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Originally Posted by eyeheartny View Post

I just got a pair of the Malvern chukka boot. In the 5 last I wear an 11.5D. Based on reviews I ordered this boot in an 11.5E. The width feels fine in the forefoot--my feet are snug but still have room to move.

My question is about the fit in the heel. They feel a bit loose unless I lace them extremely tight and really push back against the back of the boot. They fit securely then. Does this sound like a) matter of the width being wider than normal b) a bad fit and therefore makes these a no-go c) something than can be remedied with an insert of some kind? They are sold out in 11.5D. I'm not used to wearing a chukka like this and so I'm not sure whether this is a significant issue or not.

Thanks!

The Malvern is a weird one when it comes to fit the footbed is lined with memory foam. Because of this it fits much tighter than standard 1 last boots. The Bayfield is another one it has a poron insole which doesn't take up as much space as the memory foam but it still is tighter fitting than others on the 1 last. You can try going up in length a half size or in width a size. If you go up in length it still may not fit and you have to be careful of creasing too far forward. If you go up in width a half size as you found out you often get heel slip. How much you can live with is a personal decision, personally I do not want any. The Alden Barrie last has too much heel slip for me too but I have a narrow heel which doesn't help. I gave up on the Malvern no matter which way I went it was a no go. I have not found a stick on insert to take up heel volume for a boot that works long term. On shoes you can have a piece of leather stitched into the heel but not so for boots. Some people do not mind heel slip but I have no tolerance for blisters due to improper fit. I have 5 pair of shell chukkas by AE (Dundee on 1 last) and also the AE Katmai (4 last) and they all fit my foot great and see a lot of time on my feet. I would not give up on a chukka if you like the look.

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Originally Posted by shartmann View Post
 

During the outlet sale a few months ago, they had a pair of burgundy shell Park Avenues in my size of 12D. I passed on them, even though they were at a great price ($299). Then I saw some pictures posted here, by bucksfan, so I changed my mind. Too late, as now they were gone (perhaps sold to bucksfan?).

 

Fortunately, there was another pair available during the sale last month and I purchased them immediately. Hardly any flaws that I can see, and I think I will end up wearing these a lot. Thanks bucksfan for posting your pics a few months ago. Here's my pair during my first outing last week (lacing is intentionally a bit loose, as this pic was taken during the first few hours of wear):

 

Those burgundy shell PA's look fantastic, well done! I really like my black shell PA's but can honestly say that those would get even more wear.

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Originally Posted by zennypoo View Post

Hi all, I've been a long time lurker on SF and finally got started building my wardrobe recently. I'm would like some advise on how to properly build a shoe collection, such as what style to get and in what order they should be purchased in. I'm mainly focused on AEs as they fit me well and are well balanced in terms of price/value ratio IMHO. A little background, I work in the healthcare field. While I do wear wool trousers/shirt/tie to work daily, I rarely need to wear suits. I tend to wear a lot of dark jeans and chinos otherwise. Thanks!

What I own:
Park Ave - Black calf
McAllister - Bourbon calf
Sanford - Black calf
Sanford - Walnut calf
Franciscan monk strap - Walnut calf

What I'm thinking of purchasing (in the order of planned purchases)
1. Strand - Walnut calf MTO with independence insole/outsole
2. Bayfield or Eagle Country MTO with bourbon or brown calf
3. Mora 2.0 with bourbon calf
4. Leeds - black or brown calf

You certainly are off to a good start. In the interest of full disclosure, burgundy/Merlot is my favorite color. I would go for the Strand in Merlot, and especially the Leeds. Burgundy is a very versatile color, goes with about anything. Regardless, it's a good mix of styles.
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Originally Posted by rc121 View Post

I've begun having an issue on a year old pair of strands. Its hard to describe but it feels as though there is air in the left toe box that is squishing in and out when I walk. It kind of reminds me of the old Nike air max she the air pouch in the heel would get a hole and make a squishing sound. anyone ever experience something like this? I'm afraid to think that air is getting in and out through some sort of hole (which I have not found).

 

I have the same problem, my thought is that because the shoe loosens up over time and gets bigger there may be air getting in with each step. Not sure what a remedy would be, maybe a new fit when you buy your next pair.

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Originally Posted by FreedBird View Post

You have a pretty nice collection going there and some solid choices for adding to the collection. I do think you have enough black shoes with the Park Avenues and Sanfords. Have you thought about taking the plunge into shell cordovan in burgundy with the Leeds, Dalton or MacNeil? I think the Strand is good idea, you already do have shoes in walnut and bourbon, so that may be a nice one to do in chili, burgundy or dark brown. A pair of loafers mixed in there or some suede shoes wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Once you start it is hard to stop.....

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Originally Posted by Olifter View Post

You certainly are off to a good start. In the interest of full disclosure, burgundy/Merlot is my favorite color. I would go for the Strand in Merlot, and especially the Leeds. Burgundy is a very versatile color, goes with about anything. Regardless, it's a good mix of styles.

