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I have a high instep and would recommend shoes in the 201 last. If you want to stick with the 65 last, I'd recommend going up to 9D for extra room in the instep area.

 

Thanks for the suggestion - I only see two styles on the AE site and nothing on shoebank. Sounds like it could be a good fit but not much to choose from.

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Pulled the trigger on some Gobis in Snuff. Now I can spend all weekend wondering in what order they fill orders that come in over the weekend.
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I had trouble finding a good bourbon Bleecker as well. Went through tgree pairs and gave up.

Interesting design, I just think they need to work on the execution perhaps

 

Unfortunately, I had a similar experience with it in Chili. My vote goes to the execution.

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FML...SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

36 yr old...need and want a walnut shoe. The Player would be perfect but its discontinued. Options now are the Clifton, Strand and the McAllister. I want them for mainly business casual put want to pair them occasionally with jeans and a suit. Business Casual im referring to slacks, chinos and a tie. The Clifton is just so bright and loud but of the lack of broguing. The medallion on the Strand kinda turns me off but I know its highly versatile. Plus its the go to shoe for young contemps in DC. Whats you guys advise. Id like to make a decision before the SB sale ends

Thanks
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FML...SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

36 yr old...need and want a walnut shoe. The Player would be perfect but its discontinued. Options now are the Clifton, Strand and the McAllister. I want them for mainly business casual put want to pair them occasionally with jeans and a suit. Business Casual im referring to slacks, chinos and a tie. The Clifton is just so bright and loud but of the lack of broguing. The medallion on the Strand kinda turns me off but I know its highly versatile. Plus its the go to shoe for young contemps in DC. Whats you guys advise. Id like to make a decision before the SB sale ends

Thanks

I'd vote for the strand. I am not a cap-toe person, but the strand is just plain nice.
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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post

FML...SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

36 yr old...need and want a walnut shoe. The Player would be perfect but its discontinued. Options now are the Clifton, Strand and the McAllister. I want them for mainly business casual put want to pair them occasionally with jeans and a suit. Business Casual im referring to slacks, chinos and a tie. The Clifton is just so bright and loud but of the lack of broguing. The medallion on the Strand kinda turns me off but I know its highly versatile. Plus its the go to shoe for young contemps in DC. Whats you guys advise. Id like to make a decision before the SB sale ends

Thanks
The strands are nice but wouldn't be my first choice to wear with jeans or chinos. I'd probably go with a derby like the MacGregor or Sandord. I would even consider monks like the Franciscan or Mora 2.0. Warwick if they came in walnut too.
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Received my Cambridge seconds and they have a standard AE heel/sole.  Is this part of their seconds charm or was there a time when shell didn't feature a JR sole with the Horween stamp and combination heel?

 

Also, no dust bags was kind of a bummer.  I was fancying a pair of those slick navy ones.

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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post

FML...SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

36 yr old...need and want a walnut shoe. The Player would be perfect but its discontinued. Options now are the Clifton, Strand and the McAllister. I want them for mainly business casual put want to pair them occasionally with jeans and a suit. Business Casual im referring to slacks, chinos and a tie. The Clifton is just so bright and loud but of the lack of broguing. The medallion on the Strand kinda turns me off but I know its highly versatile. Plus its the go to shoe for young contemps in DC. Whats you guys advise. Id like to make a decision before the SB sale ends

Thanks

 

If you're dead set on AE, brogueing, and walnut, I think the MacGregor is your best option. I thought the Strand was versatile too, and bought it as my first pair of "nice" shoes over a year ago, but when you get deeper in the game (and read enough of this site), you may realize a walnut cap-toe balmoral isn't always the best option across multiple outfits.

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FML...SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

36 yr old...need and want a walnut shoe. The Player would be perfect but its discontinued. Options now are the Clifton, Strand and the McAllister. I want them for mainly business casual put want to pair them occasionally with jeans and a suit. Business Casual im referring to slacks, chinos and a tie. The Clifton is just so bright and loud but of the lack of broguing. The medallion on the Strand kinda turns me off but I know its highly versatile. Plus its the go to shoe for young contemps in DC. Whats you guys advise. Id like to make a decision before the SB sale ends

Thanks

In my honest opinion, I think the Strand is the shoe you need. In walnut, you can wear it with suits in navy or grey, they'll go well with jeans and chinos. It is dressy and trendy at the same time. Being a captoe it has a bit of a younger feel than a traditional wingtip which may have an older feel. Plus, it is AE CEO Paul Grangaards favorite shoe. I hope this helps.

