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post #20416 of 48682
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Guess I whined more than once on here about not being able to pick up the Cappuccino shell McAllister’s when they were offered. Several people sent me PM’s soon after Paul made his offer that I might be able to now get them. I did, ordered them a week ago last Friday, thank you!
 
My goal for shell is a boot, chukka and wingtip shoe (except for black, went with PA) in each color of shell available.
 
I said that if I wanted more traction after awhile I could add half soles to the butyl soles. She said hold on that is a risky proposition. In her experience the oil in the butyl soles can sometimes, but not always, interfere with the glue used to stick them on. And there is no way of knowing a head of time if it will work or not. On the Wolverine 1K thread there are a lot of complaints about half soles falling off, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. They are butyl soles. Mystery solved, it is not the cobbler or the glue used. So I decided to go with the JR soles and she offered to have the factory put the tap soles on. I said thanks but I’ll pass as I might go with a more aggressive half sole like the raptor so I will have my cobbler do it. She said that is fine but be careful some cobblers don’t know any better and put the half sole on the whole bottom of the sole up to the heel and that interferes with the shoe flexing, and then you end up walking like Frankenstein. Every once in awhile Man of Lint comes on here and warns not to get half soles put on because it will turn your shoes into Frankenstein shoes. I never understood why he has said that as I have some shoes\boots with half soles and they are fine. Anyone want to bet his cobbler did the whole bottom of the shoe instead of just the front part that touches the ground? 

 
Just got them both last night and sure enough just like she said the 10.5D fits me perfectly. The 10E feels much like the Alden Barrie last with way too much play in the heel. Creasing and fit of the 10.5D is spot on much to my surprise. After trying them both on I tried my well worn 10D Bayfield’s and was shocked at how badly they fit in comparison, so I will see if I can buy the 10.5D black calf that she sent me. 
 
There is Customer Service. And then there is AE Customer Service. I’ve been impressed with them in the past but this time they really floored me. Come Monday I’m calling and order cappuccino shell Bayfield’s in10.5D.

 

Thanks Cold Iron, great info as usual. And just the right time too since I've been debating about JR sole vs butyl for Bayfield and Eagle County (in Dublin), think I'll ask for the for JR and factory tap soles option when I order since I haven't found a good local cobbler yet.

 

Still can't decided b/t Walnut Shell and Truffle/Cappucino for Bayfield. On the one hand I already have a pair of Dundees in Truffle, Strands in Dark Brown, Cambridge/Leeds/MacNeil in Burgundy, so I am missing Walnut, on the other hand I really like the way Truffle appears differently under different lights.

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Originally Posted by CornToast View Post

Never really thought about it but I've always seen pictures where oxford shoes are always laced so that it closes up completely. I ordered a width size D shoe and it opens a bit after being tied. Are they suppose to be closed up or do you only see that with shoes that aren't being worn? Should I return these for a width size E shoe?

 

Having some "v" gap is ok, but that looks like too much gap, try the same size but in E(or size .5 down in length and E, if you can)

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Originally Posted by CornToast View Post

Never really thought about it but I've always seen pictures where oxford shoes are always laced so that it closes up completely. I ordered a width size D shoe and it opens a bit after being tied. Are they suppose to be closed up or do you only see
that with shoes that aren't being worn? Should I return these for a width size E shoe?
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I have a high instep, the d fits great everywhere else but the instep. It doesn't cause any discomfort for me.I just had to learn to live with a gap at the top. In fact I learned this on my first AE s walnut strand.
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Originally Posted by zchen View Post

 

Having some "v" gap is ok, but that looks like too much gap, try the same size but in E(or size .5 down in length and E, if you can)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Gauss17 View Post


Many people have some gap, I know the recommended amount if ~1/4" to take into account foot swelling/shrinking during the day (and depending on weather). That gap looks a bit wide to my eye, but base it off how the shoe feels. Try on a D and an E and go with the one that feels the most comfortable to you.

 

Thanks. I thought it looked a bit weird. Size 7 is cozy enough and 6.5 might be too small so 7E is probably the way to go. Too bad I'll have to wait till monday for customer service.

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Long time reader of this thread, but first post. For starters, thanks for all the informative posts and interesting discussions. This thread has been very helpful for me, although a bit expensive. I purchased a McAllister with the combination tap sole during the last AE sale, and it just arrived yesterday. I really like it, and am now considering if I should jump at getting a custom version in shell. Sounds like several others are doing the same. Just curious why folks are picking the McAllister and not the Cambridge for the custom order? Is it just a preference on sole thickness?

