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Can't the local store establish your size so that you can order the model you want in the size that the store says you are?

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Originally Posted by evilWagon View Post

I downloaded the AE sizing chart and length wise one foot is just over the 14.5 mark and the other is just shy of the 15 mark, width wise both feet are on the border between the WA and WB range. The WB in 15 would be a D width, the WA a C. The other factor is that my second toe is quite a bit longer than my big toe, which has bumped me up or down in sizing before depending on the shape of the last (with other manufacturers).

I'm curious if anyone else with roughly similar size feet relative to the size guide can weigh in here?

I'll leave shoe recommendations to the more qualified and, as a 14AA, speak to size. Contrary to what might be expected, the actual length of the shoe is less of a problem once you get that far into the stratosphere; a shoe that intends to maintain any sense whatsoever of proportion will have a toe box that'll accommodate the length of your foot.

When you consider crease patterns and actual comfort of the shoe, it's best to purchase based on the higher of either the ball measurement or the overall measurement. For you, given that Allen Edmonds quits half sizes past 12.5, that sounds like bumping up to a 15 on each side... unless the ball of your foot suggests a still higher size. If your 14.5 foot is on the wider side and your 15 foot is on the narrower side, that actually might be perfect... but all of his is hypothetical without all the actual measurements involved.

I'd suggest hitting a Payless or something and using their Brannock device to check that ball measurement. I know how much fun it is to find shoes in sizes that aren't even on the bell curve, and it's probably best done with a more advanced aid than AE's printout.

ps: I absolutely love my shell Leeds.
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Lots of great pictures in the last day on here and congrats on all the new shoes!

 

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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

It's pretty early in my life, but I think I've found the one shoe I will pass down to my kids some day. Brown shell Patriot. I've only worn this shoe three times, but each time it's been in a different city. It's discovered the financial districts and bay areas of Toronto, Vancouver and now San Francisco. I wonder where we'll go next?

 

I also took the opportunity to drop by the AE store on Sutter Street in SF. Picked up a few much needed edge dressings. 

RL snuff suede Sanderson and Saunders also came in today!

 

 

Wow great job. I really like mine also, my next shoe is the burgundy Patriot I like them that much. Where ever you land next, have fun!

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Oh dark thirty start today. Walnut Shell Dundee's under the Metal Halide floodlight this morning:

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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

thanks. i've now ruled out the park avenue due to it's lack of versatility with anything other than formal wear. 

now i'm considering the patriot too...

I can't vouch for the Patriot since I've never tried on a pair, but aesthetically I think it's AE's best loafer (I am biased towards non full strap pennies).
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Oh dark thirty start today. Walnut Shell Dundee's under the Metal Halide floodlight this morning:


That walnut shell looks outstanding! I should be receiving my first pair of walnut shell AE's today or tomorrow. Hopefully they end up looking as good as your Dundees.
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Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post

Can't the local store establish your size so that you can order the model you want in the size that the store says you are?

 

You're talking about general sizing on the Brannock? That's not a bad idea.  There's no actual AE stores where I live, just partner stores so I'm doubtful that the SA's would know the AE last sizing/fit enough to recommend one, that and I plan to order online as no one local carries inventory in my size and the stock pricing is crazy up here never mind special orders.

 

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Originally Posted by random-adam View Post


I'll leave shoe recommendations to the more qualified and, as a 14AA, speak to size. Contrary to what might be expected, the actual length of the shoe is less of a problem once you get that far into the stratosphere; a shoe that intends to maintain any sense whatsoever of proportion will have a toe box that'll accommodate the length of your foot.

When you consider crease patterns and actual comfort of the shoe, it's best to purchase based on the higher of either the ball measurement or the overall measurement. For you, given that Allen Edmonds quits half sizes past 12.5, that sounds like bumping up to a 15 on each side... unless the ball of your foot suggests a still higher size. If your 14.5 foot is on the wider side and your 15 foot is on the narrower side, that actually might be perfect... but all of his is hypothetical without all the actual measurements involved.

