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Originally Posted by Al Dente View Post

That's interesting. The store was running a sale on Bourbon shoes only. I'm usually a little more educated about my purchases but being new to AE I'm still learning. From reading this forum, it doesn't seem like anyone pays full price. There are certain brands where only a fool pays the retail price. When you look at the other non-wrinkled boot the difference is striking. I'll review the other pictures again to see if they are going to crease anyway and therefore even out.

I wouldn't go as far and say only a "fool" pays msrp for ae, but it's very common to not pay full retail, whether for first or for second quality shoes. Ae just plays the mark up/ discount game.
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What does everyone use for wax polish? I've only used the cream so far. Do people have wax polish that is color specific or just a neutral?
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Originally Posted by Al Dente View Post

That's interesting. The store was running a sale on Bourbon shoes only. I'm usually a little more educated about my purchases but being new to AE I'm still learning. From reading this forum, it doesn't seem like anyone pays full price. There are certain brands where only a fool pays the retail price. When you look at the other non-wrinkled boot the difference is striking. I'll review the other pictures again to see if they are going to crease anyway and therefore even out.

 

AE is not like Jos A Bank or Charles Tyrwhitt where the original / full / list price is completely fake. For example, AE doesn't claim that their shoes are $385 marked down from $770. But if you are willing to wait, then enough sales exist so that you can get a pair of "firsts" for quite a bit less than $385. This is again different from Jos A Bank et al. where you can basically always pay 1/3 of the list price.

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What does everyone use for wax polish? I've only used the cream so far. Do people have wax polish that is color specific or just a neutral?


I was advised by a shoe shine a long time ago to avoid wax polish.  I've been using Meltonian for years and it yields a sufficient shine for my needs. 

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I don't have a picture, but mine do not crease at all at the bottom of the tongue.

thanks, I hope to find a nice fitting pair too...

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Everyone is completely right. There are cases where you would have to pay full price like MTO but you almost always can get good discounts for both 1st quality during the major sales throughout the year as well as 2nds from the shoebank where I have seen shoes in recent times as low as $100.

Some of the 2nds look perfectly fine. I bought an extra pair of cap toes (Park Ave) that look perfect and they were only $127 on sale.

Sometimes you just need to keep an eye out for sales and specials. 

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Can any of you please post pics wearing Bleecker st, just wanted to see how much the shoe creases at the base of the tongue for you guys...thanks..


Gabru,

 

Here's some snaps of mine that I've been wearing once a week for about 3-4 months.  I cranked up the flash so you can see it more.  However, the last two are more representative of the natural lighting in the room.

 

My right Bleecker does crease more at the base of the tongue.  One time I was in a bit of a hurry and scrunched up the tongue on this side, so I kind of chalked mine up to that.  We can see though that the 

right one is creased more than the left.

 

Going by memory, I think my pants tend to cover where the tongue crease is anyway, so I haven't been worrying about it.

 

Rich

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the pics @RichieP, very helpful. This much wouldn't even bother me..

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I try to get the widest part of my foot into the wide part of the shoe. So standing up and feeling along the edge of the leather and seeing where my foot is compared to the shoe. If that makes any sense. I can tell my 12D 65 Last shoes are to long and the 11.5D length is more appropriate. The 12D is still ok though. Width I just go by feel.

The Brannock is a good starting point. But not everyones toes are the same length. So it can give a bit of a false measurement in a sense if you look at it that way. However its probably very minute. Trying on as many sizes as possible in a given last is probably the best bet though.
 
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When you are measuring for size the brannock device is just a guide to the size range that may work for you. The width it gives is only the width across the foot and doesn't factor in the overall volume of the foot, so the styles and the last shape can cause a variance in what size you need. 

 

You also need to look at both the length of the foot in the shoe as well as the heel to ball length (it is a little slider on the brannock), which is actually more important to match up, because you can be different sizes in overall length from heel to ball length. You need the overall length to fit your foot in the shoe, but once that fits comfortably, you need to match up the heel to ball as close as possible so the shoe and foot bend at the same location. That is where your big toe joint (1st Metatarsal-Phalangeal Joint) is, which should be the widest part of the shoe, just past your arch. 

That will help the fit and can help decrease the amount of weird creasing.

 

You can't control all factors of creasing, because that factors in foot volume filling up the shoe, leather type, etc. There are too many factors to stop it completely, but the better the fit you have, generally the less severe creasing you get within shoes of the same style and leather. 

 

A lot of width really comes down to comfort. Some people are one width by measurement but really feel more comfortable in another width. If it feels tight, just go up a width to try it out and if it feels a bit too wide, you can add tongue pads, heel pads, extra or thicker socks, etc. I would do those things because if they stay too wide, you feet can slide around in them and get weird creasing because you can't fill up the shoe volume. If they are too tight, you can start to develop foot problems or aggravate ones that you may not have noticed that you have. I have had quite a few patients aggravate preexisting disorders from tight shoes. In the end, width comes down to a bit of a game of back and forth until you find the happy medium. 

 

 

 

Thanks guys for the detailed ball of the foot info, including the correct medical terminology. :)  I think it helped explain a bit why my heel-to-toe length was 9.5, but I couldn't really get my foot into those, but a 10 did the trick!

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Thanks for the pics @RichieP, very helpful. This much wouldn't even bother me..


You're welcome.  Yeah, I scrolled back a few pages to look at your original pics again, and wow yours are definitely much worse!  I hope you can find a good fit, because I really do love mine.  They're very comfortable on me.

 

Good luck!

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Anyone have a good SA at the Ohio Jefferson or the South Carolina north Charleston store?  They have a pair of Harrison's and I'd like an honest opinion on the condition of the shoes.


Edited by LanceM - 1/11/15 at 12:32pm
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Stopped by Nordstrom and tried on the strand in chili. The SA told me they were made on the 3 last, which I found odd. Here's the inside of the tongue.

Was the SA correct, I'm 99% sure she wasn't.
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Originally Posted by ScottyBoy920 View Post

Stopped by Nordstrom and tried on the strand in chili. The SA told me they were made on the 3 last, which I found odd. Here's the inside of the tongue.

Was the SA correct, I'm 99% sure she wasn't.


Wow does it have the elongated shape? Pics?

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Anyone have a good SA at the Ohio Jeffersonsonville

Kristle - she's great.
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No the SA was incorrect. The Strand is made on the "5" or 65 Last.

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