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post #13171 of 48684
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Originally Posted by SloopyNoob View Post

Is it just me or does the Wolverine Krause look "chubby"? I was a little taken back by how it looks in real life when I opened the box today. 

not having seen my pair yet, i'm assuming that it's supposed to be chubby. it's a work boot, can't imagine a sleek workboot being very useful while you're building a skyscraper and/or sitting at a desk all day. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #13172 of 48684
black pas or merlot macallisters for an interview in a navy suit?
post #13173 of 48684
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Originally Posted by SloopyNoob View Post

Is it just me or does the Wolverine Krause look "chubby"? I was a little taken back by how it looks in real life when I opened the box today. 

It's chubby. See my photos up.
post #13174 of 48684
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Originally Posted by OmniscientCause View Post

black pas or merlot macallisters for an interview in a navy suit?

I would go with the black PA's
post #13175 of 48684
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Originally Posted by roomiller View Post

My parents are getting me a pair of AE's for christmas as my first "real" pair of dress shoes. Two questions: Besides shoe trees, what other shoe care products should I order to make these last forever?

Also, Im stuck between the strand and the mccallister. I feel like the brogue of the mccallister gets a little busy near the laces, but I have a big foot(15-16) so I think it might help my shoe look less like miles of plain leather. Which do you guys think I should go with? Thanks for the help!

Also is brogue a noun?

I would get the Allen Edmonds cleaner/conditioner and the carnauba polish. That should keep them looking great for a long time.

I like both the Strand and McAllister. But I own 2 pair of McAllister and no Strands, so I must prefer the McAllister. I do own the Parliament which is essentially a Strand on the 678 last. I personally would go with the McAllisters - I think they would look better in a size 15-16.

Chris
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Exchanging these for the 2nd time, what do you guys think? Wish I could try these in person.

 

First pair was 11.5D, too long and tight. Measured 11D on the fit guide, don't know why I went 11.5.

These are 11 3E, still too long and a they feel overly wide.

My next choices are either 10.5 E or 3E,

 

To those of you with multiple pairs in the 5 Last, how's the fit between them and Strands?

 

Thoughts? Here are some pics.

 

Pushing forward all I can, I can fit 3 fingers.

 

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Where the big toe ends without pushing.

 

 

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Wonder how different the gap is between widths is.

 

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Here's how the 11.5D Strands fit. Definitely not as tight but still not that different.

 

 

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post #13177 of 48684
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Originally Posted by fashionnoob View Post

I have a pair of AE Cambridge Cordovan wingtips that I polished myself for the first time yesterday. I used Renovateur and then applied the Sapphir No. 8 creme polish.
The color and shine looks pretty good. HOWEVER, apparently my buffing with a microfiber cloth ripped off some of the stitching on top of the shoe! (Specifically, the stitching around the broguing on the top of the captoe of the right foot.) Frankly, it doesn't look good...I had to take a scissor to it to trim it back down to size so it isn't too noticeable.
Is this the kind of thing for which AE would replace my shoes? I've only had these for about 5 months, and I don't even wear them too often. I'd hate to relegate a $500 pair of shoes to the scrapheap.

 

Yeesh - very sorry to hear this.  I would contact AE and see if they can help you.  In the future, use only a horsehair brush for most of the care, and nylon stockings or cotton polish rags.  Good luck!  

 

 
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Originally Posted by zazadojo View Post

 

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Thanks go out again for letting us know about the Krause. Received mine today and they are great....no "seconds" flaws. there are just two slight scrapes/rubs that will buff out(like when you lightly scrape your fingernail on leather). The boots fit perfect, true to size(perhaps just a very slightly more loose due to being unlined). This just means i can wear dress socks and once in a while if its cold, some thicker wool and leave the laces more slack. Someone asked what they would wear with these, I feel confident they will go well with most any casual slacks/pants you would wear your dressier burgundy shoes with. Here is a pic just seconds after i laced them up...as you can see they are quite at home with denim. The only thing i am not a fan of is the flat laces, but that is easily enough changed....a change of laces can also change the character of the boot quite a bit. Oh, and they are quite a bit darker than in my pic...they are closer to the color in the marketing photo(perhaps a smidge lighter since how i took my pic in high light, they took thiers with a lower light).....so, it comes down to perception.