Thank you guys for the great advise! Seems like burgundy is a favorite here, and I do agree I have enough shoes in black.

What exactly is the difference between chili and merlot? The pictures I could find aren't really representative of either color. Perhaps pair of Strands in chili/merlot and followed by Leeds in shell burgundy! I've never worn loaders or suede shoes before, but definitely interested in exploring those options out.
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The merlot Strand is my favorite AE dress shoe I wear it every week! The color is completely different than the chili.

 

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Originally Posted by zennypoo View Post


Thank you guys for the great advise! Seems like burgundy is a favorite here, and I do agree I have enough shoes in black.

What exactly is the difference between chili and merlot? The pictures I could find aren't really representative of either color. Perhaps pair of Strands in chili/merlot and followed by Leeds in shell burgundy! I've never worn loaders or suede shoes before, but definitely interested in exploring those options out.

This is what burgundy looks like:

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This is what chili looks like (may actually be saddle brown, but they are pretty close):

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Advice if you go for loafers, try them on they can be much harder to fit than lace ups.
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Originally Posted by FreedBird View Post

This is what burgundy looks like:
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This is what chili looks like (may actually be saddle brown, but they are pretty close):
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Advice if you go for loafers, try them on they can be much harder to fit than lace ups.

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Originally Posted by bbob2013 View Post

The merlot Strand is my favorite AE dress shoe I wear it every week! The color is completely different than the chili.
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Thanks for the great color examples.

I can see the difference between the three now, and the problem is, I like BOTH the merlot and the chili....decisions decisions. I think I'm definitely going for a pair of shell Leeds in burgundy, then maybe a pair of Strand in both chili and merlot! cool.gif
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You know you need to add this beauty!

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post
 

Those burgundy shell PA's look fantastic, well done! I really like my black shell PA's but can honestly say that those would get even more wear.

Thanks ColdIron. I too have the black shell PA, chosen based on how great your shoes looked. I did these as a "sort-of" MTO last summer (I ordered directly from Allison, but didn't really customize anything except adding a wheeled edge). I have only worn them a handful of times, but I think they look great and I am glad I have them. That said, I will likely end up wearing the burgundy more than the black. 

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I'm in England so have no chance to try AE shoes before buying, but I have the following...
MacNeil - 7 last
Shelton - 1 last
Quinton - 8 last

The MacNeil and Shelton are 8.5D, as the printable AE size guide recommended, and are a good fit.
The Quinton, (a rubber solder version of the McClain) are 8D and are comfortable now, but it took lots of stretching to get there.

Anyway, there are a nice pair of Fifth Avenues for sale on ebay locally, and they are size 8.5D. Would they be a good fit, based on the above, or should I size down to an 8 and go up in width to E ?

Thanks
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Why would you buy AE in England? There are so many other options?
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

Why would you buy AE in England? There are so many other options?

As far as the MacNeils and Sheltons go, I like the style. Nothing similar available, unless you pay a lot more. Cheaney have some nice longwings, but at about double the price I paid for AE seconds.

As for nice saddle shoes, that's really an American style, although I do have some Loake Asquiths too.

Why do people in the US buy English shoes? Style.
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Originally Posted by Odradek View Post

I'm in England so have no chance to try AE shoes before buying, but I have the following...
MacNeil - 7 last
Shelton - 1 last
Quinton - 8 last

The MacNeil and Shelton are 8.5D, as the printable AE size guide recommended, and are a good fit.
The Quinton, (a rubber solder version of the McClain) are 8D and are comfortable now, but it took lots of stretching to get there.

Anyway, there are a nice pair of Fifth Avenues for sale on ebay locally, and they are size 8.5D. Would they be a good fit, based on the above, or should I size down to an 8 and go up in width to E ?

Thanks

I go up in width for the five last, 10D in Sheltons, 10E in Strands. Many go down a 1/2 size in length in the five last.
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I actually have the same problem as i live in Brunei. What I did was order on eBay models on lasts that I haven't tried before, before buying from Allen Edmonds or ordering an MTO. Of course shoes from the bay have already formed to the previous owners foot (depending on how many times they've worn it) but at least it gives me chance to get an idea of the fit. I know it sounds like a silly way to try on last sizes but I can always flip the shoes that I don't end up liking/fits bad at minimal loss (or give to someone else hehe) and keep those that I like. Definitely better than doing an MTO of the wrong size or having to deal with international shipping for returns.

I measure 8.5D on the brannock and I'm one of those people that wear 8.5D on the 5 last, 7 last and the 4 last. I can probably go half a width up on the 5 last as my right pinky toe feels tight after hours of walking. But I went with the same width as the 8.5E had a bit more room on my heels than what I felt was comfortable.

It seems most people here that are 8.5D on the brannock go 8E on the 5 last and 8.5D on the 7 last.
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