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post #21901 of 46992
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Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent View Post

 

Wow... drool.gif

 

+1.  Those look great.

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I was planning on taking up Paul's wonderful MTO offer on a brownish (walnut or Capp) shell Kenilworths. I normally wear 12E in the 5-Last but I have seen many a mention to size down on the Kenilworth so I first ordered some black Keniworth seconds in 11 1/2E to check these out first. When they arrived they were too tight, and as a side not--they bowed out at the ankles. I attributed the gaping to the incorrect fitment, as I have never experienced this before. So, I sent those back for for replacement with 12E and also confirmed my order for the Cappuccino Shell Kenilworth in 12E.

My replacement black Kenilworth arrived and while the fit and feel was great, these also bowed out, though not nearly as much as the 11 1/2's. I was now worried about my shells that I had just ordered and contacted Allison at AE. While I've never had any bowing in any of my other AE's, they are almost all balmorals or boots. Here's what Allison said: "If you have a low arch the 3 eyelet blucher style may not come high enough up on your foot and therefore doesn’t wrap as tightly around your foot/ankle area." I believe that this it exactly the cause. First off, when I was a child I had really flat feet, but as I got older and by curling my toes in while walking I eventually did develop arches, but they're definitely not high, or probably even normal arching. Also with the 12E Kenilworths now, if I curl my toes in and back, thereby raising my arch and the top center of my foot just a little bit higher, the gaping goes away!

While this doesn't exactly explain the bowing for those who get it with the PA's with more eyelets, it does confirm that it is related to the individual person's foot shape and therefore is a fitment issue and not a quality issue. It also explains why only some have a problem with it, while most do not.

As far as my shells go, Allison made the suggestion to try out the Black Hills, also a PTB, but with two more eyelets to hopefully make up for the deficit in my arches/foot shape. As an example of AE's exemplary customer service, she's sending me out a new pair of those, just to try on and see if i like them; and we'll go from there. While I'm disappointed not to be getting the Kenilworths and to have to wait longer, this is more than made up by the way the fine folks at AE go far above and above and beyond to make sure there customers are exceedingly happy! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #21903 of 46992
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Originally Posted by WiredandTired View Post

 

This is really a wise choice as returns are less of a hassle, and the perceived higher level of QC on firsts.  I will also probably be looking into a pair of Park Ave's as well for a formal shoe.  I probably should've got them sooner, but the talk of the short toe cap made me hesitate, but I don't really find its a huge deal.

 

Mack, that MTO came out very nicely.  Walnut is very close to that shade of cognac shell.  I give the edge to the Carmina for sleekness as well, but from your pictures I wonder if its the angle or level of tapering, where the Carmina is more gradual and elegant whereas the AE 5 last is slightly sharper and more aggressive.  


Nordstrom also priced matched the sale that AE had a couple of weeks ago. Too bad Nordstrom does not carry all the shoes and variations that AE has.

post #21904 of 46992
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Originally Posted by Cold Iron View Post

Good advise kentyman and I agree. I just wanted to clarify that it was only the McTavish that I darkened. Not sure how neatsfoot oil will work on the waxy saddle leather of the Elgin. All I use is LL on them and seldom at that. I love the finish on them and try not to do anything to change them.

 

Thanks for this clarification.

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New Shelton seconds!

 

 

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Very nice. I also picked up some Brooks Brothers Walnut/Brown Shelton seconds and some Tan Finch seconds in my regular 5-65 last size of 8.5D. Interestingly, they were way too small. The Sheltons were especially small, likely due to the Poron insole; I could barely get them on my foot. I didn't expect these 1-511 last saddles to be so small considering my Dark Brown Shell Townley's fit pretty well (just a little tight on that right pinky toe; plan on trying to stretch them). Anyone else have a similar experience with Sheltons or Finches?

 

I'm considering going to Brooks Brothers to try on the Sheltons. If I find that 9D works, do you think it'll work for the non-Poron Finches? Maybe Nordstrom will have some 9D Finches I can try on? I'm concerned I have to try some higher widths to make this work, but without an AE store around, it might require quite a bit of back-and-forth.

post #21906 of 46992
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Originally Posted by frogwash View Post

I was planning on taking up Paul's wonderful MTO offer on a brownish (walnut or Capp) shell Kenilworths. I normally wear 12E in the 5-Last but I have seen many a mention to size down on the Kenilworth so I first ordered some black Keniworth seconds in 11 1/2E to check these out first. When they arrived they were too tight, and as a side not--they bowed out at the ankles. I attributed the gaping to the incorrect fitment, as I have never experienced this before. So, I sent those back for for replacement with 12E and also confirmed my order for the Cappuccino Shell Kenilworth in 12E.

