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I have a narrow (B width) foot unfortunately and from my understanding they only carry pleb width (D).
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

You really won't find much love in these threads for black wingtips.  They are as heavy on the broguing as you can get, which puts them amongst the most casual dress shoes.  However, black balmorals are considered most formal.  So they sort of cancel each other out, which makes them not really fit a wardrobe niche very well.  Not to mention that the broguing is hard to appreciate because the darkness of the black makes it hard to see as well.  The merlot is far more versatile if you can overlook the savings you are seeing on the black pair. 

 

thanks for the advice. i already have black PA and walnut strands. I love the strands, but my PA's get no love. its just such a formal shoe I have not needed them yet.

 

I was looking for a a shoe to compliment my strands but fill in the gap for merlot or brown. I had my eyes on the merlot mcallister and the brown fifth ave. what would you recommend?

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Anybody have some Larchmonts?  I've never been a fan of the more-squarish toe that the 3 last uses, but for some reason I really dug the Larchmonts.  Have Chocolate now with Bourbon on the way.

 

Anyways - sizing - what's your 5 last size and what's your 3 last size?  I take an 8.5D in Park Aves, but went with an 8E on the Larchmonts.  These things are long enough that I'm considering a 7.5E.  Can anyone comment on what they've experienced for 5 vs. 3 last sizing?

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

It looks like you switched out the original laces for some thicker round ones?  When I saw the Aberdeen in person I was sort of turned off by the thin flat laces they come with.  The laces felt extremely cheap, as if they would break in no time.  Good looking pair you have!

 

Actually those are the laces that came with my shoes. cool.gif

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I agree on the grey ones as well.  No offense to anyone who gets them, but up close in person the grain has a strange appearance to me.  It's hard to put your finger on it, but it almost doesn't quite look like leather.  The grey Aberdeen and McTavish are the same way.  They are almost synthetic looking in their appearance (which you can't tell from the photos).     

 

I was in the Orlando store and the pair I saw did not look like the Aberdeen so I ended up ordering a pair. I did not like way the Aberdeen looked so mine will be going back if they are different from the pair they showed me in the store. I even commented to the salesman how different the grey was between those two, the Pierpont, and the Parkway.

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I'll echo what others are saying about the grey leather......I think it's pretty ugly, regardless of the shoe it is on.  No offense!

 

 

 

In other news, I just placed an order for a pair of dark brown burnished Delray's in 10.5B icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

After this I will have gone from zero AE's to 4 in under a year.  Walnut Strands, brown CXL Bayfields, walnut Dalton's and the dark brown burnished Delrays.  Not bad, not bad....

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Originally Posted by goldenboy16 View Post

How versatile are the black McAllisters? I wanted the merlot originally but it looks like I can get a good deal on the black pair. What do you guys think of the black wingtip? As far as suits I have a classic grey and a dark navy suit.

Black McAllisters will go fine with the 2 suits you mention. Are there other more versatile options/colors? Sure.

But ....

I have 2 black wingtip balmorals: (1) Alden for Brooks Brothers in shell cordovan; (2) John Lobb Cavendish in calf. If you like them, get them - and don't be swayed by the myriad of black shoe haters on SF. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by goldenboy16 View Post

 

thanks for the advice. i already have black PA and walnut strands. I love the strands, but my PA's get no love. its just such a formal shoe I have not needed them yet.

 

I was looking for a a shoe to compliment my strands but fill in the gap for merlot or brown. I had my eyes on the merlot mcallister and the brown fifth ave. what would you recommend?

 

In my experience, AE's brown burnished colour looks a lot darker in person than it does on their website. I was once in a store looking at (what I believed to be) two pairs of black Delrays on a shelf, until the SA pointed out that one of them was actually brown. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as the dark brown can be a versatile (and slightly more casual) alternative to black. But it's something you may want to keep in mind depending on what you are looking for. A brown burnished 5th Avenue would look a lot closer to a black PA than a Walnut Strand, IMO. Personally, I like the 5th Ave but prefer it in a blucher style, so I'm going for a pair of Cliftons in burgundy.

Originally Posted by evolved View Post

 

In other news, I just placed an order for a pair of dark brown burnished Delray's in 10.5B icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

After this I will have gone from zero AE's to 4 in under a year.  Walnut Strands, brown CXL Bayfields, walnut Dalton's and the dark brown burnished Delrays.  Not bad, not bad....

I'm a fan of the Delrays. I have a pair in Chili Burnished, but I also really like the look of the black and brown versions.

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Amsterdams arrived:

 

 

700

 

  700

 

Compared to brown shell strands and burgundy Cambridge:

 

 

700

 

I am pretty happy with them, though I have not done any sort of fit test yet.  I like the bourbon color.  


Edited by bucksfan - 11/28/12 at 3:26pm
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I feel like Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when he's screaming "The new phonebook is here! The new phonebook is here!!"

Well. . .

My new Strands are here!!! My new Strands are here!!!

