i ordered these Strandmok oxfords in two sizes, on the left is 8 E on the right is 7.5EEE. The one on the left has a large amount of excess material around the sole outside of the stitching. Is this acceptable?
it's fairly uniform (less in the heel) and is consistent on both shoes. Style wise i can't judge. Given that 8E is already a fairly short and wide size i wasn't sure if i want to make the proportions wider
On another topic, can anyone with Olive or Tan Neumoks comment on how you wear them? They are casual but to me the Tan color seems nice for Spring/Summer while the Olive is more of a Spring/Fall shoe. I have a pair in snuff suede which probably cover Spring through Fall. Thanks in advance.
I just picked these up as seconds. It's cold outside so they are not ideal, but I thought they could use an inaugural field trial. Damn the fashion rules for tan shoes! I paired them with some merino blend socks to stave off the frostbite. Also I don't go outside much during the day.
They will probably see use primarily with jeans but I might also have to get some linen pants for when it gets warm and I'm not feeling shorts. Maybe white, natural, or brown. I would probably avoid matchy matchy colors. Even a gray might work.
Of course when you ask "how I wear them", this is pretty much it so far:
Regarding the fit of truffle McGraw's, my experience is different from Rostov's. I find it a pretty generous fit, certainly (to me) a bit wider than my 5 last shoes in the same size. I have a tiny bit of heel slip but nothing to complain about. Also, they are about the only AE loafer my high instep will tolerate. And the color is great and keeps getting better. To paraphrase a famous Seinfeld bit, "they are truffle ... and they are spectacular."
I snagged mine last summer from the Jefferson outlet in a 10.5E for $299. Mine have no seconds markings and no evidence of any defect. However, they were beginning to develop a bit of "roll" already, though the soles were pristine. My theory is that someone bought them as firsts, gave them an extensive test drive on carpet only, then decided they didn't like the fit or something and they ended up in the outlet system.
They were actually in the system for quite a while. However, on the printouts they'd e-mail folks, it was never listed with a model name, only the four digit number. I figured it might be shell from the price so I called and asked what the model and color were. When she explained they were a four last loafer in the discontinued truffle/cap brown shell and she'd honor the $299 sale price that had expired a couple of weeks before if I'd take them off her hands, ... it was like the feeling I got seeing the Cindy Crawford Super Bowl commercial back in the day for the first time.
First of all, weren't "no homo" a Cam'ron thing before it was an SNL thing?
Second of all, I have suede McGraws, and they fit weirdly. Long-ish and narrow. But I like how the last looks, and for what I paid ($130 for brown suede seconds), I'll settle for a heel pad.
I'd heard good things about Bick4 so decided to give it a try on some boots. I'm lazy so I like this as it's easy to apply and seems to condition leather better than either Reno or VSC, but those are early first impressions. It also leaves less of an oily residue compared to Reno or VSC, but that could be because of less wax content.
Waxy brown Long Branches that I had zippers installed on (horrors!) and burnished chili Daltons:
Walnut calf and walnut shell Daltons (I used VSC on the shell Daltons)