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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

I was in Nordstrom Rack today, and stumbled across an AE model I've not seen before... the Rawlins, in brown.  It pretty much looks identical to the Kenilworth, but it's built on the 8-Last.  Also, the leather was buttery soft, and felt more like Independence Collection leather rather than the traditional AE calfskin.  A google search didn't really return much other than an ebay sale or two, but interestingly, it is available in Germany: http://www.allenedmonds.de/Schuhe/allenedmonds-raw.html  Just wanted to mention it for anyone who has a Nordstrom Rack in their area and may be looking for a shoe similar to this.  I tried it on and it was amazingly comfortable with the soft leather, but I just don't need them. 

bumping this post from a few weeks ago.

same situation as MWS: went into nordstrom rack to see if they had anything good, saw the Rawlins model in brown leather. looked really nice, wish it had been a 10.5 instead of a 10D. it's on the 8 last too, which everyone loves. the AE website has it on clearance in black leather, but no more info. anyone know anything about this model's history?
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Strand-lovin today in dark brown shell cordovan. Olive undertones really starting to come through when the photo is taken with a flash.

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Strand-lovin today in dark brown shell cordovan. Olive undertones really starting to come through when the photo is taken with a flash.

 

 

Beautiful strands. Try bar-lacing or european bar lacing, i think it will make the shoes look cleaner (just my opinion). I am jealous of all you guys with low insteps that can bring the quarters together like this. My AE bals always have some gap despite fitting in the footbed

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Beautiful strands. Try bar-lacing or european bar lacing, i think it will make the shoes look cleaner (just my opinion). I am jealous of all you guys with low insteps that can bring the quarters together like this. My AE bals always have some gap despite fitting in the footbed
Thank you. Agree on the clean look of bar lacing but I can never seem to get a good snug fit with that method. Any suggesstions?
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Thank you. Agree on the clean look of bar lacing but I can never seem to get a good snug fit with that method. Any suggesstions?

I usually do this with my bals http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/straighteuropeanlacing.htm. The normal bar lacing method isn't snug enough for me either

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You have some wide ankles.
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Hi All, I posted this over the weekend but it just was allowed up today by the moderators and it's several pages back, so I'm reposting because I want your opinions!

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Hi All,

 

I have a few questions for the masses.  I just picked up my first pair of shell cordovan shoes - Kenwood in burgundy:

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF44006_1_40000000001_-1

 

On the inside of the shoe, the model number is 44006, so I know that these are, in fact, the cordovan Kenwood's.  However, the sole is not leather, as it is advertised online.  It appears to be rubber, similar to that of the sole of the Kenwood VIP.  Has anyone run into this issue when receiving their factory-second shoes (rubber sole when expected leather)?  Just trying to gauge others' experiences.

 

Also, assuming these are cordovan, what is the best way to take care of them (or cordovan shoes, in general)?  Is there something I should do initially before wearing them?  When I opened them out of the box, there is some sort of white substance on the shoes.  Does anyone know what this is?  Should I wipe it away with a cloth?

 

On a side note, I have a new pair of walnut Parkway's and a new pair of chili Delray's, and I have been debating about whether to Topy them or not.  What is the feel around here regarding this?  Also, what is the feel regarding the metal toe taps?  I have 8 pairs of AE's so far, and have not Topy's or toe-tapped any of them as I did not know such a thing existed (still pretty new to the dress-shoe world).

 

Finally, I also picked up a pair of Westbrook's in cayenne:

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF46886_1_40000000001_-1

 

Great looking shoe, in my opinion.  How do people around here take care of their boat shoes?  What treatment should be used?

 

Unfortunately, I will be out of town for a couple weeks, and cannot take pictures.  I will do so when I return, though!

 

Thanks.

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Shell often, but not always, fits just slightly larger than calf. Not enough that I have ever changed sizes though. I am a 10D in 1 and 5 last for both calf and shell including the Cambridge. McTavish, Elgin and Black Hills are all 3 rough collection and I wear a 9.5D in those. Many people have sized down a half size for rough collection shoes and it usually works. But feet can vary a lot so it is hard to say always and going down a width can also work for some people. Depends on the foot.

