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Allen Edmonds strands for Brooks Brothers. Got these as seconds during the Black Friday sale. Best $99 I've ever spent.

Are the BB models of lesser quality than the regular AE?  $99 for Strands is insane.

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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post

Are the BB models of lesser quality than the regular AE?  $99 for Strands is insane.

Simple answer= No
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Originally Posted by FaRKle View Post
 

 

Amazon has it in stock in size 36.

 

I own a Dearborn in bourbon and feel that it scratches away the color at the buckle more than other AE belts. You'll likely have to put some polish on it to keep it looking good.

Thanks! Not sure how I missed it on Amazon :embar:.  Good to know about the scratching, I'll keep that in mind.

 

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I don't own an AE belt for my bourbon shoes, but do have a tobacco colored belt from Magnnani (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/magnanni-catalux-belt/3477311?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=Tobacco&resultback=1932) that I use.  It's a little lighter color, but has that same smokey-ness.  I know it's a bit pricey, but I got it during the Nordy Anniversary sale for < $100.

That's a cool color.  Probably going to go with the AE above due to price, but thanks for the alternative.

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Are the BB models of lesser quality than the regular AE?  $99 for Strands is insane.

I think the BB versions are actually of hire quality. The heel is better quality, I like the additional leather lining on the insole, and I like that the soles have the rubber taps; It adds to the comfort.
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Last week I found out a shoe outlet was closing nearby, so I took a ride to see what was going on and I saw a pair of Ridgeways 9D.  Initially disappointed, I tried them on anyway (I always do); knowing that 9D's don't typically work for me.  Surprisingly the fit was extremely good.  A touch long for my personal preference, but within acceptable norms, and the width was good.  With my high instep a bit tight up top on the left foot if I tried to close the V-gap all the way.  No serious flaws, just some scuffing on the edge, and no seconds mark.  At $67 and change, I couldn't pass them up.

 

Never the less, I started to worry about my McT's I had just ordered in 8E (I went with 8E after a fitting session at Allen Edmonds with Strands as a substitute since they didn't have McT's).

This is a comparison of the McT and Ridgeway.

 

Same basic design other than the Mini Lug Tap on the Ridgeway, and narrower gap between the broguing on the front and back.

 

 

 

I took this picture with a straight edge behind the heels to compare the lengths.  Overall not too much.  More importantly my toes are almost at the same brogue hole on the caps in each.  I measured the interior length of each the Ridgeways were only 1/8" longer.  You can see the narrower profile of the D vs E widths.

 

On the inside, The Ridgeway has this short extra insole piece in the heel.  I'm guessing this moving my foot slightly forward within the shoe.

 

On my feet the Ridgeways feel just fine, though I must admit the McT's fit absolutely great.

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Last week I found out a shoe outlet was closing nearby, so I took a ride to see what was going on and I saw a pair of Ridgeways 9D.  Initially disappointed, I tried them on anyway (I always do); knowing that 9D's don't typically work for me.  Surprisingly the fit was extremely good.  A touch long for my personal preference, but within acceptable norms, and the width was good.  With my high instep a bit tight up top on the left foot if I tried to close the V-gap all the way.  No serious flaws, just some scuffing on the edge, and no seconds mark.  At $67 and change, I couldn't pass them up.

Never the less, I started to worry about my McT's I had just ordered in 8E (I went with 8E after a fitting session at Allen Edmonds with Strands as a substitute since they didn't have McT's).
This is a comparison of the McT and Ridgeway.

Same basic design other than the Mini Lug Tap on the Ridgeway, and narrower gap between the broguing on the front and back.








I took this picture with a straight edge behind the heels to compare the lengths.  Overall not too much.  More importantly my toes are almost at the same brogue hole on the caps in each.  I measured the interior length of each the Ridgeways were only 1/8" longer.  You can see the narrower profile of the D vs E widths.



On the inside, The Ridgeway has this short extra insole piece in the heel.  I'm guessing this moving my foot slightly forward within the shoe.