 

They look very good - Enjoy!  

 

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Originally Posted by supernsx View Post

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Some defects on the cap toe

Some leather inperfection on the side...

 

Overall, I am pleased for the price I paid.

 

Very nice - congrats!  I have found especially with boots, that they will get beat up quickly, so those sorts of wrinkles generally don't bother me.  

 

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Originally Posted by 0ShinAkuma0 View Post

 

I encounter this sometimes too. I know it shouldn't, but sometimes this discourages me from buying nice shoes, because, what's the point? Thankfully I get more compliments for my AE's, so that makes it all better and worthwhile. Added to the fact that I buy my shoes for me, of course.

 

PS. My dad just bought some Brown Sanford's in near pristine condition at the thrift/retail shop for... 30$!!

 

I buy them mostly for me - to look professional.  Any positive comments I get are just gravy.  Very nice Sanfords - they look fairly well worn, but very well cared for.  

 

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Originally Posted by spitshine123 View Post

Any word as to what the deals will be for the upcoming holiday season? I missed out on the BF sales and am eyeing a pair of shells

 

I will check... I asked for the full list of all shoes in stock in my size... to prep.

 

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Originally Posted by catside View Post

Pics of Krause. Left one has the defect in tongue, Right one you can see between the laces and the cap. Since these are big, there will be a crease there anyway.
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They look very nice!  It will be interesting to see how they wear over time.

 

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

 

I would call AE customer service and see what they say, you need to ask them. 1-800-235-2348 They have always been fair and very good in my experience. Good luck.

 

The Saphir creme polish is good for touchups when, and it happens, you dig through the surface of the shell and you need to get the color back in that spot. But a little wax paste polish every once in a great while for polishing is much better than any cream IMO.

 

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Got my Krause in russet tonight. The right boot has lots of heavy creases behind the toecap on the right boot. If the left did too I could live with it but the difference is too much for me to live with. They are out of stock in 10D russet so no replacements are available. The 10D fit is a bit looser than most 1 and 5 last shoes & boots but not by much, the heel fit was perfect and I have a very narrow heel. They did fit tighter and better than my walnut shell walnut Dalton's overall. Maybe when my tan 9.5D get here on Friday from Freeport there is a chance they will fit after all. But not sure if I could get into them with a midweight wool sock which is what I normally wear with casual boots.

 

Sorry to hear that, C.I. - hope the tan ones fit and are in better shape.  Thanks for the info regarding fit.  

 

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Originally Posted by roomiller View Post

My parents are getting me a pair of AE's for christmas as my first "real" pair of dress shoes. Two questions: Besides shoe trees, what other shoe care products should I order to make these last forever?

 

Also, Im stuck between the strand and the mccallister. I feel like the brogue of the mccallister gets a little busy near the laces, but I have a big foot(15-16) so I think it might help my shoe look less like miles of plain leather. Which do you guys think I should go with? Thanks for the help!

 

Also is brogue a noun?

I posted a few tips a couple days ago - basically, always use shoe trees, don't wear the shoes on consecutive days, and get a brush, some conditioner / cleaner and color- matching polish.  Treat them with the conditioner / cleaner to keep them moisturized, and polish them up when they look like they need it.  

 

I like both the Strand and Mcallister.  You won't go wrong with either, though I will say the McAllister will probably balance out the large expanse of leather better.  Good luck! 

 

Yes, Brogue can be used as a noun, as in a type of shoe that has brogueing (decorative holes, basically).  

post #13178 of 48684

Hey guys, with the Dublin leather/oily leathers, can we use the Allen Edmonds Premium Polish on them (ie. to change the colour)?

post #13179 of 48684
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Originally Posted by cidr View Post

Exchanging these for the 2nd time, what do you guys think? Wish I could try these in person.

 

First pair was 11.5D, too long and tight. Measured 11D on the fit guide, don't know why I went 11.5.

These are 11 3E, still too long and a they feel overly wide.

My next choices are either 10.5 E or 3E,

 

To those of you with multiple pairs in the 5 Last, how's the fit between them and Strands?

