How was the fit otherwise as compared to AE's 5 last (Park Avenue, Strand)? TTS?
Thanks, appreciate it.
No, I usually don't wear them with suits, but they definitely could be worn with a suit, of the less formal variety. Today, I am wearing some navy slacks and an odd jacket. Been stuck in suits for the last 3 days.
With my suits, I generally wear the following shoes (more formal to less formal):
AE Park Avenue (black calf)
AE Strand (brown shell cordovan)
AE Leeds (burgundy or black shell cordovan)
AE Macneil (burgundy shell cordovan)
RL Darlton plain toe blucher (brown shell cordovan) - the metal eyelets make them look less formal to my eye
AE Bradley (burgundy shell cordovan)
AE Grayson (I know, I know, a tassel loafer ) in black calf or burgundy shell cordovan during summer months
In reference to the previous discussion regarding the heel gap in AE shoes, I received some new arch supports today, the Pedag balance. It's a relatively small, stick on, arch only support. I dropped them in my PAs. I noticed less instep roll and a better fit in the toe box (small toes are not being pushed out as much). More importantly, the gap between my foot and the mouth of the shoe is almost gone. Overall, it's a better fit. Caveat, this is a first impression only. I haven't road tested the inserts. Hope this helps my fellow flatfoots.
Yes you can. They aren't the best without treatment (like HDLP) for use in very wet conditions. I have dedicated hiking and hunting boots for rough use but my Bayfields would handle groomed trails without issue if I wanted them to. They are a comfortable boot to me, I like them a lot.