I'd suggest hitting a Payless or something and using their Brannock device to check that ball measurement. I know how much fun it is to find shoes in sizes that aren't even on the bell curve, and it's probably best done with a more advanced aid than AE's printout.

ps: I absolutely love my shell Leeds.

 

Thanks very much for your feedback, I hadn't even considered ball measurement (there's a joke in there somewhere) but you have a good point. As far as the different widths of my feet, they're both the same actual width, but the relative letter varies depending if I step down to a 14 (D) or up to a 15 on the border between D and C... which would you choose? I'm thinking of going for the C with expectation that the leather would stretch slightly vs being on the narrow end of D where it might be a bit loose given the length. I've had other shoes where my foot moves around a bit and it wears through the lining.

 

Thanks for your help.

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Well the OptoDoc Method is squashed before it ever got up and running. I hit the coffee stained boot with AE conditioner/cleaner last night, let it sit for 15 minutes, brushed it, then washed it with soap and water. I let it dry and then applied C/C to both shoes liberally and let them dry overnight. There is no discernable difference in color between the shoes this morning. I think my wiping the shoe with soapy water as soon as I could after the incident helped prevent the coffee from soaking into the leather too deep (that and the fact that I regularly condition and polish the boots).

I still thank it is feasible to dye leather with coffee, though, and may try it in the future on some old hiking boots.
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Originally Posted by Busa View Post

Finally! My first pair of AE, finally got to a store to be properly measured and fitted- loving my Flatirons in the 8 last, these are just elegant and comfortable like a glove. LOVE the Bourbon calf leather, what a great rich, versatile color- was loving Walnut until I saw the Bourbon in person and will be wearing mostly with darker colors and just don't feel the Walnut with that palette...

Oh- had to grab the matching belt in the Manistee Bourbon...   : )




I have that exact shoe - the bourbon looks great on that shoe. I also have the Bourbon Manistee - I really like that belt. I would say you have a great combo there.

I believe the Flatiron is on the new 3-333 last which I found to fit well on my foot.

Chris
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Originally Posted by evilWagon View Post

Thanks very much for your feedback, I hadn't even considered ball measurement (there's a joke in there somewhere) but you have a good point. As far as the different widths of my feet, they're both the same actual width, but the relative letter varies depending if I step down to a 14 (D) or up to a 15 on the border between D and C... which would you choose? I'm thinking of going for the C with expectation that the leather would stretch slightly vs being on the narrow end of D where it might be a bit loose given the length. I've had other shoes where my foot moves around a bit and it wears through the lining.

Thanks for your help.

Ain't gonna lie, it took everything I had to not go there with regard to "ball measurement".

Based on what you've said, I think a 15C is probably your best bet... but again would earnestly advise spending two minutes confirming that with a Brannock device. nod[1].gif That said, if you're going with a Park Avenue or other 5 last shoe, the D width will probably work better.
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Oh dark thirty start today. Walnut Shell Dundee's under the Metal Halide floodlight this morning:

 

These looks great! I like the light edge trim on them. Nice shine on them as well

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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post

New Shelton seconds!

 

 

 

 

Very nice!

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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

Brown BB strands in the wild today:

 

 

Looking good.

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post

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Long Branch city!

 

I really like the Dark Brown ones. nod[1].gif

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Originally Posted by peppercorn78 View Post

I've got another seconds dilemma. Just got my black BB strands. First off, they're supremely comfortable. More so than the standard AE Strands to my oddly shaped feet.

The thing is, there's a pretty big crease in the right side upper.

For you experts out there, is there anything I could do to mitigate this? Or is it not worth keeping? 159$ is a hell of a deal for a great-fitting shoe, and a great-fitting shoe is very hard to find for my feet. Def can't afford the full price, and this was the only second left in size 11 EEE.

What would y'all do?

 

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Originally Posted by Fabian43 View Post


All things considered, I'd keep 'em

 

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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post


It fine. Just keep them.

 

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Originally Posted by mavrik13 View Post


Ultimately, the shoe will develop creases anyway. For me, it wouldn't be a deal breaker, especially given the price.

 

I agree with everyone above, they don't look bad at all.  At that price, you have a great deal on your hands. 

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