On my feet the Ridgeways feel just fine, though I must admit the McT's fit absolutely great.

Congrats on the new shoes, especially the great deal on the ridge. And thanks for the detailed comparison.
Since you seem to be borderline between 8 E and 9 D, do you find that the E is a bit wide at the heel?
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Simple answer= No

These are actually more comfortable than a pair of regular strands that I have. Nicely padded heel area and the leather is about the same. These were from the seconds sale and I can't for the life of me find any defect.
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Inaugural run for the brown grain MacNeil 2.0. These look great with flannel.

Those do look great! I see some in my size on Shoebank and now I think I might have to grab myself a pair.  In the picture they look closer to chili than brown to me, would you say that the picture is true to color?  

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Those do look great! I see some in my size on Shoebank and now I think I might have to grab myself a pair.  In the picture they look closer to chili than brown to me, would you say that the picture is true to color?  

Real nice! Do most people size down for the MacNeil (ala Alden Barrie last)?
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Real nice! Do most people size down for the MacNeil (ala Alden Barrie last)?

That's a great question. I'm an 8.5E for the Rogue, an 8.5EE for the strand and park ave.  I've tried on an 8.5E for the Brooks Macneil and it was too tight for me so I am guessing that I need to size up in width.  

 

There is a possibility that the Brooks version is just a bit tighter in general and the AE Macneil in 8.5E would be correct for me.  I'm not 100% sure about the sizing so if anyone has any info about size comparisons I would be interested as well.

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Originally Posted by DrinKing View Post

Looking for some advice on a belt to match a pair of bourbon Lexington's I picked up during the last sale.  

As my father used to say, women match, men complement.

You don't need the exact same color. Too matchy matchy. smile.gif
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Real nice! Do most people size down for the MacNeil (ala Alden Barrie last)?

I find the MacNeil true to size.
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I find the MacNeil true to size.

 

Yes, definitely do not size down for the MacNeil. I find the 7 last to be a little short, if anything. Nothing like the 5 in terms of length.

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Got my McTavish in Cognac Dublin today!  (Seconds)  Some annotated picts first, and overall thoughts at the end.

 

I normally don't cuff up these jeans (certainly not this wide), but wanted make sure everyone could see the shoes well.

 

 

The color is a touch darker than I thought they would be, but I'm very pleased.  Some other online picts I've seen made them look really reddish, almost like the Russet Brown of my Saul Dr.'s, but fortunately that is not the case.

 

 

Onto the what I suppose makes them seconds.  This spot on the heel area of the Right Shoe.  Don't know how this came about but maybe a touch of polish will mask it.  In any case no one is going to see it anyway.

 

 

On the Left Shoe, (from left to right) stitching ends poofing out, some sort of tooling mark on the welt, then small gap where the welt meets up. The gap looks much worse from this angle, looking from the front of the shoe back it looks better.  I don't think I'm even going to bother to clean up the stitching ends.  Doesn't really bother me that much.

 

 

 

Overall, I'm STOKED!!  Love the color, love the fit (finally got my proper closure on my left foot in a Balmoral, went 8E on these), love the beefy sole, love the Dublin leather.  Its a kick-ass shoe. Literally, as far as shoes go, this is what I would want to wear if I found it necessary to kick someone.

 

Pros: Love them.

Cons: I love them so much, my other shoes are already jealous.

 

I also got some Ridgeways the other day, going to post a comparison to these later.

I'm with you.  I love my cognac McTavish and probably wear them more than any other shoe. 

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Originally Posted by MattRiv View Post
 

Are the BB models of lesser quality than the regular AE?  $99 for Strands is insane.


As already indicated, they are different, not of poorer quality. I have the BB strands as well. The heel never really breaks-in like the rest of the shoe because of the poron, and I believe my five other pair on the same last without the poron feel much more comfortable at this point. On the other hand, I don't mind the poron as much on the dainite soles, of which I have two pair. 

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