A last is the most important component of shoemaking. It is the last that dictates the shape, the width and the conformity of each pair of shoes. Bespoke Shoemakers meticulously sculpture a piece of wood that is unique to your foot, to achieve perfection and ultimate comfort.
Each Brand has its own style and elements when it comes to their lasts. It is then important to understand and visualize the characteristics and make a more educated choice in the RTW world.
Here are all our lasts from Carlos Santos with a picture comparison and additional information. For ZEB Shoes MTM last information please refer here.
Currently, The Noble Shoe offers 6 different lasts each with its own style and properties. Let's take a closer look:
Last 234: A very soft chiseled last with good arch support and slightly generous instep. Fits quite snug and TTS (True To Size).
Last 316: A very slightly elongated, soft almond last. Quite comfortable with normal instep. Can be just a tad roomy, but would advise TTS or similar to your regular Carlos Santos size.
Last 387: A chiseled last with a soft square toe shape. Has a normal instep and regular width. Fits (comfortably) snug and would advise your regular Carlos Santos size or TTS.
Last 389: The 389 is exactly like the 387, with the only difference that it is mounted on Handgrade models with a closed channel sole.
Last 397: A gently elongated soft chiseled last. It generally fits TTS but can be slightly roomy for some. If you are between two sizes or you want a snugger fit, consider sizing half a size down from your regular TTS. Or email/contact us!
Last 401: The 401 is has an almond shaped toe. It has a regular width normal arch support and instep. Comparable to the 234, 387 and 389 so go with your TTS.
Reminder: The Noble Shoe displays everything in UK sizes. Please size down 1 full size from your regular US size or use the converter from EU numbers.
Generally, if you have dress shoes with regular width, this is probably your normal Carlos Santos size. If your wear Carmina Rain/Simpson, Cheaney, TLB Mallorca or Crockett & Jones take your regular sizes. Size down half a size from Gaziano&Girling or Edward Green.
There are some exceptions however, varying for each manufacturer. Here are my personal shoes for an easier comparison.
- Carlos Santos 234: UK 7
- Carlos Santos 387/389: UK 7
- Carlos Santos 401: UK 7
- Carmina Rain: UK 7
- Project TWLV: UK 6
- TLB Mallorca Artista: UK 7
- Cheaney 107: UK 7
- Heinrich Dinkelacker Buda: UK 6.5
- Loake Jockey: UK 7 (Snug)
It is always worth at least getting your Brannock measurements or having a point of comparison if you are unfamiliar with the brand. However, for any questions please contact us!