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Received my Cambridge seconds and they have a standard AE heel/sole.  Is this part of their seconds charm or was there a time when shell didn't feature a JR sole with the Horween stamp and combination heel?

Also, no dust bags was kind of a bummer.  I was fancying a pair of those slick navy ones.

Interesting. Shell, right? Could be an MTO second. What sole is on the shoes? I guess it could be old, old stock. Surprised shell hangs around that long.

As far as bags, they're not included in seconds or clearance firsts. Every once in a while, they'll forget to remove the bags and you get lucky.
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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post

FML...SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

36 yr old...need and want a walnut shoe. The Player would be perfect but its discontinued. Options now are the Clifton, Strand and the McAllister. I want them for mainly business casual put want to pair them occasionally with jeans and a suit. Business Casual im referring to slacks, chinos and a tie. The Clifton is just so bright and loud but of the lack of broguing. The medallion on the Strand kinda turns me off but I know its highly versatile. Plus its the go to shoe for young contemps in DC. Whats you guys advise. Id like to make a decision before the SB sale ends

Thanks

I would not recommend the walnut strand, actually. Being a balmoral shoe with closed lacing, They're too business-y for chinos and jeans. I would only wear them with light grey or light blue (lighter than true navy) suits.

The MacGregor is a far more versatile choice, as it's open lace blucher style can be dressed down with jeans, but it's still sleek enough to wear with wool trousers or even some suits.

I know you're set on broguing and walnut, but a darker color like chili, bourbon, or burgundy would be even more versatile, and in absolute terms, the Lexington is the single most versatile show AE makes, IMO.

Edit: maybe this link, courtesy of Dappered, will be useful if you're unsure of the shoe jargon:

http://dappered.com/2013/11/oxfords-vs-derbys-and-more-shoe-style-jargon-101/
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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post

FML...SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

36 yr old...need and want a walnut shoe. The Player would be perfect but its discontinued. Options now are the Clifton, Strand and the McAllister. I want them for mainly business casual put want to pair them occasionally with jeans and a suit. Business Casual im referring to slacks, chinos and a tie. The Clifton is just so bright and loud but of the lack of broguing. The medallion on the Strand kinda turns me off but I know its highly versatile. Plus its the go to shoe for young contemps in DC. Whats you guys advise. Id like to make a decision before the SB sale ends

Thanks


Does it have to be walnut? I think a burgundy Macneil would be the ideal shoe to fill your described need. Agh, I  just checked the AE website and (of course) they don't carry a burgundy Macneil. You would have to step up to Cordovan. If that's too expensive, I think an oxblood McGregor would be good; although the thicker sole on the Macneil makes it easier to transition between casual and dress.

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Just bought my first quality brand dress shoes. I'm used to the typical shoes from Macy's but wanted to upgrade and ended up with a pair of AE Park Avenues. I noticed a few things out of the box that have me concerned, the leather near the ankle is creased; and on one of the shoes, the heel has a piece sticking out (hard to explain). Please chime in with your thoughts. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Welcome to the world of nicer shoes.  The thing sticking out of the heel is normal; the wrinkling of the leather is not.

 

If it were me, I would return them.  Although it's not a huge defect and appears to be in a place on the shoe that you wouldn't notice when looking down, the black calf PA is probably AE's best-selling shoe, and they should have about a zillion pairs in their inventory - so finding one that's perfect shouldn't be hard.

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Does it have to be walnut? I think a burgundy Macneil would be the ideal shoe to fill your described need. Agh, I  just checked the AE website and (of course) they don't carry a burgundy Macneil. You would have to step up to Cordovan. If that's too expensive, I think an oxblood McGregor would be good; although the thicker sole on the Macneil makes it easier to transition between casual and dress.

 

Not to dissent from your opinion, but IMO the Macneil is a very bulky shoe with a double sole that lends more to casual looks. With fitted suits, I don't think the Macneil becomes a versatile choice. I second @peppercorn78's opinion on going for a sleek blucher in bourbon or burgundy. But to be completely honest, I have a pair of burgundy double monks that have proven to be useful in all situations.

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Brown Shell Strands today for me.
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I wouldn't have thought to swap out the laces on a pair of brown shell Strands, but IMO that works so much better as a "casual" bal than any of the other casual offerings in the AE lineup.  Great ensemble too.  Well done.

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