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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post


If they have your size in the Golden Brown CXL, grab them before someone else does.

And use the red laces.😎

Totally agree on the Golden Brown CXL. That was my first pair of AEs back in October/November last year and they're still my favorites. While I like the red laces, I actually don't like the way the rounded ones rubbed against the leather. I switched over to some flat ones I bought on Amazon and have been very pleased with them.

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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post

 

Many here will probably say no balmoral works for casual. If you are sold on the bals, then I encourage you to look at something like the McTavish (runs big) or Rush Street. These have rougher leather or non-leather soles which can make them less dressy. Have you tried other bluchers? I too have issues with low volume and found that some are better than others. I have been wearing my Clark Streets a bunch lately without any issues. Same with the Black Hills.

 

I am open to trying other bluchers and will look at those you've recommended. However, after trying the McAllisters I was blown away by how much better they fit me than the bluchers I've tried. Discovering the blog posts I linked above confirmed it wasn't my imagination that the balmoral style worked better for my feet.

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Fit comes first.

I think the broguing, rough leather, double sole, and reverse welt make McTavish more than casual enough to compensate for having closed lacing.
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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post

I would say it's not so much Balmoral vs BLutcher as much as it is COLOR!!

A pair of walnut Mcallister or Strands can be dressed up or down. Jeans, t shirts, polos, chinos you name it. Darker colors like burgundy or merlot become more dressy or formal.

 

I missed this post at first... thanks! I was wondering about this aspect and whether the likes of McAllisters or Strands would work casually.

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Originally Posted by catlettsl View Post


I would say it's not so much Balmoral vs BLutcher as much as it is COLOR!!

A pair of walnut Mcallister or Strands can be dressed up or down. Jeans, t shirts, polos, chinos you name it. Darker colors like burgundy or merlot become more dressy or formal.


T-shirt is a bridge too far for me, but YMMV.  Agree that very casual balmorals can truly be worn casually.

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Originally Posted by ScooberJake View Post


T-shirt is a bridge too far for me, but YMMV.  Agree that very casual balmorals can truly be worn casually.

Agreed. When I wear a T shirt I don't even think I wear dress shoes or even semi dress. I could possibly try it though, see how it would look.
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Thanks. I am hoping to get some opinions on which of those casual balmoral styles (and which colors) are best suited for wearing with chinos or jeans.

 

I've tried various AE bluchers in narrow widths but are looser on me than the balmorals I've tried (McAllister, Strandmok). For example, the McGregor is the same last as the McAllister yet doesn't fit as snugly.

For strictly casual wear Acorn Hillfire and the rough leather Strandmok are both excellent - the pics online don't really capture how cool these shoes look in real life.

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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post

To buy seconds or not to buy seconds...really like the long branch boot!

+1 on the CXL, but I agree with Quixote.  The stock laces just chew up the leather, so you should have a pair of cotton laces ready.

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How do you guys feel about stretching your AE's for width? I was measured at an AE store and was told I was an 11.5D. Three AE pairs later I am regretting not getting them in wider size. Should I stretch them or sell them at a loss and buy new ones at the correct size? Thanks!

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How do you guys feel about stretching your AE's for width? I was measured at an AE store and was told I was an 11.5D. Three AE pairs later I am regretting not getting them in wider size. Should I stretch them or sell them at a loss and buy new ones at the correct size? Thanks!
Depends on how tight they are. You can take them to the AE store to get them stretched for free. Do one pair first to see if that will help.
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How do you guys feel about stretching your AE's for width? I was measured at an AE store and was told I was an 11.5D. Three AE pairs later I am regretting not getting them in wider size. Should I stretch them or sell them at a loss and buy new ones at the correct size? Thanks!

And depends what shoes they are. I'd help you take that loss for the right 11.5 D...
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Originally Posted by esantosnyc View Post

How do you guys feel about stretching your AE's for width? I was measured at an AE store and was told I was an 11.5D. Three AE pairs later I am regretting not getting them in wider size. Should I stretch them or sell them at a loss and buy new ones at the correct size? Thanks!

I've stretched a pair to another width. Not perfect, but much much better fitting than before.
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Originally Posted by esantosnyc View Post
 

How do you guys feel about stretching your AE's for width? I was measured at an AE store and was told I was an 11.5D. Three AE pairs later I am regretting not getting them in wider size. Should I stretch them or sell them at a loss and buy new ones at the correct size? Thanks!

 

If it's a model that's relatively easy to get, I wouldn't bother with stretching.  Sell them, get the size you need, and chalk it up to "lesson learned".

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I think i'll give stretching a try. For the curious, the shoes are a Black Park Avenue, Bourbon Fifth Ave, and a Walnut Strand. All the essentials!

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Any love for the green kirkwood? I have too many brown shoes...
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