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@shoosensuits I can't comment specifically on the steen - I'm not a huge fan of the 108 in general, and I found the steen both too wide and the vamp came down a little too low. Mora was exactly the same fit.

Sorry - back on point. You might want to wear them at home a little to see how much they bother you. 3 examples of 1st quality I got - 1) McTavish, about a year ago. Left shoe fit like a park ave, right fit normal. Waffled for a while then returned. 2) Rye - left sole sewn on unevenly, making the toe box way overly tapered. Kept these, as I can get away with narrower stuff in the left and no more were available, but it bothers me every time. Got them because that little extra room in the front was what I was lacking in the Maxfield, but instead I got less room. Might have returned on hindsight. 3) Jermyn - right toebox is slightly tighter than the left. I totally should have passed but I was just so into the look I kept them anyway. Complete disaster - I wear them about 1x a month and usually after a full day I can't wait to get the right shoe off. Had them stretched, etc and nothing has helped.
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I am new to the AE brand and was able to visit the Natick Mall store yesterday where I was courteously attended to and was measured by the Asst. Manager as a 9E on the brannock.

 

I was particularly interested in the Oak Street Cap Toe or the Strandmok (both 65 last) but they did not have any E width in stock. I tried the 9.5D and the width felt right but there was heel slip. The 9D's width was tight and there's still heel slip. 

 

The Asst. Manager reckoned an 8.5E might work. Thoughts? I am considering to just order this size online without the chance to fit it.

 

TIA. 

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Hola AE friends.  I know I'm hardly here and that I'm a die hard collector of the other American-made shoe/boot, but I am wondering if anyone has any feedback on the latest AE First Avenue boot in brown grain.  It's on sale for another week for $375 and I am quite tempted.  Looks like it's much sharper than other AE boots I've tried and the brown grain is quite supple.  Does anyone here wear them frequently?  Any comments on how they have developed with some age?  Any pics with some mileage on them?

Thanks in advance.

Also, I wore these Walnut Shell Dundees last night.  My favorite pair AE's...





Haha, RTP, I love how you pretend like you're not "one of us," but ANYONE who owns anything that awesome in walnut shell IS one of us! Quite a few of us have been known to switch hit with other brands on occasion wink.gif

Regarding the First Ave, I don't personally have any experience with it, or its last, but it has garnered a pretty favorable opinion here. The grain calf does seem nice, too. I don't think you can go wrong for the price.
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I'm looking to add another black pair of AEs to my collection and I notice that The City are going for $192 right now. Has anyone bought a pair recently? I seem to remember a host of less than stellar reviews on the AE site causing me to avoid them before, but they are either gone now or my memory is off. Also, what's the current thinking on a derby for the workplace/suit wear?
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@rayfinkle I saw those in person and id definitely go for them, the price is a steal. Things to consider - 1) I have high arch issues - the 201 eliminates the problems with 65 balmorals. Unfortunately, the 201 plus open lacing made the fit way too large for me. Not sure what you've tried. 2) Look at what's happening with moose, too bad for him.

they probably deleted the bad reviews - I have firsthand experience they do this. Also, anything that has the term 2nd quality, anything that mentions money, other reviews, or other brands is posted, then removed. Good stuff.

Wanted to add that if you looked at the site, id say more than half of the reviews are junk, low ratings from people who got a bad fit and want a refund from AE, rather than a truly bad review. The reviews were bad - they claimed they were cheaply made to keep the price low. Nonsensical - they are practically a Kenilworth 2.0.
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@typericey You were "courteously measured" by Kirsti? I almost spit out my drink with laughter! I met her when she was brand new - I talked to her a few times - she has a nice personality compared to the usual asst managers I would affectionately describe as "pushy bitch" but wow she just seems so clueless! What's up with them dropping the E widths? Anyway, if you can, go back and have Scott measure you or get James p in Boston.

