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Originally Posted by CMT1 View Post

I did once. I very rarely have a need for a black cap-toe but wanted a pair on hand when necessary. I checked Ebay one day and a pair of Park Avenues came up with a BIN for $50. They weren't terribly worn, but one shoe did have a white scuff on the toe. I figured they were worth the gamble at that price.




While I tried less abrasive options first, I finally used nail polish remover to erase the white scuff, which left a visible haze:




After a few very light coats of AE black polish, the haze disappeared and color started evening out:






Finished, after more light coats of black polish and relentless brushing and buffing with an AE polishing cloth:




Very happy with my $50 Park Aves. smile.gif

Those are great! I average about $75/pair on eBay and have gotten, Vernons, Daltons, Norwich, McTavish, and Strands. All were barely scuffed on the bottom and all but the Vernons were 1st quality.
post #58847 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Josh Savage View Post

Those are great! I average about $75/pair on eBay and have gotten, Vernons, Daltons, Norwich, McTavish, and Strands. All were barely scuffed on the bottom and all but the Vernons were 1st quality.

Is there an easy way to tell seconds?
post #58848 of 70737
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Originally Posted by LanceM View Post

Seeking some opinions. Which shoe would you wear with seersucker, golden Rush street or Addison? I'd love to add a woven for this occasion, but I've already hit my allotment for shoes this spring.

I'd suggest the Addison.

For the full suit, I've always thought the top 3 for seersucker are be:

1. A spectator
1a. White bucks
3. Light brown/tan loafer

In a pinch, a walnut Strand or equivalent would be fine.

With seersucker pants as seperates, I'd say there is even more flexibility. Both of your choices (with their more casual texture) would be perfectly fine. I think they'd be ok for a suit, too, if perhaps not optimal. Your woven choice would be excellent. Perhaps next year.

If you are busting it out already, you either must not be getting the cool snap some of us are or else you have the right attitude for seersucker.😀
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Originally Posted by rjonea View Post

Is there an easy way to tell seconds?


On the sole, near the Allen Edmonds name, there is an stamp of the silhouette of a shoe. That's a second.
post #58850 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post

I'd suggest the Addison.

For the full suit, I've always thought the top 3 for seersucker are be:

1. A spectator
1a. White bucks
3. Light brown/tan loafer

In a pinch, a walnut Strand or equivalent would be fine.

With seersucker pants as seperates, I'd say there is even more flexibility. Both of your choices (with their more casual texture) would be perfectly fine. I think they'd be ok for a suit, too, if perhaps not optimal. Your woven choice would be excellent. Perhaps next year.

If you are busting it out already, you either must not be getting the cool snap some of us are or else you have the right attitude for seersucker.😀

Thanks for your reply. It's still warm here in New Orleans. We might get a little cooler for the event on Friday, but searsucker adds a little fun.
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I wore a pair of Norwiches (2 last, double oak sole) outside for the first time today. Wore them several times in the house for few hours each time, and even though they were slightly on the tight side, they were not uncomfortable. A completely different story when I took them outside. After few hours, the toe box was so tight that I had to periodically take the shoes off. The rest of the shoe is fine, just the toe box is very tight. Should I give them some more time to stretch/break in or take them to a cobbler for stretching?

 

Thank you

post #58852 of 70737
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Originally Posted by cc808314 View Post
 

I wore a pair of Norwiches (2 last, double oak sole) outside for the first time today. Wore them several times in the house for few hours each time, and even though they were slightly on the tight side, they were not uncomfortable. A completely different story when I took them outside. After few hours, the toe box was so tight that I had to periodically take the shoes off. The rest of the shoe is fine, just the toe box is very tight. Should I give them some more time to stretch/break in or take them to a cobbler for stretching?

 

Thank you


Could be due to flexing your foot against a more firm surface causing your foot to flatten out more against the toe box. I would give them some time to stretch/break before stretching them but if they're unwearable don't cause yourself any injury by keeping them on your feet - get them stretched.

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Originally Posted by gatszu View Post
 

Agree with gatzu on the Indy insole. Also, I've found that the indy insole feel hotter than the traditional AE insole.  Full disclosure: I only have one Independence shoe.

post #58854 of 70737
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Originally Posted by cc808314 View Post
 

I wore a pair of Norwiches (2 last, double oak sole) outside for the first time today. Wore them several times in the house for few hours each time, and even though they were slightly on the tight side, they were not uncomfortable. A completely different story when I took them outside. After few hours, the toe box was so tight that I had to periodically take the shoes off. The rest of the shoe is fine, just the toe box is very tight. Should I give them some more time to stretch/break in or take them to a cobbler for stretching?

