The first shoe I wanted from AE was a penny loafer, but I couldn't get any of the lasts to fit. I have a low instep with a narrow heel.
Then low and behold - the answer was on the Shoebank, the discontinued Patriot for only $127!
I've got some Long Branch boots in golden brown CXL. The AE site recommends using either their Leather Lotion or Saddle Soap for cleaning and conditioning them. I had some Saddle Soap kicking around and figured I'd give it a shot. The soap works great, except that it collects inside all the holes in the brogues and dries there, leaving a white ring of residue. For those of you who saddle soap it up on your shoes, how do you get that remainder out of those holes at the end? I may start alternating between the Lotion and the Soap, but I figure there's got to be some way to deal with it. A small horsehair brush, perhaps? Or, maybe I'm just being heavy-handed with the amount of soap I'm using. Dunno.
Anybody got any suggestions at all?
I just received the golden brown long branches that I ordered during the RDA. I put them on and am thinking I have to take them back. I don't have experience purchasing boots, but it definitely looks like the first eyelets don't line up, especially the right boot. (please excuse the wool socks and bare leg)
If you received these as firsts, would you keep them?
I just received a new pair of chili mcgregors and have the same problem. Eyelets on the left shoe are way off. The top of the blucher is also missing the black piping that is shown on the AE site. WTF happened to their quality control?
How much of this could be the leather getting deformed while in the box, and needing some time to relax back to the right position. I agree those eyelets look pretty bad when you are looking for it. May not be noticeable in passing on someone else's shoes. But they should make you happy, and you'll probably be obsessed with them every time you looked down.
I would try going down a width. Maybe a size too, but I couldn't tell from your post whether they were too long.
For those who are traumatized when leather does what leather does and who then make bizarre comments about leather doing what leather does, a recent post on the subject by Justin Fitzpatrick on his blog......
Here are those BCF finds. Not as exciting as some of dukeellington's finds.
These were priced at 34.99, probably got them confused with Sperry's . I'm thinking of keeping these (even though I'm an Astros fan). I've kinda shied away from boat shoes with those hard rubber soles, but these soles are kinda spongy:
These are "First baseman". They have no team logo. The ones above are "Center fielders". I think they were red tagged because they're missing a shoe lace. I may give these to my cousin since they are kinda snug for me.