+1. I wear LL Bean Boots and carry my shoes when the snow and salt is really bad.
In my experience, AE's brown burnished colour looks a lot darker in person than it does on their website. I was once in a store looking at (what I believed to be) two pairs of black Delrays on a shelf, until the SA pointed out that one of them was actually brown. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as the dark brown can be a versatile (and slightly more casual) alternative to black. But it's something you may want to keep in mind depending on what you are looking for. A brown burnished 5th Avenue would look a lot closer to a black PA than a Walnut Strand, IMO. Personally, I like the 5th Ave but prefer it in a blucher style, so I'm going for a pair of Cliftons in burgundy.
I'm a fan of the Delrays. I have a pair in Chili Burnished, but I also really like the look of the black and brown versions.
I hve the dark brown Fifth Avenues, and I can't see anyone mistaking them for black.
thanks for the advice. i already have black PA and walnut strands. I love the strands, but my PA's get no love. its just such a formal shoe I have not needed them yet.
I was looking for a a shoe to compliment my strands but fill in the gap for merlot or brown. I had my eyes on the merlot mcallister and the brown fifth ave. what would you recommend?
I would probably vote for the merlot McAllister.
Also very true. Take opinions for what they are when subjective things are being discussed.
I was in the Orlando store and the pair I saw did not look like the Aberdeen so I ended up ordering a pair. I did not like way the Aberdeen looked so mine will be going back if they are different from the pair they showed me in the store. I even commented to the salesman how different the grey was between those two, the Pierpont, and the Parkway.
Interesting. I hope it works out well for you!
I fully agree here too. The gap looks great and will likely adjust a bit as the leather forms to your feet and the footbed sinks in a little. The stitching issue is actually not that uncommon. I have a pair that is the same way. I noticed it a lot at first, but now I could care less. Enjoy them, they look great!
I do think it is worth clarifying that the granite grey is much nicer looking than the rough grey leather of the Long Branch, McTavish, Aberdeen, Pierpont, etc. The granite grey is just a different color of calf with some dark highlights. Even though they aren't for me (not a place for the color in my wardrobe), they still look nice. It is only the rough grey leather that I feel like was a "miss." Again, no offense to anyone that has bought them and likes them, they just aren't my cup of tea.
I guess it depends on how you define "casual," but I think the merlot McAllister is quite a bit more on the formal side. They would certainly go well with suits. The McTavish is definitely a casual shoe. I would probably recommend the chili Delrays.