My replacement black Kenilworth arrived and while the fit and feel was great, these also bowed out, though not nearly as much as the 11 1/2's. I was now worried about my shells that I had just ordered and contacted Allison at AE. While I've never had any bowing in any of my other AE's, they are almost all balmorals or boots. Here's what Allison said: "If you have a low arch the 3 eyelet blucher style may not come high enough up on your foot and therefore doesn’t wrap as tightly around your foot/ankle area." I believe that this it exactly the cause. First off, when I was a child I had really flat feet, but as I got older and by curling my toes in while walking I eventually did develop arches, but they're definitely not high, or probably even normal arching. Also with the 12E Kenilworths now, if I curl my toes in and back, thereby raising my arch and the top center of my foot just a little bit higher, the gaping goes away!

While this doesn't exactly explain the bowing for those who get it with the PA's with more eyelets, it does confirm that it is related to the individual person's foot shape and therefore is a fitment issue and not a quality issue. It also explains why only some have a problem with it, while most do not.

As far as my shells go, Allison made the suggestion to try out the Black Hills, also a PTB, but with two more eyelets to hopefully make up for the deficit in my arches/foot shape. As an example of AE's exemplary customer service, she's sending me out a new pair of those, just to try on and see if i like them; and we'll go from there. While I'm disappointed not to be getting the Kenilworths and to have to wait longer, this is more than made up by the way the fine folks at AE go far above and above and beyond to make sure there customers are exceedingly happy! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

Great to know!  Hope the Black Hills work out for you.

post #21907 of 46992
My shiny new PA seconds, on their second day out-and-about!
post #21908 of 46992
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

 

Very nice. I also picked up some Brooks Brothers Walnut/Brown Shelton seconds and some Tan Finch seconds in my regular 5-65 last size of 8.5D. Interestingly, they were way too small. The Sheltons were especially small, likely due to the Poron insole; I could barely get them on my foot. I didn't expect these 1-511 last saddles to be so small considering my Dark Brown Shell Townley's fit pretty well (just a little tight on that right pinky toe; plan on trying to stretch them). Anyone else have a similar experience with Sheltons or Finches?

 

I'm considering going to Brooks Brothers to try on the Sheltons. If I find that 9D works, do you think it'll work for the non-Poron Finches? Maybe Nordstrom will have some 9D Finches I can try on? I'm concerned I have to try some higher widths to make this work, but without an AE store around, it might require quite a bit of back-and-forth.

 

My TTS is 8D. My normal 5-last size is 7.5E. I just ordered some Sheltons from Amazon (I had a coupon) in 8E and 8D to see which one fit. I went to my local AE store to try on a pair but they only had one size in stock (not mine). I'll report back when they arrive. Granted, these aren't BB versions so may not help with your BB Walnut/Brown but maybe with the Finches.

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Considering a pair of suede Amok's;

 

What do I need to do in order to pretreat/protect and care for them thoroughly? I have avoided suede shoes up until now because I know it to be a nightmare to take care of and almost impossible to clean once stained. I have heard there is something I can treat them with so they absorb a protective barrier. Any advice?

post #21910 of 46992

MacktasticGDogg - those look absolutely terrific - congrats!

post #21911 of 46992
Anyone purchase an amok 10D either snuff or tan during the sale that plans to return them?
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anyone swear by the fit guide on ae's website?  i wear 10 in red wings, 10 in clarks db's, 10.5 in nikes/sneakers, and 10.5 in other dress shoes.

 

the fit guide measured me as 11 on one leg and 11.5 on another, so i went with a 11.5 as it recommends?  or did i screw something up?

post #21913 of 46992
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Originally Posted by red81 View Post

anyone swear by the fit guide on ae's website?  i wear 10 in red wings, 10 in clarks db's, 10.5 in nikes/sneakers, and 10.5 in other dress shoes.

 

the fit guide measured me as 11 on one leg and 11.5 on another, so i went with a 11.5 as it recommends?  or did i screw something up?

 

That seems to big to me, should be smaller than sneaker size in my experience

post #21914 of 46992
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Originally Posted by cbtaylor View Post

 

That seems to big to me, should be smaller than sneaker size in my experience

 

yep, mine too, luckily i got them through amazon so i can handle returns quickly and i won't need them til the end of june, so i'll nail the fit eventually hopefully.

post #21915 of 46992
edit bought them could always exchange for different size smile.gif
Edited by crosswound - 5/23/13 at 2:51pm
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