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Originally Posted by 7_rocket View Post

So I already have the kenilworth in brown, what would you guys recommend for a 2nd pair but in black? I need to replace my Ecco's, although they are comfortable they're just plain ugly..
PS.. How does do AE's take to break in? This is my 3rd time wearing these Kenilworth and my left side pinky is hurting.. biggrin.gif

Others I'm sure have had different experiences, but I have found my Kenilworths to be perhaps my most uncomfortable AE shoes. Not that I experience pain with them - I don't - but they are not nearly as comfortable as my others. They actually fit quite different than my other 5-Lasted shoes.
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

Has anyone who can't fit into the 2 last tried sizing up on width? e.g.: D to E or EEE? I was thinking of trying that, but reading some reviews on the Allen Edmonds site, it sounds like going to a wider width still does not give enough room in the toe box and also causes other issues. Curious if anyone has been successful with this.

I ended up sizing up from a 12D on the 5 last to 12E for the Players shoe and it's probably the best fitting shoe I own. I realize that won't work for everyone, but for me the change in width did the trick. 

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Originally Posted by BackInTheJox View Post

I'm really liking the Tan Eagle County.

 

 

 

I agree - great looking boot, but I just wish it was made with a black rubber sole.  That white sole will get dirty VERY quickly!

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I don't mind the Eagle County, but I'm not in the market for a work boot, and the Long Branch isn't bad save for the smokey gray leather which looks hideous.  In any event, I'm happy with my Bayfields and will be ordering a pair of walnut Daltons soon. 

 

I'd prefer a real Red Wing for a work boot over the Long Branch, besides I've got to keep at least some of the folks on this side of the Mississippi River happy... The Long Branch is looking better the more I consider it but plan on purchasing the Dundee when it is released in October. However they are two totally different boots so maybe, a very strong maybe. I already have the Bayfield in both brown and black and the Dalton in walnut shell. The Cronmok I will try to reserve judgement for when I see real pictures or in person but for now I don't really get it either. Which is why I'm thankful for multiple choices.
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

Has anyone who can't fit into the 2 last tried sizing up on width? e.g.: D to E or EEE? I was thinking of trying that, but reading some reviews on the Allen Edmonds site, it sounds like going to a wider width still does not give enough room in the toe box and also causes other issues. Curious if anyone has been successful with this.

 

I'm normally EEE so I couldn't size up on the width.  Sizing up in length still wasn't wide enough and as you said, introduced new problems.  I bought them in my size anyways since they were only $100, along with a shoe stretcher off Amazon.  

 

I've stretched them to the point where it's no longer painful to wear them, and I can't really see any noticeable change in appearance.  They're wearable but not what I'd consider comfortable.  I didn't want to let that amazing deal go, but in retrospect I should have.  

 

You live and learn, I now know I'd have been far happier paying twice as much for a pair that's a natural fit.  It breaks your heart when you find a beautiful shoe that just doesn't fit, but you have to let it go.

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^^^ That

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Originally Posted by DWFtx View Post

I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance in my attempt to understand the comfort expectation of AE shoes.  I have tried both the Del Ray and the Shelton and by the end of the day my feet are killing me.  I have tried wearing them for a few hours over a period of days attempting to work up to longer periods of wear with no luck.  Fortunately with Nordstroms great return policy I have been able to return them.  I have also tried the C&J sold by Brooks Brothers with the same results.  The fit seems to be okay with all of these shoes.  I think it is the lack of cushioning that is creating the problem.  I know Johnston & Murphy shoes are suppose to be of lesser quality but I have a pair of their Aristorcraft wingtips with the "Trampoline" cushioning that I can wear all day and they feel great.  So, what is going on with my attempt to move to AE?  I really like the quality and would like for them to work.  Thanks for your help.

 

I had this exact problem but I know it's my problem and not the boots/shoes.  I have a condition where I've lost padding on the balls of my feet and I find that most boots/shoes in the AE/Alden category and many higher-end Italian boots/shoes are (for me) too hard to feel comfortable for any length of time.  I also have a very hard time walking barefoot on hard surfaces.  My solution is to use thin padded insoles in my boots and they work perfectly in my AE's and Alden's as they also give me arch support as I have high arches.  I usually just size up a half size or sometimes a width.

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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post

 

I agree - great looking boot, but I just wish it was made with a black rubber sole.  That white sole will get dirty VERY quickly!

 

I know it's apples and oranges, but a few years ago I bought a pair of boots from American Eagle with a similar white sole.  To this day the boots' soles are still pretty darn white and don't look very dirty at all (and they've been through a lot).  So maybe there's hope?

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My Elgins, just got done saddle soaping them then adding some edge protector I just got from AE.  Been through a lot with these, including a very rainy night in the French Quarter of New Orleans that I believe caused some warping issues.

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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share a shot of my first AEs - the walnut Strands. Very pleased with them so far smile.gif

Congrats, one of my favorite shoes. One of AE's best efforts...
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It's almost certain that your printer scaled the page down ever do slightly. Mine did it the first time I tried to print it out. Check the size by taking a credit card and putting it into that box they have for size comparison. On mine, the credit card was just slightly too big, and I realized my printer scaled things down. My shoe size was reading ~2 sizes too big with it I re-printed the guide without scaling and it was perfect.

 

Thanks., I will give it another try and see if there are any setting to change when printing.

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The Haight chelsea boot looks a little rough, but i still like it. Hopefully the Dundees are up as well.

I am expecting the Harrisons to arrive to my local AE store by the end of the week, so i should have IRL pics later.
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It's a shame my work keeps me so busy, i missed so many good conversations today smile.gif
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So I just purchased my first 2 pairs of AE's; Black Park Ave and Walnut Hale's. So obviously the black PA's are a staple and can be dressed up with just about anything, but what are your opinions on the Walnut Hales? It's definitely a lighter shade of brown so is there anything I should avoid wearing them with? Can they go with a dark navy suit, light grey suit, and dressed down as far as dark denim with a sport coat?

 

 

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New cordovan Strands arrived today and "new" walnut cordovan Daltons from eBay.

Pics from my iPhone, so not the greatest...

 

 

Will probably break in the Strands tomorrow if no rain.

 

 

Daltons are seconds but never worn from eBay.

 

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