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Just got these in from Brooks Brothers. I'm usually an 11.5E in AEs but I got these in 12D and they fit perfectly, and are quite comfortable right out of the box. I wasn't sure if I'd like the black grain leather but I actually like it better than the regular smooth calf for this shoe. I think the grain looks more subtle in person but for whatever reason it is amplified in photographs. Also, you can't really tell how substantial the Macneil is until you see it in person and try it on. I personally love it.

 

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Edit, what is weird is that the kenilworth is on the same last as the park and fifth avenue but I had to size down .5 from my normal size in AE

 

Same here.

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Walnut glamour shots this morning.

 

 

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Lexington vs. Harrison 

 

I am in the market for a brown cap toe and pretty much had my mind made up on the Lexington at the sale price, but noticed there is a brown Harrison in my size via seconds for close to same sale price.

 

I am leaning toward the Harrison, bc. upgraded leather and supposed higher grade shoe, and the sleeker design.

 

Unknowns: Any experience in how the Harrison holds up (search turned up creasing issues, but no pics)? Also I am unfamiliar with how the 333 last fits  

 

Knowns: I already know how the 65 Last (Lexington fits), my Stands in same last are by far my most comfortable shoes.

 

Would appreciate any input on which shoe you would go with.

@bbob2013 I can't comment on the Indy line vs the regular calf skin, but as far as the 333 last goes, I really wanted it work, but it just wasn't in the cards (for me at least). 

 

I'm a 13E in the 5 last which gives me just a tad bit of tightness when new, but breaks in in a day or two to be very comfortable. I ordered the Parkways (333) in 13E and they were the best shoes I've ever felt width-wise, but I had an easy inch in length past the end of my big toe. I've never had to happen, but ended up sending them back for a 12EEE, which sadly, were pretty uncomfortable. The widest part of the toe box was below the widest part of the ball of my foot, so I returned them altogether. Also, I think the angle of the outside of the shoe didn't play nice with my wide forefoot (again, probably because of the toe box location). I do remember the length of the 12EEE fitting much better. 

 

My advice: try a 333 last on in-store if you can. I might do that in the future if I'm near an AE store because I like the styling of some of the 333s.

 

Hope you can find some use in this response!

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Originally Posted by bbob2013 View Post

Lexington vs. Harrison 

I am in the market for a brown cap toe and pretty much had my mind made up on the Lexington at the sale price, but noticed there is a brown Harrison in my size via seconds for close to same sale price.

I am leaning toward the Harrison, bc. upgraded leather and supposed higher grade shoe, and the sleeker design.

Unknowns: Any experience in how the Harrison holds up (search turned up creasing issues, but no pics)? Also I am unfamiliar with how the 333 last fits  

Knowns: I already know how the 65 Last (Lexington fits), my Stands in same last are by far my most comfortable shoes.

Would appreciate any input on which shoe you would go with.

I have a Harrison and a fifth ave both in 11d. I feel the Harrison fits more comfortably (the 5th has some heel slip) however I get a second crease at the toe suggesting they are too long. But I never tried the 10.5 for comparison.
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@bbob2013 I can't comment on the Indy line vs the regular calf skin, but as far as the 333 last goes, I really wanted it work, but it just wasn't in the cards (for me at least). 

 

I'm a 13E in the 5 last which gives me just a tad bit of tightness when new, but breaks in in a day or two to be very comfortable. I ordered the Parkways (333) in 13E and they were the best shoes I've ever felt width-wise, but I had an easy inch in length past the end of my big toe. I've never had to happen, but ended up sending them back for a 12EEE, which sadly, were pretty uncomfortable. The widest part of the toe box was below the widest part of the ball of my foot, so I returned them altogether. Also, I think the angle of the outside of the shoe didn't play nice with my wide forefoot (again, probably because of the toe box location). I do remember the length of the 12EEE fitting much better. 

 

My advice: try a 333 last on in-store if you can. I might do that in the future if I'm near an AE store because I like the styling of some of the 333s.

 

Hope you can find some use in this response!

 

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I have a Harrison and a fifth ave both in 11d. I feel the Harrison fits more comfortably (the 5th has some heel slip) however I get a second crease at the toe suggesting they are too long. But I never tried the 10.5 for comparison.

 

 

Thanks guys, really appreciate it! Sadly, I don't think the Harrison is for me based on your experience(s) :(

 

I wish I could try one on in store without special order, but at 15C-D, that size is rarely in stock. But I think I heard enough, and especially if there are toe crease issues I would rather pass and go with a  safer option.

 

Cheers!

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What size would fit me? I wear 6.5UK for Loake 026/024 last, Herring and Meermin. Would 7D fit my feet? I've never worn shoes with specific width sizes, so I am not sure which width I should pick, and I am also not familiar with AE's sizing. 

 

thanks!

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PSA in case anyone is a 10.5B

 

A pair of black shell cap toe bluchers called the Fairgate is for sale on Etsy for only $225, not my listing. They look quite nice, I have no idea what last it is on though. Someone snag those beauties.

