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post #12001 of 51072

Hello all,

 

I've been perusing the forums for some time and have only started posting recently (mostly in the Saddleback and "poor man's watch" forums).  I'm 5'2 and wear a size 7...which makes any kind of shopping, let alone shoe shopping, a frustrating experience.  I found some guides online for shorter gentlemen and one such page linked me to AE's website.  After researching this forum as well as a few other review sites it seems that they are a reputable and worthwhile company.  What I am interested in, in particular, are custom shoes - in this case a 7D. 

 

Do most of you purchase shoes "off the rack" or have any of you tried ordering custom shoes online?  I'm stationed in Germany so I can't go to an in-store location.  If there are any other shorter gentlemen lurking around these forums please chime in and please share any other shoe vendors that make custom size shoes. 

 

I'm interested in a two-toned "saddle" shoe as well as suede shoes.  Does anyone know where I can get good leather boots in 7D?  I was impressed with Johnston & Murphy's website but unfortunately many of the patterns I liked were only offered in size 8 or above.

 

Thanks for the advice/opinions in advance!

 

~John

post #12002 of 51072
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Originally Posted by bamahabir View Post

 

How narrow? I have a 11 D Strand that fits perfect, but that is my only experience with AE

I don't have Strands, but I do have Ridgeways and McTavishes which are 5-65 last--same as Strands and they are very roomy but my Lubbocks are snug in the width across the toebox.  Not uncomfortable, just more snug.  I wear the wafer thin dress socks with the Lubbocks and I'm fine.  I wear 12E and my feet are relatively wide across the toes but with low arches, not very thick, like flippers.  With most AE shoes my feet hit the sides of the shoes snugly but I have to cinch or lace them up very tight to snug them up.  I checked the AE  website and saw that they have 11D...I'd say go for it if you can return them if they don't fit.  I'll add that the 2-222 last is my favorite.  I have the Norwich and Lubbock and the double sole 2-222 are just a joy to walk in.  I have feet troubles but in these shoes I have a comfortable stride with great arch support.  I just seem to roll along when walking in them.  

post #12003 of 51072
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Originally Posted by Lebowski10 View Post

What are everyone's thoughts about the new bourbon color with navy?  I'm thinking the bourbon strands with a navy suit...worried that it's too "in the middle" of a color vs say...walnut or chocolate brown

I'm actually asking myself the same question.  Leaning toward the bourbon.

post #12004 of 51072
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Originally Posted by GentlemanJohnny View Post

Hello all,

I've been perusing the forums for some time and have only started posting recently (mostly in the Saddleback and "poor man's watch" forums).  I'm 5'2 and wear a size 7...which makes any kind of shopping, let alone shoe shopping, a frustrating experience.  I found some guides online for shorter gentlemen and one such page linked me to AE's website.  After researching this forum as well as a few other review sites it seems that they are a reputable and worthwhile company.  What I am interested in, in particular, are custom shoes - in this case a 7D. 

Do most of you purchase shoes "off the rack" or have any of you tried ordering custom shoes online?  I'm stationed in Germany so I can't go to an in-store location.  If there are any other shorter gentlemen lurking around these forums please chime in and please share any other shoe vendors that make custom size shoes. 

I'm interested in a two-toned "saddle" shoe as well as suede shoes.  Does anyone know where I can get good leather boots in 7D?  I was impressed with Johnston & Murphy's website but unfortunately many of the patterns I liked were only offered in size 8 or above.

Thanks for the advice/opinions in advance!

~John

Check out the AE website - it looks like most of them are available from 6-16. The custom shoe designer is pretty cool too.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/cati_Custom+Shoes_1_40000000001_-1_1_image_0_Y_128657_

I find their shoes are all pretty much true to size, except for the 2 last, which I needed to go up 1 width on.

Good luck!
post #12005 of 51072

Need a little help with polish color.  I have a pair of brown burnished calf Lasalles.  I'm not really sure which color AE polish to use.  I'd like to keep the shoes the same color they already are essentially.  I was looking at the sale polishes:

 

Bourbon, Brandy, Mocha, Saddle Brown

 

Not sure which one (if any) would be appropriate.  I like the shade of brown the shoes are and don't want them ending up darker.

 

 

1000

 

As a point of reference, here's a picture (on the right).

post #12006 of 51072
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Originally Posted by delmar View Post

On the AE website there is a button to click for a Veteran's Day Sale.  Clicking on it takes you nowhere...yet.  Has anybody heard what that's all about?

It's working now - $300 off some coats and 20% off cold weather hats, gloves, etc.

