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All, looking for some thoughts on burgundy shell open-laced shoes. Trying to decide between MacNeil and Bradley to fill the burgundy/open-laced spot in my collection. By way of background, my current open-laced shoes are: Leeds (black shell), Townley (brown shell), and RL Sanderson (tan calf, similar to a walnut Mcgregor). Current closed-laced shoes are: Park Ave (black calf & burgundy shell), Fifth Ave (brown), Strand (bourbon), and McAllister (merlot calf & cappuccino shell). The new purchase would primarily be worn with dress slacks & the occasional khakis, as I wear my closed-laced shoes with suits. If anyone has both the Bradley and MacNeil, would be interested to know the difference in the fits & which one gets worn more.
At the risk of turning this into an Alden vs AE discussion (and with the disclaimer that I own more AE shoes (18) than I do Alden (0), I find the overall shape of the Bradley to be boring and unattractive. If I were to drop 650 on a split toe blucher, I would definitely choose the Alden NST over the Bradley any day. I find the Alden's shape and toe stitching to be more attractive.

I feel the opposite about the LWB. Prefer the MacNeil.

 

Not long ago, out of curiosity I ordered a burgundy shell Bradley (just to check it out; I intended to return it and did) and was pleasantly surprised.  Shape-wise, if you have a wide foot, I think it compares very well to the Alden NST.  The latter are generally on Alden's Aberdeen last, which is their sleekest, but once you go up to a wide in it (as I must), for better or worse the sleekness is greatly reduced and the Bradley then compares much better.

 

On a related note, I'm also impressed by the relative sleekness of my new Townley.  Both the Townley and the Bradley are 1-last bluchers.  Who knew the terms "sleek" (relatively) and "1-last blucher" could be in the same sentence?

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Not long ago, out of curiosity I ordered a burgundy shell Bradley (just to check it out; I intended to return it and did) and was pleasantly surprised.  Shape-wise, if you have a wide foot, I think it compares very well to the Alden NST.  The latter are generally on Alden's Aberdeen last, which is their sleekest, but once you go up to a wide in it (as I must), for better or worse the sleekness is greatly reduced and the Bradley then compares much better.

On a related note, I'm also impressed by the relative sleekness of my new Townley.  Both the Townley and the Bradley are 1-last bluchers.  Who knew the terms "sleek" (relatively) and "1-last blucher" could be in the same sentence?
Interesting. I don't mind being wrong. Could you possibly post pics of the two for comparison's sake?
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Not long ago, out of curiosity I ordered a burgundy shell Bradley (just to check it out; I intended to return it and did) and was pleasantly surprised.  Shape-wise, if you have a wide foot, I think it compares very well to the Alden NST.  The latter are generally on Alden's Aberdeen last, which is their sleekest, but once you go up to a wide in it (as I must), for better or worse the sleekness is greatly reduced and the Bradley then compares much better.

On a related note, I'm also impressed by the relative sleekness of my new Townley.  Both the Townley and the Bradley are 1-last bluchers.  Who knew the terms "sleek" (relatively) and "1-last blucher" could be in the same sentence?
Interesting. I don't mind being wrong. Could you possibly post pics of the two for comparison's sake?

 

Unfortunately, no.  I've been fitted in the Aberdeen, which is how I know I need a wide in it, but I don't own any such Aldens, precisely because once I went up to the wide the shoe didn't look right to me.

 

FWIW, I don't think this is one of those "right or wrong" deals.

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Unfortunately, no.  I've been fitted in the Aberdeen, which is how I know I need a wide in it, but I don't own any such Aldens, precisely because once I went up to the wide the shoe didn't look right to me.

FWIW, I don't think this is one of those "right or wrong" deals.

You're right, what I meant was, "I'm open to a change of opinion."
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I ordered a pair of standmoks and now am going back and forth on whether to keep them.  Main wear of these would be jeans, though potentially some with slacks.  And partially as a rain shoe given the danite sole.

 

Why am I unsure about them?  I didn’t get the relatively modest and unobtrusive coloring (distressing? burnishing?) on the toe as in this picture below from the website

 

 

 

But instead a very sharp and dichotomous much lighter brown on the toe:

 

 

Because of that my wife really doesn’t like them.  At all.  So, at least as they look right now, a no go for me.  

 

So a couple of questions:

  1. Do ya’ll think they could be darkened up at the toes/back with some brown polish?

  2. Anyone have any pictures of some worn strandmoks so I can see if they evolve in a way I would like?  And if the two-tone look gets less prominent.

  3. Thinking of swapping these out for a pair of Gobis instead with the $50 off.  Know it’s quite subjective but thoughts on the relative merits?





 

 

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@SJYSNYC  you could darken them for sure with some brown creme polish but it you do not like them after that you are stuck..do you own AE conditioner/cleaner? You could rub some of that on the toe and it will darken it a little. Yours look like the pair I saw at the AE store...

