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Originally Posted by Scottyb06 View Post

Shartmann - I wish Nordstrom's Rack pricing on AE shoes was better.  I usually see them at $220 regardless of condition of the shoes.  You can often find firsts on sale for less than that and seconds for less as well.  I was tempted to purchase a pair of Farifaxes in Chili yesterday but just can't spend $220 on shoes from them when I can get them so much cheaper direct.

 

 

I agree completely. Before I started following this thread and understanding the frequent sales cycles, $200 for these would have seemed like a nice deal. But I recently purchased new 1st quality McAllisters from the AE store for $249, and new 1st Cliftons from Nordstroms last year for $200 (not to mention the crazy deal of getting the RL Sanderson for $125 from the AE outlet, they were seconds but my pair was perfect). Now if these were $99 or maybe $129 I would have probably bought them.

 

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Originally Posted by polojock615 View Post

They look like Big Surs.  Maybe made for Germany?

 

The Rack also had the Big Surs, on the left. They were short wings with full rubber soles, and on clearance for $149. The Schautals on the right were long wings with double-oak leather soles. Given the name, maybe they were a made for Germany model. A little better searching shows that member m7ia posted a pic of this shoe here a few weeks ago, also from the Rack. Overall I thought it was a really nice looking shoe, and may go take a second look. 

 

 

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Interesting. The Rack at Mall of America yesterday had a nice pair of Big Surs on clearance for $150.00 and I'd normally consider them but picked up a pair of Snuff Suede Neumok seconds last week for slightly more. Extremely comfortable looking shoes!
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Awesome suede shoes.. one of the best ones that AE made was the Suede Sanford IMO

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i purchased the fifth ave and they look great when i'm looking at them, but when i put it on it doesn't look as good. i know allen edmonds are great shoes, but i need more style. i feel like they are to short in the front and round. i am looking for something a little longer and with a slight square toe. i got an amazing deal on my fifth ave, but if i didn't get an amazing deal i would most likely return it. what alternatives are there, i guess i want more Italian styling.
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Allen Edmonds are not any less "stylish", they are just a different style than you are after. Longer with a square toe would be the Vass U last, several of the G&G offerings, Berluti, Andrew Lock, and Carmina to name some.
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Originally Posted by Gauss17 View Post

Allen Edmonds are not any less "stylish", they are just a different style than you are after. Longer with a square toe would be the Vass U last, several of the G&G offerings, Berluti, Andrew Lock, and Carmina to name some.

 

don't get me wrong, they are absolutely great shoes, build, quality, and heritage. I'm younger and more stylish apposed to the more classical dress. nothing to extreme, but the shoes on my feet feels like my dads shoes when he was in the military. several people say they look plain in comparison to my other shoes i wear. today is my 1st day wearing my fifth ave, and so far so good.
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Allen Edmonds are not any less "stylish", they are just a different style than you are after. Longer with a square toe would be the Vass U last, several of the G&G offerings, Berluti, Andrew Lock, and Carmina to name some.

333 Last?  Maybe not as square and sexy as the G&G last, but similar.  See the Larchmont

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Originally Posted by MDeKelver View Post

333 Last?  Maybe not as square and sexy as the G&G last, but similar.  See the Larchmont

 

You are absolutely right. this is true, but the price tag is killing me. I really like the rutledge. I got my fifth ave for $200, but the rutledge is 475. i really, really, really, really, want the rutledge, but the price is killing me. I am looking for the $200 range. I don't even want to pay $345 for the fifth ave, but i can't turn down a great deal. when does the rutledge go on sale. :)
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Think of it as two dimensions you are fitting for. You should identify what is tight. Is it tight across the ball of your foot/top of your foot or the widest part of your foot? That is usually a width problem. Do your toes feel cramped, but the widest part is comfortable? That might be more of a length issue.

The reason people advise moving out a width and down a length is because the last/shoe design runs long. If you find there is a fair amount of empty space beyond your longest toe, you can move down in length. Also is the ball of your foot resting before the widest part of the shoe? That may make the shoe feel tight. Moving down a length may place the ball in the right place, lining up where the widest part of the shoe is with the ball of your foot. You add moving out a width and it may lead you into a more comfortable fit. I would advise giving it a shot.

Finding the right fit will give you more enjoyment. I was sized as a 8 or 8.5d, maybe in between on the bannock. I went with 8.5d on the 5 last. The fit is pretty good, but I believe a better size for me is 8E. It's an even better idea to do this if you plan to buy more shoes on that last. I now have the Mcallister and kenilworth, which also fit okay, but now I wonder if I should've tried more sizes first.

Hope this helps.

How much space should there be between the end of the shoe and your big toe?

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Some say about an inch or a thumbnail's worth, but really one should focus on comfort. as long as your toes are not cramped or actually touching the end of the shoe, you may be able go down a size and out a width. Too long shouldn't be a huge issue, unless you are over sizing by a large margin over your brannock. I'd recommend sizing close to your brannock size, trying both width and length.
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Good evening gentlemen,
I'm going to try again...
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.
The Delray and the Lasalle are almost identical (few details in the shape and the heel cap), then there's the Parkway..
Help?!? Fit, style, anything?
Thank you,
Max
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Originally Posted by guasc1 View Post

Good evening gentlemen,
I'm going to try again...
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.
The Delray and the Lasalle are almost identical (few details in the shape and the heel cap), then there's the Parkway..
Help?!? Fit, style, anything?
Thank you,
Max
Hey Max, I own the Delray in both black and chili, but have seen the Parkway and Lasalle IRL repeatedly. I actually like the Lasalle a lot, very elegant shoe. It gets my vote

J
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Max, I personally like the shape of the LaSalle. It looks more sleek and elegant to my eyes than the Delray.

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Originally Posted by WiredandTired View Post

Some say about an inch or a thumbnail's worth, but really one should focus on comfort. as long as your toes are not cramped or actually touching the end of the shoe, you may be able go down a size and out a width. Too long shouldn't be a huge issue, unless you are over sizing by a large margin over your brannock. I'd recommend sizing close to your brannock size, trying both width and length.

Perhaps an inch for larger sized shoes but probably not for a size 7 shoe. It's definitely more than a thumbnail, but my thumb isn't exactly the largest. I marked the general area where my big toe should be when I stick it up to meet the top of the shoe.

I've also worked a little on paint showing where the ball of my feet feels like it is. Should it be at where the cap toe ends? The knuckle of my big toe is about where the cap toe line is.

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Originally Posted by guasc1 View Post

Good evening gentlemen,
I'm going to try again...
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.
The Delray and the Lasalle are almost identical (few details in the shape and the heel cap), then there's the Parkway..
Help?!? Fit, style, anything?
Thank you,
Max

 

The difference is that the Delray has a slightly more elongated toe and the LaSalle as a cushioned insole that the Delray lacks.  I had the same debate between these two shoes and ended up going with Delrays.  Haven't regretted it for even one second as I think the Delray is slightly more dressy and versatile.

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