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Material: Unfinished Horsehide
Model: Sport Trainer
Color: As shown
Sizes Available: 8.5, 10.5
Unfinished Horsehide is highly inconsistent by nature. Every skin will have its own grain, marks, stains, and imperfections. It's likely that one shoe will not have the same markings as the other one in the pair. These are not defects - they are characteristics of this leather. The color and tone will start to change quickly once you wear the sneakers.
Epaulet Trainers run true to size. If you typically wear a 10D in dress shoes, then we recommend ordering a US10 in these. For a comparison to our dress shoes, this size would correspond to a 10D in the Alden Aberdeen last, a 9.5D in the Alden Barrie or Tru-Balance last, and a 9UK in most Carmina lasts.
Many of our customers also tend to wear the same size in these as they would in a Converse Jack Purcell - which can be a useful comparison for getting fitted locally.
For European customers looking at the EU size, we also recommend purchasing your typical size.
Like any quality leather sneaker, these will break in and stretch in both the width and the height if needed. You should not size down as a result, but you can feel confident in the eventual fit if the trainers are a touch tight upon the first try-on.
Most customers will wear the same size in all four styles. If you take a wide fitting (US "E"), then we recommend the Sport Trainer, as it's overall shape is more accomodating for wider feet. Narrow fit customers (US "C") should have no problem with any of the shapes - you'll simply need to lace them a bit tighter. Extra-wide customers (US "EE" & "EEE") should consider sizing up a half to allow for extra width in the toe box.