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Originally Posted by FatTuesday View Post

I have the same issue with some styles. I've used bandaids before to protect my ankles. Thicker socks may work too. Eventually the leather softens for a more comfortable fit. It make take as few as 2 or 3 all day wearings.
Thank you! I was gonna do the band-aid thing as well. I'll give that a shot and tough it out cause I really like the shoe
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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

I ordered my Shaker Heights in the same size as 95% of all my other AE's (couple of Rough Collection shoes 1/2 size smaller than the rest) and they fit great. I can't say, but you might want to go with the 10.5 in the Shaker Heights.

Chris

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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

Shaker is forgiving on width so you may luck out. However length wise I take a 12 on the 65 and 13 on shaker

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Originally Posted by WICaniac View Post

I wear an 11E in nearly all lasts and asked Allison to send me the try-on boot in this size when I did my MTO.  She mistakenly sent me the 11.5E, and I'm glad she did, as it fit perfectly with the boot socks I intended to wear with these.  In my boots, I have a tiny bit of heel slippage in one in one boot but have eliminated it with a heel pad and tight lacing.  Heel-to-ball and forefoot width are perfect.

Thanks for the help, all. I ordered 11D Shaker Heights in Brown from the Shoebank (10.5D in 65 last) so we'll see. Brown is great but the only color left, there apparently is a lighter brown/olive tweed but they're not on closeout. Can't spend any more this month! I'll be wearing dress socks on the Shaker Heights so not too concerned.

Being that I bought first #8 Shell Cordovan Dalton, Walnut Clifton, and Bourbon Kenilworth as well just to round out my closet the budget is blown for now. Haven't tried on the Clifton and Kenilworth but they're both 10.5D so being that the other 65 last shoes work they should as well.
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Those of you with dark brown grain Long Branches . . . how do you care for them?  I own Obenaufs HDLP that I used on a pair of old beater boots, but don't want to ruin the color/whatever of these LBs.  I have AE Leather Lotion which I applied and seemed to soften the leather slightly, but the overall appearance is still kind of dull/boring.  I tried a bit of neutral AE premium polish but it just kinda soaks into the leather and doesn't change anything at all even with buffing.

 

I was thinking of trying some Meltonian neutral shoe cream . . . would that predictably cause different results, or would I just be spinning my wheels here?  

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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

Those of you with dark brown grain Long Branches . . . how do you care for them?  I own Obenaufs HDLP that I used on a pair of old beater boots, but don't want to ruin the color/whatever of these LBs.  I have AE Leather Lotion which I applied and seemed to soften the leather slightly, but the overall appearance is still kind of dull/boring.  I tried a bit of neutral AE premium polish but it just kinda soaks into the leather and doesn't change anything at all even with buffing.

I was thinking of trying some Meltonian neutral shoe cream . . . would that predictably cause different results, or would I just be spinning my wheels here?  

I use either Venetian Shoe Cream or AE's conditioner. I haven't used any type of polish. The textured leathers really don't shine up much. The toe and heel are smoother and shine up a bit.

Try a small area and see if you like the results.
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Originally Posted by WesF View Post

I received my pair of AE McTavish this past Friday in the Cognac leather and snapped a couple pictures tonight. This is my first pair of "real adult" shoes and am very excited to get these beauties broken in. 





Indeed a fantastic choice, I picked up these exact shoes about 2 months ago, as well as the same pair in Natural Tan. Love them! Wear them with pride. J
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Originally Posted by --Chris-- View Post

After years of being that guy who takes weeks to find the shoe that I like, and then usually settling because nothing better was found I can say I now know why...I have never seen AEs before now.

I'm hooked, but the problem is I need a pair pronto and since I am just starting a new career (tech) i can only swing one pair right now...and even then I will be shopping at the shoe bank or eBay for seconds.

The dress code is business casual and I would like to find a pair that I could also wear with denim when not going to work.

Any suggestions?

I really like burnished chili and walnut, but I'm open to suggestions since I just realized I'm not as we'll dressed as I thought.
From my own personal experience, I'd look at the MacNeil/MacNeil 5, McAllister, McTavish and other similar models. Showing my bias toward wingtips, but they go so well with jeans/khakis, why mess with a classic look? J
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I appreciate the responses, I am considering purchasing these second hand but have never done that before.  I imagine the usual eBay caveats go with buying these...anyone else here purchase these used? 

 

I have been reading as much as I can but I have not seen any answers to this question:

 

Would I be able to wear these day-in day-out,through snow/rain/slush without destroying them?

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Originally Posted by --Chris-- View Post

I appreciate the responses, I am considering purchasing these second hand but have never done that before.  I imagine the usual eBay caveats go with buying these...anyone else here purchase these used? 

I have been reading as much as I can but I have not seen any answers to this question:

Would I be able to wear these day-in day-out,through snow/rain/slush without destroying them?

No and buying from ebay is fine..I have purchased lots of them that way...used it as a lesson in fit etc...

You will kill a leather sole quickly wearing everyday especially in snow and slush.

Get two or three pair from ebay...one with dainite, rubber etc for poor weather. What size are you shoe wise?
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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

No and buying from ebay is fine..I have purchased lots of them that way...used it as a lesson in fit etc...

You will kill a leather sole quickly wearing everyday especially in snow and slush.

Get two or three pair from ebay...one with dainite, rubber etc for poor weather. What size are you shoe wise?

I need to run through the fitting guide tonight to be sure, usually an 11 E.

I imagine its different but I'm getting rid of my current brown loafers because they have become very uncomfortable, yet they look new. Is this something I need to consider when shopping for used AE?

Thanks!
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How was the fit for you? I measure 10.5E on Brannock but for whatever reason comfortable in 10.5 D even on 5 last.

