Those that have worn Cru Nonpareil shoes would say it runs ‘true to size’ of course it depends on the last. Our shoes have a generous instep, but forefoot width (narrow vs wide) varies depending on the lasts.
Cru Nonpareil shoes have a very standard fit when compared to most other dress shoe brands. Our sizes are all based on the US standard, which is ‘D’ a ‘medium’ width being the equivalent of the UK ‘E’ width. If you have been wearing size US 9 then you should expect a US size 9 to fit in Cru Nonpareil shoes.
However one must take into account that loafers will fit differently from an oxford and oxfords will fit differently from derbies. This is to say while you may feel good in the fit of an oxford; the same size may feel loose in a derby due to the extra room in the instep created from the open lacing. Please note this has nothing to do with the last but more to do with the nature of the models in dress shoes. Understanding this will help you choose your size more accurately.
• The insteps of our shoes can be considered generous.
• The suede models will feel more generous than leather in the same model.
• If you wear your oxfords snug, then half size up for your boots. However, we recommend for most to take the same size as your oxfords.
The Zurigo last is the most traditional fitting last. This last has a rounded toe for a more traditional English look. It is what most would consider ‘true to size’; this last is used for our entire Ready to Wear shoes. It can also be chosen for our Custom-Made to Order shoes.
The Monti last is a more elongated fitting last with a narrower width. This last is classic elegance with a slightly square toe learning more towards the sleek look of the Italian style shoes. Due to its elongated fit if you are a size 10 US in our Zurigo last size up by 1 for example 11 US; this last is currently available for our Custom- Made to Order shoes.
The Savile last is our newest last; it is a last that comes from a place of being more aesthetically pleasing last. Our Savile last is a sleek-looking aesthetic with a slight chisel toe. The last is what most would consider ‘true to size’ due to it being created with the same heel to ball foot ratio, only the shape of the toe was changed, thus ensuring the standard arch fit of the Zurigo Last.