Chris
post #12007 of 51072
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Originally Posted by Lebowski10 View Post

What are everyone's thoughts about the new bourbon color with navy?  I'm thinking the bourbon strands with a navy suit...worried that it's too "in the middle" of a color vs say...walnut or chocolate brown

I haven't seen bourbon in person, but based on the website images, I think it would look quite good with navy. Note that bourbon (or walnut) would be less conservative than a darker brown, burgundy, or black with a navy suit, but you probably knew that.
post #12008 of 51072
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Originally Posted by delmar View Post

I don't have Strands, but I do have Ridgeways and McTavishes which are 5-65 last--same as Strands and they are very roomy but my Lubbocks are snug in the width across the toebox.  Not uncomfortable, just more snug.  I wear the wafer thin dress socks with the Lubbocks and I'm fine.  I wear 12E and my feet are relatively wide across the toes but with low arches, not very thick, like flippers.  With most AE shoes my feet hit the sides of the shoes snugly but I have to cinch or lace them up very tight to snug them up.  I checked the AE  website and saw that they have 11D...I'd say go for it if you can return them if they don't fit.  I'll add that the 2-222 last is my favorite.  I have the Norwich and Lubbock and the double sole 2-222 are just a joy to walk in.  I have feet troubles but in these shoes I have a comfortable stride with great arch support.  I just seem to roll along when walking in them.  

 

Thanks for all the info!

post #12009 of 51072
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Originally Posted by GentlemanJohnny View Post

Hello all,

I've been perusing the forums for some time and have only started posting recently (mostly in the Saddleback and "poor man's watch" forums).  I'm 5'2 and wear a size 7...which makes any kind of shopping, let alone shoe shopping, a frustrating experience.

I am a US 7D. I've worn AE and they have a wide range of shoes and boots in our size in a variety of lasts at a very competitive price range. Other shoe brands that I found having consistent inventory of shoes that can be customized and in our size: Alfred Sargent, Crockett & Jones, Edward Green, Vass, and Tricker's. Most shoes have a high premium for customized shoes but I've found Alfred Sargent and Vass' services to be reasonable.

If you are in Germany, it might be cheaper getting EU/UK shoes since tariffs for US shoes might hike up the price.
post #12010 of 51072

dsmivtr,

 

Thanks for the info and suggestions...exactly what I was looking for.  I've seen the AS & Vass topics in these forums so I may explore those.  Have you actually used the shoe customizer on AE's website?  I'm just curious what you (or anyone else out there) had to say about the shoe customizer...I played around with it and I liked the versatility and options but was wondering how they came out as compared to the off the rack stuff. 

 

Thanks!

 

~John
 

***  Also, Happy Veterans Day!!!!!! ***

post #12011 of 51072
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Originally Posted by GentlemanJohnny View Post

dsmivtr,

Thanks for the info and suggestions...exactly what I was looking for.  I've seen the AS & Vass topics in these forums so I may explore those.  Have you actually used the shoe customizer on AE's website?  I'm just curious what you (or anyone else out there) had to say about the shoe customizer...I played around with it and I liked the versatility and options but was wondering how they came out as compared to the off the rack stuff. 

Thanks!

~John

 
***  Also, Happy Veterans Day!!!!!! ***

Personally have not used to customizer so someone else could chime in related to that. The one thing I can say is that if the quality is not to your standard, AE is excellent when it comes to customer satisfaction, especially when purchased directly with them.

As someone who services our brave men and women: thank you for your service.
post #12012 of 51072
Guys, thinking about picking up a couple shoe trees and accessories from cedarville during their $15 off $55 purchase sale.

1) If I am a 9.5 or 10 D I should go with the medium size full shoe trees?

2) Which Allen Edmonds shoe brush should I get between the small, medium, and large sizes?
post #12013 of 51072
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

Guys, thinking about picking up a couple shoe trees and accessories from cedarville during their $15 off $55 purchase sale.
1) If I am a 9.5 or 10 D I should go with the medium size full shoe trees?
2) Which Allen Edmonds shoe brush should I get between the small, medium, and large sizes?

 

Jos A Bank has a Buy One Get 2 Free sale right now.  You can get 3 woodlore shoe trees for $25.  If you are a 9.5 or 10D, you should get a medium shoe tree.  Not sure about the brushes.

post #12014 of 51072
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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post

Jos A Bank has a Buy One Get 2 Free sale right now.  You can get 3 woodlore shoe trees for $25.  If you are a 9.5 or 10D, you should get a medium shoe tree.  Not sure about the brushes.

Thats a great offer but unfortunately I'm in Canada and don't have that retailer here. Though, if anyone is willing to ship 3 shoe trees for me to Canada send me a private message.
post #12015 of 51072
Anyone with Lubbock that can comment on sizing?
I wear a:
- 9.5E pa & strand
- 9E mctavish
- 10D dalton
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