I can try to help if you give me more info - do you have any other AEs? When you say tight, how so? Toe, horizontally? When you walked in them, you had crazy heel slip or just a little? How was the length ?
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I picked up a pair of Dalton's today.  I'll post the details of acquisition and some pics tomorrow in the sunshine (well I think it will be at least partly sunny tomorrow).  But I have a question for the experts here.  The pair I found had a rubber sole, but its not any of the ones detailed on Page 1 of the AE MTO thread.  They have full rubber, like the Standard/Hamlet/Othello, but not any of those, and they are not marked Vibram or Dainite.  Here is a pic:

 

 


Anyone??

I had that sole on a pair of Madison Aves. It is a good Dainite like sole. Not sure what it is called, but it is durable and relatively soft.  AE just recently started using Dainite so that may be a precursor to Dainite.

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@typericey I also agree with @Neo1. You should definitely go back to the AE store for a refit. Unfortunately I also had somewhat of an abnormal experience at the Natick store. Scott measured my foot to be a 10D, but all of my shoes felt rather loose and creased in some off areas. I brought the shoes over to the Boston store, where they measured my foot again. Here they determined that I was a 9E. All of my shoes are 9E or 9.5D at most, so I believe I got a better fit here.

While Scott was helping us, a flood of people suddenly entered the store during the RDA sale so I understand he might have been a bit distracted.

Margaret was the sales associate that helped me in Boston. She provided exceptional customer service, even exchanging the shoes that I got from Natick with the wrong fit. If anything, definitely go to the store in Boston on Newbury. They are great!
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Brown shell strands with fun socks 👨🏻


on a side note, I love the wax laces, but wish they were slightly shorter
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@smfdoc I think Parkman, harlequin & pep covered everything really well, but wanted to mention one thing if it matters. I know you said you wore the 678 styles with the orthotic. I don't use an orthotic, but I always have issues with leg pain if I do a lot of walking with a sole without enough support. I'm probably in the minority here, but give me a mini-lug, double butyl, or some hybrid of the two any day over a soft gumlite. Even though it looks really heavy, the full vibram actually gives me issues, whereas with the Normandy, I can wear them pretty much nonstop. This was the primary reason I passed in the Sauk drive. I'd go with the Dalton, but that's just me.

Good insight Neo. Thanks.

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@Neo1 Awesome info, thanks. I think I will pull the trigger. I know I'll be kicking myself later if I don't.

I have the Overlords on the 201 and they are pretty snug, so hopefully these will be a nice fit for my higher than average instep.
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@rayfinkle If the open laced 201 styles work for you, notice that the rogue shows up under shoebanks closeouts now. We'll see what happens in a couple days - maybe there's two pairs on your horizon...wish I could get the rogue to fit, but can't complain - the overlord is the best fitting shoe I've ever owned.
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@rayfinkle If the open laced 201 styles work for you, notice that the rogue shows up under shoebanks closeouts now. We'll see what happens in a couple days - maybe there's two pairs on your horizon...wish I could get the rogue to fit, but can't complain - the overlord is the best fitting shoe I've ever owned.

 

Those overlords look nice. How is the sizing compared to the 65 last?

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Hola AE friends.  I know I'm hardly here and that I'm a die hard collector of the other American-made shoe/boot, but I am wondering if anyone has any feedback on the latest AE First Avenue boot in brown grain.  It's on sale for another week for $375 and I am quite tempted.  Looks like it's much sharper than other AE boots I've tried and the brown grain is quite supple.  Does anyone here wear them frequently?  Any comments on how they have developed with some age?  Any pics with some mileage on them?

Thanks in advance.

Also, I wore these Walnut Shell Dundees last night.  My favorite pair AE's...



 

Haha, RTP, I love how you pretend like you're not "one of us," but ANYONE who owns anything that awesome in walnut shell IS one of us! Quite a few of us have been known to switch hit with other brands on occasion wink.gif

Regarding the First Ave, I don't personally have any experience with it, or its last, but it has garnered a pretty favorable opinion here. The grain calf does seem nice, too. I don't think you can go wrong for the price.

Many thanks my friend.  It is always nice to feel welcome here.  Still considering the 1st Av.  Will report back if I do in fact acquire what looks to be a really nice wet-weather, versatile boot.  HNY everyone...

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Ok. Got my arm twisted into purchasing the brown McGregors. The box says brown, but these are clearly not brown. What do you guys think?

 

Next to my walnut strands.

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