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What English shoe brand do you prefer?

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I wanted to get members opinions on what is their favorite english brand of shoes are. One could also say what english brand of shoes do you buy the most of.

I ask because I was on pediwear and really have no clue about the shoes they carry as far as being goodyear welted, good price to quality ratio, etc. There was quite a few shoes I like from Loake, Trickers, CJ, Grenson, and Alfred Sargent shoes. All shoes were in their top "line"
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The best shoe to buy is always the one that fits one's feet the best. For UK vendors, the only shoes I have found that fit my feet properly, are Barker's shoes made on the 29 last, and Grenson Rose collection shoes made on the 96 last, in an F width (fitting).

I have tried shoes made by Trickers, Cheaney, Crockett and Jones, Alfred Sargent. and Loake. I ended up returning, or selling on eBay, almost all of these shoes. The main problem I had was that the arch of these shoes was just too high for my very flat feet, or the heel area was just too wide.

I sent a detailed description of my feet to Pediwear, along with the fitting criteria I was looking for. They suggested the Grenson 96 last, so I bought a number of shoes made on this last. It has a similar fit to Alden's Plaza and Copley lasts.

Paul Stuart has Grenson shoes made up on this last. However, they are only made in a US D width, which is narrower than a Grenson UK F width. Grenson said they would be willing to make a Paul Stuart shoe (which is made to higher end specifications. than the Rose Collection) in a UK F width as a special order.

I am very satisfied with the quality of the Grenson Rose collection shoes, and find them to be extremely well constructed, from excellent quality materials. I feel they hit that sweet spot for a first class product, at an attractive price point.

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