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^The Alden LWBs look much better than AE MacNeils, IMO. And I'm so glad I went with AE McGregors, which look even better. tongue.gif

I have Alden LWB and AE MacNiel. I like both and they really look very similar even in person but the Alden's are thicker and feel even more sturdy. The MacNiel looks a little more elegant and dressy so they both have their uses.
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Not to turn this into a LWB debate, but as an owner of both a shell MacNeil and shell Alden LWB, I've always found myself thinking the MacNeil is the better looking shoe. But I also like my Alden LWB a lot, so it's not like I'm down on it or anything. I think the lasts used on these two LWBs are different enough that often people will like like over the other.

Agreed
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When I first read that AE was going to make a LWB on its most iconic/classic last for dress (Oxford/balmoral) shoes I thought it might be as big a disaster as their Larchmont. I tried the McGregor at an AE store last week and was pleasantly surprised. It was really nice. However, IMHO LWBs are supposed to be a bit clunky with double leather soles. They are not meant to be a refined, single-leather soled "dress shoe." If I wanted that sort of dressy wingtip I'd get the McAllister. I would be much more interested in a LWB on the 1 last (i.e. Leeds) with double leather. But again, that's my opinion. I did like the McGregor. The (97??) last of the McNeil is very difficult to size, and really uncomfortable, at least in my experience.

I know what you mean with the sizing of the 7 (97) last. I can wear two different sizes in that last. I can wear a 14A or a 15AAA. It is a weird last but when you get it right it feels great.
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I would be much more interested in a LWB on the 1 last (i.e. Leeds) with double leather. But again, that's my opinion. I did like the McGregor. The (97??) last of the McNeil is very difficult to size, and really uncomfortable, at least in my experience.
this. I love my MacNeil but it isn't the best fit. Length and forefoot are perfect but there is zero lacing gap. I could probably use a tongue pad or half insole. id love to see a classic lwb on the 1, which is perfect for me.
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this. I love my MacNeil but it isn't the best fit. Length and forefoot are perfect but there is zero lacing gap. I could probably use a tongue pad or half insole. id love to see a classic lwb on the 1, which is perfect for me.

I think this is a VERY common sentiment.

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this. I love my MacNeil but it isn't the best fit. Length and forefoot are perfect but there is zero lacing gap. I could probably use a tongue pad or half insole. id love to see a classic lwb on the 1, which is perfect for me.

 

 

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I think this is a VERY common sentiment.


The 1 last is my favorite last as well. it seems to be the easiest to fit people from what i have seen. 

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Oh so an EG too. What is your thought on them? I guess Alden's are you favorite for the price then?

 

Yes, I bought a Chelsea (Cap Toe Balmoral). The fit and finish on it is bar none. However, I think they are reaching into the point of diminishing returns in terms of quality to value.

 

-Mike

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Yes, I bought a Chelsea (Cap Toe Balmoral). The fit and finish on it is bar none. However, I think they are reaching into the point of diminishing returns in terms of quality to value.

 

-Mike


I know what you mean. The finishing and last design is what really sets it apart, but it is a huge increase in price. I love my Edward Green, but I still have more AE and Alden than anything else. You can buy 3 or 4 AEs at full price for the price of 1 EG, especially if it is a MTO like my pair is. I love them more than any other pair of shoes/boots that I have but it is a huge price difference. 

 

I think that AE and Alden are probably the best quality for the price when it comes to main brands. 

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I'm sure this has been asked before, but under what circumstances are the sizes printed on the underside of the tongue rather than the side of the shoe? Was that something done in the past or what?

 

I'm looking at a local guy selling a pretty nice pair of Sanfords and I just want to make sure I'm not looking at anything old. He says he bought them directly from AE in 2014... I'll send the link via PM if anyone wants to give their opinion on them.

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I'm sure this has been asked before, but under what circumstances are the sizes printed on the underside of the tongue rather than the side of the shoe? Was that something done in the past or what?

 

I'm looking at a local guy selling a pretty nice pair of Sanfords and I just want to make sure I'm not looking at anything old. He says he bought them directly from AE in 2014... I'll send the link via PM if anyone wants to give their opinion on them.


to this day I still get them in both locations.

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to this day I still get them in both locations.

+1, don't think the location means anything.
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Finally , got the replacement Bleecker and they fit very well without any crease at the base of the tongue ...Thanks @JSO1
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Very, very nice! I'm glad you stuck with it. Did you end up changing sizes?
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smile.gif yeah went down to 9.5 E from wide , it's little snug but should break in fine.
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Hello,

 

From the advice of another member, I am re-posting my potential issue in this thread since there are obviously some AE-experts here.

 

I recently purchased a pair of black Park Avenue shoes and the creasing on the left shoe looks odd.  Unlike creasing I am accustomed to, there are creases that run lengthwise so that there are multiple "+' where the normal creases intersect.  My right shoe has only the "normal" creasing above the toe cap.  Before I called AE to request an exchange, I would like to see if this is normal and happens from time to time, or if it is just due to poor build quality.  Thanks

 

SJ

 

 

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I might get flamed for this but am I the only one who regrets buying the fifth avenue in black? I have the brooks brother version but I'm going to be honest, it's not a sleek shoe, it looks like something my old uncle or grand father would wear. I rarely wear it because despite being a very comfortable shoe I find it ugly.

I was wearing my chili today and thought hey this is really sleek. Should I get the lasalle in black? Or maybe the caryle? Or am I doomed to think Black dress shoes are boring because I made a bad purchase?

Flame suit on. Come at me bro's:slayer:
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