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As requested, group shot of the Maritimes and their poor cousin the Eastports:

 

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I don't have it but I tried it.  Typical 108 last fit for a loafer for me.  I went down a half size in length, same width.  With high arches, the 108 has always been trouble for me - this was no exception.  The top came down just low enough to be uncomfortable.  The shoe itself tapers towards the front, so it feels narrower overall than a 65 style, if you're familiar with that.  As a few reference points - 1.) The presidio (222 last) was better for high arches but felt even narrower toward the toe box; 2.) With the Sannibel, I needed to go up a width to get them on; and 3.) The Rialto was a no-go, since they only make D & EEE, no single E.  If you don't have high arches, the Rialto is currently on sale - it's better looking than the Steen in my opinion.

Thanks a lot for the info!

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So I posted a few days ago about deciding which black shoe to buy for certain suits for a few weddings. I purchased the AE Clifton. I thought it was a nice shoe and it was on sale for 244.00. Then upon reading through this message board I see sooooo many people say no Bluechers with a suit. Now I'm kind of disappointed. I thought they looked very nice with a suit and formal enough for a friends wedding. By the way I'm 30 . So my question , is it that bad to wear them with a suit??
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So I posted a few days ago about deciding which black shoe to buy for certain suits for a few weddings. I purchased the AE Clifton. I thought it was a nice shoe and it was on sale for 244.00. Then upon reading through this message board I see sooooo many people say no Bluechers with a suit. Now I'm kind of disappointed. I thought they looked very nice with a suit and formal enough for a friends wedding. By the way I'm 30 . So my question , is it that bad to wear them with a suit??


Pfft, don't let these fudey dudies bring you down.  Bluchers are fine for weddings, particularly in the summer.  Are blucher's more casual than Balmorals?  Sure.  But IMO the level of shine also dresses up or down a shoe - put a nice shine on a blucher and they dress up just fine.  Leave it more of a matte finish to dial it down to a more casual vibe.

 

Clifton is a great shoe, wear it well!

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I have the AE Clifton and it is a nice shoe, but a balmoral such as the AE Park Avenue will be better suited for a wedding.
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Originally Posted by Patrick30 View Post

So I posted a few days ago about deciding which black shoe to buy for certain suits for a few weddings. I purchased the AE Clifton. I thought it was a nice shoe and it was on sale for 244.00. Then upon reading through this message board I see sooooo many people say no Bluechers with a suit. Now I'm kind of disappointed. I thought they looked very nice with a suit and formal enough for a friends wedding. By the way I'm 30 . So my question , is it that bad to wear them with a suit??

Some follow strict etiquette rules and frown on bluchers and suits. However, it is common nowadays for people to wear bluchers and suits. I usually wear a balmoral like the Rutledge or Carlyle with a suit, but I recently purchased the Clifton in burgundy (couldn't pass up the $244 price). It's a great shoe. I will have no problem wearing it with a suit and won't be out of place in the settings I will be in. I think that is the key. What setting will it be in? I probably wouldn't wear it to a job interview or funeral, but that's me. I have worn split toe bluchers, similar to the delray, to a job interview and got the job.

If it looks good and fits your style go for it. It will only be out of place in the most formal settings.
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Patrick, all things being completely equal, a balmoral is cleaner in appearance over a blucher lacing and many will prefer the closed lacing. But life is rarely completely equal. For example, those of us with high insteps and wide feet after forced into the open blucher lacing just to wear shoes. I would love to wear a pair of Park Avenue, but they would not fit even if they were given to me at no cost. And yes, we wear our blucher lace shoes with our suits. Make sure they are well polished and wear them if they are comfortable. My experience is that people will typically pay far more attention to more obvious things such as an ugly tie, completely ill-fitting suit or the fact you may really need a hair cut. Besides, your pants cover the laces when you are standing.

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Looks like we have a new webgem.  The Sea Island- suede penny loafer in navy, stone, brown and tan. What say you?

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A point not mentioned is not so much whether bluchers can be worn with suits. Rather, the question is whether someone starting out a dress collection, or upgrading an old one, should invest in a BLACK
Blucher. Stated another way, is it the best idea for someone's initial - or for a while perhaps only - black shoe to be a blucher? I believe a cap toe Oxford better fits that slot.

One might want to consider the purchase in terms beyond this summer's weddings and think in terms of building the stable over time.
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Looks like the tent sale info is up

http://content.allenedmonds.com/pdf/2015_June_Tentsale_Mailer_sm.pdf

PA, Strands and Carlyle $229

Steen, Randolph and LaSalle $199

Neumok, Addison and Wilberg $159

Nashua, Interstate $99

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A point not mentioned is not so much whether bluchers can be worn with suits. Rather, the question is whether someone starting out a dress collection, or upgrading an old one, should invest in a BLACK
Blucher. Stated another way, is it the best idea for someone's initial - or for a while perhaps only - black shoe to be a blucher? I believe a cap toe Oxford better fits that slot.

One might want to consider the purchase in terms beyond this summer's weddings and think in terms of building the stable over time.
That is a very logical and good suggestion. I don't disagree with you. See , part of it for me is also what I like more. When I was at the store I tried on the Park Ave also. I chose the Clifton not only for the sale price but I simply thought it looked better. Crazy I know. I liked the overall design better and I feel if I had both I would tend to go for the Clifton. My fiancé also said she liked the Clifton much more because in her words " it had style" while the Park Ave was boring. Trust me, I understand a certain shoe fits a certain time and place. I would like to have both just couldn't afford both at this time. I also really like the Strand . I was thinking of returning the Clifton for the Strand. ...also in regards to why I'm getting black? Personally I think black is sharp. On this board I noticed it gets a lot of hate but i wear black a lot and noticed it's when I get complimented most. A nice polo, dress shirt, V neck , suit, to me you can't go wrong with black so I'd like a black shoe because it will match my shirt a lot. The biggest debate I'm still having is brown or black with a medium/ light grey suit. I love the walnut Strands and was thinking of saying screw it and wearing those with my suit!
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It's crazy to me to see so many people on this board talk about weddings as if they are funerals. Most weddings aren't some uptight, conservative black tie affair. I've been to several weddings the past couple years and have a few more to attend this summer/fall. The weddings I've attened people dress up and dress in fun. You see men in shirts of teal, orange, red, green, purple, bright blue. Brown shoes black shoes, Oxford or blucher . I swear . Go online, look at people's pictures of weddings. The only people who wear this "strict" dress code are men who've never adapted to changes in society. Weddings are supposed to be fun. How formal is it for everyone after dinner to be slammingig whine, taking shots and dancing all over the place? Sure, there are some truly royal conservative weddings but for the average person it's just a big party where each person dresses up and has fun doing so as long as they don't outdo the wedding party. I honesty don't think even five people would notice the lacing on your shoes at your average wedding. Not to mention I truthfully see more black suits at weddings then any other color.
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Looks like we have a new webgem.  The Sea Island- suede penny loafer in navy, stone, brown and tan. What say you?

I saw it yesterday, and I think it looks excellent.
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A couple of months late to the ball but finally my trunk show dundees
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