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@catlettsl, you may want to try other variations of length and width to get your size dialed in, as a full size up from "snug" does sound excessive (12.5D? 13C? 12E?). and "snug" is usually a good benchmark to hit. but iirc forefoot tightness can be attributed to length depending on the last because if the ball of your foot is extended along the length axis relative to the last's shape, it would manifest itself as lateral tightness. so i don't think that apparent contradiction is necessarily a red flag (going up in length to resolve width). 

 

i've had an AE SA screw up my sizing in the 5 last before so i'm a little less inclined to believe them without testing all alternatives, although if you aggregated the opinions on this thread they would trust the SA in all but the rarest cases :) 

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I have a sizing question. I'm about to purchase a pair of burnished chilli Park Avenues. The 12 D fits snug. Length is fine but there is a tad of tightness in the width along the forefoot. The 13D feel very comfortable, basically how I would want a pair to break in but the AE rep said they would stretch out and look bad and maybe even not fit so good. He advised me to go with the 12D and it should break in fine. What are your guys recommendation and experience. I work outside a lot and the last thing I need is sore or pain in my feet. Thx
The "it will stretch out" thing is false and very bad advice from tha SA. Shoes need to feel comfortable when you first get them or they will never feel comfortable. This is from someone who was in the shoe industry for 20 + years. A podiatrist will tell you the same thing. Maybe try a 12E, but a jump to 13D is probably not a good idea.

 

I agree and disagree with this......I have shoes/boots that were tight in the vamp across my arch when new and after two or three wears became perfect.  My Alden Indy boots are a perfect example in CXL they were ridiculous tight across the vamp and now I can wear a medium weight boot sock perfectly with them...I think it depends on where the shoe is tight which is why I asked about the footbed.....and I agree for my shoes I now target a perfect fit right from the start with boots depending on material being the exception.

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Thx for the quick replies. I think I will try the 12 E. The D would be fine for 4-5 hours but 8-10-12 hour days...my feet wouldn't like me much. Thank you
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A little Bayfield in the morning light...wow these are ridiculous on the comfort meter...being that my boots are not needed for "dress" clothes...I can officially say I wish every boot I had were these soles instead of the Dainite...a HUGE part of that being with my boot rotation being 10+ the super durable factor of Dainite is not a prime concern......Not knocking Dainite as it's sleek profile works perfect for the EC's  GMTO... since I use my red laces on my Long Branches I decided to use the brown LB laces with these...

 

I will say this though I am 100% ready for a rounded toe boot from AE at this point. If they had one I would probably being doing a natural shell makeup.

 

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Looking good.

Looks like your starting your own retail location there for AE judging from the background.

Can't wait for mine to get here. They were in lasting yesterday so hoping they'll ship next week sometime. The ones I'm most looking forward to.
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Looking good.

Looks like your starting your own retail location there for AE judging from the background.

Can't wait for mine to get here. They were in lasting yesterday so hoping they'll ship next week sometime. The ones I'm most looking forward to.

 

LOL...yeah looks like it...just brought in a few more pairs to go back to AE/Riverside and a Carson City black rough leather to sell---Lots of stuff to sell...good grief

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Hi Gents,

I need your help. My bayfields are starting to rip by the eyelet, which is something I'm a bit dissapointed about. I love these shoes to death and while I wear them a lot I always stick em in trees and like to think I take decent care of them. I understand that all things have a shelf life but its only been around 3 years, one re-heel, and I was hoping to get many more years out of these babies.

Any advice? Should I get this repaired by a cobbler? Can i? Should I talk to AE? There arent any AE stores in my area since I'm up in Canada...

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I agree and disagree with this......I have shoes/boots that were tight in the vamp across my arch when new and after two or three wears became perfect.  My Alden Indy boots are a perfect example in CXL they were ridiculous tight across the vamp and now I can wear a medium weight boot sock perfectly with them...I think it depends on where the shoe is tight which is why I asked about the footbed.....and I agree for my shoes I now target a perfect fit right from the start with boots depending on material being the exception.

I'd add that, depending on the fit dynamics, what may seem to be "stretching" of the upper may also be the cork footbed compressing over time, leaving more volume available inside the shoe.

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Hi Gents,

I need your help. My bayfields are starting to rip by the eyelet, which is something I'm a bit dissapointed about. I love these shoes to death and while I wear them a lot I always stick em in trees and like to think I take decent care of them. I understand that all things have a shelf life but its only been around 3 years, one re-heel, and I was hoping to get many more years out of these babies.

Any advice? Should I get this repaired by a cobbler? Can i? Should I talk to AE? There arent any AE stores in my area since I'm up in Canada...

