What if you don’t have an Apple Sport Band to use for sizing?
- Your best bet is to borrow a friend’s watch for 30 seconds, use the sizing instructions above, and go from there. You can also go by an Apple Store/Target/etc to get your size. Just make sure you use the same size watch as you wear: you can’t use the larger 42/44 to find your 38/40 size, as the bands are not the same. A 42/44 SM5 and a 38/40 SM5 will not fit the same size wrist. Likewise, you can’t put 38mm bands on a 44mm face to get your size; the holes are spaced differently. So just use a watch that’s the same size as yours with the correct size bands on it to get your custom FFF Button-Stud Apple Watchband size.
- We can make a close approximation of your size based on the Nike Sport band, but as there are so many holes it’s more difficult to count and we’ll be translating it to the Sport Band size. We highly suggest you borrow a regular Sport Band to get your correct size…but if you absolutely don’t have access to one or aren’t anywhere near an Apple Store, we’ll get you sized based off of the Nike band…just email us with your details (watch/band/and hole number as above–though you have between 11 and 15 adjustment holes depending on watch and band size on the Nike vs the consistent 7 on the regular Sport band, so count carefully AWAY from the watch face–not away from the tip of the band) and we’ll let you know which Sport Band size corresponds to your Nike band.
- We absolutely do not size bands based on wrist measurements (as in, with a tape measure or piece of string). It won’t work for a variety of reasons. We don’t even try to measure wrists ourselves in the shop–we use a sport band to get a close size (usually that’s the perfect size) and then we’ll test fit with a FFF band that’s the same size as the sport and decide then whether to go up or down a half size.
Things to know when you get your band:
- It should be just a BIT tight to begin with, right out of the box. This is real, 100%, no bullshit, full grain leather…not just “genuine leather,” which is a broad description covering a ton of different levels of quality in leather, but is usually used to just somewhat-deceptively mean “technically leather.” As such, your FFF Button-Stud Apple Watchband will stretch a little bit because it’s a real hide with natural grain. We use select, low-stretch leathers for the custom length Apple bands, and therefore our entire stable of colors is unavailable, because some leathers won’t work well for a custom length band over time. After a few days of wear, your band should stretch out just a little and fit you perfectly. As a general rule, if you can get the band on (buttoned), without it being painfully tight, it should stretch to fit you perfectly within a couple days. You can tug on the leather to stretch it a little by hand to hasten the process: remove the longer band from your watch, firmly grab both ends in your hands, and pull apart–don’t worry about hurting it, it won’t fall apart, you just don’t want to tug hard with it still clipped in to the watch and put stress on the adapter/watch case. Doing this will basically hasten the stretch process, but it’s usually not necessary if you have the correct size band…it would ideally be just a bit snug for a day or two then fit you just fine. However, if after a while your band has stretched too much and no longer fits you, you just got a freakishly stretchy piece of leather (it’s a living material, cut from a whole hide–there are always variations in look and properties across the hide); contact us and we’ll get you another one.
- If you get a band that is DRASTICALLY too tight or too loose, the reason is typically that you either guessed at your size, used a band that isn’t the stock Apple Sport Band to measure, or you DID use the Sport band but counted beginning at the tip/point of the band instead of the watch face–so if you wear your band on the largest size possible on the ML Sport band (i.e., you have a quite large wrist), but order a ML 1 under the mistaken idea that you have the “first hole/ML1” instead of the “last hole/ML7”, your band will definitely not fit.
- In case it doesn’t fit you perfectly after a couple days of wear, send us an email, let us know, and we’ll get a longer or shorter band out to you ASAP. If your band fits as described above at first (we refer to it as “almost too snug”, it should stretch to fit perfectly after a couple days. If it is painfully tight right at first we probably need to go up a half size. If it fits perfectly at first we need to go down a half size. Contact us and we’ll get you fixed up with the correct size for your wrist. This lifetime exchange covers both stretch in the leather and changes in your wrist; if your band doesn’t fit you, let us know and we’ll get you a replacement. We typically replace only the ‘longer’ portion of the band, as there’s no need to replace the shorter ‘stud side.’ And since the band was custom cut for you and has been worn, we typically don’t worry about getting the old ‘longer band’ back.
- The hole that fits over the stud will be a tight fit at first, and a little difficult to put on the first time. This is intentional, so that as the leather stretches out and the hole loosens up it will still hold the band securely. As you get used to the closure, and after you put it on/take it off a few times, the stud hole and the leather around it will soften up just a little–just like high school, it gets WAY easier. Trust us.
- If you wear the band every day and regularly get it sweaty, it WILL stink eventually. Give it a break now and then; let it air out, especially if you get it sweaty or wet (in short, treat it just like you would a fine pair of shoes, as they are both made from the same premium quality leather, and will unavoidably absorb moisture–you ARE using shoe trees on your good shoes and giving them a break now and then, aren’t you? If not, you should feel very very judged by us…ok, not really, but please don’t ever come by the shop and take your shoes off).
- By necessity, a leather band will have to fit close to your wrist. Not uncomfortably tight by any means (you’ll find the FFF band to be more comfortable than almost anything else because the stud will be up on the side of your wrist and away from your desk/keyboard while working), but because it isn’t as sticky as the rubber sport band it can’t be worn as loose as a sport band can without it losing connection to your wrist and constantly locking or spinning around to the bottom of your wrist. Let us know if your leather band is moving around too much and we’ll adjust your size accordingly.