 

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/180686155/allen-edmonds-shell-cordovan-fairgate?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=shell+cordovan+shoes&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

 

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I got a pair of Brooks Brothers Macneil's in black alpine grain this week, too.  Unfortunately, the pair I received has a major, fundamental flaw.  On the left shoe, the right side lace tab is placed too far back.  It's really easy to see (picture below). If you count the brogue punches, the tab placement on the left shoe is a whole punch distance behind the tab placement on the right shoe.  The result is that the shoe upper is distorted.  The distortion of the shoe upper is obvious.

 

Brooks Brothers has been great about the return process, so I'm trying again with another pair. 

 

There's a bigger picture issue, however.  I just can't understand how shoes this flawed made it through what should be basic quality control checks at the factory.  Any ideas? 

 

 

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luv2, I have really enjoyed reading your advice and expertise in this thread.  So much so, in fact, that I decided to register to ask you a question.  I recently purchased the BB MacNeil in black grain, which fits this description to a T.  I have been strictly wearing them with dark gray trousers in a business casual setting, so I am glad to hear that my instincts have been correct (I pair the dark gray trousers with a light blue or white shirt, sometimes with a tie--typically some variation of dark navy or burgundy).  What I was wondering was whether the shoes may be paired with any other color of trousers?  The only other color that came to mind was a dark navy pair of trousers - though I typically do not like black shoes with dark navy trousers (reminds me too much of a police uniform, IMHO).  I am fine if the MacNeils can only be paired with dark gray trousers, because I have several of those, but wanted to know if the shoes were a little more versatile than just dark gray trousers.

Thanks in advance for your input.  Again, your advice has really been a welcome addition to this thread!
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Aww shucks, thanks for the compliments. The reason I say the casual black shoe is so hard to use is precisely because your trouser options are so limited.

Light colored trousers are right out, so you lose most of your standard khaki's, etc. you are right to avoid navy for the exact reasons you mentioned, it's gone. Your olive trousers will always look better with brown given the earth tones. Same goes from your brown trousers, they'll pair much better with slightly contrasting brown shoes. So what are you really left with? Pretty much nothing.

That said, I think you have 1 other option if you want to try it. Gray suit's favorite shoe color besides black is merlot. Why not flip that palette? I bet your black grain MacNeil would look smashing with deep burgundy cords. I really think that is the only other viable option. YMMV.
Also, you are right to look for a dark brown shoe. I think the kenilworth is a great choice, but I like dark brown split toes A LOT too. Give delray or lasalle a look if the last works for you.

What are your thoughts on the brown Parkway? Currently trying to sell mine on eBay but I'll rethink if you think it's a worthy shoe.
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I've just seen perhaps the ugliest MacNeil AE ever produced. Interestingly, the seller says it's on a crepe sole.

 

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It seems to have a very Mark McNairy feel to it, but while I do like some McNairy's make-ups, this shoe completely lacks style, IMO. 

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I've just seen perhaps the ugliest MacNeil AE ever produced. Interestingly, the seller says it's on a crepe sole.

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It seems to have a very Mark McNairy feel to it, but while I do like some McNairy's make-ups, this shoe completely lacks style, IMO. 

Looks like an Oreo.
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What are your thoughts on the brown Parkway? Currently trying to sell mine on eBay but I'll rethink if you think it's a worthy shoe.

I don't hate it. I really think brown split toe bluchers are a great and versatile shoe. That said the parkway puts me off a bit because of the 3 eyelets. It makes the proportions seem a little off, it almost gives it a longer sleeker look but the moc-toe makes it more casual which does not comport. I prefer the 5 eyelet on the delray, I think it has better proportions. That said his is kind of a nitpick, so if you were getting rid of it to replace with a different brown split toe blucher I would say to proceed. However if you were just a little unsure about the idea of a brown split toe in general, I would tell you to reconsider and perhaps keep it. YMMV.
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I've just seen perhaps the ugliest MacNeil AE ever produced. Interestingly, the seller says it's on a crepe sole.

 

 

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Processed By eBay with ImageMagick, z1.1.0. ||B2

 

 

 

It seems to have a very Mark McNairy feel to it, but while I do like some McNairy's make-ups, this shoe completely lacks style, IMO. 

This is an abomination.

Period.

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What are your thoughts on the brown Parkway? Currently trying to sell mine on eBay but I'll rethink if you think it's a worthy shoe.
I don't hate it. I really think brown split toe bluchers are a great and versatile shoe. That said the parkway puts me off a bit because of the 3 eyelets. It makes the proportions seem a little off, it almost gives it a longer sleeker look but the moc-toe makes it more casual which does not comport. I prefer the 5 eyelet on the delray, I think it has better proportions. That said his is kind of a nitpick, so if you were getting rid of it to replace with a different brown split toe blucher I would say to proceed. However if you were just a little unsure about the idea of a brown split toe in general, I would tell you to reconsider and perhaps keep it. YMMV.

I'm almost tempted to have you analyze each of my 20+ pairs...
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