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What do the numbers and letters inside my shoes mean?

Take a look inside your shoes and you’ll see some numbers and letters that seem to correspond to nothing at all. You probably know how to find your size, and likely your width, too, but what does all that other stuff mean? Let’s find out.

Edward Green

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Inside an Edward Green shoe, you’ll find the size listed in both UK and US sizes (7/7.5), the width (E), the last (202), and the order number (95178). The specs will usually be in an oval near the heel, but in some shoes, particularly those that are unlined, you’ll find them on the tongue. Note: The slash between the UK and US sizes is often mistaken for a 1, but it’s really a slash (we promise).

Alden

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In an Alden, you’ll see the size (7), of course, but you’ll also find two widths: one for the heel (B) and one for the ball (D). There’s also the model number (45164H) and some production information (4C27 018 2).

Gaziano & Girling

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Gaziano & Girling keeps things straightforward with the model’s name (Astaire), last (DG70), size (7.5), width (E), and order number (607). You’ll generally find this information on the underside of the tongue.

Saint Crispin’s

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Check the tongue of a pair of Saint Crispin’s and you’ll find, from left to right, the model number (553), skin (BCK), color (071), sole (GE8), and the size (6.5), width (E), and order number (11351).

Corthay

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Look inside a pair of Corthays and you’ll find nothing but smooth, soft leather. If you’re looking for the size, flip over the shoe and look at the sole. This pair’s in size 8.

John Lobb

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Most models from Lobb will have their size printed near the heel, though some will have it on the tongue. In this pair you can see the model name (Lopez), size (6.5), width (E), and last (4395).

Church’s

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Church’s can be tricky. The size is listed without a decimal point, so here you’ll find that a size 7 is marked 70. A 7.5 would be marked 75. There’s also the width (F), last (173), some production information, and the model name (Grafton).

Quoddy

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Quoddy keeps things simple. You’ll find the size (8) on the tongue.

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Church’s Consul, Brown Suede

Cap-toes come and cap-toes go, but Church’s Consul just keeps on keeping on. A perfect shoe for business, or shined up for any special occasion, you will never go wrong with this most classic English oxford. Made on the 173 Last in Dark Brown Suede, these could last a lifetime with proper care.

173 Last, Dark Brown Suede, Single Leather Soles

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Church’s Sahara, Navy or Sand Suede

Lightweight boots are a must for spring and summer, and Church’s Sahara are a classic option. They’re Goodyear welted on natural plantation crepe soles, which makes them extremely comfortable and stylish. Made in unlined navy or sand suede on the rounded 81 last, they’ll work with jeans, chinos, or cords for a great casual look.

81 last, Navy or Sand Suede, Crepe Soles

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