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Originally Posted by tucker897 View Post

what should i do with these shoes?
they feel great
however when i take steps, my left shoe bends horizontally slightly
 
 







There too big. The laces are fully closed brand new, and u have a decent amount of bowing without much pressure applied on the shoes. Have u tried 1/2 size down? Maybe be worth a shot.
post #26732 of 70737
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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

Those look like Larchmonts, but I might be wrong.

 

Yeah, Chocolate Larchmonts I think he mentioned. It looked burgundy to me, I dunno, I'll say it was the lighting

post #26733 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post


There too big. The laces are fully closed brand new, and u have a decent amount of bowing without much pressure applied on the shoes. Have u tried 1/2 size down? Maybe be worth a shot.

i havent tried it

i am size 14b,c

cant imagine going to 13

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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

I wonder if someone could give an advice on AE MacNeil's fit. Is the fit similar/identical to other AE's on the 7 last? Fwiw, I wear 10D in Sanfords, which is pretty much my true size (9.5E would probably work a bit better but they were sold out at the last 2 for 250 sale), but I've heard that one needs to go 1/2 size down on MacNeil.     

Well, folks that say to go down a half size for the Macneil would likely say that about most any #7 last AE shoe.  I don't think they are comparing the Macneil to other #7's, they are most likely comparing it to the several popular - for good reason - number 5's.  I'm guessing most folk's first AE shoe was one of the #5's and that is likely the last most people here are most familiar.

 

The #7 is a bit wider to begin width, plus the Macneil is a blucher, so it feels more roomy to most folks for that reason as well.

 

As for me, the difference is not as pronounced.  In the #5, I'm most often a "snug" 10.5E.

 

A 10.5E Macneil fits me (and my high instep) like glove.

 

If you think you really ought to be a 9.5E in the Sanford, then try a 9.5E in the Macneil.  I wouldn't go down any in length until you give that a go first.

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I just got a pair of Alden Indys' seconds from ShoeMart (which I subsequently returned) and I can't find any indication that they are secodns, apart from a white ubranded shoebox and no shoe bags. It might be an idiosyncrasy of this particular pair, as they have a lug sole. Yet, my Aberdeens seconds with the lug sole do have the same "shoe-mark" on them. 

As someone just mentioned, the Alden Indys do have an R at the same spot where AE has theirs. I saw this myself earlier this week.

Re the AE seconds, the Katmais I just got dont have them, so I assumed it was because it was discontinued and not seconds
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Originally Posted by tucker897 View Post

i havent tried it
i am size 14b,c
cant imagine going to 13
try going to a 13 b or c, those shoes look way too wide in that length and you might found out that it works for you
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I'll tell you my sizing story in hopes that it will be of benefit to you. Since I was a teenager I have worn size 10.5 sneakers and size 10 dress shoes. I always considered this to be my size and didn't think twice about it until I ventured into the world of Allen Edmonds. Using the AE Sizing Tool I printed from the website, I measured a 9D. My first pair of 9D's were painful. After months of frustration, trying on multiple sizes and returning countless numbers of shoes, I have settled in that I am what can be called a 'true-to-size" (TTS) 8.5D with variations on this depending on the last.

 

For the 5 last, I had to go down one half size in length and up one size in width, which is pretty common among the members of this thread.

 

In your situation I would try a 10.5E in the Strand/Park Avenue and see if this doesn't work better for you. If this is not an option, I would stick with the 11D for both as the tightness across the toes will most certainly lessen as the shoes start to break in.


Thanks for the reply.  I am typically an 11.5 so I did go down to 11's.  I tried 11.5 in the two widths as well but too long.   I think I'm set on the PA's in the 11D and I"ve been wearing the 11E's in the Strand all day and they do seem to fit better than the D's I suppose.  The laces aren't all the way closed and they are tighter than the PA's in 11D.  It's just that the leather on the 11E's is already creasing in various spots on the shoe.  Makes me think they are going to look bad soon if they are already doing this and I haven't even worn them outside yet.

