Yes they are indeed comfortable and very versatile if your wardrobe consists of odd trousers and dress shirts.
Haha I gotta be careful! Any update on your AE purchase progress? I recall you were trying to find Cliftons in your size from the Shoe Bank.
Hey you all, I posted a few pages back about a pair of Elgins I just got, first pair of AE's and really my first pair of decent leather shoes overall. So I'm a little conflicted at the moment. I can't justify keeping these unless they fit right, so I want to be double sure before I either keep them or unload them, since they look great. I am a 8.5 or a 9, usually go by the european sizes for buying shoes, since I've never gone wrong getting a EU size 42 on the conversion charts. I found these Elgins which had been worn maybe 3 or 4 times on eBay in 8.5D which AE lists as their 42, so I jumped on it - it was a good deal, 160 shipped. After getting them I was a little worried... But let me describe the fit issues and I hope that perhaps you guys could shed some light onto what I should do.
First of all, to get them snug on my foot, I have to tighten the laces all the way to where the two halves of the lace-up portion of the shoe form a straight line, in other words, I have to tighten them to where I cannot tighten them anymore. Is this normal and/or okay, or will this become an issue once the shoes break in and make the shoes too loose?
Also, as far as length goes, I have a bit of heel slippage. If I push my foot all the way forward I have clearance varying from 1/4" to 1/2" between the back of my heel and the heel of the shoe. I've read that sometimes heel slipping can go away with wear on thick soled shoes, but I would think the leather would stretch naturally and make the shoe a bit looser, so is it really worth the chance here?
Obviously I am a bit skeptical of keeping these shoes and am leaning towards not, especially since I don't want to be in the hole for nice shoes that won't be in it for the long haul. However, I would really like to hear any advice you guys may have, if these are actually a good fit, I wouldn't want to ditch them and have to wait for the next great deal to come my way. Appreciate the help!
From what I have heard the Elgin fits a half size large. So maybe that is why you are finding them a tad long. Maybe post pictures of you wearing them as well so people can evaluate the fit.
Those look nice, especially for the price.