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post #14956 of 42871
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

For you guys with the Long Branch, how does it hold up as a winter snow/rain boot? I'm looking for a decent winter boot, and I realized the Long Branch might be a good choice. Is the sole good in snow? Nothing major, just urban use for snow and muck a few inches deep. Thinking Long Branch treated them with LP, Snoseal, or the like would be a good combo.

And then also, anyone size UP a bit in them to accommodate thick socks?

 

It is a fantastic winter snow/rain boot in my opinion.  That is what I bought it for, and it has already been out in it.  The sole is as beefy as they come, so no problem there.  I didn't size up to accomodate thicker socks, but the boot is comfortably roomy, and the leather is soft, so you could probably wear a reasonably thicker sock without changing your size.  You'll have to try it yourself though.   

post #14957 of 42871
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

For you guys with the Long Branch, how does it hold up as a winter snow/rain boot? I'm looking for a decent winter boot, and I realized the Long Branch might be a good choice. Is the sole good in snow? Nothing major, just urban use for snow and muck a few inches deep. Thinking Long Branch treated them with LP, Snoseal, or the like would be a good combo.

And then also, anyone size UP a bit in them to accommodate thick socks?

 

Not that much snow here but the LB's do have beefy soles/heels so I would imagine traction in snow should be pretty good.  I got them TTS (same as my Daltons but .5 up from my Strands).  BUT, if I were to wear thick socks with them, they would be too tight for me.  But that might be because I have a high arch/instep so I need more room across the instep.

post #14958 of 42871
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

I think it's really that AE wants to capture some of the JM/Aldo/Madden/Cole Haan/etc... crowd, but they also want to educate those folks on quality welted shoes. So they're dipping in stylistically, but keeping them higher quality and made in the USA, which is more expensive. It might work, but could backfire. The people who pay for quality want conservative styles, and the people shopping at those other places likely can't afford AE prices. It will be interesting to see if there's a gap to fill or not. Still, with all the models they've been spinning out lately, maybe it's working.

This is not necessarily true. I, for one, can afford higher quality and while I respect conservative styles and have many, like branching out!
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Originally Posted by adamdurbin View Post


This is not necessarily true. I, for one, can afford higher quality and while I respect conservative styles and have many, like branching out!

 

+1

post #14960 of 42871

Yay or Nay? 



As opposed to Magnanni D.M 



 

1000

post #14961 of 42871
I like them both. Which one is preferable depends on what you're using them for. Given the color, I assume this will not be your first pair of dress shoes? Being a captoe balmoral, the AE is more dressy and conservative. If you live in L.A., dub monks might be a bit more versatile for you if you don't think you'll be wearing a suit that often. For me, I'd go with the captoe because I work in a conservative office environment, and I've never seen a guy in my building wearing a double monk.
post #14962 of 42871
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

Can anyone who owns both the Strand and Black Hills comment on sizing. My 8E Strands fit perfectly, but I found a brand new pair of Black Hills on eBay for $50. Alas, they are an 8D. Do you think I could squeeze into them, given they are a blutcher rather than a balmoral?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Your friendly, neighborhood eye doctor.

 

I have the Strands in walnut shell and they are a size 10D like all the other shoes I own (except rough collection shoes) on the 5 last. I also have the Black Hills and they fit the same as my Strands but are a 9.5D. So in theory those Black Hills should work for you, or at least be very close. I use Obenauf's HDLP on my Black Hills so that I can use them as a casual and foul weather shoe, and they serve that purpose perfectly. HDLP might help cover that scratch up some for you also. Nice choice and good luck, you are stealing them at $50.

post #14963 of 42871
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post

For you guys with the Long Branch, how does it hold up as a winter snow/rain boot? I'm looking for a decent winter boot, and I realized the Long Branch might be a good choice. Is the sole good in snow? Nothing major, just urban use for snow and muck a few inches deep. Thinking Long Branch treated them with LP, Snoseal, or the like would be a good combo.

And then also, anyone size UP a bit in them to accommodate thick socks?

