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hey dudes, my Bleecker Street (seconds) came in. let me know your thoughts on the imperfections and if it is acceptable or not.

also, i am an 11d on brannock and got a 10.5d in these and they fit somewhat large. i would say there is a thumb width of space between my toes and the tips of the shoes. is that too large?

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IMO, I might be inclined to swap for another pair. One guy here recently took three tries before keeping them.

It's your third pic that would bug me. Haven't seen anyone post one like that here. My left Bleecker is starting to wrinkle from the back like that, but instead of going straight across to the point of the brouging, it curves down to the heel, seemingly following a structural element in the boot itself. Mine were firsts.
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I just received my Rush Streets today, in a 13B. I was worried that the toes might be too snug, but they seem fine. The overall width of the left one bothers me a little. What do you think?
Here's the deal:
I love these shoes. They're first quality, but in a discontinued color. It took a while to track down a pair. I don't think there is another pair of 13B available, or that this was ever made in a 13C.
Is that left shoe too small? Is there anything I can do (lacing pattern, etc.) that might help? I really don't think that there is another pair to exchange them for.

Do standard criss cross lacing and that will allow you to pull them tighter for a while which should stretch them some over a few wears.
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Here's the deal:
I love these shoes. They're first quality, but in a discontinued color. It took a while to track down a pair. I don't think there is another pair of 13B available, or that this was ever made in a 13C.
Is that left shoe too small? Is there anything I can do (lacing pattern, etc.) that might help? I really don't think that there is another pair to exchange them for.


Little confused - you're worried about the toebox or the width in general?  Do you have to be able to close the gap with the lacing all the way?  I guess I usually close the gap more than your left shoe but I usually can't close it as much as with your right.  Do you have some kind of arch / instep issue with the left in general?  I'm trying to figure out if your left is usually wider than your right or if you think it's a structural defect.  They're firsts, so it sounds like you're worried the left is too narrow.  I would screw it and say keep it, stretch them at the store if absolutely necessary.  The Rush Streets, Neumoks, etc. sort of have more give than others.

 

Also - thanks a lot.  I had completely put these damn things out of my mind, convinced that I would never use Olive colored shoes.  Then you come along and make them look oh so good.  Now I don't think I will be able to resist.

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Hey folks. I purchased a pair of first quality Bleecker Streets recently. The leather seemed really squeaky just from simply moving my feet in the boots. Will this squeaking go away? Has anyone else experienced this? Its really annoying unless its temporary. Its a simple thing I know but its actually pretty loud and annoying. The Bleecker Street seems to be a popular one here but I haven't seen anyone mention this except in one review on the AE website.

Thanks.

Mine did that. Per the advice of a few members here, I rubbed a little leather lotion on the tongue where it rubs the uppers under the eyelets. Squeak-no-more!
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Thinking of picking up some Kenilworths for $157 as 2nds, but I'm concerned about the bowing on the sides that several reviews mention.  Anyone have experience with these shoes?  Should I just save up and get the Leeds instead?


Hard to tell from these posts sometimes so I have to point out, the Leeds are on the 511, Kenilworths on the bizarro 65 - they'll fit pretty differently overall.  If you like the 65 and have experience with something larger like the McTavish and know what to expect, give the Kenilworths a try - they're good shoes if you can get a good pair.

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How do people generally size on Macneils (97) v regular 5-65 size? (Shell)

Am a 10.5B in 5-65 shell, 10.5C in calf.

