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I have one foot larger than the other, so most of my (left) shoes get stretched.  The AE store is very gracious about doing it for me.

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Another question... I mentioned a few posts back that I've been trying out various AE styles in pursuit of my first pair.

 

I have difficult feet -- narrow and low volume -- and have discovered that derby styles do not work as well as balmorals for those with feet like mine. The Shoe Snob Blog talks about this here and here.

 

I tried a pair of McAllisters and found them to be the best-fitting shoes I've ever worn and will be getting a pair of these soon. However, I also want something more casual to wear with chinos or jeans (more likely chinos).

 

I'm aware that the balmoral style is more dressy than a derby but I have to go with what fits me.

 

So, which AE balmorals work best for casual use?

I also have very low volume feet and an option the Shoe Snob failed to mention in the link you posted is to take up additional volume with inserts. AE used to and may still sell Superfeet Men's Superfeet Delux Men's Insoles Three-quarter Length for dress shoes. They work very well for me in most cases. Some of my more favorite casual AE footwear still in production are the Leeds and Wilbert which fit me with the Superfeet inserts. The Dundee works also and the the Patriot is the first loafer I found that fits my low volume feet. Most of my shoes are shell if the option exists but calf will fit about the same if not just a little bit less volume. The 7 last works for me too and the Macneil Longwing is a classic worth looking at for a bit dressier casual wear. The 5 last fits me the best of all, like it was made for my feet, but as you have found most shoes on the 5 last are balmorals. All of the above work well for me using the Superfeet dress insoles however. Would think the Insoles are worth a try if you have not already done so.

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 Superfeet Men's Superfeet Delux Men's Insoles Three-quarter Length for dress shoes.

 

Do these work for AE bals? Did you follow the recommended sizing? I see a few comments on Amazon saying they don't fit in some dress shoes.

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While on the topic of comfort, inserts and flat feet... I apologize in advance for the layman terms here.

 

Does anyone have issues with the 3/4 sole "padding" on their AEs? I have found that the amount of drop off to the regular footbed/sole is hardly uniform. And having flat feet only exacerbates the feeling.

 

As a reference, my shaker heights have a much more obvious hump on one shoe. I thought it would go away as the boots broke in, but as the footbed dropped everywhere else, it only got worse. If you just run your fingers along the transition from padding to the footbed, you can tell a decent difference between the right and left.

 

My maritimes arrived yesterday and they fit great - except I have this same problem in one shoe and not the other. Different affected foot from the shakers, so that should rule out it being my feet. I worry that I will have the same problem as I did with the shakers, and this will get worse, rather than better. 

 

I also noticed this same issue (different left/right) on two different Maritimes I tried on in the store. 

 

Any thoughts/methods on breaking them in to alleviate this issue? Would insoles maybe help with this? Or do I just need to order a few more pairs and create a single pair that work best? (FYI: in store fitting of firsts; store doesn't carry my size; store didn't seem interested in ordering multiple pairs, rather drop shipping one pair to my home.)

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I love the look of these. Can really tell the cxl is going to age nicely and mold to my feet. Same length, down from D to B in width, as 65.


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Do these work for AE bals? Did you follow the recommended sizing? I see a few comments on Amazon saying they don't fit in some dress shoes.

Mine are the older hard model which are no longer made, but yes they work in all my AE shoes and boots. I did use the chart at the time and it worked for those. If on the border between 2 sized I think I'd go with the smaller size first.

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Anyone go from a D width to a B from a Balmoral to Blutcher on the 65?

 

 

 

For example I wear a Strand in 9D, could probably have a better fit a tad narrower.  I use a tongue pad to prevent heel slip, which I have got used to and don't even notice now.

 

 

Now, say I want something like a Macgregor...

 

 

 

FWIW I can fit an 8.5D in the 333 and 108 with a bit of initial toe tightness on the pinky, but I'm sure it would subside.  Never bought them.  8.5D in the 65 last was pretty tight.

 

 

 

 

I'm in Canada and no sales associate/store to help.

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Thanks, @Cold Iron

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So nice to hear from @Cold Iron again after a long hiatus. Since he owns more Dundees than anyone else I know, I'm posting this in his honour.

My natural shell Dundees are darkening quickly. Must be all the outdoor walking I do with them!

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Originally Posted by middlepP View Post
 

While on the topic of comfort, inserts and flat feet... I apologize in advance for the layman terms here.

 

Does anyone have issues with the 3/4 sole "padding" on their AEs? I have found that the amount of drop off to the regular footbed/sole is hardly uniform. And having flat feet only exacerbates the feeling.

 

As a reference, my shaker heights have a much more obvious hump on one shoe. I thought it would go away as the boots broke in, but as the footbed dropped everywhere else, it only got worse. If you just run your fingers along the transition from padding to the footbed, you can tell a decent difference between the right and left.

 

My maritimes arrived yesterday and they fit great - except I have this same problem in one shoe and not the other. Different affected foot from the shakers, so that should rule out it being my feet. I worry that I will have the same problem as I did with the shakers, and this will get worse, rather than better. 

 

I also noticed this same issue (different left/right) on two different Maritimes I tried on in the store. 

 

Any thoughts/methods on breaking them in to alleviate this issue? Would insoles maybe help with this? Or do I just need to order a few more pairs and create a single pair that work best? (FYI: in store fitting of firsts; store doesn't carry my size; store didn't seem interested in ordering multiple pairs, rather drop shipping one pair to my home.)

 

All I can add is that you should order about 5 or 6 different inserts from AE orthotic to 3/4 and see what works...no one will be able to give you a definate answer since it seems your feet hit a spot that AE's have stitching...Happens in Viberg 2030 boots to me...if the upper is stiched further back I feel it a lot if it is stitched further up I hardly notice it.

 

I think the AE Ortho insert they sell on the site is great however when I dont want to increase toe volume I use a 3/4

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merlot is beautiful
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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

So nice to hear from @Cold Iron again after a long hiatus. Since he owns more Dundees than anyone else I know, I'm posting this in his honour.

My natural shell Dundees are darkening quickly. Must be all the outdoor walking I do with them!

Thank you for the kind words Pepper. I couldn't bring myself to put a spoiler on those Dundee's, your right they are darkening nicely and look great! I really don't need any more Dundee's but I am jealous of those....

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Thank you for the kind words Pepper. I couldn't bring myself to put a spoiler on those Dundee's, your right they are darkening nicely and look great! I really don't need any more Dundee's but I am jealous of those....

Haha!! I was thinking about you when the trunk sale was going on, wknderingvifvyiu were going to add navy and green to your collection! wink.gif

Care to repost your famous lineup photo so all the newcomers can behold its glory?
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So nice to hear from @Cold Iron again after a long hiatus. 

 

Seconded.  Welcome back!  :cheers: 

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My assistant just told me Father's Day isn't this Sunday but the NEXT Sunday.  I had told my kids they could vote on the color of my new Maritimes, then I'd get them but wrap them up for Father's Day.  Now I have to wait an extra week to wear them.:brick:

 

In other news, here's a PSA:  JAB has put on sale six AE models, including the Boardroom (PA on the #7 last) and Nathan (Fifth Ave) for $280.25.  That's over $100 off from AE MSRP for the math challenged.

 

Only down side is that there seems to be limited lengths and only D widths.  Still, if someone has a need to fill and a size that works, that's pretty good pricing.

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