Anyway, I want to get some fit and quality advice before I wear them off my carpet. First off, the fit. They feel snug - more snug than my other 12B AEs, but definitely not uncomfortable. I suspect they fit like they are supposed to - I'm just not used to well-fitting shoes yet! No pain, no rubbing, supports my arches. Just want to make sure the gap in the lacing is what it should be for a new pair of strands. I assume they will stretch a little over time and that gap will close? Anyway, forgive the cross lacing - that's how they arrived. Also, forgive the poor quality of my camera phone!



Is that too much of a gap? It's probably possible to get the gap smaller, but it's comfortable like this. Here's a side shot on my unmade bed shog[1].gif


So. . .there's that. Next up is the "defect." Let me get something out of the way first. I realize these are seconds. I'm completely OK with this if everyone thinks this is an acceptable defect for seconds. I know that sounds like group think, but I just want to get the best quality I can out of the seconds. I know plenty of people have said they cannot find the defect on their seconds. . .well I found mine! Due to the wonky stitching around the cap toe on the right shoe, it kinda flips up. It's hard to describe without pictures. . .so here are the pictures!





Anyhow - what do you guys think? Should I try to get a different pair (when I ordered these, they had to be sent from another store and i was told there were only one other pair available in my size)? Or are these keepable?

Either way, after walking around the house with these on I realize that these shoes were MADE FOR ME!!

-James
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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

Amsterdams arrived:

 

 

700

 

  700

 

I am pretty happy with them, though I have not done any sort of fit test yet.  I like the bourbon color.  

Nnggg, did you get these from the Shoe Bank sale?  When did you order?  I hope mine got here today as well :) Sweet shoes!

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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

Amsterdams arrived:

 

 

700

 

  700

 

Compared to brown shell strands and burgundy Cambridge:

 

 

700

 

I am pretty happy with them, though I have not done any sort of fit test yet.  I like the bourbon color.  


Nice, color looks good. Appreciate the shots! My pair have arrived to a US address and now I am having them shipped to me to avoid what happened last time when I was hit with $90 in taxes.
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Originally Posted by mingus2112 View Post

I feel like Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when he's screaming "The new phonebook is here! The new phonebook is here!!"
Well. . .
My new Strands are here!!! My new Strands are here!!!
Anyway, I want to get some fit and quality advice before I wear them off my carpet. First off, the fit. They feel snug - more snug than my other 12B AEs, but definitely not uncomfortable. I suspect they fit like they are supposed to - I'm just not used to well-fitting shoes yet! No pain, no rubbing, supports my arches. Just want to make sure the gap in the lacing is what it should be for a new pair of strands. I assume they will stretch a little over time and that gap will close? Anyway, forgive the cross lacing - that's how they arrived. Also, forgive the poor quality of my camera phone! HIDE (Click to show)


Is that too much of a gap? It's probably possible to get the gap smaller, but it's comfortable like this. Here's a side shot on my unmade bed shog[1].gif

So. . .there's that. Next up is the "defect." Let me get something out of the way first. I realize these are seconds. I'm completely OK with this if everyone thinks this is an acceptable defect for seconds. I know that sounds like group think, but I just want to get the best quality I can out of the seconds. I know plenty of people have said they cannot find the defect on their seconds. . .well I found mine! Due to the wonky stitching around the cap toe on the right shoe, it kinda flips up. It's hard to describe without pictures. . .so here are the pictures!



Anyhow - what do you guys think? Should I try to get a different pair (when I ordered these, they had to be sent from another store and i was told there were only one other pair available in my size)? Or are these keepable?
Either way, after walking around the house with these on I realize that these shoes were MADE FOR ME!!
-James

That is an acceptable amount of gap to me. I think after the shoes are well worn it will definitely come closer.

If it were me I would not send it back because of the stitching.
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

That is an acceptable amount of gap to me. I think after the shoes are well worn it will definitely come closer.
If it were me I would not send it back because of the stitching.

This is my thinking so far - on both counts. As for the fit, i'm just winging it. As I said before, I'm new to well fitting shoes. As for the stitching, I can live with that if it's considered acceptable for seconds. For me, $199 is a lot for shoes. I don't expect them to be perfect, but I just want to make sure I don't regret it later. wink.gif

-James
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Originally Posted by Jhors2 View Post

Nnggg, did you get these from the Shoe Bank sale?  When did you order?  I hope mine got here today as well smile.gif Sweet shoes!

Thanks! I ordered them from the Jeffersonville outlet on Black Friday, but they were shipped from Port Washington.
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

Nice, color looks good. Appreciate the shots! My pair have arrived to a US address and now I am having them shipped to me to avoid what happened last time when I was hit with $90 in taxes.

Sounds like a good plan. Hope you get yours soon.
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Originally Posted by Winston S. View Post

That is an acceptable amount of gap to me. I think after the shoes are well worn it will definitely come closer.
If it were me I would not send it back because of the stitching.

+1 on both issues. Nice shoes, and like most seconds they will give you a good long life!
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