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You know, I feel like I SHOULD have some monks and some bluchers, as I have neither. But, I am not a fan of any of the AE monks (so if/when I get, will likely be some other brand) and SF has generally turned me off bluchers entirely (like i don't know when/if I could actually wear them... which I acknowledge is both ridiculous and unfortunate).

Ah, rules....

Well, then. If you're willing to go the MTO route, I think that an Adelaide like the vernon and rutledge would look great in burgundy.

Or a wholecut???
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Ah yes, the addiction. I started 2.5 months ago and currently have the following AE (among other new purchases, including a wonderful pair of Edward Greens):

Black 5th Ave.
Brown Park Ave.
Walnut Strand
Bourbon Strand
Dk. Chocolate Dalton
Dk. Brown Longwing

So, my question, if I were to get just ONE more pair... what would you recommend? Really want them for work (suit) purposes rather than casual.

 

Cordovan Cambridge. Time to make the jump to cordovan.

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Cordovan Cambridge. Time to make the jump to cordovan.

You say that like its not inevitable...
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Ah, rules....

Well, then. If you're willing to go the MTO route, I think that an Adelaide like the vernon and rutledge would look great in burgundy.

Or a wholecut???

Not familiar with those, but will look up... thanks!

My EGs are wholecuts, so covered there too.
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It is an addition.  I discovered AE just this past summer and went conservatively with black PAs as my first pair.  Needless to say, following this forum just fuels the addition.  I'm up 6 pairs now and much more knowledgeable about what I put my feet in and how to care for my investments.

 

Here is my newest addition to the AE family, the Promontory Points. Any recommendation on how to pre-treat and normal cleaning procedures for the football grain leather?

 

 

 

Those black promontorys arent half bad. The brown was way too pimpled..

 

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While the AEs don't compare in comfort [to ecco], the look of AEs blows them out of the water.

 

 

I too, own a pair of Eccos bought before my AE and I must say they are very comfortable. Since this really just amounts to insole/footbed construction, why must it be that leather soled shoes are not as comfortable? Is it because they require an utterly perfect fit in order to mold properly (and thus some styles naturally exclude some types of feet), while other shoes are more forgiving? Or is it just a hard that higher end leather soled shoes just wont be as comfortable?

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How about the merlot Franciscan? You don't have any monks yet. Or another blucher?

You know, I feel like I SHOULD have some monks and some bluchers, as I have neither. But, I am not a fan of any of the AE monks (so if/when I get, will likely be some other brand) and SF has generally turned me off bluchers entirely (like i don't know when/if I could actually wear them... which I acknowledge is both ridiculous and unfortunate).


The Franciscans don't seem to get too much love on here . . . I have black and walnut and treasure them both.  If you haven't seen a pair in person you should check them out.

 

And, it's funny what you say about bluchers - I have a couple pairs (Black Hills and BB San Marco) but I almost never wear them.  AE has so many great casual bals (e.g., I have two each of Neumok and McTavish) that it just seems a shame to wear a blucher instead.  I've even been known to wear my shell Cambridges with denim . . .

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Just got my shoes from the black friday sale, and they are too tight, sadly. Probably going back this week. 12D cliftons in brown calf. If anyone is interested in picking them up before I send them back, shoot me a PM. Thought I would give people here a chance, in case someone was looking.

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Whats your opinions on Grayson tassels loafers. What would you wear the merlot with?

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How does the 1 (511) last compare to the 5 (65) last? What do people wear in each? I'm a 10.5B/C in the 5 last.
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How does the 1 (511) last compare to the 5 (65) last? What do people wear in each? I'm a 10.5B/C in the 5 last.