 

Thank you

After seeing your original post (which I think said something like "I picked up x and y, and also a pair of Norwich seconds, which are really comfortable...") I remember thinking, "that's funny, I've never heard anyone say that :) You do know that the 222 last can be pretty brutal in terms of width, especially in stiff calf leather like that used on the Norwich?  The 222 is sort of a compromise for me - it really works well for high arches if you can deal with a crazy tapered toebox.  If I recall correctly, the Norwich received a lot of complaints.  Good luck - they do look really nice, hope they work out for you.  Anyone I've heard say they like them has either an A or B width in general.

post #58855 of 70737
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Originally Posted by LanceM View Post

Seeking some opinions. Which shoe would you wear with seersucker, golden Rush street or Addison? I'd love to add a woven for this occasion, but I've already hit my allotment for shoes this spring.


Have you actually tried them both?  The Rush Streets are awesome - like a super comfortable version of the park ave.  The Addison fit is radically different from any of the current styles - the toebox and heel fit huge.  If you haven't already tried them, that may influence your decision.

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Originally Posted by avsmusic1 View Post

Those with 5 last sizing experience, I need your advice

I have a pair of 9.5EEE strands I wear regularly and enjoy but they rub my left pinky toe a bit. It's fine so long as I'm not going for long walks. I previously purchased a pair of neumonks in the same size that were unwearable due to left pinky toe rubbing. i measure ~10e on the brannock and have boxy shaped feet (left very slightly wider)

My question- what size do you suggest on the current GMTO heritage being discussed w/ the Indy liner? All advice/help is appreciated


My answer - the SAs told me the independence should fit looser than the regular.  I did an "apples to apples" comparison - McAllister vs Jefferson and I thought the Jefferson might be a drop tighter but I would definitely take the same exact size in both.

 

My question - why go for a GMTO on something guaranteed to give you problems like your strands again?  A GMTO deal isn't a deal at all if they aren't a good fit for you.  Why not go for something on the 511 last for a change?

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I'm thinking of picking up another pair of Strands.  My 8D's fit well except for the flaps forming a "V".  This didn't bother me until I saw pics here of proper fitting balmoral shoes - they look way better with the flaps touching. 

 

Will stretching the width help a bit with the flaps?  Thanks in advance.

 

This morning:

 

post #58858 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post
 

After seeing your original post (which I think said something like "I picked up x and y, and also a pair of Norwich seconds, which are really comfortable...") I remember thinking, "that's funny, I've never heard anyone say that :) You do know that the 222 last can be pretty brutal in terms of width, especially in stiff calf leather like that used on the Norwich?  The 222 is sort of a compromise for me - it really works well for high arches if you can deal with a crazy tapered toebox.  If I recall correctly, the Norwich received a lot of complaints.  Good luck - they do look really nice, hope they work out for you.  Anyone I've heard say they like them has either an A or B width in general.

 

I had a pair of Norwich monkstraps in a 13 B.  Unfortunately I had to return them because the toe box was just too tight.  And this was from just walking around the house on carpet.  I liked the look of the shoe, but I'm glad I didn't wear them outside because I would have been stuck with them.

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Originally Posted by Neo1 View Post
 


My answer - the SAs told me the independence should fit looser than the regular.  I did an "apples to apples" comparison - McAllister vs Jefferson and I thought the Jefferson might be a drop tighter but I would definitely take the same exact size in both.

 

My question - why go for a GMTO on something guaranteed to give you problems like your strands again?  A GMTO deal isn't a deal at all if they aren't a good fit for you.  Why not go for something on the 511 last for a change?

Thanks Neo. A very fair question - The Dalton is the only item that interests me stylistically on the 511 and I am trying to fill a wingtip void in my rotation. Frankly, given the slight variation in width between me left and right foot I have some degree of trouble in virtually all non-boot fitting lasts (AE and otherwise). I don't mean to give off the impression that my strands punish my foot either, just that they are not ideal. If the indy lined shoes fit slightly loser than the strand than it may be perfect. However, if they fit slightly more snug I may need to size up

 

Anyone else care to weigh in on the independence fit vs other 5 lasted shoes?

post #58860 of 70737
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Originally Posted by Josh Savage View Post

I've had a really good experience buying some barely worn AEs on eBay. Anyone else get lucky online?
Because I'm such a weird size, shoes that fit me are few and far between... but a screaming deal when they show up on eBay. My first pair of shell were some old stock NIB Leeds for $135 shipped (image from auction listing):

Leeds.JPG


...it was the gentlest possible introduction to the stuff.
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