 

Gobi is a very nice chukka

 

 

 

Got my Neumok olives in 12eee to replace my 13D and they are going back ...they fit great but the pattern is way way off the short wing actually dips into the split welt and looks terrible...oh well candy cane lacing up the 13D's for a party tonight. On top of the wing issue the whole shape seems very different...almost like they took a 12 D leather pattern and stretched it across a 12eee last...the profile is so much more narrow...very odd...Had the wing not been so off I would have kept them though.

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I ordered a pair of standmoks and now am going back and forth on whether to keep them.  Main wear of these would be jeans, though potentially some with slacks.  And partially as a rain shoe given the danite sole.




Why am I unsure about them?  I didn’t get the relatively modest and unobtrusive coloring (distressing? burnishing?) on the toe as in this picture below from the website



 








But instead a very sharp and dichotomous much lighter brown on the toe:








Because of that my wife really doesn’t like them.  At all.  So, at least as they look right now, a no go for me.  




So a couple of questions:




  1. Do ya’ll think they could be darkened up at the toes/back with some brown polish?






  2. Anyone have any pictures of some worn strandmoks so I can see if they evolve in a way I would like?  And if the two-tone look gets less prominent.






  3. Thinking of swapping these out for a pair of Gobis instead with the $50 off.  Know it’s quite subjective but thoughts on the relative merits?











 

 


Listen, if the wife doesn't like them, it's def not worth keeping them. You could absolutely exchange for s new pair of you're set on this model, though I'm personally not a fan. I've exchanged unworn shoes for burnishing flaws before without a problem.

Personally, I would chose something different. The gobi is quite nice. How about the Bleecker Street? That seems a more versatile choice, easier to dress up as well as down.
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I am new to AEs and bought 2 pair today as I will start wearing suits daily in several weeks. Thank you for such a wonderful forum. It really helped guide my search for shoes.

The strands are bothering the bottom my outer ankle bone as the top of the shoe contacts that area as I walk.

I have worn quality work boots for years and am not new to the need to break in footwear worth wearing, I was just wondering if anyone here has had a similar issue and can speak to whether or not this dissipates as the shoes break in.
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I am new to AEs and bought 2 pair today as I will start wearing suits daily in several weeks. Thank you for such a wonderful forum. It really helped guide my search for shoes.

The strands are bothering the bottom my outer ankle bone as the top of the shoe contacts that area as I walk.

I have worn quality work boots for years and am not new to the need to break in footwear worth wearing, I was just wondering if anyone here has had a similar issue and can speak to whether or not this dissipates as the shoes break in.

 

The shoe will settle the more you wear it and you should be fine. 

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Not long ago, out of curiosity I ordered a burgundy shell Bradley (just to check it out; I intended to return it and did) and was pleasantly surprised.  Shape-wise, if you have a wide foot, I think it compares very well to the Alden NST.  The latter are generally on Alden's Aberdeen last, which is their sleekest, but once you go up to a wide in it (as I must), for better or worse the sleekness is greatly reduced and the Bradley then compares much better.

On a related note, I'm also impressed by the relative sleekness of my new Townley.  Both the Townley and the Bradley are 1-last bluchers.  Who knew the terms "sleek" (relatively) and "1-last blucher" could be in the same sentence?
It's a really attractive shoe to me after some time with it...in #8, the stitching, color and last (in my size feels perfect with blucher adjustability) are pretty sweet:



And I think it looks sleek on my foot; pants worn with will influence that of course.
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On a cold and blustery New Orleans day, I thought I'd take the opportunity to give the burgundy shell Daltons a little love:

 

 

And just for fun, here's a comparison shot with some brand-new Alden Color 8:

 

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Two pairs of Sheltons have made their way across the Atlantic for me to try on.
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I have a pair of these Sheltons. Very comfortable and sharp looking.
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On a cold and blustery New Orleans day, I thought I'd take the opportunity to give the burgundy shell Daltons a little love:

 

 

And just for fun, here's a comparison shot with some brand-new Alden Color 8:

 

 

Great work :thumbs-up:

 

Cold and blustery in NO? How bout some gumbo?

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Cold and blustery in NO? How bout some gumbo?

In NO terms that means below 70 with a mild breeze.
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Decided against the BB Kenwood loafer (tried them on, my small feet just look bad in loafers) but am intrigued at getting the BB version of the Strands with their 25% off sale. Does anyone know if they fit a little tighter than the normal Strands because of the Poron footbed? My current Strands and McAllisters in 8.5E have a pretty big lace gap, and the 9E leather Neumoks I tried on in store felt looser but I'm concerned they made be too loose once they get worn in, it's hard to tell. If the BB Strands fit a little tighter then I think the 9E size might be perfect. 

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