for more comfort and slight chisel to the toe profile, providing a sleek looking aesthetic which complements our iconic 65 last.

Shoes built on 201 last

Known more simply as the 2 last, the 222 last has an elongated toe with a slightly higher instep and a more narrow fit in the forefoot creating a sleek silhouette and rounded European look.

Shoes built on 222 last

Known more simply as the 4 last, the 234 last was the first Allen Edmonds last with a non-rounded toe. The 234 last is modeled after the 97 last for the best fit for the average foot, but with a less pronounced point and subtly squared-off toe.

Shoes built on 234 last

The 333 last has a slightly elongated profile and softer line at the outer edge, with a square shape for a more European or chiseled toe.

Shoes built on 333 last

The 444 last fits similarly to the 511g last. It features a slightly squared off toe for comfortable all-day wear and an easy, professional look.

Shoes built on 444 last
  • ORD/O'Hare (Road Warriors™ Comfort Technology)

Known more simply as the 1 last, this last is similar to the 7 last from heel to the ball of the foot, yet with a more rounded, fuller fitting toe. The 511 last is used in many of our boots because of the added room in the toe box.

Shoes built on 511 last

511 last with extra room allowed for an orthotic. The 511G last is also used for many of the Honors Collection styles and features a rounded toe for comfortable all-day wear and easy pairing with heavier, more casual athletic socks.

Shoes built on 511G last
  • ATL (Road Warriors™ Comfort Technology)
  • LAX (Road Warriors™ Comfort Technology)
  • LGE (Road Warriors™ Comfort Technology)
  • MKE (Road Warriors™ Comfort Technology)

This is our newest of the Allen Edmonds lasts. The 606 last has a broad, flat toe providing a roomier forepart. The instep transition and cone rise is farther back than a typical Allen Edmonds last.

Shoes built on 606 last

The 678 last is our 234 last, but with a fuller fit and additional depth to accommodate an Allen Edmonds orthotic insole.

Shoes built on 678 last

The 1757 last has a noticeably wider forepart for a fuller, more youthful appearance. The toe down view has a rounded profile for a fuller shape similar to the B34. A rounded toe combined with a sleek profile makes the 1757 perfect for boots and other casual silhouettes. It’s an easy fitting last with the ideal shape for those who are looking for a more versatile dress-casual look.

Shoes built on 1757 last

1943 is a new last in the "refined dress" category. A soft square toe shape is paired with a sculpted, longer forepart and higher cone than the traditional timeless classic lasts. This addition offers an updated & contemporary fashion sense to the Allen Edmonds collection.

Shoes built on 1943 last

2042 is a new slip-on last inspiring a fresh aesthetic in our "refined dress" category. It is a sleeker, more fashion-forward look than our classic slip-ons. This last has a soft rounded toe, full forepart and tapered back section to promote an enhanced fit for our slip-on styles.

Shoes built on 2042 last

The B34 last was developed as a true 'boot' last, with a wider forefoot for more room up front and a higher toe box for added volume and comfort from a profile perspective.

Shoes built on B34 last

The JN9 was created for the Jack Nicklaus Collection. The last has a modern, squarer toe and broader toe box to allow for the use of an orthotic. The extra room also lets your foot breath during a long day on the golf course.

Shoes built on JN9 last

Handsewn Lasts

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

Semi-round toe handsewn last with a slightly shorter vamp; fuller across the ball of the foot.

Shoes built on 114 last

Slightly square toe handsewn last with an elongated forepart; used for ae by Allen Edmonds drivers collection.

Shoes built on 145 last

Shorter forepart and round toe with a tighter instep providing a snug fit.

Shoes built on 555 last

A classic, great fitting handsewn last with a sleek but rounded toe and steeper arch; roomier across the ball of the foot with a nice, rounded shape.

Shoes built on 800 last

A rounded, fuller toe handsewn last. 1/8 inch longer than the 114 last to accommodate a fuller, foam sock liner and heel-to-toe padding.

Shoes built on 2592 last

Cemented Lasts

A last designed for a lifestyle favorite, the classic tennis shoe. This last offers the look of traditional cup sole sneakers with a casual, rounded toe. Cool enough for the weekends, but sharp enough to add some originality to your dress-casual looks.

Shoes built on 2148 last

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