I've had my UNIF Hellraisers since November 2012. They were on my wish list for a while,
but it wasn't until the black friday/ cyber monday sale time that I bought a pair.
I don't like buying clothing online. I would do it occasionally but only if I knew the sizing system.
Buying these shoes was rather stressful. I read lots and lots of reviews, to try and work out what size I would be. It was confusing.
I am a UK 6.5/ JPN 24.5-25cm/ EUR 39.
Unif don't do half sizes, and the general advise is to size up if you're a half size.
Makes sense....however I have very narrow and skinny feet. I usually can't wear slip on shoes, as they just slip off:/
So after some thinking and talking with some wiser friends, I sized down.
As hell raisers are 100% leather.......and leather will stretch. Logical, right?
So I ordered a pair of US 8's from Tilted sole (great shop), which is a EUR 38 1/2 and a JPN 24........I'm JPN 24.5-25cm. Oh uh.
Anyways ...I waited and worried until finally my shoes arrived.
I opened the box......
- Great quality and well made
- Soft leather
but I tried them on and.......... I regretted my decision to size down.
- They were tight
- I had little faith they would stretch.
- However I could not send them back :(. Final sale.
After a lot of debating, I decided to keep them and try to stretch them.
About a month later (with some slight discomfit)..... they did stretch and I am so happy I kept them.
They are my favourite shoes, because they
- stretched to a perfect fit for me.
- are very comfortable
- look amazing.
- go with most clothes.
- are always a conversation starter. lol
WARNING: The spikes are sharp! I have caught myself in the ankles with these, and it does hurt.
For me sizing down was a good idea, but I have stupidly narrow feet. I have no idea if sizing down would be good for anyone else. If you do it, do it at your own risk.