I ordered 10 D...will I be returning them? Chili looks great!

With a hearty knock on wood, I bet they will fit. While my 11 Ds fit comfortably, they are still pretty roomy and I could easily have gone down a half size and been happy. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

Those of you with dark brown grain Long Branches . . . how do you care for them?  I own Obenaufs HDLP that I used on a pair of old beater boots, but don't want to ruin the color/whatever of these LBs.  

I just realized I never got back to you with pics of my LBs treated with AE dark brown polish. (I think I need to work on my shoe photography...)


Hope this helps! The polish was the recommendation of my local AE store as I was (am) something of a neophyte when I bought them; the regimen seems to be working well.
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Originally Posted by --Chris-- View Post

After years of being that guy who takes weeks to find the shoe that I like, and then usually settling because nothing better was found I can say I now know why...I have never seen AEs before now.

I'm hooked, but the problem is I need a pair pronto and since I am just starting a new career (tech) i can only swing one pair right now...and even then I will be shopping at the shoe bank or eBay for seconds.

The dress code is business casual and I would like to find a pair that I could also wear with denim when not going to work.

Any suggestions?

I really like burnished chili and walnut, but I'm open to suggestions since I just realized I'm not as we'll dressed as I thought.

Hey Chris,

 

I'm new here (just signed up), pretty much shopped for shoes the way you do (whatever fits at Kohl's, dammit!), and am also in a business casual tech setting (engineering). I bought my first Allen Edmonds shoes in May.

 

For my first pair, I went with a Walnut Black Hills. Partly because I couldn't move out of my comfort zone and wanted to stay with rubber soles, but mainly because they were the most comfortable of the three pairs I tried on that day.  Going for an AE casual style may go against most of the recommendations here, but even these are better-looking and better-made than what 90% of my co-workers wear.  I think the waxy leather will probably hold up to the elements more, as you asked in another post, and I think they go together with denim, too.

 

Just my 2 cents.

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Originally Posted by YoungSweet View Post


I would vote for the black Harrison since it fits the occasion and seems like you're happy with the fit. If the wallet allows and the future wife is ok with, maybe get the black Harrison and sell the PA. Maybe Earl will be able to hook you up with a special price smile.gif good luck brother

 

Thanks! I'm going to give Earl a call tomorrow and see if he can work me a deal on the Black Harrison 2nds. If not I may get the Black BB Park Ave's since my current ones are sized wrong. 12D when I need an 11.5D. Plus I kinda wanted to have new shoes at the wedding. Or at least my shoes since my first AEs were those black wrong size Pas that were used from ebay. Though lightly.

 

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Yes & yes = +2

 

No & no = -2 (with all respect)

 

It's not really your day; it's hers and everyone else's.  You do not want to draw attention to yourself beyond looking as good as possible beside her. No one will notice a modest gap in the laces of your PAs.  Under direct sunlight, they will notice brown fashion-forward shoes; some might think "nice shoes" but others will wonder why they're looking at the groom's feet.

 

Thanks for the reply. I've asked her her opinion and even tried on both shoes with the full suit to give her an idea. She still likes the brown. But in the end said to pick which one I liked best. Is this a trick? :)

 

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post


No, a chukka wouldn't be a wedding shoe, especially in shell, which is considered a more casual material.

I know you've said that it's an outdoor, afternoon affair, but the black Park Ave is the quintessential wedding/funeral/interview/event shoe. It's no nonsense and classy.

And if your fiancée is wearing anything even remotely traditional (basically anything long and white), the black stitch cap will be the way to go. I mean, you already own it, so why not let it do what it does best? smile.gif

Save the money you were going to spend on the black Harrisons for the honeymoon.

And congrats on your big day!!!!

 

Yea, it hadn't crossed my mind that it would be an option. I do realize shell is considered the more casual leather but I think even a black shell PA is not going to raise anyones eyebrow. Plus I didn't invite anyone off of SF ;) If I got the Harrisons (2nds) I would sell the PAs so come out even hopefully. 

 

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Originally Posted by NWTeal View Post

In my opinion (I'm in my mid 20s) there are only a few options and colors that are appropriate for a wedding:

Evening wedding: Black captoe, punch cap, adelaide, or plain toe.

Daytime:Black, brown or burgundy captoe, punch cap, adelaide or plain toe.

I don't think @csmitty is wrong with either the Park Ave or brown Harrison depending on the time of day. I don't think the Harrisons are fashion forward and no one will be distracted by a pair of brown cap toe . my only concern is that against a dark charcoal, brown can look like a mismatch.

FWIW, I plan on getting myself a pair of Alfred Sargent Moores in black when I get married sometime down the line. Currently I'm just trying to buy a diamond!

 

Thanks. I'm closing in on 32 however only the past year or so have I been working on updating my style. I also doubt anyone will notice the dark brown. I told my groomsman they could go brown or black, and I think some of the browns might be lighter. But all the suits aren't matching either. So it will all probably look like it goes together. 

 

 

Also I put the whole outfit together this afternoon as I got my Ratio Clothing shirt yesterday which fits well. 

Here with the brown Harrison.

 

 

 

And black PA's

 

 

Sorry lighting wasn't that great. And need to get the left sleeve altered. 

 

Just figured I'd throw it out there for you guys to get an overall picture. I appreciate all the responses, opinions, and well wishes!

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Help needed please....are these AE 's ?? I recently acquired these shoes, there are no "Edmonds" markings, but...... Could they be MTO ?  Thanks in advance.  

 

 

 

 

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I'm a McTavish fan too.  Here, I'll prove it:

I arranged from the lightest to the darkest.

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