Nice looking CXL PTBs. I like the golden undertones.
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Clark Streets today. I love these.
My brother in law is grabbing a pair in golden brown during the upcoming sale. I might have to grab a pair in natural now.
Do you have any sizing advice compared to the 5 last?
I went down half a size due to heel slippage, I would prob recommend the same… or maybe down a width.
Interesting, I am already sized down from Brannock (8.25D roughly) in the 5 last to an 8D. Sizing down further would put me at my Alden Barrie size. Is the Clark Street really that big? I have heard of the heel slippage issue with that model though. Thanks for the input.
Regarding AE quality control, I have had great luck with their 1st quality. I have four pair of AEs that I've kept at this point and I love them all. The only "complaint" I have for the AE shoes in my stable right now is the Eagle River boots have far too fragile a leather for a lug boot. It is a good enough leather but shouldn't be used on a lug boot. Also, they send that boot unfinished/unconditioned.
The shoebank site is an entirely different story. I've purchased three pairs from the shoebank site and all went back. Two of them I bought because the last/style was not available on the main site and the third was me going after the deal. The common theme with the shoebank shoes is they are "thirds" in my opinion not "seconds". Others have had better luck but not me. I'm fairly lenient when going into a second purchase but all three examples were way over the top and firmly in "thirds" territory. One of the shoes should have been donated to an African village and never attempted to be sold. When something like that is a second it makes you wonder what gets by as a first. Luckily, I've not had any problems with their main site "first run" shoes though.
I would echo some of the "company direction" comments. Staying focused on their current shoe line, however, I don't understand why 90% of their shoes are on the 65 last. I like their 97 last the best but finding shoes on that last is difficult. I just don't get it. Does everyone really like the 65 that much?
Can't speak for everyone else, but for me the 65 last was like a godsend. Anything on it in my standard size seems to fit like a glove. People ask about those "bizarro 65 last" ones like the McTavish, Black Hills, Ridgeway, etc. but yeah those are all good too.
This was not my point at all actually. I'm saying that for what you get, AE is heading in the wrong direction by the sharp price increases in such short periods of time. What are they trying to accomplish? If they continue the trend of QC issues AND higher and higher prices, two things will happen - the real shoe fanatics like me and most people on this board will abandon them for higher end brands, and the average consumer will just settle for cheaper, lesser brands. They lose on both fronts.
Ugh...as a true techie/gamer/nerd, to me that analogy was absolutely spot on.