 

I am the furthest thing from a shoe expert however based on those thick laces being extremely thin in s few areas --it seems these boots were too big for you and to compensate you pulled the hell out of the laces to get it to tighten up to fit. Thicker laces make that much easier to do as I just put thick laces in my GMTO shell Bayfield and was shocked how tight I was able to pull compared to the thin ones that came with it.

 

Also it looks like that leather is dry...have you been treating it with leather lotion? Only thing I could think of is to have a cobbler run a box stitch around the eyelets area to re-inforce the area and maybe stitch in a piece of leather for a patch and put new eyelets in..

 

Again I can be completely wrong about fit and everything else as I truly know little about shoe construction etc..I just buy a lot of them. :)

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Wearing the Ridgeways today........

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Whoah, great score!!

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...those two shell shoes are the exact two models I've managed to limit myself to in 2014. Nice choices all; wear them well!
Thanks pepper, adam! This was a good year for shell for me. These 2 plus the GMTO bayfield and strands + 2 more from the trunk show. I think that's pretty bad actually - for my wallet.
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I am the furthest thing from a shoe expert however based on those thick laces being extremely thin in s few areas --it seems these boots were too big for you and to compensate you pulled the hell out of the laces to get it to tighten up to fit. Thicker laces make that much easier to do as I just put thick laces in my GMTO shell Bayfield and was shocked how tight I was able to pull compared to the thin ones that came with it.

Also it looks like that leather is dry...have you been treating it with leather lotion? Only thing I could think of is to have a cobbler run a box stitch around the eyelets area to re-inforce the area and maybe stitch in a piece of leather for a patch and put new eyelets in..

Again I can be completely wrong about fit and everything else as I truly know little about shoe construction etc..I just buy a lot of them. smile.gif

Any help is much appreciated my friend! smile.gif

The leather is CXL so yeah it wrinkles quite a bit...and as for the laces, they fray at some points. I do agree that I could be lacing them too tight at times, but the boots fit like a glove in terms of sizing. Also I broke my original laces and these are large ones which I had to stuff into the eyelet...as I type this Im thinking that could even be the problem...
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Originally Posted by Kahuna75 View Post

I am the furthest thing from a shoe expert however based on those thick laces being extremely thin in s few areas --it seems these boots were too big for you and to compensate you pulled the hell out of the laces to get it to tighten up to fit. Thicker laces make that much easier to do as I just put thick laces in my GMTO shell Bayfield and was shocked how tight I was able to pull compared to the thin ones that came with it.

Also it looks like that leather is dry...have you been treating it with leather lotion? Only thing I could think of is to have a cobbler run a box stitch around the eyelets area to re-inforce the area and maybe stitch in a piece of leather for a patch and put new eyelets in..

Again I can be completely wrong about fit and everything else as I truly know little about shoe construction etc..I just buy a lot of them. smile.gif
I don't think it will hurt to hear what AE says about it. Send a picture to customer service to see if they can help. I'm sure a good cobbler can come up with something but going that direction will probably void the warranty. But again, you may not care about it at this point.
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I wear 8.5D/E in calf/shell 5-65 balmorals, and 9D in the 1-511 calf/shell Dalton (though the calf feels a tad narrower). I tried 8.5D and 9D in the Shaker Heights and the 9D fits perfectly. Quite comfortable.

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I ordered mine in the same size as 95% of my other AE's (including several 5 lasts) and they fit great.
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Thanks guys.  Sigh - another 50/50 split on size up 1/2 a size vs. same size.  Keepin' me on the fence. :brick:

 

I think 8.5 could've worked had I gone wider than D, but being on the wide side of 8.5D/E for 5-65, I couldn't manage 8.5D for the Shaker Heights. 9D really does feel perfect for me, and with the way the open lacing comes together on the boot, 9D in no way looks narrow on me. I honestly have a hard time envisioning a foot where Strand and Shaker Heights in the same size both fit well.

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I wear 8.5D/E in calf/shell 5-65 balmorals, and 9D in the 1-511 calf/shell Dalton (though the calf feels a tad narrower). I tried 8.5D and 9D in the Shaker Heights and the 9D fits perfectly. Quite comfortable.

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Originally Posted by hohneokc View Post

I ordered mine in the same size as 95% of my other AE's (including several 5 lasts) and they fit great.
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Thanks guys.  Sigh - another 50/50 split on size up 1/2 a size vs. same size.  Keepin' me on the fence. :brick:

 

I think 8.5 could've worked had I gone wider than D, but being on the wide side of 8.5D/E for 5-65, I couldn't manage 8.5D for the Shaker Heights. 9D really does feel perfect for me, and with the way the open lacing comes together on the boot, 9D in no way looks narrow on me. I honestly have a hard time envisioning a foot where Strand and Shaker Heights in the same size both fit well.

 

well to add..Shaker Height best fitting shoe/boot I own...13D and Strand 12eee

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