Looking awesome, congrats
Looking awesome, congrats
So due to a high arch issue I have a pretty hard time with loafers - I have tried a LOT and few work, those that do are far from perfect. Based on one of your last posts, I gave the Patriot a try. Couldn't believe the fit on that - it was like it was tailored to me - never felt anything that didn't hurt in either the big toe joint or top of the foot/arch. Wish it wasn't quite so boring-looking though. Of course once my choice was between the Patriot and another Grayson, it was over. The 97 last is like my Kryptonite - I just love the look of anything on it. Between a Grayson that fits ok and a Patriot that fits perfectly, hate to say which was the winner.
The Patriot is a shoe that for a long time I never thought I'd like, let alone own. Now that I own a pair, I'm pretty sure I'll eventually end up owning it in a variety of leathers. I'm a tough fit, so I'll latch onto any thing in my size. It's a shame the 606 isn't used for any other pattern besides the Ascher. If during the Father's Day sale, if either goes on sale, I might consider an MTO (the Ascher seems more likely to see a sale at this point)
I feel the similarly with the 97 last. The Grayson is beautiful but just doesn't fit well in my normal size. My MacNeils fit fine, if slightly loose, but they're lace-ups. They make the 97 in 2E, but it's not readily available for try-on, so maybe I can find a better fit. TBD...
Love these Kenilworths. Full-size pictures make them even better.
Feel your pain...the Randolph is not at all similar, hate to break it to you. Off-hand I can't think of anything that is similar. Recently tried on the McGraw (was looking for something like the Westchester myself), but what a god-awful fit that thing was - the 234 last is really something - I guess it's great for the two people on the planet who like this thing. Remember trying the Dornoch a long time ago and thinking the same thing then too.
Understand it's pretty different, but love my Lucca in black suede.
It truly is. I wonder who the other lucky soul is. I wonder if he was also lucky enough his in truffle shell.
Even better for my high insteps than the McGraw is the RL Singleton. None of the AE branded loafers fit as well (or at all) for me.
Little off current topics, but thought this was worth noting. The internet is flooded with pictures of the Kiowa - and they look nothing like the actual shoe. In Roycru's picture above, you can see EXACTLY how they look - when I saw them in person I almost didn't even recognize them.
Roycru's isn't the standard Kiowa, though. He and SkySaw have managed to get one in brown grain, I think it is. Perhaps you happened to see one as well but there don't seem to be many out there. I could be wrong but I don't think the brown grain Kiowas were ever put into regular production.
Yes. It's hard to capture their true color on a photograph.
Top left to bottom right... Burgundy Patriots, Duke, Banchory, Walnut Shell Dalton, Brown Grain Eagle County; Walnut Strand, Walnut Shreveport, Brogue Suede Strand, Snuff Gobi, Burgundy shell MacNeil, Ridgeway, 5th Ave.
Speaking of color... I've found the #8 MacNeils and the Ridgeway to be surprisingly similar shoes. The Cognac Dublin is effectively being a lighter burgundy and my pairs both have natural edging. Once I recraft the Ridgeway, I'd do away with the orange welt... but now having the MacNeil, I'm not sure I'll stick to natural as they're just too similar. On the other hand, I'm not seeing another color working better, so I might go with a natural welt+edging and wear them to the park and days it's too wet for the MacNeil. (which is already how I wear them)
The fit is fine, but not excellent. Better a tad roomy than too tight. I was saying to @Neo1 that while it's perfectly acceptable for the MacNeil, I would never be able to wear a Grayson in 10.5 3E.
These MacNeils are beautiful... why? Having regrets? :)
EDIT: to clarify what I was saying about the Ridgeway/MacNeil... more than I'm suddenly realizing the Ridgeway has even less room in my wardrobe now that the MacNeil mostly overlaps color-wise. The Ridgeway will probably see even less use after I get my Oxblood ECs in.... TBD