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post #12346 of 48217
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post


There is no McTavish tan?
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4035_1_40000000001_-1

 

He is talking about the one that is called "natural." 

post #12347 of 48217
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Originally Posted by horsey shoes View Post

I have the Dalton in 8.5D and Strands in 8E... I am probably an 8Eish or EE true size.
For me, the 8EEE Strand was a bit too wide. Case in point, when I first put on the shoe, the laces almost touched compared to the 8E where there was a gap.
But, after breaking in the 8E, the laces almost touch now and the tighter fit feels a bit better as opposed to more room; aka. foot slippage in the 8EEE.
The one other thing I will say is to be sure the blade of your foot does not touch the edge of the insole. I felt this in the 8D I tried on and aside for upper tightness, it was another sign to me of a shoe being too narrow.
As with all AE, probably best if you can have both sizings brought in and keep the one that fits best.
The strand has wired sizing. I bought 8EEE and have 2 insoles. Where as my 5th street boots in 8.5D fits fine.
post #12348 of 48217
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Originally Posted by Badandy View Post

Do you think the McTavish essentially fills the role of the McAllister or are they different enough where you'd consider both (if you were limited to a small-ish shoe collection)?
And to the poster above me: Great shots!

 

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If you were limited to a small-ish shoe collection, then I'd say they don't differ enough to warrant both. The McTavish is slightly more bulky while the McAllister is sleeker. The McTavish is also more casual and maybe a bit more versatile, while the McAllister is slightly more formal but could still be used for some casual occasions. That's just my opinion though, someone else might want to chime in.

 

They do fill entirely different wardrobe niches though.  Sure, they have the exact same broguing pattern, but the McAllister is a casual dress shoe.  The McTavish is a dressy casual shoe.  The McTavishes with their heavier leather and double soles are meant for denim or chinos while the McAllisters are still dress shoes for the office but on the more casual side due to their heavy broguing. 

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Originally Posted by Firefox View Post

Something I've wondered for a while: what's the difference between the Byron and the Fifth Avenue? They look identical to my untrained eye. Is it simply the same design made on a different last?

Just to bump the question above: Anyone know the answer? They look identical to me:

 

Byron:

 

Fifth Avenue:

 

post #12350 of 48217
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Originally Posted by Firefox View Post

Just to bump the question above: Anyone know the answer? They look identical to me:

 

Byron:

 

Fifth Avenue:

 

 

I see no difference between them other than the lasts they are made on.

post #12351 of 48217

The only difference I see is the stitching that is parallel to the laces have different angles. 

post #12352 of 48217

I think I'm leaning McTavish as well, but I'm having trouble deciding between Cognac, Natural, and Brown, in that order. I basically want an "everyday" sort of shoe to wear mainly with jeans or chinos. Brown seems the lamest from the AE website, but I can never trust that. Natural feels like it would be the most versatile, but I kinda like the red of the Cognac. If anyone has any pictures of these (especially compared to each other), that would really help. Short of that, I think I need to drive up to Dallas to see them in person.

post #12353 of 48217
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Originally Posted by 0ShinAkuma0 View Post

The only difference I see is the stitching that is parallel to the laces have different angles. 

 

...same here. Are they both leather soles?

post #12354 of 48217
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

I think I'm leaning McTavish as well, but I'm having trouble deciding between Cognac, Natural, and Brown, in that order. I basically want an "everyday" sort of shoe to wear mainly with jeans or chinos. Brown seems the lamest from the AE website, but I can never trust that. Natural feels like it would be the most versatile, but I kinda like the red of the Cognac. If anyone has any pictures of these (especially compared to each other), that would really help. Short of that, I think I need to drive up to Dallas to see them in person.

 

I am personally not a big fan of the double oak sole.  It adds a bit more weight to the shoe of which I am not a big fan.  Just my two cents.

post #12355 of 48217

Honestly, that's my biggest hangup with them as well. Maybe that's all the more reason for me to see them in person first.

post #12356 of 48217
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post


There is no McTavish tan?
http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF4035_1_40000000001_-1

Thanks clarksdb, you are correct.  However, mine never looked quite as "natural" as they do on the website, expect a more tan like color.

post #12357 of 48217
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

Honestly, that's my biggest hangup with them as well. Maybe that's all the more reason for me to see them in person first.

 

I think the Cronmok and Aberdeen are terrific everyday shoes to wear with jeans or chinos.  I have both and love them!

post #12358 of 48217
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

I think I'm leaning McTavish as well, but I'm having trouble deciding between Cognac, Natural, and Brown, in that order. I basically want an "everyday" sort of shoe to wear mainly with jeans or chinos. Brown seems the lamest from the AE website, but I can never trust that. Natural feels like it would be the most versatile, but I kinda like the red of the Cognac. If anyone has any pictures of these (especially compared to each other), that would really help. Short of that, I think I need to drive up to Dallas to see them in person.

I was in a similar situation with trying to decide between the cognac and natural in the McTavish. I went to the AE store planning to buy the natural after looking at the pictures online. After seeing them and trying them on I ended up going with the cognac. I love the look of the natural, but I don't think it's as versatile as the cognac. To me the natural looks great with dark jeans with, but not as good with lighter pants. AE's website photos are terrible at accurately reflecting how their shoes look in person.
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I have the natural McTavish. The cognac color is misleading on the AE photos. The natural have a hue leaning more towards "red" than a "baseball glove tan". I've applied a few coats of leather conditioner on them which slightly darkened them but not by much. I have this photo that shows them pretty well against some plain Levi's. Women haven't been shy in complementing them, they are somewhat attention grabbing. I only wear them with jeans or khaki pants. They take some getting used to given the double oak leather sole so check sizing carefully.

 

700

 

Edit: I just read what fatback posted and we're definitely on the same page. They are really great shoes though if it's the look you're after.

post #12360 of 48217
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Originally Posted by fatback View Post

I was in a similar situation with trying to decide between the cognac and natural in the McTavish. I went to the AE store planning to buy the natural after looking at the pictures online. After seeing them and trying them on I ended up going with the cognac. I love the look of the natural, but I don't think it's as versatile as the cognac. To me the natural looks great with dark jeans with, but not as good with lighter pants. AE's website photos are terrible at accurately reflecting how their shoes look in person.

 

Thanks for the quick response, and presumably for going through the registration process just to reply. Welcome!

 

Interesting, it sounds like the exact same situation. Now that you mention it, I can see how Natural might not work well with light chinos.

 

I don't suppose you have a pic of your Cognacs with jeans that you think shows a representative color?

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