Suede Strands just made the "gotta have" list.
That PTB looks like the Black Hills I'm wearing today.
Love that the Dalton is getting expended into some additional offerings, really great boot.
I wish the Amok still existed. I dont understand why AE no longer has a plain suede chukka. IMO a suede PTB and chukka are gaps in their lineup.
This one is.... interesting: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF1944_1_40000000001_-1
The new suede Strand looks like it doesn't have the traditional leather insole based on the photos. If you look closely, you can see small wrinkles in it, which suggests it is a fiberboard insole covered with foam and a thin piece of leather. Disappointed...
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OptoDoc: Does the new brown suede Strand have the same insole as the other strand models?
Jared: Yes it will.
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Hmm. Thanks for checking. The photo looks distinctly different, in my opinion, but I'll reserve judgement until someone has a pair in hand to say for sure.
On second thought, I won't reserve judgement. That's clearly not the traditional leather insole.
Bourbon Strand with traditional insole:
Brogue Suede Strand:
The shine and the wrinkly appearance suggests a thin piece of leather covering foam.
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I think I tied the shoe laces a bit lose in that picture -- I just quickly put them on to take the photo. When I tie them properly, the gap is a little narrower. And I agree, I just started wearing this pair (2nd time to wear them) and I expect the gap to become narrower as my foot settles in the shoe more.
I also think a wider pair would not help with the gap (at least not significantly). I believe the gap relates mainly to the height of the foot's instep, whereas the the width mainly applies to the bottom of the foot/shoe and not the "height".
In any case, the D is indeed snug; however, I personally like my shoes to be snug rather than too roomy. That's why I want to make sure that going for wider width would not make my foot swim inside the shoe. I'm so tempted to get the E to try it on, but I'm currently abroad, so I only have one shot at ordering the right pair. Anyway, I'll probably end up ordering an E. Thanks!
I hate that JAB charges almost 11$ for shipping...
Assuming I want to buy 4 shoe trees Ill divide 11 / 4 = 2.75$
add 2.75 onto 8.75$ price for each shoe tree = 11.50$
I can get them from Nordstrom Rack for 11$ in my area...
Oh well, we almost had a deal JAB...too bad.