Shoe sizes vary by style—they run long, short, wide or narrow. We test fit size 8.5 shoes, and sometimes recommend ordering a larger or smaller size. Look for this information on any product page. (I.e. Fit: Runs long, buy a half size down.)
B or N =
D or M =
2E or EE or W =
3E or EEE =
Get sized. Regularly by a professional, using a Brannock device preferably. It’s important to measure the width of the foot and to take into consideration the type of arch you have.
Wear the right socks. Consider your plans and activities and wear the most breathable and absorbent socks or stockings for the occassion with the appropriate footwear. If going bare, keep clean and dry.
Check the construction. Look at the sole and heel of the shoe to see what kind of terrain the shoe is meant to handle. Also look inside to assess the lining and upper elements of the shoe, checking to see how they will address your needs. A leather lined shoe will generally last longer than one without lining, though the unlined shoe may be lighter and more appreciated in warmer climates.
Walk around. When trying on a new pair of shoes, always try on both pair and walk around a bit - always on a clean indoor surface of course. Flex your arch and toes to see if the shoes feel good while you move about. Try shoes on in the afternoon or evening. Feet swell to their largest as the day progresses, so you will get a better reading of your true size once your feet have warmed up to the day.
Allow some time to break in a great pair of leather shoes--the best ones are a little tight in the beginning. By doing it right you’ll have shoes that are molded to your feet perfectly. See the How To Care tab for advice on proper shoe maintenance.
If the upper of the shoe is made of elastic or an elastic-blend fabric the shoe should fit snugly and need no breaking in. Shoes should never squeeze or cramp your toes.
If your shoes are slightly too loose in the in-step, a toe pad can be added to create a better fit, preventing any unnecessary friction.
For more heel and arch support or extra cushioning, consider custom fitted orthotic inserts, or even some gel inserts to target the problem.
Fitting Questions? Please call 1-888-400-2623 or email 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Donald J. Pliner:
Wildly creative and deeply intuitive, Donald J. Pliner is one of America’s most visionary designers. His artistic visions are met with a practical approach that makes his shoes some of the most attractive and comfortable in today’s market.
Since creation in 1989, the Donald J. Pliner brand has been known for its fashion-forward, exceptionally crafted footwear. Working closely with his wife, Lisa, who also serves as the brand’s creative director, Donald works tirelessly to ensure that each shoe is unmatched in terms of quality, high style and comfort. After more than three decades in production, Donald is still known to personally design each style of shoe himself, checking for perfection in fit and wear ability.
Using fine Italian leathers and novelty materials like elastic, Pliner has succeeded in attracting a large and loyal following that return time and time again. Arthur Beren is pleased to offer both men and women’s Donald J. Pliner collections.