 

Thoughts? Here are some pics.

 

Pushing forward all I can, I can fit 3 fingers.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

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Where the big toe ends without pushing.

 

 

700

 

Wonder how different the gap is between widths is.

 

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Here's how the 11.5D Strands fit. Definitely not as tight but still not that different.

 

 

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I take the same size in all my 5-last shoes, though my Strands feel the smallest of them all.  I would try an 11E first then a 10.5 E.  

post #13180 of 48684
Quick question: I finally got my first pair of AE's in the mail yesterday, a pair of black Park Avenues. I've read multiple places that the best polish to use on them is the AE black polish, but I was wondering if my black Kiwi polish would suffice. I used it for my five years in the Navy and never had any problems, but I wanted to hear some opinions before I start slathering it on. Thanks!
post #13181 of 48684
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Originally Posted by bucksfan View Post

I take the same size in all my 5-last shoes, though my Strands feel the smallest of them all.  I would try an 11E first then a 10.5 E.  

 

The ones in the pics are already 11 though, how much of a different in length will going down to E from 3E be?

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Originally Posted by Laundry Troll View Post

Quick question: I finally got my first pair of AE's in the mail yesterday, a pair of black Park Avenues. I've read multiple places that the best polish to use on them is the AE black polish, but I was wondering if my black Kiwi polish would suffice. I used it for my five years in the Navy and never had any problems, but I wanted to hear some opinions before I start slathering it on. Thanks!

 

Kiwi will do just fine.

post #13182 of 48684
Went to go get some suede water repellent spray for my malverns and saw a "suede cleaner/conditioner" product. Am I suppose to condition suede before I add the water repellant spray? I normally just spray it with the spray without any treatment beforehand.
post #13183 of 48684

Try to remember that the difference in length between half sizes is only about 1/5" with a nominal change in girth or colume of the shoe.  On the other hand, changes in width have a more dramatic effect on shoe volume.  So, even if you can push forward in the shoe, that is not necessarily and indication that it is too long.  You may just need to go down in width.

 

I would rely less on the AE fit guide and a little more on a proper Brannock fitting (which you can have done just about anywhere shoes are sold).  That being said, I take the same size in all the #5 last shoes I've worn so far.  Keep in mind that I tried over a dozen different sizes before figuring out what works (coincidentally, this is about the size I would have started with had I gotten a proper Brannock measurement to start with).

 

The Strand is an awesome shoe.  Consider getting a pair in shell cordovan (but remember that shell runs just a little bigger than calf).

 

Best of luck.

 

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Originally Posted by cidr View Post

Exchanging these for the 2nd time, what do you guys think? Wish I could try these in person.

 

First pair was 11.5D, too long and tight. Measured 11D on the fit guide, don't know why I went 11.5.

These are 11 3E, still too long and a they feel overly wide.

My next choices are either 10.5 E or 3E,

 

To those of you with multiple pairs in the 5 Last, how's the fit between them and Strands?

 

Thoughts? Here are some pics.

 

Pushing forward all I can, I can fit 3 fingers.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

700

 

 

Where the big toe ends without pushing.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

700

 

 

Wonder how different the gap is between widths is.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

700

 

 

 

 

Here's how the 11.5D Strands fit. Definitely not as tight but still not that different.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

700

 

post #13184 of 48684

Is the tan on the Elgin different than McTavish? From pictures McTavish looks much lighter and I think I prefer the color of Elgin but I've never seen them side by side so I don't know if I'm just crazy or if they actually are different colors.

post #13185 of 48684
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Originally Posted by Spyder187 View Post

Hey guys, with the Dublin leather/oily leathers, can we use the Allen Edmonds Premium Polish on them (ie. to change the colour)?

 

The Dublin leathers are a more substantial leather that requires less attention/care to maintain color, unlike traditional calfskin that benefits from colored polish on a semi-regular basis.  The Dublin leather really only requires cleaning and moisturizing (saddle soap, leather lotion, etc.) to maintain a healthy look.  That said, it is perfectly fine to use something like AE premium polish on it if you are seeking to change the color a bit.  It definitely won't hurt the leather.   

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