 

I do not have the Long Branch but do have the Cascade which has the same tread and sole. I considered the Long Branch but Mario is right, a man CAN have too many wingtips LOL. And much to my surprise the Cascade is the only shoe or boot that my secretary has ever commented on saying they were a very fashionable shoe, go figure. From the top view the lugs are not that noticeable until you cross your legs without a table in front of you. And those that have seen the soles have said that it is a smart design, but I never wear them with a suit only biz casual when storms hit and I don't have important meetings. They have been through 3 winters in Mn. and held up well. The rubber in the soles are harder than hunting and hiking treads which is typical of dress boots. In fresh snow which is hard packed at intersections you can still end up doing the one legged stork dance as you cross the road if you know what I mean. But are difficult to beat in a dress boot\shoe sole and better IMO than my Bayfield's tread in snow. I have posted in the Obenauf thread about HDLP, I love it for hunting and hiking boots. And used SnoSeal many years ago before I had my custom Russell Moccasin Grand Slam Sheep Hunters built and discovered Meindel Perfket boots. Both vendors recommend HDLP which is why I switched to HDLP. But be aware it will darken your leather, sometimes in a good way...

post #14964 of 42871
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

In fresh snow which is hard packed at intersections you can still end up doing the one legged stork dance as you cross the road if you know what I mean.

 

Heh. Though we don't get a lot of snow in Austin, I can still vividly picture this.

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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

It is a fantastic winter snow/rain boot in my opinion.  That is what I bought it for, and it has already been out in it.  The sole is as beefy as they come, so no problem there.  I didn't size up to accomodate thicker socks, but the boot is comfortably roomy, and the leather is soft, so you could probably wear a reasonably thicker sock without changing your size.  You'll have to try it yourself though.   

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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

I do not have the Long Branch but do have the Cascade which has the same tread and sole. I considered the Long Branch but Mario is right, a man CAN have too many wingtips LOL. And much to my surprise the Cascade is the only shoe or boot that my secretary has ever commented on saying they were a very fashionable shoe, go figure. From the top view the lugs are not that noticeable until you cross your legs without a table in front of you. And those that have seen the soles have said that it is a smart design, but I never wear them with a suit only biz casual when storms hit and I don't have important meetings. They have been through 3 winters in Mn. and held up well. The rubber in the soles are harder than hunting and hiking treads which is typical of dress boots. In fresh snow which is hard packed at intersections you can still end up doing the one legged stork dance as you cross the road if you know what I mean. But are difficult to beat in a dress boot\shoe sole and better IMO than my Bayfield's tread in snow. I have posted in the Obenauf thread about HDLP, I love it for hunting and hiking boots. And used SnoSeal many years ago before I had my custom Russell Moccasin Grand Slam Sheep Hunters built and discovered Meindel Perfket boots. Both vendors recommend HDLP which is why I switched to HDLP. But be aware it will darken your leather, sometimes in a good way...

Thanks, guys. I'm not looking for a dress boot - have Dainite for that - but do want something more stylish than the insulated nylon/leather deals. Long Branch sounds like it might be good. I do agree about wingtips. Would be nice if they had a captoe - something like the Eagle County with a commando sole and regular black/brown/burgundy leather (yet another example of their getting fancy, but not offering what I want...)

There's an incredible burgundy captoe boot on a commando sole in the Tricker's thread that someone had made custom. Here's the post in a spoiler, so as to not to muddy up the AE thread. These got me thinking - but I'm sure they were at least twice the price of an AE boot. I would love to see AE do something like this, and I think they easily could. But maybe Long Branch is the call for me at the moment..
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Originally Posted by ravn View Post

First of all I would like to thank everybody who have contributed to this tread, I think I have read most of the postings and it both helped me and inspiered me to order my first pair of Tricker`s. The choice was abviously, The Shoe Healer it had to be. Never had better customer service like the service I recived from Richard.

So my first pair is out of the box and they fit perfect.

Eaton on a 4444 last with fitting 6 size 10. Commando sole and barbour welt.

My first photo upload so hope I get this right:)





post #14966 of 42871
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

Heh. Though we don't get a lot of snow in Austin, I can still vividly picture this.

Doesn't take much snow.. just a little ice. I've been there many times!
post #14967 of 42871

Has anyone got 'in the wild' pictures of the Dalton in grey? Or the Long Branch?

post #14968 of 42871
Just letting you guys know that my pair of Allen Edmond Strands (walnut) + matching belt is up for sale.. SIZE 8.5 D.

Let me know if interested.

That'll be my only sales-pitch!. smile.gif

Regards
post #14969 of 42871
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Originally Posted by OptoDoc View Post

I have the Strand in 8E (same last) and I have recently sent back 8E and 8D Kenilworths as they were too big. My next size to try is 7.5E. So yes...the size is drastically different from your measured size (8.5D for me).

Good to know and thanks for the info.
post #14970 of 42871
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

It's a matter of taste and environment. I work in a building where most of the staff are in jeans and tshirts. Busting out the Carminas would be odd for the environment.

Dress for the position you want, not the position you have.

I think someone on the forum said something like that.
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