 

Have only had my shell Patriot's (TTS) since Saturday so not an expert on them by any stretch of the imagination. They have a number of bad reviews on the AE website due to being uncomfortable and tight. I noticed that a few people who dinged them said they have a high instep. A high instep means a high volume foot, I have a very low volume foot on the other hand, and my left foot is just slightly larger than my right foot. Using black superfeet inserts in the Patriot's which increases volume my left foot after a couple of hours does get sore from the strap and too much tension. Removing the inserts they are fine. So I could see how a high volume foot may have a problem with the Patriot in your normal size.

Funny enough, my experience is just the opposite: Strand calf and McTavish fits remarkable larger (i.e. wider) then the Cambridge cordovan. OTOH my Lubbock 11.5D, as well one of the rough collection shoes, does fit very tight, I would most probably get an 11.5E if I would buy it again.

 

Unfortunately there is not one single retailer around where I could try them, I already went to 3 cities and ten shops in total, of which none even carried the Randolph or the Patriot, let alone try them on in different sizes. Furthermore, no retailer in Germany usually has any other width then "E" in stock so you are left in the dark anyway. Plus, there is as well no online shop carrying those models. Pretty annoying. confused.gif

 

What I could try were Aldens 986 (similar to the Patriot) and 684 (similar to the Randolph) and found that the 986 in 11E still is a bit too large (wide) and the 684 in 11.5E just fits. Although I am aware that this means nothing regarding the AE lasts I just wanted to let you know FYA. wink.gif

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Ahhh, I'm Scottish and love the broguing (surname = McAllister)...

 

I wear my ghillie brogues quite often with my kilt but I do understand that not everyone likes that much adornment on their shoes.

 

If you can get to an AE brick and mortar, you can check out the bourbon in person. If you go back through this thread there are several pics of bourbon shoes.

 

It has been noted that some bourbons come a little darker, some a little lighter, but I just got these last week:

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Hope that helps. I hadn't conditioned or polished these yet at the time of the picture.

 

I'll check them out in-store if I can. But I do like the look of your bourbon strands. If I do end up buying strands at some point, I think I'd prefer the bourbon colour over walnut. Looks nice!

 

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I can confirm that Kenilworths don't fit the same as Strands. I'm an 8.5D Strand, but 8.5D Kenilworths were a little too long and wide. I expect 8E probably would fit me better, but I haven't tried yet.

 

Presumably it's do to the fact that we're comparing a blucher to balmorals.

 

Good point; I had forgotten that Strands were bals.

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bumping this post from a few weeks ago.

same situation as MWS: went into nordstrom rack to see if they had anything good, saw the Rawlins model in brown leather. looked really nice, wish it had been a 10.5 instead of a 10D. it's on the 8 last too, which everyone loves. the AE website has it on clearance in black leather, but no more info. anyone know anything about this model's history?

 

No clue on the history, though I happened to find some at my Rack, as well. If I recall, they were seconds and cost about $200.

 

I tried them on and was pretty happy with the 8 last, which fit in 8.5D just like my Strands. The toe is just just a tad more pointed than the Kenilworth, though I can't find any pictures online from the top to show that off. If I were being really picky, I'd say I'd prefer something between the Rawlins and the Kenilworth with regard to toe box shape.

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You have some wide ankles.

Thank you. Sign of fertility my friend.

Actually, my ankles look nothing like that IRL. Must have been the angle of the pic.
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That's weird... why would that be?

 

I'm not sure, but it's not just an issue with open vs. closed lacing. I've had it confirmed through AE that the Kenilworth fits differently from other 5 last shoes. It runs longer and has a lower profile.

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I was just in a store that carries some AE shoes. They had flatirons, but no kenilworth, so I couldn't compare them. I did get a chance to compare the bourbon and chili colours, though. The bourbon is a little darker than the walnut, less "yellow" and more "brown". Not as red as the chili. But still a lot lighter than the regular AE brown. It looks really good on the strands, which they had in stock.

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I'm not sure, but it's not just an issue with open vs. closed lacing. I've had it confirmed through AE that the Kenilworth fits differently from other 5 last shoes. It runs longer and has a lower profile.


I've worn 10 EEE's forever including all my AE's but I recently bought the Kenilworth in Bourbon and the 9.5 EEE fit perfectly.

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