And comments on the fit between the two? cheers
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Little confused - you're worried about the toebox or the width in general?  Do you have to be able to close the gap with the lacing all the way?  I guess I usually close the gap more than your left shoe but I usually can't close it as much as with your right.  Do you have some kind of arch / instep issue with the left in general?  I'm trying to figure out if your left is usually wider than your right or if you think it's a structural defect.  They're firsts, so it sounds like you're worried the left is too narrow.  I would screw it and say keep it, stretch them at the store if absolutely necessary.  The Rush Streets, Neumoks, etc. sort of have more give than others.
Sorry about the confusion. The toe is fine -- it's the overall width of the left shoe that I was worried about. My left foot is slightly larger, but the difference has never looked this large. I don't have to close them all the way -- I'd just like them to be more closed and look a little more like the other shoe.
I'll try cross-cross lacing, and may eventually put a pad under the right tongue.
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Sorry about the confusion. The toe is fine -- it's the overall width of the left shoe that I was worried about. My left foot is slightly larger, but the difference has never looked this large. I don't have to close them all the way -- I'd just like them to be more closed and look a little more like the other shoe.
I'll try cross-cross lacing, and may eventually put a pad under the right tongue.


Got it.  I would agree with the criss-cross lacing, maybe after a while you will be able to close the gap more than now.  If it doesn't bother the top of your left foot or rub the side of your big toe or pinky toe I wouldn't worry about how it looks.  Also - no need to apologize :) Amazing how some people are so polite and others are so, well, the opposite....

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Reading the above, I have some questions on lacing. I've seen the straight across laces before, but what is the reasoning? I lace my shoes like everyone else, criss-cross, and I've never tried anything else. What does it do, and why would my way make shoes stretch more? Also, is one way more "European"?
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Hard to tell from these posts sometimes so I have to point out, the Leeds are on the 511, Kenilworths on the bizarro 65 - they'll fit pretty differently overall.  If you like the 65 and have experience with something larger like the McTavish and know what to expect, give the Kenilworths a try - they're good shoes if you can get a good pair.


Have the Strands (which bow a little), and the Elgins, which don't bow at all, both on the 65 last.  The Norwich are also pretty hot but they are on the 222 last which gave me a lot of problems with the Aberdeen (had to stretch them a lot with a shoe stretcher, and even still they squish my left little toe).

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I don't have the Bleeckers but my Daltons were super squeaky like you described for quite some time until they were what I would consider fully broken in.  They are still a little bit squeaky but nothing like when they were new.
Well....unfortunately I had to return them. I ordered them in size 10 E in an attempt to get the right fit on the 65 last. I give up! I have the Strand in size 10 D and its a little narrow. Maybe its just the difference in the shoe and the boot??
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Reading the above, I have some questions on lacing. I've seen the straight across laces before, but what is the reasoning? I lace my shoes like everyone else, criss-cross, and I've never tried anything else. What does it do, and why would my way make shoes stretch more? Also, is one way more "European"?

Bar lacing looks cool but does not allow a lot of tension when pulling to tie, while criss cross allows tons of tension thus being able to pull leather more...like a lever system...
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Have the Strands (which bow a little), and the Elgins, which don't bow at all, both on the 65 last.  The Norwich are also pretty hot but they are on the 222 last which gave me a lot of problems with the Aberdeen (had to stretch them a lot with a shoe stretcher, and even still they squish my left little toe).


I would say if you already have the Elgins and they work, I would give the Kenilworth a try.  Get the same size or go down 0.5 in length and see how they turn out.  The Strand bows and the Elgins are good....haven't heard that before.

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Originally Posted by danwatts2005 View Post

Reading the above, I have some questions on lacing. I've seen the straight across laces before, but what is the reasoning? I lace my shoes like everyone else, criss-cross, and I've never tried anything else. What does it do, and why would my way make shoes stretch more? Also, is one way more "European"?

 



This will probably blow your mind then.

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacingmethods.htm

at least it did for me the first time I saw it. Just something to mix it up really. I do it on on my black PAs, but thats about it. Some even do it on boots with speed hooks which seems a bit over the top to me. But to each their own.
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IMO, I might be inclined to swap for another pair. One guy here recently took three tries before keeping them.

It's your third pic that would bug me. Haven't seen anyone post one like that here. My left Bleecker is starting to wrinkle from the back like that, but instead of going straight across to the point of the brouging, it curves down to the heel, seemingly following a structural element in the boot itself. Mine were firsts.

thanks. seem most seem to lean towards returning and trying for another pair. or even spending the ~$50 premium for firsts.
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