 

Maybe too much information, but here's my experience with these lasts:

 

Last Models Leather Size Comments
5(65)

Strand

Fifth Avenue

McAllister

Calf 8.5D Fit very comfortably. V is pretty pronounced so 8.5E might've worked, but pretty sure this is perfect.
5(65)

McTavish

Rough 8.5D Definitely on the big side. Had to use a tongue pad to make them fit well. 8D was way too tight, but a wider 8 would've been ideal.
5(65) Elgin Rough 8.5D Left fits well, right is too tight on the pinky toe. Possibly because they're seconds. Shoe stretcher helped.
5(65) Kenilworth Shell 8.5D Fit well when laced relatively tight, though right pinky used to hurt. Now pretty good.
1(511) Townley Shell 8.5D Pretty comfortable everywhere but right pinky toe, but loosened up.
1(511) Shelton Calf 9D 8.5D simply didn't work. 9D is pretty good.
1(511) Finch Rough 9D 8.5D simply didn't work. 9D is pretty good, though more pinky toe issues. You can see a pattern, I'm sure.
1(511) Dalton Shell 9D Plenty of room in these to wiggle my toes, but since they're a boot I don't get any heel slippage. Probably the right size, but honestly didn't try anything else because these were the only ($299!) seconds I could find.

 

With all that said, the general consensus is that is 1-511 is approximately TTS and the 5-65 is half a size down and maybe up a width. Even though I obviously haven't done the best job sizing myself, I'd say I generally agree with that.

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Any thoughts, guys? I found saddle brown polish online at The Shoe Mart so I'll do that to be safe. How about sizing?
Thanks in advance!
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I picked up a pair of Vernon in saddle brown during the current sale. I really like them. Two questions for you all:

1) What color polish? The rep at the store suggested chili. I dabbed a little on a cloth and put it next to the shoe and it's pretty darn close but the polish may be a little "red-der" than I want the shoes to become. I really love the color they are now. The care guide on the website does not list this model. It does list other models in "saddle brown calf" and suggests "saddle brown premium polish" but I don't see that as an available color on the website. So I quickly asked online chat and they suggested neutral or if I needed color to go with something lighter like walnut. In the ask & answer section for this shoe on the website the official response to the same question from AE was that saddle brown polish is a closeout color and therefore one could use dark brown instead. Dark brown appears to be way darker than these so I would hesitate to use that. I really want to preserve the color of these.

2) How do you all size this last (8-108)? I wear 7.5EE on the 5-65 and 8E on the 1-511. EE doesn't seem to be an option on the 8 last so I went with 8E. They seem, to fit (I've only walked around in the store and on my home carpet) but I also think a 7.5EE would "fit" (there is plenty of space in the toe to support a shorter length, wider width).

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post
 

I too, own a pair of Eccos bought before my AE and I must say they are very comfortable. Since this really just amounts to insole/footbed construction, why must it be that leather soled shoes are not as comfortable? Is it because they require an utterly perfect fit in order to mold properly (and thus some styles naturally exclude some types of feet), while other shoes are more forgiving? Or is it just a hard that higher end leather soled shoes just wont be as comfortable?

 

Regarding leather vs. rubber soles, leather has less give than rubber, so naturally it will transfer more shock to your joints.

 

Shoes like Ecco, and other brands that are "sub-high-end" are full of foam.  The foam readily conforms to your foot, giving nearly instant comfort, whereas leather takes time and effort to mold.  Proper leather shoes don't have foam, but most people grow up being used to it.  This makes your feet "weak" and less adapted to the feel of snugger fitting leather.  Just like working out doesn't feel good at first, but is great for you in the long run, so it is with proper shoes.  Eventually you grow to love and even prefer the proper fit.  Even after you are accustomed to solid leather shoes, they will never be as "comfortable" as foam just like sitting on the couch will always be more "comfortable" than working out.  But, that's not a reason to quit.

 

Also, welted shoes provide a much higher level of lateral stability than cemented shoes.  Especially foam filled cemented shoes.  The less lateral stability a shoe provides, the greater risk you have for knee and hip problems down the road.   

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Originally Posted by JermynStreet View Post
 

 

Cordovan Cambridge. Time to make the jump to cordovan.

 

 

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You say that like its not inevitable...

 

There's no time like the present! It's better to start early; the forum is full of stories of people who made the jump late and decided to purchase the shell cordovan version of all the shoes they already owned.....

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Any thoughts, guys? I found saddle brown polish online at The Shoe Mart so I'll do that to be safe. How about sizing?
Thanks in advance!

I'm not sure what your question is.  You have a pair of saddle brown shoes and found a tube of AE's saddle brown polish.  For what it's worth, I use the saddle brown polish on my dark brown AE's to lighten them up a little bit and give the shoes some depth.

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