The majority of shoes listed on our site are graded in UK sizes; a small number of styles within the Loake lifestyle range are graded using the continental scale.

Please explain the different Fitting Codes

English made Men’s shoes (and boots) are generally made in fittings E, F, G and H and these can be classified simplistically as follows:

E=  Narrow 
F=  Medium
G=  Wide 
H = Extra Wide

(sometimes known as 5 fitting)
(sometimes known as 6 fitting)
(sometimes known as 7 fitting)
(sometimes known as 8 Fitting)


Between fittings in the same size there is approximately 1/4" difference in girth measurement.

Fittings with an X suffix are half as wide again, FX for example is half way between F and G.

Although there is no absolute standard for fittings, there is a table of measurements and we believe our shoes are made as near as it is possible to get to that "standard" as they have been for over 130 years.

The bulk of our styles are made in F fitting, as statistics show that worldwide this is the most appropriate fitting for a majority of males, but we also offer a good selection of G fitting shoes.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any fitting questions.