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I do like and respect Mcarthur a lot, however, I am convinced that he has a shining wheel at his house . . . there is just no way only one person can get the glossy finish he achieves without mechanized help - we would have seen it by now. Moreover, I have achieved that sort of shine on shell...only after giving it over to a cobbler who used wax to polish it. 

As the picture below suggests, there can be more to a mirror shine than some may believe:

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

On burgundy and black shell in the fall I use a thin coat of wax, very light. On walnut, cappuccino and brown nothing. I do have 2 bottles of Alden leather defender but I have only used it a few times. It doesn't seem to stay on long and doesn't seem very effective. I don't like to use any product on shell if I can help it and it looks like for the defender you have to use it often for it to work well, not sure what the long term effect of it is so personally do not use it any more. Many others seem to like it however. I do try to avoid standing water if at all possible. And some of my shell doesn't like getting wet and some it doesn't bother so after awhile have learned to pick which ones to wear. Hope that helps.

So it sounds like you use almost nothing on burgundy and black. Why nothing on the rest? I've read about how shell reacts differently to rain for different people/shoes. Looks like I'll be getting mine on Monday and Tuesday.

Couple of other shell questions in general:

1. the SA at AE told me that the JR soles that AE uses on it's shell shoes is made from shell itself. I always thought they were made of regular leather. Anyone care to comment?

2. With calf shoes some people advocate putting toe taps or sole protectors. Is something similar recommended with shell?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by rc121 View Post


try going to a 13 b or c, those shoes look way too wide in that length and you might found out that it works for you

i just call the shoe bank

they told its normal because shoes have been sitting box for awhile

they suggest putting the shoe tree in shoe for few days and then try wearing them 

 

 

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Originally Posted by cincikid View Post

I wonder if someone could give an advice on AE MacNeil's fit. Is the fit similar/identical to other AE's on the 7 last? Fwiw, I wear 10D in Sanfords, which is pretty much my true size (9.5E would probably work a bit better but they were sold out at the last 2 for 250 sale), but I've heard that one needs to go 1/2 size down on MacNeil.     
I don't think I could go down in length for my Macneils.
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Originally Posted by tucker897 View Post

what should i do with these shoes?

they feel great
however when i take steps, my left shoe bends horizontally slightly
 
 

 

 

Where did you buy these from?

 

David

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Originally Posted by David Copeland View Post

 

Where did you buy these from?

 

David

i order them during 250 special

i phone order them at the Riverhead NY store
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I received my two pairs of 2/250$ shoes in the mail at separate times. 1 on Tues, another on Wed.  Both were in excellent condition with no complaints.

 

What I'm troubled by is, that I received a call from my wife while at work right now (west coast) and she informed me AE had sent me another shoe...I never ordered 3, so I had her open them up.  Lone behold, AE apparently sent me ANOTHER Strawfut black/black mesh (wife sent picture).  These came with shoe bags, which my first pair did not...I had not been charged for another pair. 

 

 

Has anything similar happen to anyone else?  It looks like my order had been placed twice, but only for 1 shoe (no additional CC charges).  I have not been home to confirm the proper size or anything.  But from what I remember, in my shoe bank email, my black/black strawfut was listed as only having 1 pair left in stock...It would be ironic to have received an exact same pair.

Thoughts?

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1. the SA at AE told me that the JR soles that AE uses on it's shell shoes is made from shell itself. I always thought they were made of regular leather. Anyone care to comment?

2. With calf shoes some people advocate putting toe taps or sole protectors. Is something similar recommended with shell?

Thanks

The SA is wrong. The JR soles are not made from shell cordovan. While the JR soles are supposed to be more robust, like any other leather soles they eventually will need to be resoled at some point in the future assuming you are wearing the shoes, so it if for you to decide whether you want to add sole protectors, taps, etc.
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