 

Thanks. 

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I think both shoes are the same but Cambridge always refers to shell

post #20422 of 48682
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Guess I whined more than once on here about not being able to pick up the Cappuccino shell McAllister’s when they were offered. Several people sent me PM’s soon after Paul made his offer that I might be able to now get them. I did, ordered them a week ago last Friday, thank you!
 

 
There is Customer Service. And then there is AE Customer Service. I’ve been impressed with them in the past but this time they really floored me. Come Monday I’m calling and order cappuccino shell Bayfield’s in10.5D.

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Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy View Post

Great story. Thanks for passing it along. I have been working with Deborah this week on my custom order too, as well as on two special request recrafts I have at AE. She has been terrifically pleasant to deal with.

I have Deborah story as well. I order the webgem Cappuccino shell Dundee when they were offered. At that time I had 4 pair of shoes made on the 1 last including boots and shoes. I wear a 9.5E in all of them. I ordered the Dundees in 9.5E and when I got them they were huge. I got in touch with Deborah who looked at my order history and saw that I was indeed wearing 9.5E and she wanted to have those shoes sent back to her to have them re-lasted to see if they came out right. She called a week later and said they the shop guys confirmed that they were marked the correct size and she offered to have the boots made in two sizes to ensure that I got the perfect fit. She sent a 9.5D and a 9.5E to the AE store closest to me and I went and picked out the ones that fit the best. I was really impressed with the experience.
post #20423 of 48682
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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

The sun came out, so I took a new group picture of the shell.  This encompasses all colors currently available from AE.  From left to right:

 

Black Park Avenue, New Burgundy MacNeil, Old Burgundy Leeds, Dark Brown Dundee (we now know that brown and dark brown are the same!), Brown Strand, Cappuccino McAllister, Walnut Dalton.

 

 

AppleMark

 

beautiful lineup....that mcneil is a beast.....incognito but striking....I like it a lot.

 

and I wasnt even aware that the shell park avenue came with a split reverse welt..or whatever its called...looks good though

post #20424 of 48682
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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

The sun came out, so I took a new group picture of the shell.  This encompasses all colors currently available from AE.  From left to right:

Black Park Avenue, New Burgundy MacNeil, Old Burgundy Leeds, Dark Brown Dundee (we now know that brown and dark brown are the same!), Brown Strand, Cappuccino McAllister, Walnut Dalton.


AppleMark

Nice line-up.icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #20425 of 48682
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Originally Posted by CornToast View Post

I wouldn't call that "open a bit." That's almost half-way off of your foot, haha. Try going down by a half size and up by a width.

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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

I wouldn't call that "open a bit." That's almost half-way off of your foot, haha. Try going down by a half size and up by a width.

The thing is size 7 is pretty much the smallest size I can go. There's little to no space between my heel and the heel of the shoe when I push my foot all the way in. I'm going to try 7E next, if that doesn't work out, EE, or would you recommend me going straight for the EE?


Edited by CornToast - 5/4/13 at 10:21pm
post #20427 of 48682
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Originally Posted by CornToast View Post

The thing is size 7 is pretty much the smallest size I can go. There's little to no space between my heel and the heel of the shoe when I push my foot all the way in. I'm going to try 7E next, if that doesn't work out, EE, or would you recommend me going straight for the EE?

 

Keep an open mind on going down a half size in length when you go up in width.  May not work for you, but that is the normal formula for many, so do not automatically dismiss it.  Try on a 7E and and a 6.5E and see how they fit.

post #20428 of 48682
Good morning gentlemen,
I just wanted to follow up on my previous post.
I contacted the Allen Edmonds outlet in Italy and they di carry the same lines. The only difference is price, which is way above what they are sold here in North America. Ergo "buying America made shoes in Europe=not a good idea".
I've been wanting to buy a split toe/apron tie for a while now to round off my collection and I seriously can't seem to decide what to get. Just to keep it in the AE family, there are Delrays and Lasalles that are calling my name from Scilla and the Parkways that are singing to me from Cariddi..
On top of that the Alden's are leading the charge of the barbarians lines..
In essence I really don't know which direction I have to take! All I know is that it will be a brown shoe and I will be wearing it casually (weekends, jeans, casual Fridays with khakis).
Would you have any suggestion?
Thank you all,
Max
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