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You know, I have to pick this next pair very carefully. Like many on here, my wife has started asking the dreaded question, "how many more shoes are you going to buy?

When that happens around here, I start opening the closets (note the plural) that contain her shoes, sandals and boots.
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I don't wear black shoes very often, but the black Fifth Avenues were picked today.


Chris
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Here you go. Background messy, but thats my coworkers for you.



lighting sucks in my work space, the color isn't as dark in person.

 



Perfect, thank you so much
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I find this a little puzzling - so the Black Hills fit, but the McTavish was too big?  I would try on another one to see how it is - those fit almost exactly the same to me.  The Strand was big too?  The Strand is absolutely smaller than either of those, so there is something wrong.  You could try the pads, etc. but I don't care how good of a deal you think it is - if the shoes don't fit, it's no deal.  Better off paying even full price for something that works.  The retail AE has the black and grey McTavish on sale and I think shoebank has just about everything except the crackle brown on sale, so this shouldn't be an issue.

 

Yeah, I found it a bit weird, too. Again, it's not a huge size difference, just - - - different. That's the only way I can describe it. Maybe it has to do with the Black Hills being made in a much softer calfskin than these other two. Width-wise, all 3 of these are spot-on. Length-wise, the ball of my foot is hitting the right spot. It's just that both the Strand and the Mctavish feel a bit "emptier" right under the tongue. I've got them both laced down with just about 0 gap on it and it's a pretty decent fit, just not as close and comfortable as the Black Hill. If I gave it a 1/4" or 3/8" gap, it doesn't feel quite right. Again, no heel-slippage at all, but I do get a slight bowing on the sides, which everyone seems to agree is an issue of the foot not being voluminous enough to fill the shoe. It's just that the blucher on the Black HIll has a perfectly acceptable-looking lacing gap on it and no bowing. 

I got fitted on the Strand this past summer and a 12D is what felt the best to me at the AE store. I think I'm going to chalk it up to it being right around 0 today and that cold weather means my feet aren't as big as they are in the summer months. I'll wear the Mctavish around the house for a bit with a slightly thicker pair of socks before making a decision on it. I really like the shoes, but I want to really LOVE them. I've got an old pair of TBNY that look similar, but are getting ready to give up the ghost (don't judge me, I found them lightly used over a year ago at a thrift store for $10 and have gotten way more than my money's worth on them). The Mctavish is all set to replace them in my rotation. 

BTW, I know the gray Black Hills don't get a lot of love from most folks, simply because they feel it's a tough shoe to figure out what to wear, and belts are hard to match to it. All I can say is, it's a GREAT winter shoe for Chicago with that sole. Sure, it's casual (all the Black Hills are), so I think it rocks best with blue jeans. I'd feel fine wearing it with chinos as well. In some lights it looks gray, in others, it's kind of brown. Almost like a Weimaraner's fur. Really underrated, in my opinion and that $97 Shoebank price is ridonkulous for something this good for winter. I debated a long time on the Mctavish seconds at $149 and the walnut Black Hill at $159. Went with the Mctavish simply because, at some point, winter will end. I'm sure of it. 

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Here's the newest member of my family: burgundy shell bradley 2nds. I got on the waiting list for these back in September during the $325 shell outlet sale, and now they've arrived to my doorstep.

Overall they are absolutely great! Virtually flawless. The only issue I can see is that one piece of shell on the right shoe is quite dry. Nothing some conditioning and TLC can't fix.

I know I'm the guy who says he prefers the mocc stitching on Alden's NST, but for half the price, I'm quite satisfied with this model.

Overall, very pleased with this purchased.



These are some of my favorite shoes. Some may remember this but several years AE had these listed for $250 on their website. It was a sale they were running for the calfskin version but they inadvertently offered the shell version as the same price. It was only up for about an hour or so and they honored all the purchases made during that time.
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Having a tough time fit wise lately. I have had to start using an orthotic and have found that my feet have been getting a bit wider. Shoes I once found comfortable are now probably going to have to be stretched out in width. Seems like from now on I may need to jump up in width on future purchases.

 

Will be posting my burgundy shell Patriot seconds for sale today in size 8D for old $325 seconds pricing if anyone is in the market for a pair. Those ones I just sized wrong on and should have went TTS.

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Having a tough time fit wise lately. I have had to start using an orthotic and have found that my feet have been getting a bit wider. Shoes I once found comfortable are now probably going to have to be stretched out in width. Seems like from now on I may need to jump up in width on future purchases.

Will be posting my burgundy shell Patriot seconds for sale today in size 8D for old $325 seconds pricing if anyone is in the market for a pair. Those ones I just sized wrong on and should have went TTS.

I guess the good thing is that your shoes can probably be stretched enough to accommodate the width of your foot. I've had great success using B Nelson to stretch shell shoes. I bought a pair of Carmina Shells without trying them on (as no one close to me stocks them). I had them stretched about a quarter size wider and now they fit great (exchange wasn't possible).
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I guess the good thing is that your shoes can probably be stretched enough to accommodate the width of your foot. I've had great success using B Nelson to stretch shell shoes. I bought a pair of Carmina Shells without trying them on (as no one close to me stocks them). I had them stretched about a quarter size wider and now they fit great (exchange wasn't possible).

 

Yeah I think I should be able to save most pairs from hitting the chopping block. I know with a few pairs if I wear a thin dress sock that takes most of the pressure off the side of my foot. 

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Pulled out the 744 LTDs today:

 

 

Guess I'll need to do something about the scratch on the left one.

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Pulled out the 744 LTDs today:

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Guess I'll need to do something about the scratch on the left one.

 

Some great patina on those!

 

Always loved the 744, too close to my Bayfield to justify both but I really considered it a few times.

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For formal occasions, and the budget for only one pair, what style and color Allen Edmonds would everyone recommend with a navy suit?

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For formal occasions, and the budget for only one pair, what style and color Allen Edmonds would everyone recommend with a navy suit?

Carlyle or Park Avenue in black.

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Chukkas are nice, but these bad boys + some HDLP have kept me nice and dry in these past few slushy weeks. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Were you on the C train on the UWS going uptown on Tuesday night around 8 PM?
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I just registered, so here is my first post.

 

This awesome thread is how I found this forum, which I haven't even looked at yet.

 

It is amazing to see so many others with the same addiction as me, and a few of the retentive tendencies as well :).

 

I'll post "my story" when I have a little more time.

 

Meanwhile I will continue catching up on the 3600+ posts just in this thread.

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Were you on the C train on the UWS going uptown on Tuesday night around 8 PM?

 

Sorry, wasn't me. Probably another SFer haha. I was on the C train going uptown on the UWS today though.

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