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Bone/Blue Haviland Oxford
on April 19, 2012
The Bone and Blue Haviland looks just as pictured. The sizing; Florsheim's website recomends ordering a slightly smaller size for the Velben and this holds true for the Haviland. I wear a 10 1/2 in dress shoes and an 11 in hiking shoes and other rubber sole shoes. I started with a 10 D and this felt longer than needed so a 9.5 E was ordered. The length and width feels like a 10 1/2 D in my other dress oxfords and the shoe has 9.5 3E stamped on the inside. (This is with regular socks; not athletic thickness just Gold Toe like.)
The fit for my feet is just right with the (9.5 E) that was ordered. I'm not sure why the sizing is the way it is or if it applies to all shoes up and down in size in this line. Flex; I tried the Velben, in a different color, and returned it for the Haviland and found that the flexibility of the sole is far different. If the Velben is a 2 of 10 in flexibility, the Haviland is a 9 out of 10. Granted, the Velben series is more dress oriented with its leather sole but for comfort... the Haviland is the winner. If Florsheim produces a Velben with color like the Allen Ed. "McTavish" tan I will order the Velben series in a second. Hopes this helps.